Toy Matinee [Special Edition]

Toy Matinee [Special Edition]

by Toy Matinee

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Overview

Formed in 1990 by keyboardist, producer, and composer Patrick Leonard and the late singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Kevin Gilbert, the Los Angeles-based Toy Matinee was known for its polished and carefully arranged pop
ock ditties. A studio savvy duo who were comfortable with collaborations, Gilbert had also joined forces with Sheryl Crow, Michael Jackson, and Tina Turner, while Leonard has worked with such pop luminaries as Elton John, Madonna, Roger Waters, and Jewel. "Last Plane Out," the CD's opening track is -- like most of the band's songs -- characterized by diatonic vocal harmonies, a tight rhythm section, blues guitar riffs, and a hook-heavy chorus. With "Turn It On Salvador," a song dedicated to Salvador Dali and immersed in appropriately surreal lyrics, Julian Lennon chimes in with backing vocals in a section that sounds particularly Beatlesque. Sal's Clarinet Trio -- Jon Clarke, Jon Kip, and Donald Markese -- closes "Turn It on Salvador" with a swinging melodic phrase that compliments Leonard's concordant piano passages. The band's songs are mostly unique, though shades of a Pink Floyd ballad can be heard at the beginning of the band's self-titled track, and Steeley Dan-sounding chord progressions are undeniably present on the album's seventh cut, "The Ballad of Jenny Ledge." All in all, this Toy Matinee re-release offers thoughtfully constructed and exceptionally played pop
ock songs alongside a number of slightly derivative songs that have a bit too much of that teased-out 1990s hair band aura.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/06/2001
Label: Rounder / Umgd
UPC: 0613702460326
catalogNumber: 024603

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Toy Matinee   Primary Artist
Julian Lennon   Vocals,Background Vocals
Christine Beveridge   cast
Bill Bottrell   Guitar,Percussion,Vocals,Background Vocals
Jonathan Clark   Group Member
Jon Clarke   Clarinet
Kevin Gilbert   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
Jon Kip   Clarinet,Background Vocals,Group Member
Patrick Leonard   Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
Don Markese   Clarinet
Durga McBroom   Background Vocals
Hiroshi Murakami   cast
Michael Ostin   cast
Tim Pierce   Guitar
Guy Pratt   Bass
Rick Shoemaker   cast
Doug Hopping   cast
Ivy Skoff   cast
Lee Phillips   cast
Marc Moreau   cast
Mike Abowd   cast
Robert Ferris   cast
Giorgio Armani   cast
Larry Fitzgerald   cast
J. Scott Smith   cast
Greg Stone   cast
Doug Buttleman   cast
Daisy Cobb   cast
Nick Corello   cast
Stan Cotey   cast
Elisa Lane Spoliansky   cast
Jennifer Ledge   cast
Mark Hartly   cast
Brian Macleod   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Toy Matinee   Contributor
Elaine Anderson   Engineer
Michael Vail Blum   Engineer,Contributor
Bill Bottrell   Producer,Engineer
Patrick Leonard   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Guy Pratt   Composer
Micajah Ryan   Engineer
Bob Salcedo   Engineer
Jeri Heiden   Art Direction
Deborah Norcross   Art Direction
Scott Schinder   Liner Notes
John Good   Drum Technician
Brian Macleod   Liner Notes

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