Twenty years later, David Bowie‘s lost 2001 album Toy is finally set for a proper release.
Originally planned following Bowie’s 1999 LP Hours…, an unsettled disagreement with his former label Virgin Records got in the way of fans hearing the late music legend’s collection of re-records and renditions of his early songs. And though the album leaked online in 2011, it’s just been announced that Toy will be a part of the upcoming ‘Era Five’ box set. The fifth in the series, ‘Brilliant Adventure (1992 – 2001)’, is due for imminent release.
In preparation for the official launch fans can hear a radio edit of ‘You’ve Got A Habit Of Leaving’, which the ‘Starman’ hitmaker recorded in 1965 and released as a single under the name Davy Jones, with his band at the time, The Lower Third.
A tweet on the official David Bowie account reads “Depending where you are on the planet, if it’s 29th September you might be streaming the radio edit of ‘You’ve Got A Habit Of Leaving’ from the forthcoming ‘Toy’ album, via your favorite streaming service. “More details regarding that and the rest of the Era Five box, later today.”
The latest LP news follows a confirmation that the Bowie estate landed a historical deal with Warner Music Group which now owns the rights to the iconic singer’s entire back catalogue, notwithstanding the musician’s pre-1968 recordings and a slew of other tracks.
Following its acquisition of the Parlophone Label Group in 2013, Warner already owned the rights to Bowie’s 1968 and 1999 repertoire and the musicians Sony-released Heathen, Reality, The Next Day and‘Blackstar will have a home at Warner from 2023.
In a statement about the deal, Max Lousada, CEO of Recorded Music at Warner Music Group, said: “It’s an incredible honor to have been chosen as the stewards of one of the most important and dynamic bodies of creative work in modern culture. The impact of Bowie’s repeated reinvention and endless experimentation continues to resonate around the world – through the genres he transformed, the timeless songs and sounds he invented, and the immeasurable influence he’s had on music, art, and fashion. We’re excited that our expanded partnership with the Bowie estate will help us deliver innovative, career-spanning projects and attract new generations to his extraordinary musical universe.”
Bowie died following a private battle with cancer in 2016, aged 69, two days after the release of his final album (‘Blackstar’).