A never before released David Bowie album Toy will be officially released on January 7, the day before what would have been the late legendary musician’s 75th birthday.
Bowie planned to record the album “old school,” with his band playing live, choosing the best takes and then releasing it as soon as possible. Unfortunately, in 2001 the concept of the “surprise drop” album release and the technology to support it were still quite a few years off, making it impossible to release Toy as instantly as Bowie wanted.
Now, twenty years after its originally planned release, Bowie’s co-producer Mark Plati says, “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.”
Available in 3CD or 6×10″ vinyl formats, TOY (TOY:BOX) is a special edition of the album. The package also contains a 16-page full-colour book featuring previously unseen photographs by Frank Ockenfels 3.
Toy finishes with a new song from which the album takes its title, “Toy (Your Turn To Drive).” It was constructed from a jam at the end of one of the live takes of “I Dig Everything.”
On November 26, Parlophone Records/ISO Records will release David Bowie 5: Brilliant Adventure (1992 – 2001), the fifth in a series of box sets chronicling his career from 1969 to the 21st century. It is an eleven CD box, eighteen-piece vinyl set and standard digital download box set collection.
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