on 7 August 2005
Like most anthologies, this one is aimed at interested parties, rather than committed fans. Apart from two live tracks, this is all straight from the relevant albums.
The collection opens with the killer 1969, the first of ten tracks from the Stooges days.
The classic 'bowie' years follow, and it is good to hear China Girl and Tonight in their proper versions. The brilliant Passenger makes for an excllent finish to the first disc.
Side two doesn't contain many well known tracks but is just as solid as the first CD. They even manage to pluck two good songs from the underwhelming Blah Blah Blah album. Well, Did you Evah! is a great fun duet with Debbie Harry and the closing Iggy and the Stooges reunion (Skull Ring) makes for a fitting end to this compilation.
This is a thoughtfully compiled and nicely presented collection. The remastered sound is sympathetic to the originals and looses none of the power of the early Stooges work. The two short essays in the booklet are informative for the uninitiated. And that front cover picture is a masterpiece.
Iggy Pop is one of rock's masters. His lust for life is almost unparrelled. If you are a rock fan and don't have any Iggy in your collection yet, then this collection is a great way to start...
on 25 November 2007
Definitely an anthology of 2 halves, this one. CD1 is awesome with lots of early Stooges tracks and the best of his solo stuff "Lust for life", "China girl", "The Passenger" etc. "Search and Destroy" is speaker-blowing brilliant! You can tell this is important, seminal stuff - the kind of stuff you've always been aware of but had never really located as being Iggy Pop before. When you get beyond the "wild man of rock" tag and the stories of his legendary debauchery, it comes as a bit of a surprise to realise what a good vocalist he is and has written some very good and interesting lyrics. As for CD2.... apart from the nice melody on "Candy", "Wild America" and "Real Wild Child" I could have done without the rest of it. I always feel record companies are scraping the barrel when they stick live tracks from this or that recent "festival". But as this is likely to be the only Iggy Pop record I buy I'm content enough for the riches contained on CD1.
on 28 August 2005
Having found Iggy in the 70's listened to him in my 20's & lost him when i did the parenting stuff, thinking i'd grown up! I was blast back to something i don't want to lose or leave ( you know that association of times & songs & people etc!). It's all there & for any part-time forty-something it's a must. Just for the reverse sleeve of a man worth a million in prizes. This is something so deserving in it's title & a must in any cd collection. Everyone should listen to this glittering piece of passion & burn with desire & never grow old without a fight
on 26 July 2009
If you have a passing interest in hard rock,punk,new wave and pop music from 1969 to 2003 get this compilation.Then buy all the albums!
I can't think of anything bad to say.It has several lesser known non-official album tracks that are great as well.
Iggy has always been consistantly interesting for at least the past 40 years and judging by his latest album Preliminaires,shows no sign of stopping being interesting.
on 11 March 2007
Iggy's best of, from early years with The Stooges (ignoring his first group The Iguanas, from whence he got his name) through to collaborations with Bowie, dodgy 80's synths, comedy duets, finally ending up...well, back with The Stooges again!
Just about everything on disc one is great, but Raw Power is over represented whilst the ultimate Stooges classic album Fun House gets one measly track. Even with the first ten tracks being Stooges performances, there are still classics missing. Understandable, as Iggy has lots of great solo stuff to fit in to two discs.
Understandable until you get to disc two anyway, where you suddenly face two live versions of Funhouse songs. This is annoying in two ways - firstly becuase albums like Solider, Instinct and American Caesar are under represented, and secondly...why didn't they put the proper Stooges versions of the live tracks on here??? The inclusion of the pathetic Well Did You Evah is baffling. This track has finally stopped being included on Blondie compilations, and now here it is again on Iggy's. Why?????
But what the hey, this can be picked up cheaply, and if you don't know Iggy this will give you a reasonable over view.
on 18 February 2008
Five stars for the first CD, which has some of the best and most influential music ever made on it, not no stars for the second CD, which documents the sad collapse of Iggy's career after the 70's. A duet with Debbie Harry defines the words 'rock bottom'. Buy for CD 1, use CD 2 for you coffee cup.