Toys [Geffen]

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All Music Guide - Murrday Fisher
In addition to original compositions by Trevor Horn and Hans Zimmer, such as the melodic "Closing of the Year," there are a number of well-known musicians whose songs are included in the Toys soundtrack. They range from the gently moving "Ebudae" by Enya to a percussive "The Happy Worker" that is given an erotic spin by Tori Amos. Attention for receiving the most radio airplay during the film's release goes to Thomas Dolby's version of "The Mirror Song." It's more challenging to spot the stars in the instrumentals: Frankie Goes to Hollywood performs on the sweeping, martial arrangement of "Welcome to the Pleasuredome" that incorporates several of the film's recurring ...
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All Music Guide - Murrday Fisher
In addition to original compositions by Trevor Horn and Hans Zimmer, such as the melodic "Closing of the Year," there are a number of well-known musicians whose songs are included in the Toys soundtrack. They range from the gently moving "Ebudae" by Enya to a percussive "The Happy Worker" that is given an erotic spin by Tori Amos. Attention for receiving the most radio airplay during the film's release goes to Thomas Dolby's version of "The Mirror Song." It's more challenging to spot the stars in the instrumentals: Frankie Goes to Hollywood performs on the sweeping, martial arrangement of "Welcome to the Pleasuredome" that incorporates several of the film's recurring musical themes. Renowned jazz guitarist Pat Metheny also appears on the instrumental version of "Let Joy and Innocence Prevail." Both the film and the album have an intentionally quirky focus. With Robin Williams in the lead role, madcap whimsy does indeed weave through it. Yet perhaps the most out-of-left-field cut on the album is the vocal arrangement of "Let Joy and Innocence Prevail." Why? Because it's by Grace Jones. The Grace Jones that listeners might expect to find dancing on some guy's back in spike heels. She is just about the opposite of who would ordinarily be looked for with the sweetness-and-light lyrics. Even so, the song melds effectively with the overall theme of the album. Jones has a lovely, powerful voice. As startling as it is to hear her on this style of song, she gets it to work. Since Toys has Christmas scenes, that gives it seasonal reshowing
eplaying impetus. Indeed, the album is well worth having for "Closing of the Year" alone, and then listeners get so much more to go with it. Definitely recommended for fans of the movie, and for those who enjoy both seasonal and soundtrack style compositions.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/15/1992
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • UPC: 720642450529
  • Catalog Number: 24505

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Winter Reveries - Shirley Walker (2:09)
  2. 2 The Closing of the Year (3:24)
  3. 3 Ebudae (1:46)
  4. 4 The Happy Worker (4:17)
  5. 5 Alsatia's Lullaby (4:19)
  6. 6 Workers (1:14)
  7. 7 Let Joy and Innocence Prevail (5:01)
  8. 8 The General - Michael Gambon (2:23)
  9. 9 The Mirror Song (4:36)
  10. 10 Battle Introduction (2:44)
  11. 11 Welcome to the Pleasuredome (4:59)
  12. 12 Let Joy & Innocence Prevail (5:02)
  13. 13 The Closing of the Year/Happy Workers (5:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Robin Williams Vocals, Track Performer
Jane Siberry Vocals
Thomas Dolby Track Performer
Enya Vocals, Track Performer
Frankie Goes to Hollywood Track Performer
Peter Gabriel Vocals
Ian Hunter Choir, Chorus
Grace Jones Vocals, Track Performer
Seal Vocals, Track Performer
Wendy & Lisa Track Performer
Pat Metheny Track Performer
Tori Amos Vocals, Track Performer
Anne Dudley Vocals
David Palmer Background Vocals
Shirley Walker Conductor, Track Performer
Bruce Woolley Vocals
Hans Zimmer Vocals, Track Performer
Michael Stevens Vocals
Michael Gambon Track Performer
Cole Ynda Vocals
Julia Migenes Track Performer
Technical Credits
Robin Williams Contributor
Jane Siberry Contributor
Thomas Dolby Contributor
Enya Composer, Contributor
Frankie Goes to Hollywood Contributor
Peter Gabriel Contributor
Steve Howe Contributor
Ian Hunter Contributor
Grace Jones Contributor
Seal Contributor
Bruce Fowler Orchestration
Pat Metheny Producer, Contributor
Richard Greene Contributor
Tori Amos Contributor
Peter Haycock Contributor
Anne Dudley Contributor
Roma Ryan Composer
John Isham Contributor
Curt Bisquera Contributor
Chris Bruce Contributor
Janey Clewer Contributor
Lisa Coleman Contributor
Lol Creme Contributor
Bob Daspit Contributor
Michael Fisher Contributor
Gary Gersh Executive Producer
Trevor Horn Producer
Johnathon J. Jeczalik Contributor
Steve Lipson Contributor
Malcolm McNabb Contributor
Susannah Melvoin Contributor
Wendy Melvoin Contributor
David Palmer Contributor
Tim Pierce Contributor
Andy Richards Contributor
Jay Rifkin Engineer
Jeff Rona Contributor
Nicky Ryan Producer
Kevin Savigar Contributor
Armin Steiner Engineer, Contributor
Shirley Walker Orchestration
Tim Weidner Engineer
Hans Zimmer Producer
Louis Jardim Contributor
Michael Stevens Contributor
Barry Levinson Executive Producer
Andrew Richards Contributor
Eric Caudieux Contributor
Joan Cusak Contributor
Michael Gambon Contributor
Lisbeth Scott Contributor
Jill Sinclair Executive Producer
Cole Ynda Contributor
The International Childrens' Choir Contributor
Alexys Schwartz Contributor
Julia Migenes Contributor
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