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David Bowie - Toy Box

Discussion in 'music' started by Tony L, Jan 8, 2022.

  1. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    So, David Bowie’s shelved ‘Toy’ album exists as a 3xCD or 6x10” box set.

    The CD box turned up this morning, but I’ve only had a chance to play the first disc so far. One thing that is decidedly lacking is an instruction manual. The booklet adds absolutely no context or information, and with this one that is needed. My suspicion is there has been a fair bit of posthumous revision. Somewhere I have a ropey MP3 of the “album” when it was first leaked well over a decade ago. It is ages since I’ve played it, but my memory is different to what I just played earlier. I’ll see if I can find it.

    As best as I can piece things together this was a deep-dive through some very old unreleased songs, some dating back to the ‘60s, but recorded in 2000. How they got from there to here is not explained. No idea what I make if it yet, but it’s certainly no Blackstar.

    Anyone else working through it?
  2. MUTTY1

    MUTTY1 Waste of bandwidth

    Is it the chippings left over from a rather nice bit of furniture? But at least its him exploiting himself which has to be progress:)
  3. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    The 45rpm bloke really likes it.
  4. Big Tabs

    Big Tabs looking backwards, going forwards

  5. andrew d

    andrew d pfm Member

  6. RickyC6

    RickyC6 Infuriate the frog-men

    Was a big feature on it in Uncut a good while ago, which explains it all IIRC. My copy not arrived yet.
  7. Darren L

    Darren L pfm Member

    According to Earl Slick and a few of the other musicians involved Toy was recorded immediately after the 2000 tour as a band while the band was on form, I gathered Bowie was not happy with the final outcome. I have it as it was included in the Era 5 box set but as yet have not listened to it.

    Last edited: Jan 10, 2022
  8. Olaup

    Olaup pfm Member

    Hope the music is better than the appalling cover artwork.
    Wolfmancatsup, guydarryl and fegs like this.
  9. Big Tabs

    Big Tabs looking backwards, going forwards

    ‘Toy’ is album of the week on the BBC Radio 2 Ken Bruce show

  10. RickyC6

    RickyC6 Infuriate the frog-men

    It’s tempting to say it’s his “funny little early songs” given his 2000 power band treatment. Which I think is accurate. How essential it is, I’m not sure yet.
  11. Theo

    Theo pfm Member

    Just played it all on Spotify. That's £25+ saved.
  12. killie99

    killie99 pfm Member

    Bought from What Records but still not received, any else buy it from them and received it yet?
  13. guey

    guey pfm Member

    I really like the new version of The London Boys - there's also an excellent version on the Live At The BBC album that came in the latest boxset.
  14. fegs

    fegs pfm Member

    is this available on 12" vinyl or is it box set only?

    Can't seem to see a "regular" vinyl version
  15. boon

    boon pfm Member

    It’s available from HMV for just under £120.00,

    but as you say, box set only!
  16. fegs

    fegs pfm Member

  17. onlyconnect

    onlyconnect pfm Member

    CD box here. Enjoying it.

    guey likes this.
  18. boon

    boon pfm Member

    Exactly, apparently according to DB website it was only available at time of release as an album on, wait for it……..cassette!
    fegs likes this.
  19. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    I’m suspecting ‘not very’. Certainly nothing here (so far, I’ve only played the first two CDs) that even remotely worries say 1. Outside, Heathen, The Next Day etc. It’s not terrible, but that isn’t the bar to jump for a Bowie album.
    tiggers likes this.
  20. Del monaco

    Del monaco Del Monaco

    Has the same lazy vibe as Pin Ups for me. He followed it with a far better album IMO.

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