A previously unreleased David Bowie track, “Karma Man,” is here. Alongside the release, an alternate version of “Silly Boy Blue” is out now.
Bowie’s rumoured 2001 album, Toy, is set to receive its first-ever commercial release on November 26th. It’ll be out as part of an archival box set, Brilliant Adventure (1992-2001).
Bowie originally recorded “Karma Man” in September 1967. It later debuted on John Peel’s BBC Radio 1 show in 1968. The track wasn’t officially released until 1970 on The World Of David Bowie. Now, the track has gotten an official release alongside and alternate version of his 1967 track, “Silly Boy Blue.”
Listen to “Karma Man” and the alternate version of “Silly Boy Blue” below.
“‘Karma Man’ is notable for Cuong Vu’s opening and closing lines, and especially the glorious backing vocals from Holly Palmer, Emm Gryner, and Lisa Germano – they had so much to do with the sound of Toy and this is a prime example,” Toy co-producer Mark Plati says. “When I re-listened to these tracks, the sound of fall 2000 came flooding out of the speakers, from a song I’d not heard since then. I’m not too proud to say I shed a bit of a tear, something that happened a few times while mixing it.”
On January 7th, Toy will get its own release as a multi-disc set called TOY:BOX.
Bowie recorded Toy in the aftermath of his 2000 performance at Glastonbury. He had planned to reimagine some of his earliest recordings with a live backing band.