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4.0 out of 5 stars Valuable, if mildly flawed, collection, 18 Jun 2011
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.

Recommended!
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Initial post: 23 Dec 2011 20:42:06 GMT
T. Bucknall says:
hows the mastering on this?
Easy actions releases are unlistenable to me due to the use of noise reduction etc

Posted on 22 Aug 2013 01:18:12 BDT
Hey dude,
I don't understand "bootleg" other than nicked cd that you trade on buses....or so I heard...:) Anyway I was joking BTW.
Does the sound sound really bad is it not worth the price?
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