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Bread & Circus


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  • Audio CD (July 26, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000026VD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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1. Way Away
2. Scenes From A Vinyl Recliner
3. Unquiet
4. Know Me
5. When We Recovered
6. One Wind Blows
7. Pale Blue
8. Always Changing Probably
9. One Little Girl
10. Covered In Roses

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Highly recommended to any fan, new or old.
Deborah McGrane
Definitely a worthwhile addition to any TTWS-lover or 90s-pop/rock-lover's collection.
Ari
This is the first Toad the Wet Sprocket album and it's just downright good.
D. Petersen

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Sean C. Mintus on January 10, 2000
Format: Audio CD
If you are a Toad fan, your collection is incomplete without this album. Toad's first venture, recorded for only several hundred dollars and released initially only on a few cassettes, is the solid foundation upon which twelve years of phenomenal music were built. Non toad fans should probably buy Fear and Dulcinea before picking up Bread and Circus, simply because the more refined tracks on their later albums are more apt to capture the interests of first-time listeners, but overall, Bread and Circus is one of the best entries in Toad's musical library.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Nate (nate200sx@aol.com) on August 22, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I started listening to Toad with their Fear album, then when I decided to broaden my collection I was afraid to buy the early albums thinking they would not be as good as the later albums. But when I heard Pale and found out how good that was, I had to get Bread and Circus too. Needless to say I was not disappointed...I'd actually say this is one of their best albums. This is a must-have for any Toad fan.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jeans Yoder on October 13, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I will admit as w/ a few others here, Bread and Circus was my last addition to my Toad collection. It's hard to really compare this album to any other Toad ablum though. Simply b/c they were in the early stages of their music.
1989 wasn't really a year full of great music, it was a year full of experimenting music. You see alice in chains working on their debut, nirvana working on songs, but not yet clicking until a couple years later. R.E.M. doing their own little thing drastically altering their sound (see Out of Time) which they release in 91, a full 3 years after "green". U2, Soul Asylum, Soundgarden, Metallica, etc, etc. all these top bands are really actually starting to change their sound. So when Toad steps in, they fell right smack in the the middle of the crowd.
Bread and Circus, is a classic nonetheless, if you are a devoted fan. It seems like every song has this dark, eerie, kinda sleepy tone to it, maybe w/ the exception of "One Little Girl" and "Unquiet" which shows some signs of pep, but even then, the haunting guitars and vocals overlook that. I think that the music scene at the time, really set toad on a direct path of songwriting. They sorta wanted to make it big, but also have a quality of sound that was unique and could compete with the soon ever so popular genre of "mainstream."
The album, although really no singles i believe, provides some great songs. My favorites would be "Know Me" and "One Wind Blows". These may have found themselves easily on the "Pale" album, b/c they do bring the same quality of sound, but mainly b/c they are probably the most developed songs on the album. "Know Me", the longest song at 5:13, sorta starts off w/ some kind of storytelling which almost foreshadows the rest of the song which really actually picks up almost at the 45sec point.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By a music junkie on March 14, 2006
Format: Audio CD
After reading the past reviews it seems that most have come to this debut album late in their Toad fan stages. This was my first album purchase of the band and it was because I heard "One Little Girl" on SF's "Live 105" radio station back in 1989. The album lived up to the promise of that single and beyond. It was raw, emotional and over the top with passion. It became my go-to album when I was moody, lonely or just wanted a walk by myself.

I'm glad I came to know them from this album. The later albums were more produced and polished and in some cases, as others have mentioned, produced some better songs, but this was their benchmark as far as pure raw talent is concerned in my opinion. I still play it and it never disappoints from start to finish and there isn't a throw-away or unnecessary song on it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Philip S. Wolf on August 8, 2010
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This is 1988?
Well. this isn't the way I remember the eighties winding down, not at all.
The first offering from four guys, (are they teenagers?) from the seacoast mirage town of Santa Barbara are set loose in an recording studio in Thousand Oaks, California. In only a tiny window of eight days, this first album by Toad The Wet Sprocket was completed and made ready for a world that was somewhere else.

As I was a latecomer to this music, and bought my ticket to the show with a later album ("Fear") I missed-out on the experience of discovering this fantastic band at the dawn of their time. I sure wish I had this one in the CD machine in 1989, as it is superior to 99% of the music that was brought forth during that year.

The Toad sound is already in place on this first record, but the singing of Glen Phillips is more mixed back into the guitars here then it would be presented a few years later. The songs are mature in form but, they possess a youthful relentless drive that sucks the listener right into the middle of the adventures that are presented here. The circus has indeed come to town!

I cannot say a bad word about any of the ten songs on this CD. They are hypnotic and beautiful, and with a strong pair of glasses you can explore the power of the words contained within the lyrics of: "When We Recovered" "Know Me" & "Unquiet" as they have been included herein this package. "Bread & Circus" has a wealth of music that contains hello's as well as goodbye's. You don't find this sort of stuff on a first album very often.

Such a fine debut from a band destined for greater things. Toad The Wet Sprocket, can never go away, we can't let them.
Four & 1/2 Stars!
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