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Sheep Farming In Barnet/The Blue Meaning Toyah


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SHEEP FARMING IN BARNET began life as a six-track Alternative Play 7" vinyl record. The traditional 'EP' contained four tracks, so it was felt that we needed to differentiate from that format thus Safari's first and last 'AP', catalogue number SAP 1 was issued in 1979.

This was followed by a more traditional 7" single, catalogue number SAFE 15: "Victims of the Riddle" b/w "Vivisection". At this point, Toyah's popularity began to grow in Europe, and our then licensee EMI Electrola in Germany asked to release an album, so the two records were combined with three extra tracks to form the SHEEP FARMING IN BARNET album. The Germans released it with one of the longest catalogue numbers in living memory, but this was abbreviated to IC 064 for the UK.

This digital release includes the extra tracks "Bird In Flight" and "Tribal Look" which were released as a single, catalogue number SAFE 22.

The first Toyah album proper, THE BLUE MEANING, followed the next year.

We endeavoured to retain as much of the original packaging and artwork in the CD re-issue as we could. This included the eerily prescient extracts from the work of Nostradamus, sourced by Toyah in 1979 for inclusion on the "SHEEP FARMING" EP and album, and now so relevant to the events of September 11, 2001.

13 tracks available for download

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THE BLUE MEANING was released in 1980. This digital release includes two additional tracks not on the original vinyl recording: "Sphinx" (originally released on flexidisc, a particularly fiendish record business invention which became unplayable the second time you tried to play it...) and "Street Addict", the B-side of the later single "Thunder in the Mountains".

We re-released these albums in 2002, as Toyah embarked on the "Here And Now" tour with many of her contemporaries. It all started here!

Chris Rayner
Feb 2002, updated Sep 2009

12 tracks available for download

streaming from ourYouTube Safari Records channel channel,

or listen now on Spotify:

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Sheep Farming In Barnet 1. Neon Womb 2. Indecision 3. Waiting 4. Computer 5. Victims of the Riddle 6. Elusive Stranger 7. Our Movie 8. Danced 9. The Last Goodbye 10. Victims of the Riddle (Vivisection) 11. Race Through Space 12. Bird In Flight (Bonus track) 13. Tribal Look (Bonus track) The Blue Meaning 1. Ieya 2. Spaced Walking 3. Ghosts 4. Mummies 5. Blue Meanings 6. Tiger Tiger 7. Visions 8. Insects
9. Love Me 10. She 11. Sphinx (Bonus track) 12. Street Addict (Bonus track)

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