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Bowie’s next move was to pause his prodigal skill for writing new material and release a covers album of assorted tracks that influenced his younger self. Andy Price stacks up the 45s
A post-Ziggy Bowie and 60s model Twiggy adorn the cover of Pin Ups

Often underrated by Bowie aficionados for its lack of original material, Pin Ups is actually a very revealing record in the artist’s canon, and is a key document in understanding the influences, both musically and culturally that helped shape Bowie’s evolution. Recorded in the opulent Chateau d’Herouville in France a scant few days after Bowie’s on-stage ‘killing’ of the Ziggy character, many fans and critics were concerned that Bowie was in actuality ending his career. The disassociation of Bowie and Ziggy was still difficult for many, not least Bowie himself. Yet Pin Ups finds Bowie and the Spiders, minus Woody Woodmansey, firing on all cylinders as a creative unit.

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About Long Live Vinyl

The David Bowie Vinyl Buyer's Bible is the complete guide to building the ultimate Bowie collection on vinyl. Brought to you by the team behind Long Live Vinyl magazine, this 132-page collector's special features in-depth articles on each of Bowie's 27 studio albums - from his self-titled debut via Ziggy and the Berlin Trilogy to Blackstar. The Buyer's Bible also packs in expert guides to collecting the key albums, written by seasoned record-dealing pros and Bowie fanatics, which will help you spot valuable rarities and priceless curiosities in the minefield that is the second-hand Bowie vinyl market. If that's not enough, you'll find an exhaustive Essential feature, which ranks every one of the great man's albums and our Choice Cuts pieces, in which our collecting experts dig out the rare hidden gems that you need to own. Whether you're a Bowie completist looking to value your precious collection or new to vinyl and seeking advice on how to kick off your Bowie collecting career, everything you need is inside the pages of the David Bowie Vinyl Buyer's Bible.