David Bowie‘s estate recently shared two previously unreleased songs – “Karma Man” and exclusive B-side “Silly Boy Blue (Alternative Ending Mix).”
Both songs will feature on the upcoming album Toy, Bowie’s long-shelved 2001 album, which will be released by Parlophone/ISO Records.
“Karma Man” was initially recorded by Bowie in September 1967 and debuted on John Peel‘s BBC Radio 1 show in the Spring of 1968, but it was not officially released until 1970 on The World Of David Bowie album. In 2000, the song was re-tracked by Bowie, backed by his Glastonbury band for inclusion on the Toy album.
“Silly Boy Blue” originally appeared on Bowie’s 1967 self-titled debut album and along with “Karma Man” reflected his interest in Tibetan culture.
Speaking about “Karma Man,” Toy co-producer Mark Plati said, “Karma Man is notable for Cuong Vu’s opening and closing lines, and especially the glorious backing vocals from Holly Palmer, Emm Gryner, and Lisa Germano – they had so much to do with the sound of Toy, and this is a prime example.”
“When I re-listened to these tracks, the sound of fall 2000 came flooding out of the speakers, from a song I’d not heard since then,” he added. “I’m not too proud to say I shed a bit of a tear, something that happened a few times while mixing it.”
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