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Another Missed Opportunity - Unforgivable
on 31 July 2016
Ditto the previous review pointing out the issue of the tracks running too slow. Rhino issued a statement at the time to the effect that the speed was consistent with the master recording they used, which is hogwash. Iggy sounds as if he's on Mogadon! (He probably was at some point, but not this time). This issue is unfortunately consistent with the downward trend in the quality of Rhino's output in the 2000's. Doesn't anyone there actually listen to the material they are releasing? To add insult to injury, Rhino included a repressing of this 2 CD set WITH the original order with a note to the effect that 'the label colour' was incorrect on the original pressing, STILL with the incorrect speed! The whole schmear is ho-hum (considering the cost), some wonderful unseen photographs, an eccentric and amusing choice for bonus seven inch, but shoddy packaging and dismal annotation. This was THE opportunity to document the definitive story of this classic album - it should be a nerd-out - and this has been passed over for fast bucks, it seems (an unfortunate conclusion to any endeavour Iggy is involved with, it seems. To wit, the equally disappointing 'Raw Power' box, using (and losing) the masters for the RCA albums as collateral for a new record deal, 'TV Eye Live', Car Insurance ads, etc. I know this all goes to show what a Wild, Untamed Rocker he is, unconcerned with heritage or history, only with his next fat wad, but how many fans will put up with having their faces rubbed in it for so long?).
Much as I love the man, it is crucial to remember, amidst the all-conquering Pop ego, he has always been reliant on superb musicians in order to enable him to effectively perform his act, in spite of his often spiteful denigration of their talent.
What's more, I sold on my copy during lean times for considerably less than the hundred quid it now sells for - S**T!!!