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Killcity [VINYL] Original recording remastered, Restored


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  • Vinyl (18 Oct. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Restored
  • Label: Alive Records
  • ASIN: B0040MGPEE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 210,460 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By J. Litchfield on 3 Dec. 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This reissue has been put out to little fanfare, and that's a real shame because it deserves a higher profile. Now remastered, and more importantly, remixed, 'Kill City' is an essential companion to the 3 official Stooges' albums.
In 1975, following the break up of The Stooges the previous year, Iggy Pop and Stooges guitarist James Williamson, recorded some demos, but there was no record company interest. However, in 1977 following Iggy's success as a solo artist, Bomp records released the recordings having financed Williamson to oversee some overdubs. Subsequent CD issues were apparently mastered from the original green vinyl, so were hardly what you'd call a sonic listening experience. This has now been rectified to great effect. I don't usually approve of remixes, but this a rare exception, as the whole album has come to life, with Williamson's guitar parts now audible instead of being buried in the previous, muddy mix. Original raucous highlights such as the title track and 'I Got Nothin'' are an obvious appeal, but the real surprise is how slower-paced songs like 'Sell Your Love' and 'Johanna' have been revealed to be just as impressive, with the guitar and saxophone working well together. The restoration of this album still can't quite hide the fact that these recordings are essentially demos, but that's no bad thing as it gives them a raw edge that perhaps would have been missing if it had been recorded for a major label.
Although 'Kill City' doesn't have the same attitude as 'Raw Power' (it's not a Stooges record after all) if you own that classic, you really need this as well.

NB This review relates to the reissue on Alive Records (Oct 2010, with original 'cartoon' cover artwork) and NOT the Bomp version (Nov 2005, with black and white photo cover artwork). Amazon have put all reviews on both versions, which is confusing.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Jan. 2000
Format: Audio CD
Consisting of old Stooges tunes, and desperate new music by James Williamson, this album was recorded early in 1975, a year after The Stooges played their last show (captured on 'Metallic KO') Iggy was in bad shape - too many drugs, and too many crazy hangers-on had left him on the brink of total destruction. But, remarkably, he decided that he wanted to make new music, and so Iggy checked himself into the Neuropsychiatric Ward of UCLA. The intention was to get clean once and for all. Trouble was once he was there the doctors weren't keen on letting him go - he was too crazy to be released so soon. 'Kill City' began as a series of demos recorded over various weekends when Iggy was gradually allowed back into society. Reworking 'Johanna' and 'I Got Nothing' from the Stooges days, Pop and Williamson also wrote some classic new tunes, notably the scorching diatribe about LA 'Kill City' - 'where the debris meets the sea..', and the haunting 'No Sense of Crime'. The intention was to further work on these demos but the idea stalled, and the tapes drifted around until Bomp picked them up in 1977. This was after the success of 'The Idiot' and 'Lust For Life' and in the midst of the punk explosion Iggy's rants from two years before made more sense. It is a classic album, rough, scary, dangerous, and slightly disturbing. In short, classic Iggy.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Charles Miller on 9 Nov. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Kind of surprising Amazon "promoted" the reviews from the previous incarnation of this album to this new version. The whole selling point of this new release is the fact it was completely remastered, remixed and restored by James Williamson, and therefore, while valid for the older version, the reviews here are for the old version and not applicable for this new one. If you are reading this now, you know what I mean as it doubtful anyone randomly searched for this title.

Since those earlier reviews sum up the album content, there is no need to review Kill City yet again here. Comments are restricted to: "Is this title worth buying again?" for the new mixes.

From what I've read, the old version was mastered from the original green vinyl release of this album, recorded in 1975 and released 2 years later. While the earlier version on BOMP Records did a decent job, the older version had its sonic shortcomings. Not so here: this new version sounds new, as if it were recorded yesterday and it becomes obvious once you push play... a very brilliant remastering and remix. Additionally, the remixed tracks are oft times far superior to the familiar versions, although in some cases, the differences are lateral... what sounds like change for the sake of it. That said, guitar work is lifted (including some riffs never heard before), and for the first time, the horns sound like a relevant part of the whole. Iggy Pop's vocal work benefits from these new mixes too. In some cases, "new" lyrics have been added from the original tapes, and those tracks are the better for it.

To answer the question raised above: YES! It is worth buying it again! However, for fans of Iggy Pop and James Williamson and of this album in general, this version does not replace the original, but rather, should sit next right next to it on your CD rack (although if you can only have one, make it this new version). Both versions are valid... both versions are quite good.
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By Farhan Haq on 27 Jan. 2015
Format: Audio CD
I've had this album for years, one of those I rarely played, in all honesty it was about completing the Iggy catalogue. It always seemed to me to be below the standard of the first 3 classic Stooges studio albums, a kind of filler before Iggy's solo career and the release of 'The Idiot'. Hearing about the remastering, I couldn't resist and I'm very glad of that. James Williams has done a stellar job transforming the once murky mess to the standard of a bona fide studio album, that's some feat considering these are essentially demos.

Iggy's vocals benefit the most, higher up in the mix and clear, the guitar work is also transformed much for the better, at times beyond recognition. What really comes across when listening is just how heavily influenced the whole thing is by The Stones. This could be marketed as Exile On Main Street as made by the Stones younger, delinquent brothers. It has that Stonesy swagger in abundance and the brass and horns add to that vibe. This is how the New York Dolls should have sounded, maybe Williams is the man to remaster the first 2 Dolls albums. It is very different from the magnificent din of Raw Power but when you realise at the time of recording Iggy was a sectioned psychiatric patient only allowed to leave hospital grounds on the weekend, is it any wonder it isn't a similar nihilistic assault.

Whilst once ignored, it is now the Iggy album I play most and I'm loving it more and more with every listen. Williamson has put the life back into these tracks, so much so that to me this is now a proper album to be placed between Raw Power and The Idiot.
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