Twenty years ago David Bowie was talking about releasing an album called Toy, who would present re-recorded versions of some of his songs from his early years (1964-1971) with his new Mark Plati, Sterling Campbell, Gail Ann Dorsey, Earl Slick, Mike Garson, Holly Palmer and Emm Gryner. He wanted to record the album and release it right after – years before surprise albums were a thing. Back then, of course, albums were mostly released on compact disc, so fast turnaround times were difficult, if not impossible.
Of course, Bowie being Bowie, he quickly became excited about his next album of new music and moved on. He started working on Pagan, which was released in 2002. But now, Toy is finally ready to release, almost two decades later.
Bowie co-producer Mark Plati said in a press release: “Toy is like a moment captured in an amber of joy, fire and energy. It is the sound of people happy to play music. David has revisited and reexamined his work of previous decades through prisms of experience and a new perspective – a parallel that has not been lost to me as I now revisit it twenty years later. Every now and then he used to say ‘Mark, this is our album’ – I think because he knew I was so deep in the trenches with him on this trip. I am happy to finally be able to say that it now belongs to all of us.
ToyThe genesis of happened in 1999 while filming an episode of Storytellers VH1. Bowie wanted to perform something from his pre-“Space Oddity” career, so he went back to 1966 and dusted off “Can’t Help Thinking About Me” for the first time in thirty years. The song remained on the setlist for the short promotional tour of the ‘hours…’ album, and in early 2000, Bowie and producer Plati compiled a list of some of Bowie’s first songs to be re-recorded.
The album will be available on January 7 (the day before Bowie’s birthday) in 3 CD or 6 × 10 ”vinyl format. If you can’t wait that long to hear it, it will be released a few weeks before, on November 26, as part of a new set, DAVID BOWIE 5: BRILLIANT ADVENTURE (1992 – 201). The box will contain all his albums from this period: the years 1993 Black Tie White Noise, the years 1993 The suburban buddha (available on vinyl for the first time in almost 30 years), 1995’s 1.Outside, 1997 Grounding, and 1991 ‘hours…’ with the expanded live album BBC Radio Theater, London, June 27, 2000, the compilation of music outside the album / alternative version / B sides and soundtrack Re: Call 5.