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Bread & Circus

Toad The Wet SprocketAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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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)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,496 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great start 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Album 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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is their first CD? 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Than One Wind Blows 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Quiet Screams 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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5.0 out of 5 stars great
great songs great album great group. what more is there to say give it a couple of plays and you will like
Published 3 months ago by C. B. Gavel
5.0 out of 5 stars Bon ami philly's blunte
Boom. Nothing more to say but the arbitrary word count requires I blather on a bit longer. Almost there.. Done
Published 7 months ago by Phillip Hayes
5.0 out of 5 stars A good start for a great band
This is the first Toad the Wet Sprocket album and it's just downright good. Give it a listen. Regarding vinyl, it's one of the few Toad albums that is somewhat available (used) on... Read more
Published 8 months ago by D. Petersen
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic album
I was only 17 when this album came out. To be honest, I only bought it because the band's name comes from an old Monty Python skit, and I thought "any band who takes their name... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Brian Stark
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
Wow, I've been searching for this out of print cassette and cd for over a year with no luck. Imagine finding and original cassette and cd in near mint condition of Bread and Circus... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Terri Foster
5.0 out of 5 stars Bread And Circus: An excellent debut for Toad The Wet Sprocket
The album sounds like typical Toad The Wet Sprocket music, alternative rock mixed with folk and pop to create a beautiful melody that will encapsulate the mind and grasps the soul... Read more
Published on January 9, 2011 by Ari
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely accomplished first album.
After listening to Toad the Wet Sprocket for more than a decade, I finally got around to picking up their first album. Read more
Published on September 22, 2009 by Deborah McGrane
4.0 out of 5 stars They worked with what they had.
If I was in charge of rating the most underappreciated band of all time, I would have to pick Toad the Wet Sprocket. They simply never got the respect that they deserved. Read more
Published on June 26, 2008 by Don Watzel
4.0 out of 5 stars The earlier Toad was darker and more consistent:
Again with Bread and Circus the theory proves correct. How can an album with thin production have such a full sound. Easy, these guys graduated from the school of REM with an A+. Read more
Published on October 7, 2005 by master10
4.0 out of 5 stars Great early "Toad".
Even though I believe "Pale" is their best album, this debut is similar to it. "Toad The Wet Sprocket's" popularity came more with their later alt-pop sound, but this here is more... Read more
Published on August 8, 2004 by H3@+h
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