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Toyah / Sheep Farming In Barnet

1980 debut reissued as 2CD+DVD set and coloured vinyl

Toyah’s debut album Sheep Farming In Barnet has been remastered and expanded and will be reissued in December.

Cherry Red bought the Safari Records catalogue earlier this year and Sheep Farming In Barnet represents the start of a planned reissue programme of Toyah’s entire output on that label, including 1981’s hit-packed Anthem.

Originally a six-track EP issued in August 1979, Sheep Farming In Barnet was expanded to full album status the following year with the addition of five further tracks, including both sides ‘Victims Of The Riddle’, Toyah’s first single (released in 1979).


Sheep Farming In Barnet white vinyl LP (click image to enlarge)

The reissue is fairly straightforward, with two formats on offer: 2CD+DVD and an LP pressed on white vinyl. The former offers the newly remastered album, plus 30 bonus tracks made up of non-album singles, rarities and demos (20 previously unreleased).

The DVD (which is NTSC, region-free) not only includes rare archive TV footage (such as Old Grey Whistle Test) but also has new filmed features with Toyah including her talking through the album track-by-track and performing an exclusive acoustic three-song session of songs from the era (shot in August 2020).

The 24-page booklet that accompanies this package offers a brand new introductory note from Toyah and sleeve notes by Toyah’s archivist Craig Astley, which chronicles the creation of the album, musician line-ups and reveals the recording origins of the album and bonus material for the first time.

The limited white vinyl edition features the remastered 11-track album with lyrics included in this package for the first time.

Sheep Farming in Barnet will be reissued on 4 December 2020.

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Sheep Farming In Barnet 2CD+DVD deluxe edition

CD 1

1. NEON WOMB
2. INDECISION
3. WAITING
4. COMPUTER
5. VICTIMS OF THE RIDDLE
6. ELUSIVE STRANGER
7. OUR MOVIE
8. DANCED
9. LAST GOODBYE
10. VICTIMS OF THE RIDDLE (VIVISECTION)
11. RACE THROUGH SPACE

BONUS TRACKS
12. GAOLER
13. BIRD IN FLIGHT
14. TRIBAL LOOK
15. LOVE ME (DANGERFIELD SESSION)*
16. TRIBAL LOOK (ALTERNATE MIX)*
17. OUR MOVIE (SHOESTRING VERSION)*
18. WAITING (SHOESTRING VERSION)*
19. NEON WOMB (SHOESTRING VERSION)*
20. DANCED (SHOESTRING VERSION)*

* Previously unreleased

CD 2

1. COMPUTERS (DEMO)*
2. LITTLE BOY (DEMO)*
3. CLOSE ENCOUNTERS (DEMO)*
4. WATCH ME SANE (DEMO)*
5. JAILER (DEMO)*
6. RACE THROUGH SPACE (DEMO) *
7. ELUSIVE STRANGER (DEMO)*
8. PROBLEM CHILD (DEMO)
9. ISRAEL (DEMO)
10. CHRISTMAS CAROL (DEMO)
11. RACE THROUGH SPACE (ALTERNATE MIX)*
12. NEON WOMB (NO SAXOPHONE)*
13. OUR MOVIE (ALTERNATE MIX)*
14. WAITING (ALTERNATE VOCAL MIX)*
15. INDECISION (ALTERNATE VOCAL MIX)*
16. COMPUTER (ALTERNATE VOCAL MIX)*
17. VIVISECTION (IMPROVISATION)*
18. LOVE ME (DEMO)
19. TRIBAL LOOK (DEMO)
20. GUILTY (DEMO)
21. THREE-SIDED FACE (DEMO)

* Previously unreleased

DVD (NTSC, Region-free)

1. THE STORY BEHIND THE ALBUM : 2020 INTERVIEW
2. TRACK-BY-TRACK ALBUM COMMENTARY:
2020 INTERVIEW
3. COMPUTER: ACOUSTIC SESSION 2020
4. NEON WOMB: ACOUSTIC SESSION 2020
5. BIRD IN FLIGHT: ACOUSTIC SESSION 2020
6. RACE THROUGH SPACE: WHAT’S ON 12/04/1979
7. TOYAH INTERVIEW: WHAT’S ON 19/04/1979
8. DANCED: THE OLD GREY WHISTLE TEST 04/03/1980
9. INDECISION: THE OLD GREY WHISTLE TEST 04/03/1980

Sheep Farming In Barnet limited edition white vinyl

Side One

1. NEON WOMB
2. INDECISION
3. WAITING
4. COMPUTER
5. VICTIMS OF THE RIDDLE
6. ELUSIVE STRANGER

Side Two

1. OUR MOVIE
2. DANCED
3. LAST GOODBYE
4. VICTIMS OF THE RIDDLE (VIVISECTION)
5. RACE THROUGH SPACE

13 responses to Toyah / Sheep Farming In Barnet

  1. David Bly says:

    Omigod! A Toyah set than I can actually order and GET, unlike the two signed box sets from Demon that were almost impossible to get, especailly here in the US, for reasons that some of you already know.
    Finally, relief for US Toyah fans!

  2. Wolfgang Mintrop says:

    It’ good to see that the first TOYAH albums are getting a reissue as deluxe editions, but, nevertheles, I’m disappointed in regard of the bonus material … really no live stuff?

  3. Michael says:

    I haven’t thought of Toyah Wilcox in years. I bought the “Sheep Farming in Barnet” record back in 1979, and thought it was total futuristic pop weirdness, since the Toyah sound was a potent cocktail mix made up of parts Kate Bush, Siouxie and the Banshees, David Bowie, and a splash of Yoko Ono (just to make sure our heads would really spin). I don’t know why, but I always imagined the original cast of the Rocky Horror Show listening to this album during afterhours while getting stoned.

    Anyway, I lent my copy of SFIB to a girlfriend (silly me), since that’s the last time I saw her or my record. When I decided to replace my lost copy, I was told it was out of print. Word to the wise, “Never, never lend out your records, no matter how much someone cries and pleads, and promises to take very good care of it”! So I’m really happy, and almost shocked to see a deluxe reissue of Toyah. This album will bring back fun and skewed memories I’ve all but forgotten about.

  4. Strangely Brown says:

    Damn, I love Toyah – every young boys punk crumpet back in the early 80’s….

    Looking forward to Anthem….

  5. Dean says:

    Such a long awaited and well thought out package. Looks fabulous too. The Toyah boxsets this year have really lovingly presented Toyah’s back catalogue.
    As others have said, the bonus material and price is brilliant. All round wonderful news.

  6. Tom M says:

    “Is it OK to point out that both titles are cheaper on Cherry Red’s own website (although postage is extra)?”
    And depending on where you live, Cherry Red might subtract the VAT, so even less.

  7. Dave Griffiths says:

    Thanks Paul. This is great news and I have ordered from Cherry Red. I hope they do the same with Blue Meanings. This is the right price for this sort of release, especially bearing in mind that miost of us have already bought the album at least once. Roxy Music or Pink Floyd would have been charging £50 for this sort of thing!

  8. philce3k says:

    WOW> I wish i was a Toyah fan! lol. This is an unbelievably generous and comprehensive package for much cheapness. I wish this was the benchmark for other artists’ releases!

  9. Clive says:

    I was all over this like a rash when it was announced a couple of weeks ago, and so was everyone else…. We crashed the Cherry Red site. This finally pulls everything together, rather than the hodge podge releases in the 00’s. Can’t wait to see what Blue Meaning, Anthem and The Changeling will offer.

  10. oldmensfunnytrousers says:

    This is great but Blue Meanings is her high watermark.

  11. Simon says:

    The Shoestring versions are from when Toyah appeared in the popular BBC series of the same name.

  12. Wesley says:

    This is how you do it. Good packaging, tons of extras, reasonably priced.

    Is it OK to point out that both titles are cheaper on Cherry Red’s own website (although postage is extra)?

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