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Joy of a Toy
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
This 1969 debut solo album from the bassist and principal songwriter of the Soft Machine sees it's first domestic CD release. With Ayers playing an impressive list of instruments and bandmate Robert Wyatt on drums for most... more »
This 1969 debut solo album from the bassist and principal songwriter of the Soft Machine sees it's first domestic CD release. With Ayers playing an impressive list of instruments and bandmate Robert Wyatt on drums for most of the songs, many of the tracks recall early Soft Machine. Original artwork and new detailed liner notes. Water. 2006.
Ralph Quirino | Keswick, Ontario Canada | 07/08/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Fans of the quirky yet personal Mr. Ayers will be happy to hear that his 1969 solo debut is once again available on CD! Hardcore fans may be delighted by the remastered sound and the brief yet enjoyable liner notes present on Water's first-rate 2006 reissue. For me, this is one of those offbeat albums that always sneak back into my CD player every so often. The kind that always bears repeated play effortlessly. And even though Ayers' vocal style takes some getting used to, its wry charms are well worth discovering (and being backed by sidemen from Soft Machine, as on this set, doesn't hurt either). I'm not really writing this review to praise Mr. A's skills (he needs no references!). I just wanted to point out that I'm happy I own this set and think it awesome that Water Records chose to finally make it available on CD in North America. I only wish they had followed EMI UK's lead when it reissued Joy in 2006 with bonus tracks (single edits mostly). It would've been a nice extra for those passionate about this album and performer. Still, a worthy investment if you followed progressive rock at the start of the seventies."