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Pin Ups is an album by David Bowie containing cover versions of songs, released by RCA Records in 1973 (see 1973 in music). It was his last studio album with the bulk of 'The Spiders From Mars', his backing band throughout his Ziggy Stardust phase; Mick Woodmansey was replaced on drums by Aynsley Dunbar.

Pin Ups entered the UK chart on (coincidentally the same day as Bryan Ferry's covers album These Foolish Things) and stayed there for 21 weeks, peaking at #1. It re-entered the chart on , this time for 15 weeks, peaking at #57. In it again entered the chart, for one week, at #52.

A version of The Velvet Underground's "White Light/White Heat" was recorded during the sessions. It was never released; Bowie donated the backing track to Mick Ronson for his 1975 album Play Don't Worry.

The woman on the cover with Bowie is 1960s supermodel Twiggy.

Track listing

  1. "Rosalyn" (Jimmy Duncan, Bill Farley) – 2:27
  2. "Here Comes the Night" (Bert Berns) – 3:09
  3. "I Wish You Would" (Billy Boy Arnold) – 2:40
  4. "See Emily Play" (Syd Barrett) – 4:03
  5. "Everything's Alright" (Nickey Crouch, John Konrad, Simon Stavely, Stuart James, Keith Karlson) – 2:26
  6. "I Can't Explain" (Pete Townshend) – 2:07
  7. "Friday on My Mind" (George Young, Harry Vanda) – 3:18
  8. "Sorrow" (Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein, Richard Gottehrer) – 2:48
  9. "Don't Bring Me Down" (Johnnie Dee) – 2:01
  10. "Shapes of Things" (Paul Samwell-Smith, Jim McCarty, Keith Relf) – 2:47
  11. "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere" (Townshend, Roger Daltrey) – 3:04
  12. "Where Have All the Good Times Gone" (Ray Davies) – 2:35


Track listing note: On the original LP album release, side one comprised tracks 1-6; side two, tracks 7-12.

Bonus tracks (1990 Rykodisc/EMI)

  1. "Growin' Up" (Bruce Springsteen) (previously unreleased; from the early Diamond Dogs sessions) – 3:26
  2. "Amsterdam" (Jacques Brel, Mort Shuman) (from "Sorrow" single B-side, 1973) – 3:19


Song notes

  • "Rosalyn" – cover of a song by The Pretty Things (1964)
  • "Here Comes the Night" – cover of a song by Lulu (1964)
  • "I Wish You Would" – cover of The Yardbirds' arrangement of a song by Billy Boy Arnold (1955)
  • "See Emily Play" – cover of a song by Pink Floyd (1967)
  • "Everything's Alright" – cover of a song by The Mojos (1964)
  • "I Can't Explain" – cover of a song by The Who (1965)
  • "Friday on My Mind" – cover of a song by The Easybeats (1966)
  • "Sorrow" – cover of a song by The Merseys (1966)
  • "Don't Bring Me Down" – cover of a song by The Pretty Things (1964)
  • "Shapes of Things" – cover of a song by The Yardbirds (1966)
  • "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere" – cover of a song by The Who (1965)
  • "Where Have All The Good Times Gone" – cover of a song by The Kinks (1965)
  • "Growin' Up" – cover of a song by Bruce Springsteen (1973)
  • "Amsterdam" – cover of a song by Jacques Brel, English translation by Mort Shuman (1959)


Compact disc releases

Pin Ups was first issued on compact disc by RCA and has since been remastered twice; the first time in 1990 by Rykodisc/EMI, with two bonus tracks and again in 1999 by EMI/Virgin Records (without bonus tracks).

Personnel



Additional personnel



Production personnel

  • David Bowie – producer
  • Ken Scott – producer
  • Dr. Toby Mountain – mastering engineer (1990)
  • Jonathan Wyner – mastering assistant (1990)
  • Peter Mew – mastering engineer (1999)
  • Nigel Reeve – mastering engineer (1999)


Charts

Album
Year Chart Peak

Position
1973 UK Album Charts 1
1973 Billboard Pop Albums 23
1973 Norwegianmarker album Charts 8
1973 Australian Kent Report album Charts 4


Single
Year Single Chart Peak

Position
1973 "Sorrow" UK Singles Chart 3


Certifications

Organization Level Date
BPIUKmarker Gold


External links



Notes

  1. David Bowie. Pin Ups (RCA Records, 1973).



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