It seems he has always done cover versions throughout his career and Pin Ups is a fitting tribute to the music that influenced him. Whisper it quietly, I actually prefer his version of See Emily Play to the Floyd’s. It probably spurred on many of his young fans to seek out the original version.
The first cover I heard that impressed me the most was Amsterdam. I probably saw him perform it in 1972 and listened to as much Jacques Brel as I could get my hands on in the pre-internet days. Any more?