February 18, 2014

101 Reel-to-Reel Tapes 43: David Bowie 4 ~ Pin Ups

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I have hundreds of reel-to-reel, pre-recorded tapes in addition to my 20,000 Vinyl LP collection I'm selling. This is an entry about the Pin Ups, reel-to-reel tape, by David Bowie, I will have for sale on eBay on June 15, 2014. I currently have other David Bowie reel-to-reel tapes on eBay for sale. (see link below for others). Interested? Contact me by email, please, not by a comment.

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Pin Ups is the seventh album by David Bowie, containing cover versions of songs, released in 1973 on RCA Records. It was the first of two "1960's nostalgia" albums that Bowie had planned to release. The second, which was planned to be called Bowie-ing Out, would have contained covers of his favorite American artists, but it was never recorded. Bowie considered making a Pin Ups sequel; he had compiled a list of songs he wanted to cover, some of which showed up on his later releases of Heathen (2002) and Reality (2003).

The woman on the cover with Bowie is the 1960s supermodel Twiggy in a photograph taken by her manager at the time, Justin de Villeneuve. It was shot in Paris for Vogue magazine, but at Bowie's request, used for the album instead.

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Sorrow is by far my very favorite song on this album. Bowie's remake of the song by The McCoys was the only single released in the UK from the Pin Ups covers project, reaching UK #3 and staying in the charts for 15 weeks. Sorrow was featured in the 2008 John Cusack film War, Inc. It has a nice violin intro and it (the violin) plays intermittently through the song. The tune also features some mean sax by Bowie. In spite of the downer lyrics, it has a terrific dance beat that made me want to get up on the floor and move. 

"These songs are among my favourites from the '64–67' period of London. Most of the groups were playing the Ricky-Tick (was it a 'y' or an 'i'?) -Scene club circuit (Marquee, eel pie island la-la). / Some are still with us. Pretty Things, Them, Yardbirds, Syd's Pink Floyd, Mojos, Who, Easybeats, Merseys, The Kinks.  Love-on ya!"
                                                                                     -  David Bowie, 1973
"These songs . . . " 
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Track listing:

No.   Title                                           Writer(s)                                                            Length    

Side one:
1. Rosalyn (Originally recorded by The Pretty Things) Jimmy Duncan, Bill Farley - 2:27
2. Here Comes the Night (Notably recorded by Them) Bert Berns - 3:09
3. I Wish You Would (Notably recorded by The Yardbirds) Billy Boy Arnold - 2:40
4. See Emily Play (Originally recorded by Pink Floyd)) Syd Barrett - 4:03
5. Everything's Alright (Originally recorded by The Mojos) Nicky Crouch, John Konrad, Simon Stavely, Stuart James, Keith Karlson - 2:26
6. I Can't Explain (Originally recorded by The Who) Pete Townshend - 2:07

Side two:

1. Friday on My Mind (Originally recorded by The Easybeats) George Young, Harry Vanda - 3:18
2. Sorrow (Notably recorded by The Merseys) Jerry Goldstein, Richard Gottehrer, Richard Gottehrer - 2:48
3. Don't Bring Me Down (Originally recorded by The Pretty Things) Johnnie Dee - 2:01
4. Shapes of Things (Originally recorded by The Yardbirds) Paul Samwell-Smith, Jim McCarty, Keith Relf - 2:47
5. Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere (Originally recorded by The Who) Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend - 3:04
6. Where Have All the Good Times Gone (Originally recorded by The Kinks) Ray Davies - 2:35


Production personnel:

RCA Records - EPP1 0291-C

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Styrous® ~ February 18, 2013


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