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6 X 10"


10” no. 1

Side 1

I Dig Everything

Youve Got A Habit of Leaving

The London Boys

Side 2

Karma Man

Conversation Piece

Shadow Man

10” no. 2

Side 3

Let Me Sleep Beside You

Hole In The Ground

Baby Loves That Way

Side 4

Cant Help Thinking About Me

Silly Boy Blue

Toy (Your Turn To Drive)

10” no. 3

Side 5

Liza Jane

Youve Got A Habit of Leaving (alternative mix)

Baby Loves That Way (alternative mix)

Side 6

Cant Help Thinking About Me (alternative mix)

I Dig Everything (alternative mix)

The London Boys (alternative version)

10” no. 4

Side 7

Silly Boy Blue (Tibet version)

Let Me Sleep Beside You(alternative mix)

In The Heat Of The Morning

Conversation Piece (alternative mix)

Side 8

Hole In The Ground (alternative mix)

Shadow Man (alternative mix)

Toy (Your Turn To Drive) (alternative mix)

10” no. 5

Side 9

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

I Dig Everything (Unplugged & somewhat slightly electric mix)

Youve Got A Habit of Leaving (Unplugged & somewhat slightly electric mix)

Side 10

The London Boys (Unplugged & somewhat slightly electric mix)

Karma Man (Unplugged & somewhat slightly electric mix)

Conversation Piece(Unplugged & somewhat slightly electric mix)

10” no. 6

Side 11

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)

Side 12

Cant 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)


David Bowie: lead & backing vocals, Korg Triton

Sterling Campbell: drums, claps

Gail Ann Dorsey: bass, clarinet, backing vocals

Mike Garson: piano, organ, synth, Fender Rhodes

Emm Gryner: backing vocals, clarinet

Holly Palmer: backing vocals, percussion

Mark Plati: acoustic & electric guitars, bass, Mellotron, backing vocals

Earl Slick: acoustic & electric guitars

Augmented by the following musicians on certain recordings:

Tony Visconti: bass, string arrangements

Lisa Germano: violin, accordion, mandolin, recorder, backing vocals

Gerry Leonard: electric guitar

Cuong Vu: trumpet

Strings - The Scorchio Quartet

Moby - electric guitar

Philip Glass - piano

TOY 2 x LP

Side 1

I Dig Everything

Youve Got A Habit Of Leaving

The London Boys

Karma Man

Side 2

Conversation Piece

Shadow Man

Let Me Sleep Beside You

Hole In The Ground

Side 3

Baby Loves That Way

Cant Help Thinking About Me

Silly Boy Blue

Toy (Your Turn To Drive)

Side 4 - Etching


Side 1

Real Cool World (Sounds From The Cool World Soundtrack Version)

Jump They Say (7” version)

Lucy Can't Dance

Black Tie White Noise (Radio Edit) (featuring Al B. Sure!)

Side 2

Don't Let Me Down & Down (Indonesian Vocal Version)

Buddha Of Suburbia (Single Version) (featuring Lenny Kravitz on guitar)

The Hearts Filthy Lesson (Radio Edit)

Nothing To Be Desired

Strangers When We Meet (edit)

Get Real

Side 3

The Man Who Sold The World (Live Eno Mix)

I'm Afraid Of Americans (Showgirls Soundtrack Version)

Hallo Spaceboy (Remix)

I Am With Name (Alternative Version)

A Small Plot Of Land (Long Basquiat Soundtrack Version)

Side 4

Little Wonder (Edit)

A Fleeting Moment (aka Severn Years In Tibet - Mandarin Version)

Dead Man Walking (Edit)

Seven Years In Tibet (Edit)

Planet Of Dreams - David Bowie and Gail Ann Dorsey

Side 5

I'm Afraid Of Americans (V1 - Edit)

I Can't Read (The Ice Storm Long Version)

A Foggy Day In London Town - David Bowie and Angelo Badalamenti

Fun (Bowienet Mix)

The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell (Stigmata Soundtrack Version)

Side 6

Thursday's Child (Radio Edit)

We All Go Through

No One Calls

We Shall Go To Town


Side 7

The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell (Edit)

Thursday's Child (Omikron: The Nomad Soul Version)

New Angels Of Promise (Omikron: The Nomad Soul Version)

The Dreamers (Omikron: The Nomad Soul Version)

Seven (Demo)

Side 8

Survive (Marius De Vries mix)

Something In The Air (American Psycho Remix)

Seven (Marius De Vries Mix)

Pictures Of Lily

TOY was recorded following Davids 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. David 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 twenty years after its originally planned release, David'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”.

Exclusive to each of the box sets are BBC RADIO THEATRE, LONDON, JUNE 27, 2000 and RE:CALL 5. The former was recorded two days after the famous Glastonbury performance in front of 500 lucky fans at the BBC's art deco theatre in central London. Selections from the show were available as the third CD in a very limited 3CD edition of BOWIE AT THE BEEB in September 2000 but the concert has never before been available on vinyl. RE:CALL 5 features 39 non-album / alternative version / b-sides and soundtrack songs over 3CDs and 4LPs. Both of these are exclusive to the box sets.

The physical box sets accompanying books, 84 pages in the CD box and 128 in the vinyl set, will feature rarely seen and previously unpublished photos by photographers including Frank W. Ockenfels 3, Nick Knight, John Scarisbrick and Nina Schultz Terner and others, as well as memorabilia, technical notes about the albums from producers/engineers Brian Eno, Nile Rodgers, Reeves Gabrels and Mark Plati as well as a new an interview with THE BUDDHA OF SUBURBIA collaborator Erdal Kizilc¸ay.

The CD box set will include faithfully reproduced mini-vinyl versions of the original albums where applicable, and the CDs will be gold coloured rather than the usual silver. The vinyl box set has the same content as the CD set and is pressed on audiophile quality 180g vinyl.

Available in 3CD or 6x10” vinyl formats, 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-colour book featuring previously unseen photographs by Frank Ockenfels 3.

The seeds of TOY were first sown in 1999 during the making of an episode of VH-1 Storytellers. David 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 thirty years. The song remained in the setlist for the short promotional tour for the ‘hours…' album, and in early 2000 David 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 Campbells drums, Gail Ann Dorseys 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 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 theyd 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”.

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