As is customary on David Bowie’s birthday, born January 8, 1947 and died January 10, 2016, this Friday the 7th is no exception.
The previously unreleased solo album “Toy” from 2000, which was already part of the “Brilliant Adventure” box released last November, will now be available on three CDs and in a 6×10-inch vinyl box. There will also be a special edition cassette, but only available at the “Bowie 75” brick-and-mortar store in the UK and New York.
“Toy” was recorded in 2000 after their “Glastonbury 2000” concert; Bowie entered the studio with a band consisting of Mark Plati, Sterling Campbell on drums, Gail Ann Dorsey on bass, Earl Slick on guitar, Mike Garson on piano, Gerry Leonard on session guitar, Tony Visconti on strings arrangement, Holly Palmer and Emm Gryner.
During those sessions he developed new versions of songs he recorded between 1964 and 1971; For unknown reasons, the album did not see the light of day 22 years ago.
As a curiosity, the tape will be a single version; that is, there won’t be a single CD or LP from that solo album, only a compact and vinyl triple that will include an alternative mix, interrupted or slightly electric, Bob Dylan style.
There have been previous complaints about cassettes: the packaging was as follows as a basis: simple cardboard as it was when “cassingles” or single cassettes were released in the ’80s and ’90s. Tim Bowie points out that at some point, these tapes might be available in official virtual store, but nothing promised.
The ultimateclassicrock.com website features an interview with pianist Mike Garson, who claims that Bowie was very disappointed to learn that “Toy” would not be published. He commented that in 2001 the simple 1965 covers of “You Have a Habit of Leaving” and “I Dig Everything Up” were broadcast.
Other re-recordings such as “Uncle Floyd”, “Slip Away” and “Afraid” later appeared on albums such as 2002’s “Heathen” and subsequent compilations.
“I love that album and it really bothers me that the label is releasing it; which is not done with David Bowie’s work. Of course he was upset, but within a few months all the songs were online. I have listened to them for 20 years. But now I’m happy to finally be able to physically publish.”
Plati recalls that the session was “a moment in time … the sounds of happy people making music,” Garson agreed. _