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Toyah / The Blue Meaning reissue

The reissue series continues

Toyah‘s 1980 album The Blue Meaning has been remastered and will be reissued as an expanded 2CD+DVD set and on limited neon pink vinyl.

Originally released by Safari Records, the album was really the first ‘proper’ Toyah long-player (Sheep Farming in Barnet had started out as an EP). ‘Toyah’, let’s not forget, was a band and the members, at this point, were Joel Bogen, Pete Bush, Toyah Willcox, Steve Bray and Charlie Francis.

The Blue Meaning peaked at number 40 on the main UK album chart, although it reached the top of the ‘indie’ album chart at the time.  The album features the single ‘Ieya’.

The 2CD+DVD reissue features 27 remastered bonus tracks such as single mixes, live tracks, rarities and unheard demos. The unreleased tracks include ‘Silence Won’t Do’ and ‘Jack & Jill’ and this package also features the original, early version of ‘It’s A Mystery’ by Blood Donor feat Toyah Willcox (a song that, of course, became Toyah’s first hit when they recorded it in 1981).

The DVD (region-free, NTSC) features a couple of rare archive BBC TV performances of ‘Mummies’ and ‘Danced’ from Friday Night, Saturday Morning (November 1980) but otherwise contains new interviews with Toyah Willcox and some 2020 acoustic sessions.

The deluxe set comes with a 24-page booklet with an introduction from Toyah and sleeve notes from Craig Astley.

The vinyl version is album-only and is pressed on ‘limited edition’ neon pink vinyl, a nod to Toyah’s hair colour at the time.

The Blue Meaning will be reissued on 28 May 2021 via Cherry Red.

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The Blue Meaning 2CD+DVD deluxe edition

CD 1

1. IEYA
2. SPACED WALKING
3. GHOSTS
4. MUMMIES
5. BLUE MEANINGS
6. TIGER! TIGER!
7. VISION
8. INSECTS
9. LOVE ME
10. SHE

BONUS TRACKS

11. SILENCE WON’T DO*
12. JACK & JILL*
13. COTTON VEST
14. THE MERCHANT & THE NUBILE
15. DANCED (SESSION VERSION)
16. LAST GOODBYE (SESSION VERSION)*
17. LOVE ME (SESSION VERSION)*
18. IEYA (SINGLE VERSION)
19. HELIUM SONG (SPACED WALKING)^

* Previously unreleased
^ Previously unreleased digitally

CD 2

1. LOVE ME (LIVE AT ICA LONDON)*
2. WAITING (LIVE AT ICA LONDON)*
3. IEYA (LIVE AT ICA LONDON)*
4. BLUE MEANINGS (ALTERNATE VOCAL)*
5. SHE (ALTERNATE VOCAL)*
6. SPACED WALKING (HELIUM ACAPELLA)*
7. GHOSTS (INSTRUMENTAL)*
8. MUMMIES (INSTRUMENTAL)*
9. VISION (INSTRUMENTAL)*
10. SILENCE WON’T DO (ALTERNATE VOCAL)*
11. JACK & JILL (ALTERNATE VOCAL)*
12. THE MERCHANT & THE NUBILE (ALTERNATE VOCAL)*
13. IT’S A MYSTERY (ORIGINAL VERSION) by BLOOD DONOR FEAT. TOYAH WILLCOX
14. ANGELS & DEMONS (DEMO)*
15. YOU’RE MY HERO (DEMO)
16. SPHINX (INSTRUMENTAL DEMO)*
17. WALKIE TALKIE (INSTRUMENTAL DEMO)*
18. ANTHEM (INSTRUMENTAL DEMO)*

* Previously unreleased

DVD (NTSC, Region-free)

1. THE STORY BEHIND THE ALBUM:
TOYAH INTERVIEW 2020
2. TRACK BY TRACK ALBUM COMMENTARY:
TOYAH INTERVIEW 2020
3. GHOSTS:
ACOUSTIC SESSION 2020
4. BLUE MEANINGS:
ACOUSTIC SESSION 2020
5. IEYA: ACOUSTIC SESSION 2020
6. DANCED: FRIDAY NIGHT, SATURDAY MORNING 28/11/1980
7. MUMMIES: FRIDAY NIGHT, SATURDAY MORNING 28/11/1980

The Blue Meaning vinyl LP

Side One

  1. IEYA
  2. SPACED WALKING
  3. GHOSTS
  4. MUMMIES
  5. BLUE MEANINGS 

Side Two

  1. TIGER! TIGER!
  2. VISION
  3. INSECTS
  4. LOVE ME
  5. SHE

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Colinthebruce

Ordered. But I cant help be disappointed that the vinyl was not…BLUE! (though I get her hair was pink at this time and on the back cover. Ah well.

paul carter

This is Toyahs ONE chance to avoid bootlegs to continue circulating. I already found one that contains all the “Anthem ” era tv performances. I do hope the band & Cherry red records are aware that the fans REALLY DO want this stuff. She is my favorite singer over Siouxsie and many others, so please put a little more effort into the dvds. I am at an age now where the footage is FAR MORE PRICELESS than the music. Thanks.

paul carter

I do hope “Toyah,toyah,toyah” is reissued with the Atv documentary & Rainbow concert. Whereas “The Changeling ” should contain the videos / Beat club concert and Or the Thunder in Mountains show. Also I Really Hope that “Warrior Rock Live” as reissue contains the actual Concert depicted on the album cover. I love Toyah but i do not want recent acoustic recordings to take up room on a dvd that’s missing a great deal of visual material from the era. This is Toyahs ONE chance to avoid bootlegs to continue circulating. I already found one that contains all the “Anthem ” era tv performances. I do hope the band & Cherry red records are aware that the fans REALLY DO want this stuff. She my favorite over Siouxsie and many others, so please put a little more effort into the dvds. I am at an age now where the footage is FAR MORE PRICELESS than the music. Thanks.

thewildeyedboyfromfreecloud

Such a shame they didn’t include the complete “Friday Night… Saturday Morning” programme. Toyah hosted the show and interviewed guests Christopher Biggins, Steve Strange, Viv Stanshall and Derek Jarman. Now that would have been a treat!

Nico from PDX

So excited. Thanks for letting us know!!! Secured the LTD. PINK VINYL!!!

Mark G

What’s also “missing” is the episode of Shoestring that featured them in dramatic role and the song “Danced” a lot.

Nigel Day

Remember that very well.

adam shaw

I remember buying the Ieya single and finding Spaced Walking on the b which I thought sounded a bit amateurish . Disappointed when it appeared on the album as well .
Will buy this though as a memoir of those times .

clive

Another great collection of material here, no second thought on purchasing and the neon pink vinyl. Eyes popped. Blue Meaning is dark, moody and one of the bands best albums. Interesting to see how tracks released in 198081 came to life in 1980

Only moan: why no Toyah ATV Documentary? I would have thought this would be a must for this album to give it real context on what was happening in the band/Toyah. I realize a great version is on YouTube but not to include it seems a bit of a missed opportunity.

In response to Gregg, the band are on the cover, on the balconies of the house. OK, there a bit ant like, but they are there.

Stuart K

Hopefully the ATV documentary is being saved for the live album due next which is Toyah! Toyah! Toyah! Love these reissues so well done.

Gisabun

I’m wondering if those YouTube videos of her showing off a bit and with Robert Fripp had anything to do with trying to promote this album. I doubt it.

Greg

Well, to be fair, if they really wanted the public to consider ‘Toyah’ to be a band, they would have put the band on the album and single covers instead of just her by herself. (okay, the other guys were on the cover of ‘Warrior Rock’, but hardly front and center.)

I would have thought ‘Toyah! Toyah! Toyah!’ and the accompanying ATV footage would have been here, but I guess maybe they’re saving that for its own individual release?

I really hate that they insist on packaging these thing in those fragile digipaks, though. My copy of ‘Sheep Farming’ arrived with a gouged cover and horribly crushed spine. Unlikely this one will fare any better. A nice hard cardboard box would be lovely. Also wish they’d use the DVD for something more than just the interviews and anachronistic new recordings. Like, say, a 24-bit transfer of the album. But that’s just me. I shall, of course, regardless, buy this and the rest of the series and play them excessively.

Steven Roberts

Yes, that DVD looks a bit sparse – they should definitely be able to fit a hi-res version of the album on there….

Spencer Green

One of the best new wave albums and one of the best of the 80s. For me the best Toyah album and this package is superb. Keep em coming we want every single bit of Safari stuff there is. Would love to see some full live shows released on the dvds like At the Rainbow and Good Morning Universe, plus the ATV documentary ‘Toyah’. Of course any unreleased live film would be amazing!!! Cheers Toyah, keep on rocking!

David

Thank you, Paul, for letting us know that “(t)he DVD (region-free, NTSC)…”