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5.0 out of 5 stars down on the street
this is where iggy pop is really at home ..on the stage ..transformed into a predatory animal pounding his chest and delivering killer lines like " im a street walkin cheetah with a heart full of naplam " they dont make 'em like that these days ! this box set is a superb document of iggys return in the mid seventies from exile in rehab or on the road as bowies travelling...
Published on 10 Oct 2008 by Jane Sez

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3.0 out of 5 stars aaaagh! stop using noise reduction during mastering!
this release could have been the greatest thing ever, particularly disc 1, but its ruined by horrible mastering, someone smothered the 3/28/77 show in digital noise reduction, which has resulted in digital artefacts.
listening is just not a pleasure any more

did someone really think that a bit of hiss was less annoying than this!

if you know...
Published on 10 Dec 2008 by T. Bucknall


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3.0 out of 5 stars aaaagh! stop using noise reduction during mastering!, 10 Dec 2008
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T. Bucknall - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Where the Faces Shine Vol.1: Official Live Experience 1977-1981 (Audio CD)
this release could have been the greatest thing ever, particularly disc 1, but its ruined by horrible mastering, someone smothered the 3/28/77 show in digital noise reduction, which has resulted in digital artefacts.
listening is just not a pleasure any more

did someone really think that a bit of hiss was less annoying than this!

if you know this won't bother you , go ahead and buy this set, the performances and setlist are amazing,
theres breathtaking harmonies from Bowie & the sales Brothers
but if the digital artefacts are likely to annoy you, then i'd advise you to get the wonderful "tv eye live 1977" CD

i wish this release was more like the sex pistols box sets "never trust a hippy" or "indecent exposure" they were sympathetically mastered by a genius

the killing joke release "bootleg vinyl archive" was another example of good mastering for this type of challenging material,
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3.0 out of 5 stars box of boots, 7 Sep 2013
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freewheeling frankie (north London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Where the Faces Shine Vol.1: Official Live Experience 1977-1981 (Audio CD)
This seemingly fully legit box of former bootlegs, from a mixture of radio broadcasts and tolerable audience cassette recordings, is strictly for serious fans. It covers the period from Iggy's re-emergence as a solo artist in 1977 up to 1981, when his recorded output was starting to diminish in quality quite noticeably. If you don't like bootleg quality recordings, stop here because you won't enjoy this album. As the quality of both the performances and the recordings varies quite a lot across the 6 CDs I'll review them individually.

1. Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, 28 March 1977.
This is one of the better discs all round - it has the best sound - about 7/10 - the performance is powerful and coherent, he has a strong band with Bowie on keyboards and occasional backing vocals. It doesn't sound much worse in sound quality than the songs from this tour on the official TV Eye Live, though certainly not as good as the Paris Hippodrome album from this tour.

2. San Diego State University, 16 November 1977.
Retaining the Sales brothers rhythm section, Bowie and guitarist Ricky Gardiner are replaced by former Stooge Scott Thurston and Stacey Heydon respectively. This is by far my favourite performance here - despite Iggy departing from the script, ranting, improvising and calling unrehearsed songs ("Gloria", with the chorus as I-G-G-Y P-O-P) the band have his back all the way and sound like they're having a great time. Great fun, the sound is only about 6/10 with the cymbals pretty harsh and mushy but perfectly listenable - this is one of my favourite Iggy Pop records.

3. Domino Club, Stockholm, 24 May 1978.
With no new studio material, Iggy toured with Sonic's Rendezvous Band, featuring former MC5 member and future husband of Patti Smith, Fred "Sonic" Smith and former Stooges drummer Scott Asheton. This sounds like a decent audience cassette recording, about 5/10 for quality. There's some pretty good stuff here and they gain brownie points for playing 7 Stooges songs including a banging version of Cock In My Pocket but Iggy's baiting of the audience gets a bit tedious after a while, in contrast to the entertaining lunacy of the San Diego gig.

4. Stardust Ballroom, Los Angeles, 30 November 1979.
Omitting the New Values tour of spring '79 (a shame - I'd take a decent recording from that tour over any of the last three gigs in this set) the box moves on to a brief tour later that year featuring former UK punk royalty in the form of Brian James on guitar and Glen Matlock on bass. Scott Thurston is also back and his organ and synth washes are a bit intrusive at times - shame he wasn't serving up the sort of piano he played on Metallic KO. This was broadcast on KROQ and has better sound than most of this box - 7/10. The performance has its moments but, while the band sounds pretty good when playing something they've rehearsed, they tend to lose the plot when faced with the unexpected, such a powerful but very loose version of "You Really Got Me". They also play several songs from the as yet unissued Soldier, which for me was where Iggy started going downhill.

5. Picadero, Barcelona, 15 May 1980.
This again sounds like a decent audience cassette recording (6/10) but although the performance is pretty good, about half the material is from Soldier, which I can mostly live without. Iggy is in fine voice though and there's a particularly nice version of the Sinatra chestnut "One For My Baby", which he performs on three of these recordings.

6. Palasport, Bologna, 18 June 1981.
I remember being distinctly unimpressed by the date I saw on this tour but the band sound pretty tight. Iggy starts by demanding cocaine from the audience and isn't in the finest voice. It sounds like another audience cassette recording, with the quieter bits pretty clear but the louder ones about 6/10. He's pretty much abandoned Stooges songs by this time, apart from starting and encoring with "Search & Destroy". I can live without so-so live versions of songs from Soldier and Party and can't see myself playing this one much.

The quite attractive, if basic, box comes with a substantial booklet containing lots of good photos and interview quotes from band members on each tour, which are fascinating. But given my personal indifference to anything Iggy recorded for about 10 years or more after New Values I lose interest after the first four discs and I probably wouldn't have bought the thing at all if it weren't for that wild and hilarious San Diego gig, which is almost worth the price of admission alone if you're an Iggy connoisseur. On the other hand, if you DO like Soldier and Party (and don't mind the bootleg sound quality) then you'll enjoy the Barcelona and Bologna gigs too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars down on the street, 10 Oct 2008
This review is from: Where the Faces Shine Vol.1: Official Live Experience 1977-1981 (Audio CD)
this is where iggy pop is really at home ..on the stage ..transformed into a predatory animal pounding his chest and delivering killer lines like " im a street walkin cheetah with a heart full of naplam " they dont make 'em like that these days ! this box set is a superb document of iggys return in the mid seventies from exile in rehab or on the road as bowies travelling companion. It has quite obviously been put together with passion and care great photos , great shows the domino club 1978 with fred smith and gary rasmussen and scott asheton as his band is particularly high octane or indeed the 1979 show with ex pistol glen matlock and ex damned brian james both in the band !! not aimed at passive buyers but an absolute must for true iggy fans. cant wait for the next one !
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