Toast It's Just An Illusion

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    • Toast – It's Just An Illusion
    • Toast – It's Just An Illusion (Instrumental)
    • 1. It's Just An Illusion
    • 2. It's Just An Illusion (Instrumental)

    **KIller 2-step soul business reissued!**

    Toast’s ’It’s Just An Illusion' was a 1983 released project made up of Baltimore singer-songwriters and well-known New York session players. A top-end independent production, the single is recognised for its musical appeal and rarity in equal measure amongst soul collectors. Produced and funded by Randy Irwin for his NY-based Charm City imprint, it was the label’s only release.

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