David Bowie Estate Shares Previously Unreleased ‘Karma Man,’ ‘Silly Boy Blue’

David Bowie Estate Shares Previously Unreleased ‘Karma Man,’ ‘Silly Boy Blue’

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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