Welcome to today's Release Round-Up! While the record biz at large isn't quite into the swing of things for 2022, today does bring two releases from the late David Bowie. Tomorrow, January 8, would have been the superstar artist's 75th birthday; while he passed away on January 10, 2016, his legacy continues to burn brightly.
David Bowie, Toy:Box (ISO/Parlophone)
Available on 3 CDs or 6 ten-inch LPs, David Bowie'sToy: Box features the same 12-track Toy album (originally slated for released in 2001 and consisting of the artist's reworkings of early-career songs) which premiered on 2021's Brilliant Adventure (1992-2001) box plus two bonus discs. The first includes the proposed B-sides (including the re-recordings of "Liza Jane" and "In the Heat of the Morning"), previously unreleased alternate mixes by Tony Visconti, and a "Tibet version" of "Silly Boy Blue" featuring Phillip Glass and Moby. The second bonus disc debuts the "Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric" mix of the album plus "In the Heat of the Morning." A 16-page booklet features previously unseen photos by Frank Ockenfels III. Read more about Toy:Box here, and be back here Monday for our full review of Brilliant Adventure (1992-2001)! Also take a listen today to the streaming-only single of the Unplugged & Slightly Electric Mix of "Shadow Man." It's backed with a previously unreleased Early Version of the song which ISO/Parlophone notes was "recorded in the closing months of 1970 -- not recorded during the Ziggy Stardust album sessions as often stated."
Bowie's 1972 classic Hunky Dory (featuring "Changes," "Life on Mars," "Oh, You Pretty Things," and "Andy Warhol") returns as a 50th anniversary picture disc. The 2015 vinyl remaster has been utilized for this edition. The package also includes a fold-out poster of the annotated back cover image of the album.