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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 28, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: 1973
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B00001OH7R
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,842 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Ziggy, Sane and Diamond Dogs are right there as well, and now, with Outside and Heathen, Bowie rocks again.
Shawn Viland
It has all the qualities of a David Bowie classic and add to that one of his best album covers and it makes for a very underated recording.
Andre' S Grindle
My fave cuts;Hear Comes the Night,See Emily Play,Shapes of Things,Friday on my Mind,I Can't Explain,I Wish You Would..oh heck I like'em all.
Jerry Dunham

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Shawn Viland on May 15, 2003
Format: Audio CD
The reviews I read here call this an album of covers, which it is. But to call it that, merely that, misses the point.
Bowie has always been one to do something different, even if it is exactly the opposite of what was expected of him - something U2 has borrowed from. This album is indeed a tribute to the music that influenced Bowie during the British Invasion during the 60's, as the original LP liner notes explained. You hear The Who, The Kinks, Pink Floyd, Them... But no Beatles or Dave Clark 5. Bowie makes a very personal statement hear, not only by defying expectations of his audience as perhaps the most original songwriter of his generation, but by taking his favorite songs by the bands that influenced him and putting his stamp on them with the then-Bowie style that those bands had influenced.
When I was 16 in 1983 I would travel to Crow's Nest Records in Crest Hill, IL (long before "Crow's Nest Digital") to search their massive supply of records and other fandom paraphernalia, particularly the many U2 imports. You could get anything there - from Boomtown Rats to Soft Cell to Hüsker Dü. A staff member there noticed my selections and asked if I like Punk. "Yes." "Do you own 'Pinups'?" "What's that?" (Fearing that he was talking about some kind of bad magazine.)
He explained that Bowie's Pinups was the first Punk record, because it bridged the gap between the 60's bands like The Who and The Kinks and the Punk bands that they influenced, from Iggy to Bowie to Talking Heads to the Pistols.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Michael Smith on October 6, 2004
Format: Audio CD
If the opening one-two punch of Rosalyn/Here Comes the Night doesn't catch you, nothing will. Bowie seemless re-invents these mid 60's swinging London songs and turns this into a true Ziggy Stardust album. At the same time he shows true respect for the songs. Listening to this disc makes you realize what a great band the Spiders were...and one of his coolest covers, too.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Sinister on December 13, 2005
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In 1973 David Bowie came out with an album of Covers called Pin Ups. The cover had himself and the model Twiggy dressed like Fembots from an episode of The Bionic Woman or some post Logan's Run version of clones. Anyway... most people don't remember this Bowie outing, sandwiched in between Aladin Sane and Diamond Dogs. Mostly tunes by The Who, Pretty Things and Syd's Pink Floyd, there are some cool stuff here. Rosalyn, I Can't Explain, Where Have All The Good Times Gone, Shapes Of Things & Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere. Overall a very enjoyable listen. The original Ryko re-issue had two extra tracks: Springsteen's Growin' Up & Port Of Amsterdam. Definitely worth it to find that edition.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Eric Berg on November 4, 1999
Format: Audio CD
In 1974, I would have rated this three stars. It seemed like just a decent filler album coming on the heels of the now-classic "Stardust" and "Sane" album. Now I see, once again, Bowie and the Spiders were just ahead of it all, for "Pinups" has aged quite well decades later. Here Ziggy and the Spiders from Mars do blazing glam versions of their favorite 60's Yardbirds, Who, Pretty Things, and Floyd-etc. hits. This Virgin 24 bit mastering is a big improvent over the early 90's Ryko versions, flushing out drums and bass, but there's no extra tracks.. No Bowie collection is complete without "Pinups". Get it.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 5, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I had to write this review to correct misinformation posted by the reviewer from Auburn, AL. The songs covered on this album are, by no stretch of the imagination, '50s bebop songs.' What Bowie had in mind when recording this album was a tribute to the mid-60s British music scene, and the songs covered here include works by The Who, The Kinks, The Yardbirds, Them, and Pink Floyd, as well as a handful of other since forgotten bands.
Though, as a rule, I am not a great fan of cover versions, Bowie here does a good job of putting his particular stamp on the songs while retaining the feel of the originals. His version of 'Here Comes the Night' and 'Sorrow' are very well done, and he even pulls off a pretty Floyd-ian take on 'See Emily Play.' But the best track is his slowed-down and muscular version of The Who's 'I Can't Explain.'
Though perhaps a bit "un-Bowie" in that it lacks the art-rock originality and energy of other Bowie albums of the 1970s, Pinups is a solid album nonetheless.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Renzi Hernandez on September 23, 2008
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This is a great album. Bowie decided to cover some of his favorites tunes. I still can remember the day I arrived home with the vinyl version, back in the early 70's and the impression I got when I played it the fist time. It was raw rock 'n roll played 20 years in the future! Today, more than 30 later, it still sounds great and revolucionary! Is one of the best records of the era and one of Bowie classics!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Avalon Don on April 30, 2011
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For many of us and critics as well, when "Pin-Ups" was released the album came off as an in between project that came and went. Hearing the CD now, this is amazing material from beginning to end. David Bowie's rearrangements make these cover songs his own. Listen to the Who's "I Can't Explain" which is produced in a slower key. David's vocals is grand turning the song from a pop rocker to an imaginary theatre. "Where Have All The Good Times Gone" is spiced up as guitarman Mick Ronson becomes the Robin to David Bowie's Batman. All of the rest have a glitter feel like a good apple pie that needed a little more cinnamon. Bowie had quality music people around him throughout his career. Looking back, The Spiders From Mars got the most out of "The Ziggy Man". Why "Pin Ups" is special is that these songs don't come off as Oldies. They hold up now in present times. We also can appreciate the original versions because Bowie didn't do them exactly the same way. I challenge any music fans out there to find a better rock cover song album done by anybody during the 1970's period than "Pin Ups" ? "Tommy" doesn't count because that was done by various artists.
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