Vinyl Box Sets
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10-inch vinyl six-disc box set!
Bowie's legendary "lost" album receives its first official release!
Featuring the singles "You've Got A Habit Of Leaving" and "Shadow Man"
Includes 16-page full-color book featuring previously unseen photos by Frank Ockenfels III
Toy was recorded after David Bowie's triumphant Glastonbury 2000 performance. Bowie entered the studio
with his band, Mark Plati, Sterling Campbell, Gail Ann Dorsey, Earl Slick, Mike Garson, Holly Palmer, and
Emm Gryner, to record new interpretations of songs he'd first recorded from 1964-1971. Bowie planned to
record the album "old school" with the band playing live, choose the best takes and then release it as
soon as humanly possible in a remarkably prescient manner. 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 the album was now named, out to fans as instantly as David wanted. In
the interim, David did what he did best; he moved on to something new, which began with a handful
of new songs from the same sessions and ultimately became the album Heathen, released in 2002 and
now acknowledged as one of his finest moments.
Now 20 years after its originally planned release, Bowie's co-producer Mark Plati says, "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."
Available in a 6x10" vinyl format, Toy (Toy:Box) is a special edition of the Toy album. 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-color book featuring previously unseen photographs by Frank Ockenfels III.
The seeds of Toy were first sown in 1999 during the making of an episode of VH-1 Storytellers. Bowie wanted to perform something from his pre-"Space Oddity" career, so he reached back to 1966 and dusted off "Can't Help Thinking About Me" for the first time in 30 years. The song remained in the setlist for the short promotional tour for the hours... album, and in early 2000 Bowie and producer Mark Plati compiled a list of some of Bowie's earliest songs to re-record.
Toy finishes with a new song from which the album takes its title, "Toy (Your Turn To Drive)" was constructed from a jam at the end of one of the live takes of "I Dig Everything". The track is based around rearranged sections of Sterling Campbell's drums, Gail Ann Dorsey's bass and sections of Mike Garson's piano were looped along with a guitar line of Earl Slick's that was sampled, time stretched and used as a repeating figure. Lastly, some of Holly and Emm's backing vocals from the body of "Dig Everything" were cut up and reassembled. Producer Mark Plati: "As it was culled from 'I Dig Everything' it makes sense to bookend the album with this track — it's also a fitting postscript to the Toy era."
Included in Toy:Box is a second set of 10"s of alternative mixes and versions including proposed B-Sides (versions of Bowie'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 set of 10"s features "Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric" mixes of 13 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, Bowie 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."
6-Disc Box Set - 6x10" Vinyl
First Official Release - Previously Unreleased
Sleeve Artwork by Bowie
16-Page Full-Color Book
Previously Unseen Photos
Stripped-Down Acoustic Mixes
|1 I Dig Everything|
|2 You've Got A Habit of Leaving|
|3 The London Boys|
|1 Karma Man|
|2 Conversation Piece|
|3 Shadow Man|
|1. Let Me Sleep Beside You|
|2. Hole In The Ground|
|3. Baby Loves That Way|
|1. Can't Help Thinking About Me|
|2. Silly Boy Blue|
|3. Toy (Your Turn To Drive)|
|1. Liza Jane (Alternative Mix)|
|2. You've Got A Habit of Leaving (Alternative Mix) [2021 Remaster]|
|3. Baby Loves That Way (Alternative Mix) [2021 Remaster]|
|1. Can't Help Thinking About Me (Alternative Mix)|
|2. I Dig Everything (Alternative Mix)|
|3. The London Boys (Alternative Version)|
|1. Silly Boy Blue (Tibet Version)|
|2. Let Me Sleep Beside You (Alternative Mix) [2021 Remaster]|
|3. In The Heat Of The Morning (Alternative Mix)|
|4. Conversation Piece (Alternative Mix) [2021 Remaster]|
|1. Hole In The Ground (Alternative Mix)|
|2. Shadow Man (Alternative Mix) [2021 Remaster]|
|3. Toy (Your Turn To Drive) [Alternative Mix] [2021 Remix]|
|1. In The Heat Of The Morning (Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric Mix)|
|2. I Dig Everything (Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric Mix)|
|3. You've Got A Habit of Leaving (Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric Mix)|
|1. The London Boys (Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric Mix)|
|2. Karma Man (Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric Mix)|
|3. Conversation Piece (Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric Mix)|
|1. Shadow Man (Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric Mix)|
|2. Let Me Sleep Beside You (Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric Mix)|
|3. Hole In The Ground (Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric Mix)|
|4. Baby Loves That Way (Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric Mix)|
|1. Can't Help Thinking About Me (Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric Mix)|
|2. Silly Boy Blue (Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric Mix)|
|3. Toy (Your Turn To Drive) [Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric Mix]|