Kevin Ayers' debut solo album after leaving Soft Machine Soft Machine (he was a founding member). They may have progressed very differently had he have stayed. However the parting was amicable enough to be accompanied on Joy Of A Toy by his Soft Machine colleagues Robert Wyatt, Mike Ratledge and Hugh Hopper.
The album features Ayers sonorous vocal delivery and an avant-garde song construction and an affection for bizarre instrumentation that would have a deep influence far into the 1970s and much later. Many of Ayers' most enduring songs feature here from "The Lady Rachel" to "Girl on a Swing", the latter still, regularly covered by artists to this day like Candie Payne and The Ladybug Transistor.
SIDE A: 1. Joy Of A Toy Continued 2. Town Feeling 3. The Clarietta Rag 4. Girl On A Swing 5. Song For Insane Times
SIDE B: 1. Stop This Train (Again Doing It) 2. Eleanor’s Cake 3. Lady Rachel 4. Oleh Oleh Bandu Bandong 5. All This Crazy Gift Of Time
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