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Pinups Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 28, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: 1973
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00001OH7R
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,620 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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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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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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This is my favorite album of all time. It rocks. I know it was only intended as a stocking stuffer,but it is as fabulous as a Faberge egg.I guess it had more to do with living through the sixties and knowing all of the songs on the album, and realizing how progressive and pushing the envelope David's (Mick's) versions are. I give this one as a gift to people, no one has ever said a bad thing about it. The cover is cool,too. That's Twiggy next to him. This one was punk before there was punk by at least two years. Sorrow was performed on the Midnite Special with Marianne Faithful sitting in an enormous swing waving a six foot magic wand all shinny and glittery. Fantastic imagery. 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. Time is about34minutes.Peaked on US Billboard at #23.
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