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Toys Of Joy – One Of These Days [1990]

fefeCountry Denmark          

Style AOR/Pop/Rock

Rating 85/100

Band Members Henrik Launbjerg – Vocals, Hans H. Egestorp – Guitar,keyboards, Morten Bolvik – Keyboards, Steffen Qwist – Guitar, Jakob Iisager – Drums, Lars Elswing – Bass

Tracks 01. Watching The Moves, 02. Hold On, 03. Bring On The Night, 04. One Of These Days, 05. Some People, 06. When The Rain Falls, 07. Can’t Get Nobody Else, 08. Make A Difference, 09. Let It Out, 10. Leaves

Profile Hailing from Denmark, TOYS OF JOY, basically a duo formed by songwriters Henrik Launbjerg and Hans Egestorp, recorded the single “When The Rain Falls” at the very end of 1989. The band got signed by a local label and subsequently released a full album: ‘One Of These Days’. The CD becomes soon out of print and a hard hunt among AOR collectors.

Launbjerg / Egestorp captured the truly essence of american FM radio soft AOR better than many native american musicians. The absolutely outstanding opener “Watching Your Moves” remains in my book as one of the better ‘feelgood’ AOR songs ever.  The breezy, sophisticated ‘Some People’ is another personal favorite. Is this MR. MISTER sounding here? Very, very close. ‘When The Rain Falls’ is as magic ballad, a lot like a JAY GRAYDON’s PLANET 3 track. Perfect song. “Can’t Get Nobody Else” with its intelligent guitar arrangements is pure class. “Let It Out” is a catchy, sing along tune with a monster chorus, what a great song!

The whole album is fabulous, with terrific and beautifully arranged songs. 10/10 production job, a lush AOR heaven for the ears. Launbjerg’s voice reminds me Richard Page, perfect pitch and tone, an underrated vocalist with tons of style. Recently, their original indie label has resurrected and remastered this little masterpiece. I can’t recommend you “One Of These Days” enough. High class AOR.


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