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• Newly remastered release of Toyah’s 1981 Gold-selling album ‘Anthem’.

• Remastered by Nick Watson from the original master tapes and approved by Joel Bogen.

• With a brand-new introduction by Toyah Willcox in the 24-page booklet which contains stunning classic and rare images plus previously unseen out-takes from photo shoots.

• Compiled by Craig Astley, Toyah’s official archivist, who also provides new sleevenotes, the expanded 2CD+DVD release presents the full album complemented by 25 bonus tracks. Among these is the standalone hit single ‘Thunder In The Mountains’.

Produced by Nick Tauber, with arrangements by the band and Toyah, the album features a line- up that saw Willcox and Joel Bogen joined by Nigel Glockler, Phil Spalding and Adrian Lee.

The bonus material includes a six-song live session recorded on 1 April, 1981 at BBC’s Paris Theatre in London which is released commercially for the first time ever plus ‘Thunder In The Mountains’, the third Top Ten single of 1981 by the ‘Anthem’ Toyah line-up along with a previously unreleased unfaded version of the flexi-disc track ‘For You’.

The accompanying DVD (NTSC/Region Free) presents a fascinating new in-depth interview feature with Toyah about the creation of the album plus a track-by-track commentary and exclusive renditions of three ‘Anthem’ songs, plus for the first time ever classic footage of Toyah’s 1981 BBC performances of ‘It’s A Mystery’, ‘I Want To Be Free’ and ‘Thunder In The Mountains’ and four different appearances on the legendary Top Of The Pops alongside performances originally broadcast on Something Else, Cheggers Plays Pop and Multi-Coloured Swap Shop plus the classic promo videos for ‘I Want To Be Free’ and ‘Thunder In The Mountains’, both directed by Godley & Creme.

‘Anthem’ was a big commercial success, reaching number two in the UK Top 40 album chart in May 1981. It spent 46 weeks on the album chart and was awarded a Gold album sales certification. The album followed two Top Ten hit singles, ‘It’s A Mystery’ (#4) and ‘I Want To Be Free’ (#8) both of which feature. The album also includes the anthemic ‘We Are’ and the atmospheric ‘Jungles Of Jupiter’, both classics that have remained in Toyah’s live set to this today. Toyah will embark on a 40th Anniversary Anthem tour beginning September 2022 to coincide with this special re-issue.

Tracklisting:

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
12 IT’S A MYSTERY
13 REVELATIONS
14 WAR BOYS
15 ANGELS & DEMONS
16 WALKIE TALKIE
17 ALIEN
18 SPHINX
19 FOR YOU (UNFADED VERSION)*
20 I WANT TO BE FREE

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

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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
12 IT’S A MYSTERY
13 REVELATIONS
14 WAR BOYS
15 ANGELS & DEMONS
16 WALKIE TALKIE
17 ALIEN
18 SPHINX
19 FOR YOU (UNFADED VERSION)*
20 I WANT TO BE FREE

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

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