Unreleased David Bowie LP ‘Toy’ Leaks Online

by Matthew Perpetua / Rolling Stone

22nd March 2011

David Bowie‘s Toy, an album that was originally intended to be released in 2001, has leaked online. A high-quality rip of the full 14-track record surfaced on bit torrent sites on Sunday, much to the delight of Bowie completists around the world.

The album – a set featuring re-recorded and significantly revamped versions of some of Bowie’s earliest and most obscure songs – was shelved due to a dispute with Virgin, his label at the time. Though two tracks on Toy – “Uncle Floyd” and “Afraid” – were eventually reworked for his 2002 album Heathen  and three others – “Baby Loves That Way,” “Shadow Man” and “You’ve Got A Habit of Leaving” – were released as B-sides for that album’s singles, the majority of the record has not been available until now.

It is unclear how this music leaked, or if Bowie has any intention of ever giving the album an official release.

UPDATE: Bowie’s office has declined to comment on this leak.

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