Sunday, November 14, 2021

Toad - Toad (1971)

Toad - Toad (1971)

Tracklist front / back album covers

"Cottonwood Hill" (music — Frohlich, lyrics — Jaeger) 8:35

"A Life That Ain't Worth Living" (music & lyrics — Vergeat) 3:30

"Tank" (music & lyrics — Vergeat) 3:28

"They Say I'm Mad" (music — Vergeat, lyrics — Frohlich) 6:47

"Life Goes On" (music — Frohlich, lyrics — Jaeger) 11:58

"Pig's Walk" (music & lyrics — Vergeat) 7:26

"The One I Mean" (music — Vergeat, lyrics — Frohlich) 2:33

"Stay" (music — Vergeat & Frohlich, lyrics — Frohlich & Jaeger) 3:32

Toad Band Members / Musicians
Vic Vergeat - Guitar
Werner Frohlich - Bass
Cosimo Lampis - Drums
Benjamin Jaeger - Vocals
Produced by Chris Schwegler
Engineered by Martin Birch

Toad is the eponymous debut album by the Swiss rock band of the same name. It was engineered by British producer Martin Birch. After the recording finished, singer Benjamin Jaeger left the group and was not replaced.

Toad was a Swiss hard rock band, formed by ex-Brainticket members in Basel, Switzerland, during 1970. Their best known songs were covers of Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze" and The Beatles' "I Saw Her Standing There", along with originals "Usin' My Life" and "Stay!". Their first two albums were engineered by Martin Birch.

Though the band was not commercially successful outside of their own country, they were a popular live act because of their ferocity, musicianship and stage antics. Most notably when lead guitarist Vic Vergeat played the guitar with his teeth. Their concerts were often compared to those of Jimi Hendrix.

The band went through lineup changes during its history, but the longest lasting and most consistent lineup was Vic Vergeat: lead guitar and vocals, Werner Fröhlich: bass and vocals and Cosimo Lampis: drums.

Toad Band Members / Musicians

Benjamin "Beni" Jaeger - lead vocals

Vittorio "Vic" Vergeat - guitars, backing vocals, keyboards, piano, mellotron

Werner Fröhlich - bass, backing vocals, moog synthesizer

Cosimo Lampis - drums, congas, percussion, backing vocals

André Buser - bass

Caesar Perrig - bass

Kelvin Bullen - bass

Claudio Salsi - drums

Toad Discography Full

Studio albums
1971 - Toad
1972 - Tomorrow Blue
1974 - Dreams
1993 - Stop This Crime
1995 - Hate to Hate
2003 - B.U.F.O (Blues United Fighting Organization)
2004 - Behind the Wheels

Live albums
1973 - Open Fire: Live in Basel 1972
1978 - Yearnin' Learnin': Live 1978 (recorded live in Geneva)
1994 - The Real Thing (recorded live in Brienz)
2005 - Live at St. Joseph (Basel) 22.04.1972 (copy from Live at St. Joseph)

Compilation albums
1978 - The Best of Toad
1979 - Tomorrow Blue
1992 - Rarities
1999 - Toad Trilogy
2003 - Toad Box

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