Listen to Previously Unreleased Mixes of David Bowie’s ‘Karma Man’ & ‘Silly Boy Blue’

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Listen to Previously Unreleased Mixes of David Bowie’s ‘Karma Man’ & ‘Silly Boy Blue’

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Two previously unheard versions of David Bowie's, Karma Man and Silly Boy Blue (Alternative Ending Mix), have been shared.

The rarities will feature on both the upcoming David Bowie 5. Brilliant Adventure (1992-2001) and Toy boxsets, which are set to arrive on November 26 and January 7, respectively.

Karma Man is the second single shared from Bowie’s legendary lost album, Toy. He first debuted the song on John Peel’s BBC Radio 1 show in 1968, before releasing it officially on his 1970 LP, The World Of David Bowie. In 2000, he re-recorded Karma Man with his glorious Glastonbury band – Mark Plati, Sterling Campbell, Gail Ann Dorsey, Earl Slick, Mike Garson, Holly Palmer and Emm Gryner – for his anticipated Toy album, which was ultimately shelved before release. Read more, here.

David Bowie | Karma Man [Official Lyric Video]

Toy co-producer Mark Plati said in a statement, “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. I’m not too proud to say I shed a bit of a tear, something that happened a few times while mixing it.”

The original Karma Man mix has now been shared along with an unreleased alternative ending mix of Silly Boy Blue, hailing all the way back to Bowie’s 1967 self-titled debut album. Listen below. 

David Bowie | Silly Boy Blue (Alternative Ending Mix)

Both original mixes of the tracks will be included in the upcoming Toy (Toy:Box) and David Bowie 5. Brilliant Adventure (1992-2001) box sets. 

Toy (Toy:Box) is a special edition of the Toy album featuring sleeve artwork designed by Bowie. The 3CD or 6x10" vinyl set contains a 16-page full-colour book with previously unseen photographs by Frank Ockenfels. Toy (Toy:Box) arrives on January 7th, 2022. Pre-order, here. 

David Bowie 5. Brilliant Adventure (1992-2001) is the fifth instalment of the ongoing Brilliant Adventure series, chronicling Bowie’s incredible career from 1969 into the 21st century. The box set includes vinyl versions of Toy plus other Bowie albums, a hardcover book and more. David Bowie 5. Brilliant Adventure (1992-2001), arrives November 26th. Pre-order, here. 

A year-long celebration of Bowie’s 75th – which will fall on January 8, 2022 – is being planned by his estate under the name ‘Bowie 75’ – stay tuned for more details!


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