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by Tol-Puddle Martyrs

“Polyphony”, an album of 12 new 60’s/70’s British/American style Pop/Rock tracks from the Tol-Puddle Martyrs: filled with hooks, riffs, catchy melodies, with meaningful, sometimes quirky lyrics. Take a listen, you might like what you hear!
Genre: Pop: 60's Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. When I Was Young
3:27 $0.99
2. L.O.V.E.
2:41 $0.99
3. 20/20 to Zero
3:36 $0.99
4. One Drop in the Ocean
2:47 $0.99
5. Problems
3:02 $0.99
6. Mrs Merkel
2:35 $0.99
7. Took It in the Heart
2:23 $0.99
8. Takin' My Chances
2:49 $0.99
9. Count Me In
2:59 $0.99
10. Lucky with the Left Hand
3:15 $0.99
11. Livin' in the City
4:25 $0.99
12. In My Mind
3:25 $0.99
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great album
Tol-Puddles are a great band, & this is their best album.
Check it our.

Paul Cutajar

Highly Entertaining
Tol-Puddles' music is full of life and energy. The lyrics shine a light on life's moments and experiences with a sharp eye. The music is easy listening and uplifting. Have a cuppa and enjoy!

Mick Phillips

Count Me In
Tolpuddle Martyrs, yes! A band with its roots in the glorious 60s, when the Beatles, the Kinks, the Hollies and Traffic played the waves. The band's latest offering, Polyphony, is a songful raised fist for what's treasured and true, whether it's the personal and heartfelt "20/20 To Zero" or the exuberant, playful "Count Me In". The Martyrs have been around for a while, and there's a touch of nostalgia and wistfulness in one or two tracks: the wonder and uncertainty of "A Drop in the Ocean" and the confronting theme of "Problems". "Mrs Merkel" and "Lucky with the Left Hand" affirm Tolpuddle Martyrs' rousing and positive "yes" to life, whether it's life at its most difficult, at its most playful or just at its most ordinary. This is a polished and professional band whose closeness over many years has honed their distinct sound. A recommended tour for the heart, soul and mind.


This is a great vibe CD! Super chilled but fun.
Both me and my parents love the groovy feel!


Deeper than meets the eye
The Tol-Puddle Martyrs have put together a simply marvelous collection of songs - that resonate both lyrically and melodically. I am not a musicologist by any means but there are tunes here that not only remind me of the 60's genre but also seem to be influenced by the great masters of the Baroque era. The songs vary and each in there own way are quite profound - some at a universal level and others at a very personal level. As an example of the latter I relate deeply to the lyrics on the 3rd track of the CD : "20/20 to zero" The song is about someone who has lost his eye-sight - and is seeking a cure as I myself did when I traveled overseas to save the little vision left in my left eye following a retinal detachment. On the other hand Track 11: "Living in the City" recounts the somber episodes that befall large cities - New York, London, Paris and Barcelona are all recent examples of this phenomenon - but eventually the citizenry win out in the end - through strength of will and often with the aid of strong resolute leaders that chisel a way out of the dark forest of gloom. I could go on and on about each track but I think it is best that you the listener hear them for yourself to appreciate what a valuable contribution the Tol-Puddle Martyrs have made.

Tom Smallman

Classic sound
A great classic sound with some contemporary themes. One of their best.

Lyn Nuttall

Many voices indeed!
The latest Tol-Puddle Martyrs project by Peter Rechter is unified by themes around the passage of time, but although you'll find wistfulness and regret, there are also gratitude, good humour and satisfaction from a man who has been writing, performing and recording for several decades. This is summed up in the last track "In My Mind": "I've seen it all, I don't mind this time if I'm outside the door." Other highlights for me are the moving personal testament of "20/20 To Zero", and the pounding groove behind "Livin' In The City" which provides an urgent counterpoint to a song about living on in the face of threatening contemporary events. The album is called "Polyphony" with good reason. On repeated listening, I imagined the variety of artists whose voices would fit these songs like a glove. It would be gratifying to see some of these songs make it into the repertoires of others.

David Johnson

The Best Yet
What a great collection of beautifully crafted songs. Real melodies that will continue to bounce around in your head, plus some thoughtful and politically savvy lyrics to ponder. Many of the songs do pay homage to those pop/rock heroes of the 60’s like the Kinks and Beatles, but when you hear some of the sophisticated arrangements and orchestration, you’re hearing complete originality. The rather jaunty “Mrs. Merkel”. the darker “Livin’ in the City” or the jazzy “LOVE” are songs that echo these uncertain times, transcending a lot of the vacuous self-absorbed song writing that seems to get much of the airplay. These are songs that deserve a much wider audience, and this is without doubt, the best album that the Tol-Puddle Martyrs have released.