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Pin Ups [CASSETTE] [Original recording reissued, Import]

David Bowie Audio Cassette
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  • Audio Cassette (11 July 1990)
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Import
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • ASIN: B00000EW60
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 822,290 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where did all the good times go? 5 Dec 2010
By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
By 1973 the sixties lay a mouldering, forgotten. This was David's attempt to resurrect them and gives these killers a kiss of life. Whilst the 60's are always remembered for the Beatles, Dead and later Floyd, David showed where the real scene lay, under the debris. In the frenetic high octane, hormonally charged rush to headbutt the past and live for the moment RNB. One cute template for punk along with the Dolls who also incidentally resurrected another set of 60's rockers to blow the lungs back into shape.

These tunes marked an English renaissance. It was only a few years before these blasts of hormones caught on vinyl, Tommy Steele and a host of lackadaisical crooners ruled young people's lives in a post war sepia. Then there was the early 60's with Them, Pretty Things, early Floyd, Who, Zombies, Animals, Stones and Dave Clark 5 who took the beat back to the US. For the first time ever, a successful British invasion occurred after two hundred years of trying. All we did was repackage their black acts, speed up with the sound and coat an English amphetamined sensibility into the groove. This weaved a new form of imagination, as it highlighted the working classes had thoughts; a new revelation which turned into a cultural revolution - bigger than China.

These sounds showcased the white working classes of the UK, the ones that bore the body count in two world wars had something going between the ears, heart, groin and then upward, onward- al connecting the spirits of zest, zing and zap. The first cultural revolution that over turned the Bloomsbury tables. So we have the mournful "Sorrow," the acid drone of "See Emily Play," and the frantic rocking of "Rosalyn.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 'You acted funny, tried to spend my money' 16 Aug 2008
Format:Audio CD
Bowie's tribute to the sixties contains familiar and obscure covers from The Kinks, The Merseys, Yardbirds and Pink Floyd among others. The band is tight and the selection is interesting, but the sound is rather samey throughout. More variety or flavor in instrumentation and arrangement would have lifted this album above the ordinary. Using different producers would have been a good idea. The overall style is not dissimilar from his cover of the Stones' Let's Spend The Night Together on the Aladdin Sane album. Having said that, I still find Pin Ups enjoyable to listen to and definitely more rewarding than some of his later exploits. My favorite tracks include Here Comes The Night, Friday On My Mind and of course the beautiful Sorrow with its lilting rhythm which was a well-deserved great hit. This new CD edition includes some extra tracks.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Much is made nowadays of the paucity of good new pop songs. It is fashionable to knock the boy (and girl and unisex) band karioke versions of old hits. But hey!, there's no intrinsic shame in doing cover versions. The Beatles did it, so did the Stones, the Byrds, Hendrix, Clapton, Robson and Jerome. The secret is to mould the material with your own personality. Let David Bowie show you how.
This is a collection of the songs David Bowie heard being done by the early Sixties beat groups in the clubs and dives aound London. The kind of places where the ambience and atmosphere was so intense that it condensed on the ceiling and dripped down upon your head. The Man obviously has a great love and regard for this material, it just gushes out of every groove. The hit single from this album was Sorrow, the sole hit for The Merseys in 1966, and it is, in truth, the weakest song of the set.
This was David Bowie on top form, following on from Aladdin Sane. He carefully selected some milestone songs from ten years earlier, and gave them some welly. Much to the fore was his own driving saxophony. These were Who tracks, Pretty Things tracks, Mojo tracks, but now they are very much David Bowie tracks.
Back in 1973, this was a remarkable crossroads album. It was brash and contemporary at the same time as being a bit nostalgic and retrospective. It still has that same thrill, and still sounds contemporary.
At the time, there was a race between Bryan Ferry and David Bowie to get their album of covers out first. Ferry hit the streets in the lead but it is David Bowie who is out in front artistically.
For some reason this is not regarded as a "fashionable" record, but that is injustice. It is David Bowie's most accessible work, and it is also among his most accomplished.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pin Ups 19 May 2014
By K Cowap
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A classi album not really one that i can recommend but its not rubbish..so you have to hear it for yourself
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5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT 10 Sep 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This cd takes me back to my teens when I had it on vinyl loved it then and still love it now !!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pin Ups Brilliant 6 Jun 2013
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Great Album, just as I remember it. Great sound quality by the brilliant David Bowie. What more can I say... my Hero
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bowie does cover versions 28 May 2013
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An old schooldays favourite and despite being covers and not Bowie's own material, I still like it a lot.
I have given up waiting for a deluxe edition with outtakes or additional tracks!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Bowie 5 Jan 2011
Format:MP3 Download
One of Bowies albums that no matter how many times you listen to it you never get fed up with it, and he does a great job on all these covers, just listening to it through my bi-wired speakers, and hearing things on the album i have not heard before, and i have listened to this album on and off over 20 years....Great music from one of the all time legends
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars lots of great
Bowie does the sixties in his own inimitable way, lots of great tracks
Published 1 day ago by Tony Macaroni
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant bowie
Absolutely fantastic album couldn't wait to play it when it arrived and i wasn't disappointed. Bowie is such a fantastic artist so i am in the process of replacing vinyl with cds . Read more
Published 5 months ago by Anne
5.0 out of 5 stars this came slighty later than the delivery estimate (it was christmas...
I chose this rating as i got a brilliant cd at a great price
I dident like that it came slightly late but was more than happy when it came
I would reccoment this company... Read more
Published 6 months ago by John evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Worth Waiting For
I had been meaning to buy it for 30 years finally got it and not disappointed, I've always loved Sorrow but every track was a little gem I think it the time it was panned as its a... Read more
Published 7 months ago by M. J. Gray
4.0 out of 5 stars Pin Ups
All time classic Bowie re-working of cover songs ..... Some good , some brilliant covers ...One of his best early lp's ooops cd's
Published 8 months ago by Chris Greasley
5.0 out of 5 stars As a Bowie fan need I say more
As with all Bowie albums it's excellent it might be all digitally re-mastered etc but a must for the Bowie music collection.
Published 8 months ago by Susan A'Hern
4.0 out of 5 stars like it
Well, it's Bowie, doing the tracks he really liked. 'Sorrow' is still the best cover but 'Here comes the night' comes second.
Published 8 months ago by M. Rumney
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his best albums
One of his best albums, showing how versatile he he is, with imaginative and interesting remakes of some great classic 60's tunes. Some wonderful Saxaphone sets on some tracks. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mick Collins
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite how I remember it
Bowie covers album ... in Bowies autobiography it says that the band heard the songs in the morning and played them in the afternoon ... sounds like it in places ... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Tony King
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