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DAVID BOWIE – PIN-UPS LP – VG+ UK FRENCH CONTRACT PRESSING

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David Bowie – Pin-Ups
(RCA Records  1973  RS1003)
French Contract Press for UK

Sleeve in Very Good+ condition
– some wear to edges/corners
Insert in Nr MINT condition

Vinyl in Very Good+ condition
(there are some surface marks visible on the vinyl which do give light pops/crackles but sound quality is excellent overall)

David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), known professionally as David Bowie was an English singer, songwriter and actor. He was a figure in popular music for over five decades, regarded by critics and musicians as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s. His career was marked by reinvention and visual presentation, his music and stagecraft significantly influencing popular music. During his lifetime, his record sales, estimated at 140 million worldwide, made him one of the world’s best-selling music artists. In the UK, he was awarded nine platinum album certifications, eleven gold and eight silver, releasing eleven number-one albums. In the US, he received five platinum and seven gold certifications. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

Born and raised in South London, Bowie developed an interest in music as a child, eventually studying art, music and design before embarking on a professional career as a musician in 1963. “Space Oddity” became his first top-five entry on the UK Singles Chart after its release in July 1969. After a period of experimentation, he re-emerged in 1972 during the glam rock era with his flamboyant and androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust. The character was spearheaded by the success of his single “Starman” and album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, which won him widespread popularity. In 1975, Bowie’s style shifted radically towards a sound he characterised as “plastic soul”, initially alienating many of his UK devotees but garnering him his first major US crossover success with the number-one single “Fame” and the album Young Americans. In 1976, Bowie starred in the cult film The Man Who Fell to Earth and released Station to Station. The following year, he further confounded musical expectations with the electronic-inflected album Low (1977), the first of three collaborations with Brian Eno that would come to be known as the “Berlin Trilogy”. “Heroes” (1977) and Lodger (1979) followed; each album reached the UK top five and received lasting critical praise.

After uneven commercial success in the late 1970s, Bowie had UK number ones with the 1980 single “Ashes to Ashes”, its parent album Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps), and “Under Pressure”, a 1981 collaboration with Queen. He then reached his commercial peak in 1983 with Let’s Dance, with its title track topping both UK and US charts. Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Bowie continued to experiment with musical styles, including industrial and jungle. Bowie also continued acting; his roles included Major Celliers in Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983), the Goblin King Jareth in Labyrinth (1986), Pontius Pilate in The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), and Nikola Tesla in The Prestige (2006), among other film and television appearances and cameos. He stopped concert touring after 2004 and his last live performance was at a charity event in 2006. In 2013, Bowie returned from a decade-long recording hiatus with the release of The Next Day. He remained musically active until he died of liver cancer two days after the release of his final album, Blackstar (2016).

Pin Ups is the seventh album by David Bowie, containing cover versions of songs, released in 1973 on RCA Records. It was his last studio album with the bulk of ‘The Spiders from Mars’, his backing band throughout his Ziggy Stardust phase; Mick Woodmansey was replaced on drums by Aynsley Dunbar.

Pin Ups entered the UK chart on 3 November 1973 (coincidentally the same day as Bryan Ferry’s covers album These Foolish Things) and stayed there for 21 weeks, peaking at #1. It re-entered the chart on 30 April 1983, this time for fifteen weeks, peaking at #57. In July 1990, it again entered the chart, for one week, at #52.

A version of The Velvet Underground’s “White Light/White Heat” was recorded during the sessions. It was never released; Bowie donated the backing track to Mick Ronson for his 1975 album Play Don’t Worry.

The woman on the cover with Bowie is 1960s supermodel Twiggy in a photograph taken by her then-manager Justin de Villeneuve.

Track listing

Side one  
No. Title Writer(s) Length  
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  
No. Title Writer(s) Length  
7. “Friday on My Mind” (Originally recorded by The Easybeats) George Young, Harry Vanda 3:18
8. “Sorrow” (Notably recorded by The Merseys) Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein, Richard Gottehrer 2:48
9. Don’t Bring Me Down(Originally recorded by The Pretty Things) Johnnie Dee 2:01
10. “Shapes of Things” (Originally recorded by The Yardbirds) Paul Samwell-Smith, Jim McCarty, Keith Relf 2:47
11. “Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere” (Originally recorded by The Who) Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend 3:04
12. “Where Have All the Good Times Gone” (Originally recorded by The Kinks) Ray Davies 2:35

Personnel

  • David Bowie – vocals, guitar, tenor and alto saxophone, harmonica, arrangements, backing vocals, Moog synthesizer
  • Mick Ronson – guitar, piano, vocals, arrangements
  • Trevor Bolder – bass guitar
  • Aynsley Dunbar – drums

Additional personnel

  • Mike Garson – piano, organ, harpsichord, electric piano
  • Ken Fordham – baritone saxophone
  • G.A. MacCormack – backing vocals
  • Ron Wood – guitar on “Growin’ Up”

Production personnel

  • David Bowie – producer
  • Ken Scott – producer
  • Dennis MacKay – engineer
Weight 1.00000000 kg

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