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4.0 out of 5 stars Valuable, if mildly flawed, collection,
This review is from: Roadkill Rising Bootleg Collection 1977-2009 (Audio CD)
This is a 4 disc collection of bootleg recordings culled from over 20 different American and European gigs and spanning a staggering 4 decades.
Given the volume of tracks which must have been available for consideration I'm assuming that the compilers ultimately prioritised performance above sound quality in their selections. Though these tracks have been `remastered' they are still bootlegs so if you desire Hi-Fi sonics you won't find them here. Sound quality varies across the 4 discs but in my opinion there is nothing less than `good' on offer (but please note I have no problem with bootleg sound quality!)
It is also inevitable that the subjective selection of these tracks will raise questions as to the inclusion and absence of certain songs. Why for example give us the throwaway `Batman theme' and neglect to include any selections at all from `Zombie Birdhouse'? For a comprehensive collection such as `Roadkill Rising' this issue is mildly disappointing.
None of the tracks are replicated so you get them once only. This I view positively as I do also the decision of the compilers not to restrict songs to their contemporary tours. So we are given versions of 70's and 80's tracks from 90's and 00's gigs which provides interest and variety.
The packaging could be better. The discs are housed in a jewel CD case and not a box which would have made the release a far classier affair. Also, the booklet is flimsy and offers no information relating to the musicians playing on the selected tours. Surely this release should have warranted such detail as well as perhaps commissioning Iggy aficionado Nick Kent to provide some sleeve notes.
Anyway, minor criticisms aside, you should still buy this collection for it contains some raw and blistering live versions of stooges and Iggy tracks. Presently you will not find a better `official' audio document of the man's collected stage performances.
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD BUT SHOULD BE BETTER,
As the title implies, these are polished up bootleg recordings, so be prepared for some variation in the quality throughout. It can be a little hard on the ears in places.
That said, we have a fascinating trawl through four decades of Iggy's amazing and varied career. We get to see how his show and repertoire has developed and how his interplay with the audience has changed as well.
As a previous viewer alluded, the packaging and booklet could and should have been so much better - it comes in a fat-box jewel case and the booklet has some nice pictures but lacks information.
All in all, very good but also flawed.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars iggy's roadkill,
a blast through iggy pop's career.this cd comprises 4 discs,the 70's,80's,90's and 00's.ok so the quality of the recordings on the 70's disc aren't fantastic,but they are still enjoyable.the recording quality on the other discs is all excellent.my favourite moment is on the 80's disc,on the track one for my baby[and one more for the road],iggy gets really narked at the audience,and keeps telling them to shut up as they are being too noisy,because he wants to sing a soft song! he eventually gets to sing his song! the cd contains a booklet with a few decent photos of the man.if you're an iggy pop fan you'll love this,enjoy!
0 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Iggy Pop is Iggy Pop,
Saw him here in Iceland and he is STILL great!!! Great to get Roadkill Rising!!! He should NEVER had played with David Bowie!!! One of his GREATEST mistake in music!!!
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