Toys [Geffen]

Toys [Geffen]

     
 

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…  See more details below

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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:
0720642450529
catalogNumber:
24505

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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
International Childrens' Choir   Contributor
Alexys Schwartz   Contributor
Julia Migenes   Contributor

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