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CD has 10 tracks. Produced by Kevin Gilbert. Distributed by PRA Records.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. When You Give Your Love To Me
  2. Goodness Gracious
  3. Joytown
  4. Waiting
  5. Tea For One
  6. Shadow Self
  7. The Tears Of Audrey
  8. Shrug (Because Of Me And You)
  9. All Fall Down
  10. Song For A Dead Friend


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 21, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: PRA Records
  • ASIN: B00000363U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,186 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is THE GUY--the guy that wrote one of the most interesting pieces of music ever recorded. I'm talking about "The Last Plane Out." A song that Kevin Gilbert put together with a band called Toy Matinee. What? You've never heard of "The Last Plane Out," you say? Never heard of Toy Matinee?? NEVER HEARD OF KEVIN GILBERT?!? Tragically, that's not surprising. Kevin Gilbert is no longer with us. He died a death probably not fitting such a broad and compassionate soul. He died, similarly to actor Brandon Lee, that is, on the verge of immense success. I didn't know Mr. Gilbert personally, however, I've listened to the man's music. I know him every time his lyrics float through my brain. "Dense" is probably the best adjective to describe the tracks on this CD. Each song seems to have been packed with complex lyrics, social concepts and commentary, thoughtful melody arrangements and instrumentation that are polished off by clean production and tight engineering. Most bands/musicians would kill to reach such a level of production perfection, yet this is merely where "Thud" begins. Kevin's real power is his ability to make you look at yourself and realize that you could be working a little bit harder at making yourself a better person. Despite this feeling, you never find yourself being moralized to by Kevin--he is not "without sin," he "casts no stones." He, unlike many of us, however, seems to be a little less willing to sucomb to his human frailties. Kevin touches all the common musical topics. You know, LOVE, DEATH, the BLUES, SEX, all that. But make no mistake, Kevin casts a very different light on all of these subjects--rips some of them to shreds before you even realize it.Read more ›
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Back in 2004 I was listening to an internet radio station, when this tune, TEA FOR ONE, came over the cheap computer speakers I was using. The melody was haunting. I checked around and found it was a song composed and done by a fellow named Kevin Gilbert. I also found out that Mr. Gilbert died in 1996. So I went on Amazon to purchase the CD THUD by Kevin Gilbert and was quite pleased to find out that it came with a bonus CD, with a cover of Led Zeppelin's KASHMIR. This album has feeling of longing, displayed beautifully in the song TEA FOR ONE. Come to find out Kevin Gilbert, while very talented, just could not get the major record labels to acknowledge that talent. The well known, and now pop singer, Cheryl Crow was his protege. He also worked with Madonna on the Dick Tracy soundtrack, and at one time was considered as a replacement for Phil Collins, when Mr. Collins left the band Genesis.

THUD, while not original in approach, was a solo effort much on par with earlier solo efforts by folks like Paul McCartney, Al Kooper, Emmit Rhodes, and Todd Rundgren. These solo efforts, I always felt, best give expression to the artist's, in this case, tortured soul. Gilbert expresses that longing for the recognition of his efforts in songs like WAITING and SHRUG.

A gifted musician, Kevin Gilbert, apparently was a self-taught Cellist. If you purchase the THUD CD try and get the issue with the bonus CD, if only for the cover of KASHMIR. Gilbert really does make the classic Zeppelin tune his own. I have played THUD for family and friends and some of the tunes have left them in emotional shambles. TEA FOR ONE is the anthem for all who have longed for love. Despite his tragic end, we can only hope that more people discover the genius of Kevin Gilbert.
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From "Last Plane Out", the opening track on Toy Matinee's debut album, Kevin Gilbert's lilting-yet-ferocious vox & sardonic-yet-haunting lyrical imagery has stuck with me, refusing to be ignored. I didn't find out about "THUD" until after Kev died & I find every review of the CD a mix of emotions, ranging from unbridled euphoria to unmatched anger at the disservice that was committed upon this man & his brilliance. It's simply one of THE finest recordings EVER, made scrupulously by Kev's meticulous standards of writing & recording, not forgetting his rather naughty & haughty sense of humour. The fact that he was almost completely unknown to & ignored by the masses becomes doubly important when coupled with the knowledge that his ex, Sheryl Crow, sprang, rocketlike, from his coattails, then essentially refused to acknowledge the help she received from Kev, David Baerwald & the rest of the Tuesday Music Club to become the poor, put-upon insecure whiner with inexplicably platinum-selling albums that she is today. It's a shame that the tripe that has become status quo for "Top 40" & "Popular Music" overshadows someone of Kevin Gilbert's genius, innovation, sensitivity & sensibility. At least we still have the brief legacy of a young man who truly knew how to speak eloquently with his silver tongue firmly embedded in his cheek!
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That's what I thought when I first heard Thud. Simply amazing. What can be said about Kevin Gilbert that hasn't already been expressed in the many reviews here. His complex imagery; the play on words; the quirky philosophical views on life. He was truly one of the greatest lyricists of our time. But perhaps that was one of the contributing factors in his relative lack of popular success. No one disputes the incredible gift that Kevin had for music and musings, but was it too cerebral for the masses? Or was it Kevin's sly way of letting only those worthy of understanding to belong to this elite group of true music lovers? I had the good fortune of finding the version of Thud which contained the second disk. This bonus disk contains a rendition of "Kashmir" as well as re-mixed versions of other songs from Thud. And while Kevin is no longer with us, it is apparent that his words and music will continue to have an impact on people's lives.
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Kevin was a Mozart in our own time.
George- You said everything that needed to be said.
Once in awhile a talented artist comes down the pike that shows true brillance and pulls us in.
I can only imagine what Kevin would have released since his untimely passing.
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