David Bowie fans who don’t mind
breaking the law can get their hands on his unreleased album, Toy, from 2001.
Rolling Stone reports the entire album has leaked online and is available on various bit torrent sites as of last Sunday.
Guardian.co.uk describes the reasons for the album not coming to fruition:
“Together with long-time producer Tony Visconti and Bowie’s touring band from 1999’s Hours …, the singer had laid down sessions at New York’s Sear Sound studios, recording new versions of some of his earliest works. These included 1968’s In The Heat of the Morning – with the strings taken out – and 1971 demo Shadow Man – with strings put in. Bowie also recorded a new version of his very first single, 1964’s Liza Jane, first released under the name Davie Jones and the King Bees.
But Virgin Records did not release Toy. There were reports of rights issues, royalty disputes, and shortly thereafter Bowie set up his own label, ISO, licensed through Columbia. Five of Toy’s tracks have since seen release, appearing on 2002’s Heathen and as B-sides, although the bulk of Toy remained a mystery.”
Sorry no links to download Toy, if you want to all 14 tracks go find it yourself!