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King Biscuit Presents... Iggy Pop Live Live

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  • Audio CD (27 April 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: King Biscuit
  • ASIN: B000024Z7V
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 419,097 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Instinct
2. Kill City
3. Nineteen Sixty Nine
4. Penetration
5. Power And Freedom
6. High On You
7. Five Foot One
8. Johanna
9. Easy Rider
10. Tuff Baby
11. I Feel Alright (1970)
12. Winners And Losers & Scene Of The Crime
13. Search and Destroy
14. Cold Metal
15. Squarehead
16. No Fun
17. I Wanna Be Your Dog

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BBC Review

When Iggy Pop comes to town my wife gets a strange gleam in her eye. To see him live is to love him. He is a man possessed, wriggling like an eel shot through with 2000 volts of naked electricity. The stage is his kingdom and he rocks like no one else. After all, with the Stooges he practically invented modern rock: a raw, honest and intelligent form of guitar fury that has been the model for any decent rock 'n' roll of the past thirty years. This live album captures the excitement of a prime Iggy performance.

It dates from 1988 and a gig originally broadcast by The King Biscuit Flower Hour, a US radio showcase for live concerts. The tour was supporting the album Instinct, which rocked a bit, but was saddled with surprisingly poor production from Bill Laswell. Live, songs like ''Instinct'', ''High On You'' and ''Power and Freedom'' have the oomph that their studio versions lack. Iggy's band rip their way enthusiastically through Stooges anthems ''1969'', ''Search And Destroy'' and ''Penetration'', and other gems like ''Johanna'' and ''Five Foot One'' (classic lyric: 'I wish life could be/Swedish magazines'). Iggy himself is in fine voice, and recording quality is excellent.

Iggy is the Johnny Cash of rock. He inspires a deep affection in his audience. We love him because he is what we would like to be: the wild child who lives his own way and tells it like it is. The way he tells it is sometimes brutal, but always honest, and usually pretty damn exciting.

If you are an Iggy Pop fan with some pennies to spare, this album is worth getting. It makes you want to go and see him again. And the good news is that Iggy has got back together with original Stooges Ron and Scott Ashton. They're playing summer festivals and have recorded tracks for Iggy's next album. Yes, there is a God... --Nick Reynolds

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Format: Audio CD
One of the guarantees with the King Biscuit Hour recordings is that the quality is always top notch.

This is one of my favourite live albums of all time - the quality is great and you honestly get the feeling that Iggy is giving it everything he has got - great vocals, high energy and a blistering band, making this a deeply satisfying listen.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Great Live Recording at the top of his form 25 July 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I was at the Channel in Boston for this concert and I still believe it's the greatest show I've ever seen (and I've seen alot of shows). Mr. Pop was in rare form that evening as the sonic wall of noise (music?) on this disc shows. He was early 40's then and he taught some of the young turks playing with him what it's really all about. Picture Iggy hanging upside down from a pipe in the ceiling, swinging like a baboon, sweat pouring off him and you, air so hot that steam is rising from the crowd, and the man is belting out "I WISH LIFE COULD BE SWEDISH MAGAZINES".
I do too Iggy, I do too.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great Driving Music ! -Just Don't Get A Speeding Ticket ! 28 Oct 2003
By Jeff Andersen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I discovered the music of Iggy Pop about 6 years ago when I first listened to the Stooges' album Fun House. After listening to the first three songs on that album, I was hooked. After buying Fun House, I soon followed by purchasing The Stooges, and then, Raw Power. Later, I moved on to Iggy's solo stuff, The Idiot, Lust for Life, etc. All of these albums were great! While listening to all of this great music, I couldn't believe that I hadn't known about it before. Iggy was and still is all about singing hard-charging, powerful, in-your-face music that completely rocks. But aside from all of this, Iggy's reputation as a live performer is legendary. I am a huge fan of energetic frontmen in music and Iggy definitely fits the bill. He's actually LIVED the decadence he sings about and he does it with the energy of a wild animal. Unfortunately, I never had the good fortune to hear Iggy perform live, until I bought this album.
I am always careful when buying live recordings, but given it was Iggy, I thought I would take a shot. This album, as it turns out, is great. It is Iggy's concert recorded by King Biscuit Flower Hour on July 19, 1988 at The Channel in Boston. The sound quality is excellent, the setlist is solid and Iggy and his band are in top form. As he says in one of his between-song dialogues, "We're just gonna rock it straight tonight!" and that's exactly what he does! The songs really move right from the opening track, "Instinct", and continue all the way to the closing track, a great version of "I Wanna Be Your Dog". As the title of this article suggests, this CD makes for great driving music. In fact, I liked this album so much, I bought King Biscuit's other Iggy Pop concert, Live in NYC, a 1986 show from the Ritz in NYC. If you like this album, check out Live in NYC, which is equally great and contains a great version of "Real Wild Child". Thank you for the music and honesty Iggy!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Iggy Pop - 'King Biscuit Flower Hour' (King Biscuit) 12 Oct 2004
By Mike Reed - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I still have the home tape that I recorded off the radio when this show played on a Sunday night, on a very worn down BASF brand cassette. Now thanks to King Biscuit releasing the entire gig on CD, I can happily put the cassette out of it's misery. This seventeen track / 70 minute disc is a must-have for all Iggy / Stooges fans. Needless to even have to mention it, but the sound quality is top notch. The gig took place at The Channel in Boston sometime in 1988. Best tunes would be "Kill City", "1969", "Five Foot One", the timeless ass-kicker "Search And Destroy", the '80's punk-metal gem "Cold Metal" and "I Wanna Be Your Dog". Just an all around great sounding high-energy show of pure classic punk.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
"Neighborhood Threat" in Action 1 Nov 2002
By "mencken61" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The fine book "Neighborhood Threat," an account of life on the road with Iggy in 1988-89, is personified here. Iggy, married and civilized but still savage, goes on tour with a fine band--and rips up just about every gig with a power not seen in years. This being the Instinct tour, songs from that album are liberally represented. "High on You" is a pure assault; the title track kills; and "Cold Metal" and "Squarehead" are slaps to convention. The Stooges' stuff is not forgotten. "1969" and "1970" are thrown around nicely, and Iggy still demands to be our dog. As live gigs go, this is a fine example.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Rock It Down 19 July 2003
By Jack Gold - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is a great record! I first heard this on the King Biscuit Flower Hour in 1997 while going through HARD times. I hadn't listened to anything in about a year and had sold off my record collection and pawned my stereo. I couldn't believe how good it sounded. I finally bought it after it was released officially and it continues to blow my mind every time I hear it. There is no holding back on this album. The musicians are in fine form, and the guitarist, Andy McCoy, is otherworldly, perhaps in more ways than one! A great follow up to this album is the book written about this tour by bassist Alvin Gibbs entitled "Neighborhood Threat: On Tour With Iggy Pop." According to Gibbs, this isn't even one of the better shows from the tour. This is hard rock at it's finest, and Iggy proves that there was life in '80s, and rock before grunge!
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