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David Bowie - Toy

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Scan submitted/created by [steve23yh]
HQ Scans:
Publisher: MP3
Reference :
Date :2011
Made In :
Quality :SUP (10/10)
Booklet & packaging :There isn't any. Inevitably a few people have created some. The best is showing as the main art - the rest tend to be just a contemporary photo with the word "Toy" added!

But look out for the Lego art, which is attached here as alternative front and back...

UPDATE [17/11/11] - inevitably by mid-2011 the bootleggers had got hold of this. Godfather Records issued a digipack version of this (GR649) and 12" vinyl copies are also around. Expect that by 2013 there will be more versions than you can shake a stick at.
Total duration: 62:05

Comments
As Bowie's career was getting into its stride, there were stories about a number of "lost" albums. "Round And Round" was supposed to come after Hunky Dory - but sort of mutated into Ziggy. The stageshow of 1984 was cut short by Orwell's estate, and sort of mutated into Diamond Dogs - and interviews at that time suggested it wasn't the only project that didn't make it to fruition.

But after the supposed soundtrack for The Man Who Sold The World, there weren't any such tales. Until Toy.

In 2001, following on from all of the retrospective shows and sessions in the years after his 50th Anniversary celebrations, Bo decided to record an album mixing new songs with new versions of some of his much earlier songs. The story goes that while the whole thing was recorded, a dispute with his then-label, Virgin, meant that the project never saw the light of day. Some of the new songs went on to be re-recorded for Heathen, others basically just stayed in the vault.

Snippets (a compilation of clips from each of the songs) started appearing on the web from 2009, the in 2011 (with eBay involved somewhere along the way, inevitably) the whole thing finally emerged, in MP3 format ONLY (apparently stolen from Mark Plati's laptop).

Story from The Guardian, 23rd March 2011:

"A decade after it was shelved by his label, David Bowie's 23rd studio album has been leaked on the internet. Toy, conceived as a reimagining of Bowie's early work, appeared on file-sharing websites this week, with Bowie's reps refusing to comment.

Toy was originally scheduled to be released in 2002. Together with long-time producer Tony Visconti and Bowie's touring band from 1999's Hours ..., the singer had laid down sessions at New York's Sear Sound studios, recording new versions of some of his earliest works. These included 1968's In The Heat of the Morning – with the strings taken out – and 1971 demo Shadow Man – with strings put in. Bowie also recorded a new version of his very first single, 1964's Liza Jane, first released under the name Davie Jones and the King Bees.

But Virgin Records did not release Toy. There were reports of rights issues, royalty disputes, and shortly thereafter Bowie set up his own label, ISO, licensed through Columbia. Five of Toy's tracks have since seen release, appearing on 2002's Heathen and as B-sides, although the bulk of Toy remained a mystery.

On Sunday, that changed. A week after an Australian man sold a purported copy of Toy on eBay (it sold for £62.98), a CD-quality MP3 version of the album suddenly appeared on BitTorrent, spreading like (ziggy) stardust. This release is missing two tracks from Toy's alleged track-list, Can't Help Thinking About Me and Karma Man, but includes two that were rumoured to have been cut."

PS. One authoritative source states that Toy was to have been twelve tracks, and that the last two (Liza Jane and London Boys) would have been b-sides to singles.

PPS. Note that bit about MP3 only - despite a number of claims with the subsequent bootlegs, the whole album is only currently in the public domain in MP3 format.

Core collection    Track identified    Version validated    Lyrics available    Version details available    Audio excerpt available    Participants list available   
1.
Slip Away(Bowie)
6:14
Song
Version validated
Regular
Toy LP
2001
David Bowie
Credited on Toy as "Uncle Floyd"
2.
Afraid(Bowie)
3:28
Song
Version validated
Regular
Toy LP
2001
David Bowie
3.
Baby Loves That Way(Jones)
4:37
Song
Version validated
Regular
Toy LP
2001
David Bowie
4.
I Dig Everything(Bowie)
4:52
Song
Version validated
Regular
Toy LP
2001
David Bowie
5.
Conversation Piece(Bowie)
3:52
Song
Version validated
Regular
Toy LP
2001
David Bowie
6.
Let Me Sleep Beside You(Bowie)
3:14
Song
Version validated
Regular
Toy LP
2001
David Bowie
7.
Your Turn To Drive(Bowie)
4:46
Song
Version validated
Version details available
Regular
Toy LP
2001
David Bowie
Generally credited as "Toy (Your Turn To Drive)"
8.
Hole In The Ground(Bowie)
3:30
Song
Version validated
Regular
Toy LP
2001
David Bowie
9.
Shadow Man(Bowie)
4:41
Song
Version validated
Regular
Toy LP
2001
David Bowie
10.
In The Heat Of The Morning(Bowie)
3:50
Song
Version validated
Regular
Toy LP
2001
David Bowie
11.
You've Got A Habit Of Leaving(Jones)
4:49
Song
Version validated
Regular
Toy LP
2001
David Bowie
12.
Silly Boy Blue(Bowie)
5:33
Song
Version validated
Regular
Toy LP
2001
David Bowie
13.
Liza Jane(Conn)
4:47
Song
Version validated
Regular
Toy LP
2001
David Bowie
14.
The London Boys(Bowie)
3:46
Song
Version validated
Regular
Toy LP
2001
David Bowie
Core collection    Track identified    Version validated    Lyrics available    Version details available    Audio excerpt available    Participants list available   


Song Song Studio chat Studio chat
TV/Radio chat/jingle TV/Radio chat/jingle Interview Interview
Cover by another artist Cover by another artist Film Music/Orchestral Film music/orchestral
Concert intro/announcement Concert intro/announcement Advertising Advertising
Song by another artist Song by another artist Medley title Medley title
Book chapter Book chapter
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Filename: DBToy
Originally filled by: steve23yh
Date of creation: 09 Apr 2011 10:53:34
Last filled by: steve23yh
Last Revision Date : 16 Mar 2016 14:33:06
Online on : 16 Mar 2016
Type of media: Bootleg MP3 CD


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