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David Bowie - Pin Ups (1990) Retail CD
Having been crowned king of glam rock by mid 1973 and performed his famous "last ever Concert" as Ziggy Stardust, David Bowie and The Spiders From Mars had a three album contract in 1972 that needed honouring. They had produced "Ziggy Stardust" and "Aladdin Sane", those two unquestionable classics of glam rock, and here they had to quickly come up with something before Bowie pulled the plug. Replacing Mick Woodmansey with Aynsley Dunbar on drums, Bowie set about cutting (hastily) this album of cover versions of the mid 1960s r'n'b tracks that had inspired him as a teenager, from bands such asmore… Syd Barrett's Pink Floyd, The Kinks, The Easybeats, Them and The Pretty Things. Thus we get impressive seventies glammy versions of "Friday On My Mind", "Shapes Of Things", "Here Comes The Night" and "Sorrow" amongst others.
At the time it didn't go down too well. Although we liked the single, "Sorrow", we wanted more of Aladdin Sane, not these dated old sixties tunes. I remember at the time we all pretended to like the album, but nobody really did, deep down. It was obscure stuff from a previous generation. The rushed recording and the seeming irrelevance of the material doesn't really bode well, but, listened to now, with a more open mind, it is not too bad. Clocking in at the half hour mark (not great value for money back then !) it is a brisk, vibrant, affectionate roller coaster through some classic British r'n'b. Take it at face value and you will enjoy it. Great cover too, Bowie and Twiggy - "Twig The Wonderkid".
|2||Here Comes The Night|
|3||I Wish You Would|
|4||See Emily Play|
|6||I Can't Explain|
|7||Friday On My Mind|
|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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