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READY TO DIE (JPN) - POP,IGGY [Import]

Iggy & The Stooges Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (30 April 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony Japan
  • ASIN: B00BJ76TJE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,095,719 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
First off, the review: After "The Weirdness", this is truly a surprisingly good album. I was honestly expecting Iggy to be phoning in terrible lyrics again, but not so. This album stands on its own as a genuine Stooges album with some real effort put into it. I realize I am not the first one to draw comparisons with Kill City, but hey, it's there... you can't help it. In fact, this is by far more of a follow-up to that album than to "Raw Power" but that's a good thing. While I doubt Scott Asheton participated much due to health issues, it's nice to see his name in the credits. It is also great to see (and hear) the names of Steve MacKay and Scott Thurston in the credits. In a way, the line-up is quite similar to that of "Kill City". And Mike Watt is certainly an official Stooge after all these years. But the main driving force behind this album is the same as it was in the mid-70s: Iggy Pop and James Williamson. As before, this album features a mix of all out rock tunes like only The Stooges can create, along with some seriously great ballads like "The Departed", the album's highpoint. The nod to "I Wanna Be Your Dog" is both musically perfect and the perfect tribute to its creator, Ron Asheton.

This album is so good, it makes me wish they would stop their nostalgia act on tour and spend more time in the studio releasing new material. Apparently they still "have it" and creating a legacy of great albums like "Ready To Die" would be more valuable over the long-haul.

BUT (as is usually the case), the Japanese version features bonus tracks not easily available for western ears to hear. In this case, the tracks are: "Dying Breed" and "The Departed (instrumental version)". It too is available from Amazon, but of course, at a significantly higher price. Since this album is so short to begin with (34+ minutes), it could have easily incorporated these two extra tracks.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Growing Old Disgracefully 29 April 2013
By Mr. M. A. Reed TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Back. Six years after the underwhelming "The Weirdness", Iggy & The Stooges return for the first record with "Raw Power" guitarist James Williamson in forty years. After Ron Asheton's premature death four years ago, you could rightly consider that perhaps The Stooges had reached the end of the line. Here, Williamson and Iggy - with Stooge-of-a-decade Mike Watt on bass - return with a record that sounds it's been made by 16 years old, not sixtysomething elder statesmen of rock.

"Ready To Die" isn't exactly tasteful - with half of the original 1969-1971 lineup dead, and permanent drummer Scott Asheton incapacitated from touring due to a stroke - The Stooges aren't exactly a band so much as a team of furious rock commandos, bludgeoning huge riffs across the world. Williamson seems to have packed forty years of riffs into thirty four short minutes and 10 blistering songs. The cover is Iggy wearing a bomb belt in crosshairs. The songs are immaculately presented, with can opener riffs that are largely instant classics, pounding drums, and vocals that are miles away from the dunderheaded and melodically slight "Weirdness" record. Here, it's obviously not the first thing Iggy thought in front of the microphone, immortalised forever - thank God. Whilst its not as good as "Raw Power" (what is?), it's the equal of the firey and angry "Kill City" - with both "The Unfriendly World" and "The Departed", being the kind of blues that you saw glimpses of in the past. Also, this record is angry : "Job" rides on a simple premise many of us can live with : "I've got a job, and it pays ....". A few minutes later, Iggy is telling us all about ambition, about a world that wants to crush us, and about fighting to be yourself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What could have been 26 Oct 2013
Format:Audio CD
Somewhere in the mush of the mix there's some rocking music trying to be heard on this album - the band feels tight, and the re-introduction of Williamson has invigorated the writing (musically), riffs and soloing just as you'd have hoped. But the mix needs more depth, space, bass and (of course) less compression ... essentially, some 'whomp'. Then we come to Iggy's vocals, which sound at best strained, if impassioned; and his lyrics, which needed more time spent on them. With a little more effort on his part, and control over the final product, this could have been a great album. Still, it is at least delivers way more than The Weirdness, and also tops Iggy's last solo(-ish) rock album, Skull Ring. Put another way, it's Iggy's best rockout since Beat 'Em Up (2001).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not Dead Yet 1 July 2013
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It's worth the money for the last two tracks alone. James Williamson proves what a great guitarist he is and Iggy continues to sing about things that are important to him now, not fifty years ago. That's why Iggy is such an important artist. He chronicles his life so honestly and there's absolutely no pretence or playing to the gallery. Their tribute to Ron Asheton is beautifully understated but is also so warm and heartfelt. You have to admire these guys. This level of honesty after so many years makes us desk jockeys look downright pale.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How it should be done! 31 May 2013
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You have to wonder why it is that new bands seem incapable of making an album that sounds so vital, alive and just plain fun.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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My own view is that rather like 'the Weirdness' the last Stooges studio album, Iggy Pop has again not done justice to the Stooges legacy with the lyrics served up on most of the upbeat songs on the album, many of which are furnished by excellent riffs.

To me his lyrics are lazy and could have been on any of a number of his more recent sub standard solo albums. e.g. Beat em Up, Naughty Little Doggie etc The music served up by the band, welcoming back legendary guitarist James Williamson from the Raw Power days, deserves so much better. (The music is worth five stars and it is the lyrics which result in me very reluctantly docking two stars).

Iggy seems to have dashed off most of the lyrics which rarely speak with any intelligence,which we know that he has, as off stage he is well read, intelligent company. Instead he again follows on from his live image which has him pandering to the worst elements of the heavy metal festival crowd by acting as if he is still a brainless 20 something who feels he has to compete with younger bands who swear every second word when making their song introductions. He is still relying on shock value in adding unnecessary four letter profanities to a number of the high tempo songs on the new album which add nothing, but ensure that they will not get wider radio exposure which a lot of the music deserves. After all how much swearing is on Raw Power? By pandering to the lowest common denominator he falls far short of the lyrical excellence of songs from the Stooges hey day e.g. 1969, Dirt, Raw Power, Search and Destroy etc. In fact some of the best tracks on the new album are the slow ballards.

Its time to make a great, mature Stooges album thatwill stand the test of time and sadly this is not it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyed it.
Published 4 days ago by K T Carpenter
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome album, The Stooges made it again
Awesome album, The Stooges made it again. It is not a repetition of Raw Power, as one could risk, it is innovation that satys true to the band's sound. Great album.
Published 4 days ago by Veronica C
5.0 out of 5 stars Back with a bang
Input form the original Stooges makes this a real return to form, still delivering the goods with style and comtent after this many years( I dont want to ventre an amount! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. Ian Mitchinson
3.0 out of 5 stars It's a good Iggy album but it's not the Stooges!
This is probably one of Iggy's best albums since the early 90's but it is not a patch on Raw Power which is the version of the Stooges that Iggy is currently touting. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mr Anthony Brown
3.0 out of 5 stars You can rely on iggy
Same as ever. Riffs and awful lyrics. Eg a song about big boobs.
But you either love or hate the formula.
He's showing signs of age I fear! He's 66. Read more
Published 11 months ago by john
1.0 out of 5 stars Really disappointing
I am a massive fan of Iggy and really wanted to like it but unfortunately it is a pretty lame effort. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Iggy69
5.0 out of 5 stars Iggy hasn't mellowed
The man's still spitting vitriol in all directions, just bear in mind the lyrics are "parental advisory". Read more
Published 12 months ago by M. Eadon
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought he might have changed a bit
After Iggy's last couple of musical outings I wasn't too sure what to expect from this new album. I wasn't disappointed, back to his high energy self, great songs and music... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Duncan Miles Inspire Training
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic album! Buy it NOW!
New and full of energy, a joy to listen to. Good rockers and beautiful slow numbers. My favourite being DD's, unashamedly honest and a sentiment we can all relate to! Read more
Published 13 months ago by Clyde B Strain
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant!
is it possible that a very old rockstar makes a new album and is not a s***ty album just to make money?
if the rockstar is Iggy, the answer is YES.
Published 13 months ago by Andrea Piccart
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