1982 UK LP: Safari Records / VOOR9
1982 UK cassette: Safari Records / VOOR C9 / Soft-Pack Cassette
1999 UK CD: Connoisseur Collection (Safari) / EVSOPCD264
Produced by Steve Lillywhite
As regards bonus tracks; Warrior Rock, the b-side of Brave New World features as a bonus track alongside the 1981 single Thunder In The Mountains, the lead track from Four More From Toyah EP plus the shorter radio edit of the 1982 pop single re-recording of Ieya.^
The Changeling was Toyah’s follow-up album to the critically acclaimed Anthem. Although it has a similar overall sound, the band’s writing took a darker, almost gothic direction. Tracks such as “The Packt” and “Brave New World” take a rather dystopian although still hopeful view of the future, a theme which largely pervades the whole album. The Changeling was not released on CD until 1999, although this long-awaited release did at least include six bonus tracks, four of which were previously unavailable on CD, and the video for “Thunder in the Mountains”. On the CD reissue, the ending of ‘Angel & Me’ has been edited. After the song has faded out, the original vinyl version featured an echoed drum roll that resembled the sound of a door being locked – this was absent on the CD.
Original vinyl issues of the album came complete with a lyric insert, the background of which featured drawings of circuit boards. Around the lyrics of each song were sections of poetry written by Toyah Willcox, which were not included on the album. The album was produced by legendary record producer Steve Lillywhite (CBE) using early digital studio recording equipment. Some overseas editions such as the Dutch release, featured an additional ‘Digital Recording’ logo on the cover sleeve.
A completed out-take from the sessions for The Changeling named ‘Warrior Rock’ appeared as the B-side of the LP’s only single release ‘Brave New World’ and on the later CD reissue. Another out-take entitled ‘Paradise Child’, later surfaced on the Safari Records collectors album ‘Mayhem’. A rarer version entitled ‘Silly Little Girls’ using a similar music track but with alternative lyrics (featuring Toyah Willcox improvising ‘mild obscenities’), appeared on preparatory demos for the album which have since surfaced on bootleg releases. Several other instrumental tracks from the same demo sessions have never been commercially used.