Best of: Toyah Import
18 track compilation by one of the most eccentric British female vocalists of the '80s (and beyond). Features hits and album tracks including 'Be Proud Be Loud Be Heard', 'I Want To Be Free', 'Angels And Demons', 'Brave New World', 'Ieya' and more. Music Club.
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This disc focuses on her recordings from 1979 to 1983, which are generally considered her best years. It contains an excellent selection of hits and near-hits and seems a good bet for a curious buyer who likes the above artists or the progressive British rock of the early 80s. My only complaint is that is skimps on material from her "Changeling" album, a moodier work that I still consider her best. (Most fans claim that "Anthem" is her high point, so I guess I'm in the minority.) If your tastes do run to the darker and edgier stuff, you might do better to seek out her Best Of compilation on Connoisseur Records if you can still find it. The latter CD includes a couple of overlooked gems from "The Changeling", such as "The Angel and Me" and the joyous "Dawn Chorus". Otherwise this batch of soaring melodies and quirkily assertive vocals is a fine introduction to prime Toyah.