Toy Matinee [Special Edition]

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All Music Guide - John Vallier
Formed in 1990 by keyboardist, producer, and composer Patrick Leonard and the late singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Kevin Gilbert, the Los Angeles-based Toy Matinee was known for its polished and carefully arranged pop
ock ditties. A studio savvy duo who were comfortable with collaborations, Gilbert had also joined forces with Sheryl Crow, Michael Jackson, and Tina Turner, while Leonard has worked with such pop luminaries as Elton John, Madonna, Roger Waters, and Jewel. "Last Plane Out," the CD's opening track is -- like most of the band's songs -- characterized by diatonic vocal harmonies, a tight rhythm section, blues guitar ...
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All Music Guide - John Vallier
Formed in 1990 by keyboardist, producer, and composer Patrick Leonard and the late singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Kevin Gilbert, the Los Angeles-based Toy Matinee was known for its polished and carefully arranged pop
ock ditties. A studio savvy duo who were comfortable with collaborations, Gilbert had also joined forces with Sheryl Crow, Michael Jackson, and Tina Turner, while Leonard has worked with such pop luminaries as Elton John, Madonna, Roger Waters, and Jewel. "Last Plane Out," the CD's opening track is -- like most of the band's songs -- characterized by diatonic vocal harmonies, a tight rhythm section, blues guitar riffs, and a hook-heavy chorus. With "Turn It On Salvador," a song dedicated to Salvador Dali and immersed in appropriately surreal lyrics, Julian Lennon chimes in with backing vocals in a section that sounds particularly Beatlesque. Sal's Clarinet Trio -- Jon Clarke, Jon Kip, and Donald Markese -- closes "Turn It on Salvador" with a swinging melodic phrase that compliments Leonard's concordant piano passages. The band's songs are mostly unique, though shades of a Pink Floyd ballad can be heard at the beginning of the band's self-titled track, and Steeley Dan-sounding chord progressions are undeniably present on the album's seventh cut, "The Ballad of Jenny Ledge." All in all, this Toy Matinee re-release offers thoughtfully constructed and exceptionally played pop
ock songs alongside a number of slightly derivative songs that have a bit too much of that teased-out 1990s hair band aura.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/27/2001
  • Label: Digital Sound
  • UPC: 692860103092
  • Catalog Number: 10309

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Toy Matinee Primary Artist
Julian Lennon Vocals, Background Vocals
Christine Beveridge cast
Bill Bottrell Guitar, Percussion, Vocals, Background Vocals
Jonathan Clark Group Member
Jon Clarke Clarinet
Kevin Gilbert Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, Group Member
Jon Kip Clarinet, Background Vocals, Group Member
Patrick Leonard Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, Group Member
Don Markese Clarinet
Durga McBroom Background Vocals
Hiroshi Murakami cast
Michael Ostin cast
Tim Pierce Guitar
Guy Pratt Bass
Rick Shoemaker cast
Doug Hopping cast
Ivy Skoff cast
Lee Phillips cast
Marc Moreau cast
Mike Abowd cast
Robert Ferris cast
Giorgio Armani cast
Larry Fitzgerald cast
J. Scott Smith cast
Greg Stone cast
Doug Buttleman cast
Daisy Cobb cast
Nick Corello cast
Stan Cotey cast
Elisa Lane Spoliansky cast
Jennifer Ledge cast
Mark Hartly cast
Brian Macleod Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Toy Matinee Contributor
Elaine Anderson Engineer
Michael Vail Blum Engineer, Contributor
Bill Bottrell Producer, Engineer
Bob Fisher Mastering
Steve Hall Mastering
Patrick Leonard Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Guy Pratt Composer
Micajah Ryan Engineer
Bob Salcedo Engineer
Michael Verdick Mastering
Jeri Heiden Art Direction
Deborah Norcross Art Direction
Scott Schinder Liner Notes
John Good Drum Technician
Brian Macleod Liner Notes
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the most creative records I have ever heard

    I've been in the business over 16 years and in that time, I have heard 1,000's and 1,000's of records that many have never heard. I say this because if any of you think that there is no good music any more, you just haven't tried hard enough. There is plenty out there. Of this vast array of releases, this one is in the Top 3 .. if not #1 even after 10 years since it's release. Recently, I came across a Special Edition put out by Rounder Records in 2001. This disc includes a new track and 3 Alternative versions of singles on the original. I am in love again....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BN sells only the DTS version-Careful!!

    This is an awesome CD. The version BN sells requires a DTS decoder so beware. However, this CD alone would make it worth buying a DTS decoder. The Music and Lyrics are wonderful and creative. You can't go wrong purchasing this selection. Happy listening!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    thePast returns

    TRY THIS, YOU SHOULD LIKE IT! From an 80's L.A. band that showed great promise,Toy Matinee only released this one disc, but what a great set! From Rockin' to soft, introspective, you would expect this on an anthology not a single issue.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This one is even hard to find

    I love this cd.. it is definitely one of my favorites but I have an appreciation all around the scale.. the music type here is alternative AAA and the drummer is quite creative too.

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