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29 September 2021
Lost album: TOY
A record Bowie wanted to release in 2001 but stayed in a box on a shelf.
Although it leaked already in 2011, an official release is now planned for
7th January 2022, the day after the Thin White Duke‘s birthday.
The late hero recorded the LP after Glastonbury 2000 with his live band at
the time, featuring songs he originally had put on tape between 1964-1971
along with the then-new closing track ‘Toy (Your Turn To Drive).’ The idea was
to capture a live-in-the-studio feel and drop the record by surprise. But for
technological problems, it didn’t happen and Bowie started working on the
2002 Heathen album.
Mark Plati (musician/producer/songwriter) who produced Toy together with Bowie:
“Toy is like a moment in time captured in an amber of joy, fire and energy. 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.”
In addition to the standalone Toy release, also an expanded edition called
Toy: Box featuring all sorts of alternate takes and mixes plus B-sides, will
be available. More info here.
Ahead of the release comes this taster. A radio edit of the
track You’ve Got A Habit Of Leaving. An upbeat Bowie swinger.
DAVID BOWIE: Website