The Toms ‎– The Toms

Black Sheep Records (2) ‎– BSLP-0001, Black Sheep Records (2) ‎– BSLP-0002
Vinyl, LP, Album


A1 Let's Be Friends Again 3:01
A2 You Must Have Crossed My Mind 2:49
A3 It's Needless 2:42
A4 Other Boys Do 3:04
A5 The Door 3:01
A6 Wasn't That Love In Your Eyes 3:20
B1 I Did The Wrong Thing 2:16
B2 Hook 3:43
B3 The Flame 2:08
B4 Think About Me 3:06
B5 Better Than Anyone Else 3:03
B6 The Bear 2:06

Companies, etc.



Original pressing in heavyweight pasteboard-style sleeve which is cardboard-colored inside (versus the reissue which is thinner and white inside.) Vinyl has different matrix etchings than the reissue, and is a standard vinyl weight versus the 180 gram reissue.

Lyric sheet enclosed.
All songs (ASCAP) Songgram Music.

Black Sheep Records, Inc.:
109 Lansing Ave., Mercerville, N. J. 08619

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (A): NR-11177A JDL
  • Matrix / Runout (B): NR-11177B JDL
  • Rights Society: ASCAP

Other Versions (4 of 4) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
NL-094 The Toms The Toms(2xCD, Album, RE) Not Lame Recordings NL-094 US 2005 Sell This Version
BRGR1042, none The Toms The Toms(Cass, RE) Burger Records, Frodis Records BRGR1042, none US 2016 Sell This Version
BSLP-0001, BSLP-002 The Toms The Toms(LP, Album, RE) Black Sheep Records (2), Black Sheep Records (2) BSLP-0001, BSLP-002 US 2009 Sell This Version
NLA-001 The Toms The Toms(CD, RE) Not Lame Recordings NLA-001 US 1997 Sell This Version



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December 14, 2014
this should be required listening for any power pop fans. It doesn't have the name recognition of others. That is not because of quality but because of distribution problems or some other factor that has seemingly robbed the world of a chance to hear his music on a grander scale. AllMusic says he played all the instruments himself. That is always awesome to me and almost impossible to believe. It's like Mangum with NMH, it just blows me away that someone has the talent to play all the instruments and sing and then bring it together to sound like five trained musicians made the music. I mean the vocals on here sound like group harmonies at times and are very well done. I don't know shit about music and how hard it is to write good songs or be technically proficient or even adequate when playing them. But it just seems to me that to do this album alone would really be a feat and it isn't just ok, it's top notch stuff.

I love the ringing guitars to start out the first track, it is pleasing power pop through and through. "You Must Have Crossed My Mind" is the best song on the track, so catchy and I like the lyrics, what male couldn't sing this refrain about a girl many times over? The ringing guitars continue on "The Door" another solid track, almost sounding like a New Wave Byrds or something at times. "Hook" is sort of what it indicates, a song with a fantastic guitar hook, though the repetition of not "repeating the hook line" at the end of the song is a poor way to end the song. The bonus tracks are more of the same shimmering guitars and catchy tracks, particularly "I Can Go Now," another song about getting over a lost love.

Is this Big Star or Teenage Fanclub greatness? No. At least with the first band, nothing really is. Considering the circumstances around the recording of this, it is a fantastic achievement. It is some of the more melodic and backward thinking perhaps power pop I have listened to. Paying homage to the forerunners of power pop goes over well with me. I have listened to this a few times, and in anticipation of a review, I tried to find a similar band. I'm bad with comparisons that aren't patently obvious, but my power pop knowledge is limited. Let me just say this, if you like power pop at all, or pop music that harkens back to the days of the best pop, then get this. You won't be disappointed.