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Here's Chris O'Leary's assessment (and opinion) of this cover version of the Sixties UK hit for 'The Mojos', which featured on the 1973 'contract filler' album "Pin Ups" - and he also gives us his take on the LP as a whole. Chris, as many of you will remember, runs the Bowie celebrant blog "Pushing Ahead of the Dame":
Bowie's version [of the song] has some tight playing by Mick Ronson, Mike Garson and Trevor Bolder, and it's dominated by Bowie's new drummer, Aynsley Dunbar. Dunbar not only gave Bowie some cred, as he had played on the original track by 'The Mojos' (so possibly he suggested covering it) but he's also a far more dynamic presence on record then the steady but unspectacular Woody Woodmansey, who'd been sacked before the "Pin Ups" sessions (on his wedding day!). Bowie sings the verses pretty straight, undermines his chorus with a set of goony backing vocals.
"Everything's Alright" ultimately lacks the original's punch, as is the case with most of the "Pin Ups" covers. The original tracks were mainly recorded 'live' in the studio, direct to two- or four-track, and mixed in mono, while the "Pin Ups" covers were given clinical, dry production by Ken Scott, with a stereo mix that sometimes confines Ronson's guitar to one channel and often buries Bowie's backing vocals. Back-to-back comparison of the originals and "Pin Ups" often makes the Bowie versions sound dissipated.
The LP "Pin Ups" was a No. 1 hit in the UK Albums chart of 1973, and also reached a creditable No. 23 on the Billboard 200 in the USA.
1973 - RCA Victor - United Kingdom - From the album "Pin Ups".
Posted: 18th April 2019