The seventh full-length studio album by legendary British Glam Rock singer.
The album was originally conceived as a complete opposite of other Bowie's albums, consisting of all cover songs except one original composition, and mainly turned towards the US market since he wanted to do songs that weren't known as well in the States as they were in England, yet eventually the plan was dropped.
"Pin Ups" was the first of two "1960s nostalgia" albums that Bowie had planned to release. The second, which was planned to be called "Bowie-ing Out", would have contained Bowie covering his favourite American artists, but was never recorded. Bowie also apparently 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 1960s supermodel Twiggy in a photograph taken by her then-manager Justin de Villeneuve. It was shot in Paris for Vogue Magazine, but at Bowie's request was used for the album instead.
In the broader context of Bowie's career, "Pin Ups" was more than an anomaly - it marked the swan song for the Spiders From Mars and something of an interlude between the first and second phases of his international career; the next, beginning with Diamond Dogs, would be a break from his Glam Rock phase, going off in new directions. It's not a bad bridge between the two, and it has endured across the decades.
“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 No. 1. It re-entered the chart on 30 April 1983, this time for fifteen weeks, peaking at No. 57. In July 1990, it again entered the chart, for one week, at No. 52.
Remastered heavyweight 180 g vinyl.
RCA Records/Parlophone Records Ltd., 1973/2016 (0825646289424 (DB69736)). Made in Germany.
1. Rosalyn 2:27
2. Here Comes The Night 3:09
3. I Wish You Would 2:40
4. See Emily Play 4:03
5. Everythings Alright 2:26
6. I Can't Explain 2:07
7. Friday On My Mind 3:18
8. Sorrow 2:48
9. Don't Bring Me Down 2:01
10. Shape Of Things 2:47
11. Anwayanyhowanywhere 3:07
12. Were Have All The Good Times Gone 2:35
Total playing time: 33:28 min.