P.S.: A Toad Retrospective

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Toad the Wet Sprocket was among the best and most popular of the adult alternative pop
ockers of the early '90s. They harnessed R.E.M.'s jangle pop, smoothed it out, and turned it into something pretty, melodic, and accessible to a wide audience. Toad the Wet Sprocket never was as idiosyncratic or edgy as R.E.M., so they could reach a totally different audience, comprised equally of politically correct collegiates and housewives. Their third album, Fear, arrived in the late summer of 1991 after R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion", and they benefited from radio's new willingness to play alternative bands, as "All I Want" and "Walk on ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Toad the Wet Sprocket was among the best and most popular of the adult alternative pop
ockers of the early '90s. They harnessed R.E.M.'s jangle pop, smoothed it out, and turned it into something pretty, melodic, and accessible to a wide audience. Toad the Wet Sprocket never was as idiosyncratic or edgy as R.E.M., so they could reach a totally different audience, comprised equally of politically correct collegiates and housewives. Their third album, Fear, arrived in the late summer of 1991 after R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion", and they benefited from radio's new willingness to play alternative bands, as "All I Want" and "Walk on the Ocean" became staples on modern rock and adult contemporary stations alike. Their long-delayed follow-up Dulcinea appeared in 1994, and while it spawned the hit "Fall Down," it failed to capture the same audience as Fear. Their fifth album, 1997's Coil, did even worse, and the group disbanded the following year. Such a brief span of hitmaking years makes Toad the Wet Sprocket a perfect choice for a hits collection, which P.S.: A Toad Retrospective almost is. It has all the hits, plus many of the fan favorites, but not necessarily in the versions people know. There's a new version of the title track, remixes of "All I Want" and "Hold Her Down," the "non-album" version of "Jam," an edit of "Somethings Always Wrong" -- not necessarily differences that are that noticeable, but are still a little disconcerting, and ultimately enough to make P.S. less than perfect. The alternate versions feel like misguided attempts to hook in die-hard fans who may already own most of these takes, and while they're not alienating, they're not right, either. Nevertheless, it's still a good, basic collection -- enough to satisfy most casual fans, since it has the hits on one disc.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/9/1999
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646968420
  • Catalog Number: 69684

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 P.S. (3:37)
  2. 2 Come Down (3:12)
  3. 3 All I Want (3:14)
  4. 4 Something's Always Wrong (4:00)
  5. 5 Good Intentions (3:23)
  6. 6 Crazy Life (4:07)
  7. 7 Come Back Down (3:17)
  8. 8 Walk on the Ocean (2:59)
  9. 9 Fall Down (3:24)
  10. 10 I Will Not Take These Things for Granted (5:45)
  11. 11 Way Away (3:04)
  12. 12 Jam (3:14)
  13. 13 Hold Her Down (3:03)
  14. 14 Whatever I Fear (2:55)
  15. 15 Eyes Open Wide (3:14)
  16. 16 Silo Lullaby (4:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Toad the Wet Sprocket Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Sid Page Violin
Elizabeth Wilson Violin
Mari Tsumura Violin
Joel Derouin Violin
Armen Garabedian Violin
Brian Leonard Violin
Dennis Molchan Violin
James Ross Viola
Bob Sanov Violin
Haim Shtrum Violin
Eve Sprecher Violin
John Wittenberg Violin
John Scanlon Viola
Dave Stone Bass
Suzie Katayama Cello
Rob Taylor Guitar
Tiffany Yi Hu Violin
Technical Credits
Marvin Etzioni Producer
Van Dyke Parks Arranger
Toad the Wet Sprocket Composer
Michael Brauer Remixing
Dean Dinning Composer
Paul DuGre Engineer
Lou Giordano Engineer
Randy Guss Composer
Gavin MacKillop Producer, Engineer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Todd Nichols Composer
David Vaught Engineer
Bruce Winter Producer, Engineer
Mary Maurer Art Direction
Brad Nack Producer
Glen Phillips Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A true toad fan writes....

    I just want everyone to keep in mind that this is a RETROSPECTIVE. not a greatest hits. Yes the hits are on here. But this is to remind us of some of their great work. Personally I think a lot of songs missed out here......but buy the other albums, now you have a reason.

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