David Bowie: arriva ‘Toy’


La domanda rimane sempre la stessa. Ma perchè? Lost album, album dimenticato, album perduto… insomma una manciata di canzoni scartate tanti anni fa e ripescate per dare vita a un box. L’ennesima operazione post mortem che ci lascia indifferenti. Spendete i vostri soldi in maniera più intelligente.

TOY:BOX is a special edition of the unreleased TOY album Available in 3CD or 6×10” vinyl formats. The ‘capture the moment’ approach of the recording sessions are extended to the sleeve artwork designed by Bowie featuring a photo of him as a baby with a contemporary face. The package also contains a 16-page full-colour book featuring previously unseen photographs by Frank Ockenfels 3. TOY was recorded following David’s Glastonbury 2000 performance. Bowie entered the studio with his band to record new interpretations of songs he’d first recorded from 1964-1971. The plan was to record the album ‘old school’ with the band playing live, choose the best takes and then release it as soon as humanly 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 at the time.

Included in TOY:BOX is a second CD/set of 10”s of alternative mixes and versions including proposed B-Sides (versions of David’s debut single ‘Liza Jane’ and 1967’s ‘In The Heat Of The Morning’), later mixes by Tony Visconti and the ‘Tibet Version’ of ‘Silly Boy Blue’ recorded at The Looking Glass Studio time at the of the 2001 Tibet House show in New York featuring Philip Glass on piano and Moby on guitar.

The third CD/set of 10”s features ‘Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric’ mixes of thirteen TOY tracks. Producer Mark Plati “While we were recording the basic tracks Earl Slick suggested that he and I overdub acoustic guitars on all the songs. He said this was a Keith Richards’ trick, sometimes these guitars would be a featured part of the track, and at other times they’d be more subliminal. Later while mixing, David heard one of the songs broken down to just vocals and acoustic guitars; this gave him the idea that we ought to do some stripped-down mixes like that and that maybe one day they’d be useful. Once we put a couple of other elements in the pot, it felt like it could be a completely different record. I was only too happy to finish that thought some two decades after the fact”.

Track List


I Dig Everything

You've Got A Habit Of Leaving

The London Boys

Karma Man

Conversation Piece

Shadow Man

Let Me Sleep Beside You

Hole In The Ground

Baby Loves That Way

Can't Help Thinking About Me

Silly Boy Blue

Toy (Your Turn To Drive)

CD 2 TOY- Alternatives & Extras

Liza Jane

You've Got A Habit of Leaving (alternative mix) *

Baby Loves That Way (alternative mix) *

Can't Help Thinking About Me (alternative mix)

I Dig Everything (alternative mix)

The London Boys (alternative version)

Silly Boy Blue (Tibet version)

Let Me Sleep Beside You (alternative mix) *

In The Heat Of The Morning

Conversation Piece (alternative mix) *

Hole In The Ground (alternative mix)

Shadow Man (alternative mix) *

Toy (Your Turn To Drive) (alternative mix) *

*Previously released

CD 3 TOY - Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric

In The Heat Of The Morning (Unplugged & somewhat slightly electric mix)

I Dig Everything (Unplugged & somewhat slightly electric mix)

You've Got A Habit of Leaving (Unplugged & somewhat slightly electric mix)

The London Boys (Unplugged & somewhat slightly electric mix)

Karma Man (Unplugged & somewhat slightly electric mix)

Conversation Piece (Unplugged & somewhat slightly electric mix)

Shadow Man (Unplugged & somewhat slightly electric mix)

Let Me Sleep Beside You (Unplugged & somewhat slightly electric mix)

Hole In The Ground (Unplugged & somewhat slightly electric mix)

Baby Loves That Way (Unplugged & somewhat slightly electric mix)

Can't Help Thinking About Me (Unplugged & somewhat slightly electric mix)

Silly Boy Blue (Unplugged & somewhat slightly electric mix)

Toy (Your Turn To Drive) (Unplugged & somewhat slightly electric mix)