Joy of a Toy (song)

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"Joy of a Toy"
Single by The Soft Machine
from the album The Soft Machine
B-side "Why Are We Sleeping?" (Ayers)
Released Nov, 1968
Format 7", 45rpm
Recorded April 1968, Record Plant, NYC
Genre Psychedelic rock
Label ABC Probe (USA)
Writer(s) Ayers/Ratledge
Producer(s) Chas Chandler; Tom Wilson
The Soft Machine singles chronology
"Love Makes Sweet Music"
"Joy of a Toy"
"Soft Space"

"Joy of a Toy" was the first USA single by the Psychedelic rock band Soft Machine. It was released in 1968 to promote the group's debut album The Soft Machine. The single features edited versions of both songs, in addition to featuring the only known mono-mixes from their debut. Kevin Ayers would employ the song's title for his debut solo album, Joy of a Toy, a year later, even though it does not feature. According to Rob Chapman, the title of the A-side was taken from the name of an otherwise unrelated composition by Ornette Coleman.[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Joy of a Toy" (Ayers/Ratledge)
  2. "Why Are We Sleeping?" (Ayers/Ratledge/Wyatt)



  1. ^ Chapman, Rob (June 1997). "Soft Machine". Mojo. Retrieved 22 November 2011.