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4.0 out of 5 stars How it should have sounded all along
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,...
Published on 3 Dec 2010 by J. Litchfield

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2.0 out of 5 stars let down
well just got this and its not a patch on the original,I love this album but this is a let down, it did not need a remix and its not what i expected.
Published on 27 July 2011 by scobe


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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How it should have sounded all along, 3 Dec 2010
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J. Litchfield (DERBY, DERBYSHIRE United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars Astounding - music from the brink of madness., 11 Jan 2000
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars OLD reviews do NOT apply to NEW version, 9 Nov 2010
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Charles Miller "objective clarity" (Baltimore, Maryland U.S.A.) - See all my reviews
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Iggy Pop & James Williamson - 'Kill City' (Bomp Records), 18 Jan 2008
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Originally released in 1977, as I first assumed it was Iggy's first solo effort. Turns out to be a collaboration between Iggy and former Stooges guitarist James Williamson. Tracks here I personally thought made the grade were the wailing title cut "Kill City", "I Got Nothin' ", the classic "Johanna", "Consolation Prizes" and "Lucky Monkeys". Took me awhile to finally land down a copy of this proto-punk gem but it was WORTH the wait. Personnel: Iggy-vocals, James Williamson-guitar, Scott Thurston-bass, keyboards & harmonica and Brian Glascock (Motels)-drums. A definite should-have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars World weary 70s masterpiece..., 29 April 2011
This review is from: Kill City (Audio CD)
After spending years listening to the original of this on a hissy old tape, this new version comes as a real revelation. What was once murky and ill-defined is now shiny and edgy, although still retaining the dark & sleazy Stones vibe which is at its heart. I always thought Kill City was better than the more lauded post-stooges Bowie productions. It reveals Iggy and Williamson growing up and coming out of their post adolescent shrieking phase. There's a refreshing world weary cynicism that you only really find on that other overlooked Iggy classic New Values. Brilliant.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Different Beast, 11 Mar 2011
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Awesome, at last a classic gets the mix it deserves, well done Mr Williamson! Disagree with the criticisms of the arrangements, they give the Ig a Stones type loucheness which rather becomes him. For anybody with an interest in the Stooges I'd say buy it, but be open minded it's a whole different beast to Raw Power (but just as electrifying in it's own way!).
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5.0 out of 5 stars City of Light and Darkness, 4 Mar 2011
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I first bought this on vinyl back in the late 70's and always remembered Nick Kent's NME review quote about this being the best Rolling Stones album that the Stones had never made. Iggys voice is amazing, the swagger breaks through the narcotic curtain. Lyric sheet is useful. As remixes go I give this 5 stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars killed the album, 3 Feb 2014
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listened to the remastered version of this album i think they,ve taken that raw edge off that the original recording has,much sooner have this the original.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Real Scene, 22 Jan 2010
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After the Bowie opus was dissected and consumed, Iggy Pop was next, with Lust for Life and Idiot. Kill City didn't immediately compare to the Teutonic angst of the Idiot and Lust for Life's Berlin motor mekanik beats. Each appears a kulture away from Kill City and so they are. In the 1970's because so much was happening, the space of a few years marked huge changes. This shifts from the black culture of LA to the more ice bound world of Berlin.

I recollect purchasing the album in 77 and for me even then, the production on the original mix was tinny, and the sounds were too Rolling Stones honky tonk for my punk rock taste.

As the years rolled, this record embedded itself. Yes I can see Johanna, know about "Sell your love" can jig along to songs about vampires and know all about the "Real Scene being beyond the law." Bongos, backing singers and the Ig stretching into a croon to cut and bleed a raw life from his daze on the streets. Rolling around in garbage bins as his psychological health plummeted, the remnants are caught in these grooves. The lyrics are snot nosed punk going one beyond Sir Mick's Viagra foolled lotharios as the Ig took the template and stretched it, just like they borrowed from the Wolf. Could anyone imagine the titled one screaming "the real scene is way beyong the law" and demanding young people to " sell your love" whilst promoting the nihilism of "I don't believe in anything b'cos we don't stand for nothing".

When it emerged some mocked the statements as the outcome of a mental health collapse and the sink into depression. Having worked in the field for a number of years, not many of the sectioned emerge after a year of psychiatric interaction to deliver a seminal piece of work. Either he had some very forward thinking doctors and nurses, or he has a sense of his own genius to articulate the perverse!

Then the CD was purchased after reading the reviews to get the remixed version. Yes it does sound better, but the soul is what caught me, not the clarity. Even listening to the original version on a 1970's record player, something shone through the mud and that is beyond the clarity of the mix. But just to detail the comparison.

The CD is a much streamlined beast. Gone are the vibrant horn blasts as they are brought down in the mix. The Ig's vocals are brought up and the whole thing hangs together as an album should, beginning, middle and end. It sound less tinny and more snarling. Kill City gets some upped drums and the two guitar tracks play a dogfight in the background whilst the Ig screams and preens into the night.

Sell Your Love has an enhance piano whilst the sax becomes muted. The guitar track goes up and then it launches into Sell You Love. The bass beings to kick and it sounds more menacing. The rest is tweaked, pruned and accentuated to turn a piece of punk rock tin into a shining nugget.

The real scene is way beyond the law! Now emerges from its garage roots less jalopy Ford and more Mustang. I got Nothin' screams into echoes.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars let down, 27 July 2011
This review is from: Kill City (Audio CD)
well just got this and its not a patch on the original,I love this album but this is a let down, it did not need a remix and its not what i expected.
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