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4.0 out of 5 stars How it should have sounded all along, 3 Dec. 2010
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This review is from: Kill City (Audio CD)
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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Initial post: 20 Mar 2012 13:10:08 GMT
Hello J Litchfield. Thank you for your review of Iggy's Kill City. Could you please tell me if there is any information on your copy of the cd pertaining to the dates etc of the remastering. I have the "Alive" version of the cd, in a cardboard case, with the cartoon of Iggy with a broken bottle in his hand. Do you know if this is the remastered version or not?....Cheers, Kev....

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Mar 2012 18:12:31 GMT
Hi Kevin - sounds like you have the issue I reviewed - it's in a digi-pak, and was released towards the end of 2010 on Alive Records. . James Williamson confirms the remix in the sleeve notes, this was done earlier in the year as far a I'm aware, as was the remaster (I remember reading about it online somewhere prior to its release) but there are no details about the remaster in the sleeve notes. If I remember correctly there was a sticker on the front stating remix/remaster. Whatever, this is the best this recording has ever sounded. Hope this helps.
Cheers
James

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Mar 2012 18:59:26 GMT
Last edited by the author on 21 Mar 2012 20:06:37 GMT
Thanks for your reply James. I guess it must be the remastered cd that I have as it is from 2010, is in digi-pak form, and is released by 'Alive'. There is no confirmation, however, from James Williamson of the remaster (neither in the sleeve notes or on a front sticker); somebody called Robert Hadley takes credit for that, and another named Ed Cherney mixed it. The only mention of James Williamson is a production credit right at the end of the booklet...I don't know what to think. Lastly, track 7, Night theme (reprise), sounds like it was taken from a wonky spool of tape and I can't make out if this was intentional or not...Cheers, Kev...

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Apr 2012 16:43:18 BDT
Kev - I've remembered now - the sticker on the front said 'restored/remastered/remixed'
On page 5 of the booklet, part of James Williamson's comments, he talks about "...this album,its remix, and its importance to us as artists"
If you have a different version from 2010 then this is a bit of a mystery.
Cheers
James

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Apr 2012 19:54:10 BDT
Last edited by the author on 4 Apr 2012 19:55:45 BDT
Cheers James. Yes it must be the remastered cd that I have. That same quote from James Williamson is on my booklet as well, so I guess that's all the confirmation that I need. I still can't get over how wonky Night Theme reprise sounds though...All part of the record's craziness I suppose....Cheers, Kev...
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