This year marks the 50th Anniversary of David Bowie’s classic collection of cover songs, Pin Ups, originally released 19th October 1973 – a mere six months after the legendary Aladdin Sane and three months after the infamous final Ziggy Stardust show at Hammersmith Odeon.
On 20th October 2023, one day after its Golden Jubilee Pin Ups will be issued as a limited edition half-speed mastered LP. This new pressing of Pin Ups was cut on a customised late Neumann VMS80 lathe with fully recapped electronics from 192kHz restored masters of the original master tapes, with no additional processing on transfer. John Webber cut the half-speed at AIR Studios.
Recorded at Château d’Hérouville in France, where Bowie would later return to record the masterpiece Low, Pin Ups was a collection of cover songs paying tribute to bands and artists that had inspired him and that he had seen at clubs such as The Marquee in London in the mid to late 60s. Artists he covered for the album included The Yardbirds, The Kinks, Pink Floyd, The Who, Pretty Things, The Easybeats and more.
Just one single was taken from the album in the UK, a version of The Mersey’s ‘Sorrow’ which peaked at number four in the UK while the parent album reached number one. The striking sleeve image featuring David and British model Twiggy, taken by Justin de Villeneuve, was originally slated to appear on the cover of Vogue, when the magazine passed on the idea, Bowie chose it for Pin Ups.
Even though Bowie did not tour the album, it is beloved by fans to this day who have often wished for a long-rumoured follow-up Pin Ups Too, but as was his style, by February 1974, he had released ‘Rebel Rebel’ as a single and a whole new adventure had begun.
DAVID BOWIE – PIN UPS TRACKLISTING
Rosalyn – 2:27
Here Comes The Night – 3:09
I Wish You Would – 2:40
See Emily Play – 4:03
Everything’s Alright – 2:26
I Can’t Explain – 2:07
Friday On My Mind – 3:18
Sorrow – 2:48
Don’t Bring Me Down – 2:01
Shapes Of Things – 2:47
Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere – 3:04
Where Have All The Good Times Gone – 2:35
Pin Ups 50th Anniversary Half Speed Mastered LP available 20 October via Parlophone.