Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Toy Factory - Toy Factory (us 1970)

Toy Factory - Toy Factory (us 1970)
(Avco Embassy Lp, AVE 33013)

Formed: 1969, New York, NY, United States
Disbanded: 1970 //

* Greg Weiss (vocals),
* Billy (guitar),
* Bill (bass),
* Sal (keyboards),
* Joey (drums).

Related Artists: Andromeda

01. What Is A Youth
02. To Live Or Die
03. Dear Girl
04. Yesterday's Love
05. No Rhyme To Orange
06. Summertime
07. When I'm With You
08. Things
09. Honey, Forever
10. Little Girl

Though we haven't been able to track down much bibliographical information on this late-60s bi-racial outfit, we think they were from Long Island, New York. From the liner notes on their LP we can also tell you Greg Weiss was the lead singer and was responsible for writing roughly half the material. The rest of the line up consisted of bassist Bill, guitarist Billy, drummer Joey and keyboard player Sal (great detail there).
Produced by Bernie Lawrence, the majority of 1970's "Toy Factory” found the band trying to fight their way through rather faceless MOR pop. Lead singer Greg Weiss had a decent voice, but on tracks such as "What Is Youth", "To Live or Die" and "Honey, Forever" he employed an irritating faux-English accent that recalled Davy Jones (he sounds like David Hemmings to me Bad Cat!!!). He also had an irritating habit of throwing mock sobs and groans into the mix ("When I'm with You" and "Honey Forever"). Strike three were the occasional French lyrics (don't pick on the French Bad Cat!!!) he tossed into the mix ("To Live or Die" and "Honey Forever"). Curiously, the band was at their best when they cut loose and go for a harder rock sound. In this case, the pseudo-psychedelic "No Rhyme To Orange" (sporting a nice fuzz guitar solo) and "Things" was a nifty slice of blue-eyed soul. "Summertime" also found the band turning in one of the weirdest George Gershwin covers we've ever heard (pretty decent guitar here too Bad Cat!!!). This one certainly won't change your life, but it's one of those period failures that's worth checking out.
~ (BAD CAT).

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I would just like to say I am Gregg Weiss's daughter and I am so happy to find information about toy factory online and will share this information with my father. I think my father is very talented and I'm so proud of him :-)