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Cherry Red steps up Toyah reissues with massive Anthem box set

1981 album gets the super deluxe treatment

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Toyah’s 1981 album Anthem will be reissued in September across three physical formats, one of which is a large seven-disc super deluxe edition box set which comes with a signed print.

The album was the first to feature the new line-up of Toyah Willcox, Joel Bogen, Nigel Glockler, Phil Spalding and Adrian Lee. It reached number two in the UK album charts and contained a pair of top ten hits in ‘It’s A Mystery’ (which was issued in February ’81 as part of the ‘Four From Toyah’ EP) and ‘I Want To Be Free’ which was issued just before the album in May of that same year. Audio for the reissues has been remastered by Nick Watson (from the original master tapes) and approved by Joel Bogen.

To date, the ‘top-of-the-range’ reissues of Toyah’s early albums have all been 2CD+DVD affairs, but clearly for the band’s most popular album Cherry Red have decided it deserves the super deluxe treatment. This is what it contains

  • CD of remastered Anthem with bonus tracks
  • CD of bonus tracks, largely unreleased
  • DVD (NTSC, region-free) with Toyah track-by-track commentary, 2021 sessions, Top of the Pops and other BBC TV performances, promo videos & more
  • Exclusive CD of a further 20 bonus tracks (all previously unreleased)
  • Vinyl picture disc of Anthem
  • Splatter vinyl 12″ of non-album single ‘Thunder in the Mountains’
  • Orange 7″ single of ‘Sphinx’/‘For You’ transparent orange vinyl 7” single
  • 44-page book of Anthem anecdotes and lyrics by Toyah Willcox
  • 12″ album artwork print signed by Toyah Willcox
  • 4 colour postcards, celebrating the Four From Toyah photography
The super deluxe edition box set of Anthem (click image to enlarge)

This box set is strictly limited but if it’s not your thing then the good news is that a 2CD+DVD edition is also available which is consistent with the first two album reissues. The contents of those three discs is identical to the ones in the box set, although obviously you miss out on the bonus CD, all the vinyl, the book and signed print etc.

As previously, a coloured vinyl edition of the album is on offer; this time it’s a gold-coloured vinyl pressing. These three editions (box, 2CD+DVD and vinyl) are the only physical versions of Anthem available.

Anthem is reissued on 9 September 2022 via Cherry Red Records.

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Tracklisting

Anthem Toyah /

    • Disc One: CD
      1. I WANT TO BE FREE
      2. OBSOLETE
      3. POP STAR
      4. ELOCUTION LESSON
      5. JUNGLES OF JUPITER
      6. I AM
      7. IT’S A MYSTERY (ALBUM MIX)
      8. MASAI BOY
      9. MARIONETTE
      10. DEMOLITION MEN
      11. WE ARE
      BONUS TRACKS
      1. IT’S A MYSTERY
      2. REVELATIONS
      3. WAR BOYS
      4. ANGELS & DEMONS
      5. WALKIE TALKIE
      6. ALIEN
      7. SPHINX
      8. FOR YOU (UNFADED VERSION)*
      9. I WANT TO BE FREE (INSTRUMENTAL)*
      * PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
    • Disc Two: CD
      1. THUNDER IN THE MOUNTAINS
      2. STREET ADDICT
      3. VOODOO DOLL
      4. WAR BOYS (LIVE AT PARIS THEATRE LONDON APRIL 1981*
      5. NEON WOMB (LIVE AT PARIS THEATRE LONDON APRIL 1981*
      6. DANCED (LIVE AT PARIS THEATRE LONDON APRIL 1981*
      7. ANGELS & DEMONS (LIVE AT PARIS THEATRE LONDON APRIL 1981*
      8. IT’S A MYSTERY (LIVE AT PARIS THEATRE LONDON APRIL 1981*
      9. IEYA (LIVE AT PARIS THEATRE LONDON APRIL 1981*
      10. IT’S A MYSTERY (EXTENDED INSTRUMENTAL)*
      11. I AM (INSTRUMENTAL)*
      12. POP STAR (INSTRUMENTAL)*
      13. JUNGLES OF JUPITER (INSTRUMENTAL)*
      14. JOEL & PHIL (INSTRUMENTAL OUTTAKE)*
      15. TURKISH DELIGHT (INSTRUMENTAL OUTTAKE)*
      16. TELEVISION (INSTRUMENTAL OUTTAKE)*
      * PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
    • Disc Three: DVD
      1. THE STORY BEHIND THE ALBUM
      2. TRACK BY TRACK COMMENTARY
      3. I WANT TO BE FREE: ELECTRO/ACOUSTIC SESSION 2021
      4. IT’S A MYSTERY: ELECTRO/ACOUSTIC SESSION 2021
      5. WE ARE: ELECTRO/ACOUSTIC SESSION 2021
      6. I WANT TO BE FREE: PROMO VIDEO
      7. THUNDER IN THE MOUNTAINS: PROMO VIDEO
      8. IT’S A MYSTERY: TOP OF THE POPS 19/02/1981
      9. IT’S A MYSTERY: TOP OF THE POPS 19/03/1981
      10. I WANT TO BE FREE: TOP OF THE POPS 21/05/1981
      11. THUNDER IN THE MOUNTAINS: TOP OF THE POPS 01/10/1981
      12. I WANT TO BE FREE: CHEGGERS PLAYS POP 18/05/1981
      13. IT’S A MYSTERY: SWAP SHOP 10/10/1881
      14. IEYA: SOMETHING ELSE 30/10/1981
      15. THUNDER IN THE MOUNTAINS: SOMETHING ELSE 30/10/1981
    • Disc Four: CD
      1. IT’S A MYSTERY RE-RECORDED TV VERSION
      2. REVELATIONS ALTERNATE VOCAL
      3. WAR BOYS ALTERNATE MIX
      4. I WANT TO BE FREE ALTERNATE VOCAL
      5. I AM ACOUSTIC
      6. POP STAR ROUGH MIX
      7. MARIONETTE ROUGH MIX
      8. DEMOLITION MEN ROUGH MIX
      9. THUNDER IN THE MOUNTAINS ALTERNATE VOCAL
      10. WALKIE TALKIE INSTRUMENTAL
      11. JAPAN INSTRUMENTAL OUTTAKE
      12. THE DOOR IS A WHORE INSTRUMENTAL
      13. FOR YOU INSTRUMENTAL
      14. MASAI BOY INSTRUMENTAL
      15. ALIEN INSTRUMENTAL
      16. THUNDER IN THE MOUNTAINS ORIGINAL INSTRUMENTAL
      17. STREET ADDICT INSTRUMENTAL
      18. VOODOO DOLL INSTRUMENTAL
      19. CLAPHAM JUNCTION ORIGINAL INSTRUMENTAL
      20. DROPPED EARRING INSTRUMENTAL
      ALL PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
    • Disc Five: Anthem vinyl picture disc
      SIDE ONE (ONCE UPON A TIME)
      1. WANT TO BE FREE
      2. OBSOLETE
      3. POP STAR
      4. ELOCUTION LESSON
      5. JUNGLES OF JUPITER
      6. I AM
      SIDE TWO (HAPPY EVER AFTER?)
      1. IT’S A MYSTERY (ALBUM MIX)
      2. MASAI BOY
      3. MARIONETTE
      4. DEMOLITION MEN
      5. WE ARE
    • Disc Six: Thunder in the Mountains splatter 12″ vinyl
       SIDE ONE (THUNDER SIDE)
      1. THUNDER IN THE MOUNTAINS
      2. STREET ADDICT
      3. VOODOO DOLL
      4. CLAPHAM JUNCTION
      SIDE TWO (LIGHTNING SIDE)
      1. THUNDER IN THE MOUNTAINS ORIGINAL* INSTRUMENTAL
      2. STREET ADDICT INSTRUMENTAL*
      3. VOODOO DOLL INSTRUMENTAL*
      4. CLAPHAM JUNCTION ORIGINAL INSTRUMENTAL*
      *Previously unreleased
    • Disc Seven: Sphinx/For You orange 7″ single
      SIDE ONE
      1. SPHINX
      2. FOR YOU
      SIDE TWO
      1. SPHINX INSTRUMENTAL DEMO
      2. FOR YOU INSTRUMENTAL

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