David Bowie’s Toy story was originally recorded in 2001 and it was intended to be a surprise release, but it ended up being shelved until now. Now a separate deluxe edition titled ‘Toy: Box’ was released on his birthday. Check out all the information you need to know about David Bowie’s Toy story.
Dawid Bowie was an icon in music and pop culture, a chameleon who changed personas as they occurred to him. But Bowie was a complex and complicated man. Having grown up under the shadow of mental illness and tough home life.
Six years after the great musician’s death, there’s a new album of sorts that should make an impact on the charts.
Overseen by Rhino and published via Parlophone / ISO, Toy’s long-awaited appearance coincides with Davis Bowie’s 75th birthday on January 8.
As David Bowie’s fans know, Toy is the lost album Bowie recorded in 2000 at Newyork city with his live band after his triumphant performance at Glastonbury. The lineup includes Mike Garson, Gail Ann Dorsey, Earl Slick, and Mark Plati with strings arrangements by Tony Visconti.
At last, the Toy is officially released on January 7, 2022, in three CD or six “Toy Box” vinyl 10 “editions as well as on online platforms. The album features David Bowie’s reimagination of songs he had recorded for the first time from 1964 to 1971 (a period when Bowie was still developing his artistry with mixed results).
The tracklist includes I Dig Everything, The London Boys, and Can’t Help Thinking About Me, which is on BBC Radio 2’s playlist and currently No. of the Radiomonitor ranking.
“It’s great to hear this album, which didn’t come out at the time, and that it revisits those songs,” said Jeff Smith, head of music at Radio 2. “I think the audience appreciated that. And it just sounds as timeless as ever
David Bowie’s Story
David Robert Jones was born on January 8, 1947, in Brixton, London. Though he showed musical interest at a young age it was only in the early 60s that he pursued the art. He started by joining several blues bands but branched off on his own when they had little success. Renaming himself David Bowie he released his self-titled debut in 1967.
Its lack of success led Bowie to participate in a promotional film called Love You Till Tuesday which showcased several of his songs. A particular interest was Space Oddity. That track became a hit after it was released at the same time as the first moon landing. To promote his third album, ‘The Boy Who Sold The World’ Bowie was put in a dress to capitalize on his androgynous look. Then came his breakthrough record “ The Rise And Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars.
1973’s Aladdin Sane was his first number one album mixing a hard rock sound with styles such as avant-garde. By this time he was into the pits of drugs. In 1979 with his drug addiction behind him Bowie released lodger which contained new wave and world music elements.
On January 26th 2016, two days after his 69th birthday and the release of Blackstar, David Bowie died. The news shook everyone as the cancer diagnosis has been kept quiet. In the weeks leading up to his passing, he recorded demos for five new songs. According to Rolling Stone just a week before he died, Bowie told Visconti that he wanted to make one more album. But this never happened. With the news of Bowie’s death fans were left to ponder what he had left behind.
The newly released David Bowie’s Toy story is of course a gift for his die heart fans.