“Singing old songs he loved”
Parlophone issue David Bowie’s 1973 album of cover versions as a picture disc for Record Store Day 2019 on Saturday, 13th April.
When originally released, the David Bowie/Ken Scott produced album was preceded by the only single from Pin Ups, Sorrow, which reached #3 on the UK chart. Pin Ups itself entered the UK album chart at #1 on the strength of pre-orders alone.
Joining Bowie on the sleeve for Justin de Villeneuve’s extraordinary photograph with Bowie is Twiggy, name-checked earlier the same year on Aladdin Sane for Drive-In Saturday: “She’d sigh like Twig the Wonder Kid”.
The photo session was shot in Paris for Vogue magazine, but at Bowie’s request was used for the album instead. This same image is used for Side 1 of the picture disc.
Originally, the back cover and insert featured Mick Rock photographs and Side 2 of the picture disc uses one of his artworks which utilised images from that session.
The picture disc includes a reproduction of the insert, and the back cover is as the original with the following note from Bowie:
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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, Kinks.