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Bowie Heard Them Here First Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (28 April 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Ace
  • ASIN: B00IWRI58C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Louie - Go Home - Paul Revere & The Raiders
  2. I Pity The Fool - Bobby Bland
  3. Fill Your Heart - Biff Rose
  4. It Ain't Easy - Ron Davies
  5. White Light/White Heat - The Velvet Underground
  6. Everything's Alright - The Mojos
  7. Friday On My Mind - The Easybeats
  8. Rosalyn - The Pretty Things
  9. Sorrow - The Merseys
  10. Where Have All The Good Times Gone - The Kinks
  11. Around And Around - Chuck Berry
  12. Knock On Wood - Eddie Floyd
  13. Amsterdam - Jacques Brel
  14. Wild Is The Wind - Johnny Mathis
  15. Alabama Song - Lotte Lenya & The Three Admirals
  16. Kingdom Come - Tom Verlaine
  17. Criminal World - Metro
  18. Don't Look Down - Iggy Pop
  19. Dancing In The Street - Martha & The Vandellas
  20. If There Is Something - Roxy Music
  21. Nite Flights - The Walker Brothers
  22. Cactus - Pixies
  23. Pablo Picasso - The Modern Lovers
  24. I Took A Trip (On A Gemini Spaceship) - The Legendary Stardust Cowboy

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The latest release in Ace's Heard Them Here First series traces the career of David Bowie via songs he recorded by other writers. Presented in the (approximate) sequence he recorded his interpretations, the collection kicks off with Paul Revere & the Raiders original version of Louie - Go Home , as covered by the 17 year-old Bowie as leader of Davie Jones & the King Bees in 1964, and concludes with I Took A Trip (On A Gemini Spaceship) by maverick Texan outsider musician the Legendary Stardust Cowboy, a song Bowie included on his 2002 album Heathen . While promoting Heathen, Bowie recalled that he had been introduced to the Stardust Cowboy's work when they were with the same record company: [They] gave me a stack of singles by this guy and I thought they were unbelievably atrocious, but in that wonderful way that you couldn t stop listening to them, they were so awful. There are no prizes for guessing from whom Ziggy's surname was borrowed. Just days after putting Ziggy into retirement, Bowie began recording Pin Ups, an album of his favourite songs from the 60s, represented here with the Kinks Where Have All The Good Times Gone, the Pretty Things Rosalyn, the Mojos Everything's Alright, the Merseys Sorrow and Friday On My Mind by Australian combo the Easybeats. These are songs which really meant a lot to me then they re all very dear to me, Bowie recalled. They're all bands which I used to go and hear play down the Marquee between 1964 and 1967. Each one meant something to me. It's my London of the time. As one might anticipate from the chameleon-like Bowie, the featured songs come from a diverse assortment of musical genres and eras: from Lotte Lenya & the Three Admirals 1930 recording of Bertolt Brecht & Kurt Weill's Alabama Song to Frank Black and the Pixies spiky Cactus from their 1988 album Surfer Rosa. Other unlikely bedfellows Johnny Mathis and Iggy Pop, Bobby Bland and the Velvet Underground, Jacques Brel and Chuck Berry, Martha & the Vandellas and Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers make for a strikingly wide-ranging programme. The booklet features notes by Ian Johnston, who also wrote the notes for the recent The New York Dolls Heard Them Here First and The Ramones Heard Them Here First collections.

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...they're all here, along with The Legendary Stardust Cowboy, Pixies and many more. Consisting of 24 tracks covered by Bowie between 1964 and 2002, the most noticeable thing is how similar many of Bowie's versions are to these. It seems that he liked these songs so much that he mostly (but not always) recorded straight-forward facsimiles. In a few instances his versions are better but overall I'd suggest that the songs on this compilation have the edge but, given the similarities, there isn't too much in it.

I'll take Martha & The Vandellas 'Dancing in the Streets' over Bowie & Jagger hamming it up any day and I'd have included Scott Walker's English language cover of Jacques Brel's 'Amsterdam' given that Bowie is a notable Walker aficionado (and possibly heard Walker's version first). Nonetheless, Brel's live recording included here is the ultimate version. I do prefer Bowie's cover of 'Kingdom Come' (he sings it better than Tom Verlaine and the backing vocals are superior) and his version of 'Wild is the Wind' will forever remain definitive. The Legendary Stardust Cowboy's 'I Took a Trip on a Gemini Spaceship' from 1969 sounds like a B-side by The Fall and Iggy Pop's 'Don't Look Down' is almost unrecognisable from the song that appears on Bowie's Tonight album and is reggae free.

There are omissions - The Beatles 'Across the Universe', Lennon's 'Working Class Hero', Morrissey's 'I Know it's Gonna Happen Someday', The Beach Boys 'God Only Knows', The Rolling Stones 'Let's Spend the Night Together', etc - but I suppose you'd need a 2/3 CD set to include everything and in the case of the former it's probably due to licensing rights.

Featuring a diverse range of artists and songs, whether you're a Bowie fan or not there's something for everyone to enjoy. Clocking in at 76 minutes and housed in a jewel case, the liner notes feature a biography of Bowie's career from 1972 onwards and reproduction photos of record sleeves.
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I was never a fan of David Bowies “Pin Ups” album, the highlight being the single “Sorrow” The album was of course covers of songs that DB as a fan had an opportunity to record and pay homage to. In my opinion the originals were far stronger than DB’s recordings of them and I have never bothered to update my music collection with a CD or as we kids do theses days a download of “Pin Ups” Despite my criticism we must recognise that DB always had an ear for a good tune. He’s recordings over the years have been littered with recordings of other peoples songs.

That is why I can only give this CD 5 stars, it’s a great compilation of music. All very close to Bowies recordings of them, the originals are sometimes rubbish, sometimes quirky, but as one would expect of tracks that Bowie would choose to record, interesting. There are some notable omissions from this compilation of covers by Bowie, but most music fans would probably have the originals anyway.

My personal favourites are “Fill Your Heart” by Biff Rose, even sounding like DB and an even weirder version of Bowie’s already weird rendition of Bertold Brechts “Alabama Song” by the engagingly named Lotta Lenya & the 3 Admirals.

Well worth a tenner of anybody’s money.
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The premise is simple - tunes that have moved/inspired David Bowie throughout his extraordinary five-decade career - the original songs by the original artists - 24 melodies he's covered from 1964 right through to 2003. But this is Ace Records of the UK doing the CD compilation - so the annotation and sound quality is top notch. There's a wad of facts to get through so let's have at the Thin White Duke's Pin-Ups...

UK released April 2014 - "Bowie Heard Them Here First" by Various Artists on Ace Records CDCHD 1387 (Barcode 029667058322) breaks down as follows (76:06 minutes):

1. Louie - Go Home by PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS (1964 USA 7" single on Columbia 43008, A)
Covered by Davie Jones & The King Bees in 1964 on the UK 7" single Vocalion Pop V 9221, A

2. I Pity The Fool by BOBBY BLAND (1961 USA 7" single on Duke 332, A)
Covered by Manish Boys in 1965 on the UK 7" single Parlophone R 5250, A

3. Fill Your Heart by BIFF ROSE (on the 1968 USA LP "The Thorn In Mrs. Rose's Side" on Tetragrammaton Records T-103)
Covered by Bowie on the "Hunky Dory" LP in 1971

4. It Ain't Easy by RON DAVIES (on the 1970 US LP "Silent Song Through The Land" on A&M Records SP-4264 - also a USA 7" single on A&M 1188, A)
Covered by Bowie on 1972 LP "The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars"

5. White Light/White Heat by THE VELVET UNDERGROUND (on the 1967 LP "White Light/White Heat" on Verve VK 10560)
Covered by Bowie on the 1983 Soundtrack album (recorded 1973) "Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture"

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another top quality ace cd including a booklet with great sleeve notes.
however these point out the many flaws in this compilation.
the songs that are missing, including half of pin ups
the rolling stones lets spend the night together is the main omission
a real highlight of the ziggy stardust years
let's hope there will be a volume 2 but don't hold your breath!
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