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Pin Ups

David BowieAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

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Biography by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The cliché about David Bowie says he's a musical chameleon, adapting himself according to fashion and trends. While such a criticism is too glib, there's no denying that Bowie demonstrated remarkable skill for perceiving musical trends at his peak in the '70s. After spending several years in the late '60s as a mod and as an ... Read more in Amazon's David Bowie Store

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  • Audio CD (September 28, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: 1973
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B00001OH7R
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,660 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Rosalyn
2. Here Comes The Night
3. I Wish You Would
4. See Emily Play
5. Everything's Alright
6. I Can't Explain
7. Friday On My Mind
8. Sorrow
9. Don't Bring Me Down
10. Shapes Of Things
11. Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere
12. Where Have All the Good Times Gone

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Miss the Point... 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 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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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bowie Does The Covertune Album That Time Forgot December 13, 2005
Format:Audio CD
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
4.0 out of 5 stars the oddest mod November 26, 2001
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This tour of sixties London was recorded just after Aladdin Sane in 1973. On Aladdin Sane Bowie did a Stones cover "Let's Spend the Night Together" which sounded pretty good but some of these covers are even better treatments of classic mod songs. Bowie kind of vamps it up on some of them but that was Bowie c. '73. I've actually heard his "I Can't Explain" on the radio and seen people scratch their head and smile at the same time as they slowly get used to the idea. (He also does the Who's "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere"). Another great one is Bowie doing Springsteens "Growin Up", which wasn't on the original Pin Ups but is on my cassette version of the album. Kinks, Pretty Things, Yardbyrds, Them even psychedelic Syd Barret's "See Emily Play". It's a great collection. Really one of the better discs from Bowies rockin period which didn't last long. This is no substitute for owning Ziggy but it's at least as good as Aladdin Sane and better than 74's disaster Diamond Dogs. After that Bowie no longer rock n rolled anymore, so if you already like 72-74 vintage Bowie you will find this an attractive addition to your collection. And don't forget that before Ziggy ever landed Bowie released a heavy piece of cold hearted metal Man Who Sold The World. A little tip for all you rock and rollers.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars killer covers of 60's Brit bands 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
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice little album April 5, 2000
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars ... due to the song SORROW its one of his greatest songs that came out...
Well got this cd due to the song SORROW its one of his greatest songs that came out I think
Published 9 days ago by richard
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoy this today as much as when I purchased the vinyl
Published 1 month ago by Patrick Johnston
4.0 out of 5 stars Bowie
Bowie at the end of Ziggy Stradust. Great CD. A must for every BOWIE fan or someone who in just getting into the Chameleon. Great tunes. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Patricia L Hoffman
3.0 out of 5 stars It's good
I am a huge fan and I own every Bowie cd. This was the last one and it took me forever to buy it. He is a unique artist and covers he does well, but it is not up to Bowie... Read more
Published 10 months ago by michael d.
5.0 out of 5 stars 12 early David bowieSongs
This album is exactly as I remember it. This album was outlandish back then. The cover with Twiggy and david were freaky at the time. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Frances Romolo
5.0 out of 5 stars Early Bowie covering some great tunes.
What can you say? It's David Bowie with Mick Ronson on guitar doing covers of some great 60's tunes. What more could you want?
Published 14 months ago by Oz resident
5.0 out of 5 stars David Bowie is great
oh course album is as expected, after all its Bowie, he is one of the many great performer's of our time
Published 17 months ago by Laura A Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
What can you say. Great reproduction of a classic, I'm very pleased, all songs reproduced masterfully. I'm glad to have it back in my collection.
Published 17 months ago by R. Burnell
4.0 out of 5 stars A hidden Bowie gem
As an album of covers Pin Ups is often overlooked but people tend to forget that it followed Aladdin Sane and featured the Spiders (with Aynsley Dunbar stepping up on drums). Read more
Published 19 months ago by Graham Howe
5.0 out of 5 stars Pin Ups
Bought this on vinyl when it first came out. This is still one of the best cover albums that I know of. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Joseph Paratto
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