David Bowie’s unreleased 2001 album Toy has gotten its first official release.
The abandoned LP produced by Mark Plati (The Cure, LouReed) was originally meant to come out 20 years ago. A disagreement with Bowie’s former label Virgin got in the way. In 2011, parts of Toy leaked, including new songs “Uncle Floyd”, “Afraid” and the title track. Versions of “Baby Loves That Way”, “I Dig Everything”, “Conversation Piece”, “Let Me Sleep Beside You” and “Silly Boy Blue” were also leaked. Now, fans will finally get their first official listen.
Toy has been included in the Era Five box set, Brilliant Adventure (1992 – 2001). Bowie recorded the album in the aftermath of his 2000 performance at Glastonbury. He had planned to reimagine some of his earliest recordings with a live backing band.
Stream Toy and the rest of Brilliant Adventure (1992 – 2001) below.
Back in October, the album was teased with “Karma Man,” which was originally recorded 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.”
Mark Plati on Toy:
“Toy is like a moment in time captured in an amber of joy, fire and energy,” Bowie producer Mark Plati says in a statement. “It’s the sound of people happy to be playing music. David revisited and re-examined his work from decades prior through prisms of experience and fresh perspective – a parallel not lost on me as I now revisit it twenty years later. From time to time, he used to say ‘Mark, this is our album’ – I think because he knew I was so deeply in the trenches with him on that journey. I’m happy to finally be able to say it now belongs to all of us.”
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