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4.0 out of 5 stars OLD reviews do NOT apply to NEW version, 9 Nov. 2010
This review is from: Kill City (Audio CD)
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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Initial post: 29 Nov 2010 11:27:32 GMT
nigeyb says:
Thanks Charles - you've convinced me to get hold of the new mix. Can't wait to hear it. Kill City is a long-standing favourite. I had the privilege of seeing Iggy, James & The Stooges play some live tracks from KC back in May 2010. Wonderful.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Nov 2010 15:10:51 GMT
If Kill City is a long-standing favourite, this restored version is bound to please. Especially good in that 'band member' James Williamson did the remix, making it a 100% legitimate alternate version.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Dec 2010 20:05:11 GMT
Rufus Oculus says:
Thanks for your review Charles which helpfully concentrated on the remastering. I bought this album on vinyl release in 1977 and have always loved it but even then found some parts painful to listen to. I am intrigued by your comment that the horns now sound integral to the mix as I always thought them as almost "tacked on". I have now bought it and look forward to hearing it again. I truly hope it is better than Iggy's re-take on Raw Power.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Dec 2010 14:53:11 GMT
It is better than Iggy's overloaded remix of Raw Power. Kill City really makes more sense in this latest incarnation. I too thought the horns were spurious when I first acquired the vinyl... added afterwards (like the flutes on Nico's Chelsea Girl), but their presence really sounds more appropriate here. Perhaps the most noticable of the changes was the lifting of some guitar work. Whereas it was inaudible before, here (and especially on the title track), there's 'new' slash-and-burn Williamson magic.

This new version is not to be regarded as a radical reinvention of the original (as was the case with Iggy's Raw Power), but rather, a better take overall without overly dramatic effects.

FYI... I understand the new Stooges are recording a new album and much of the content will be never before studio recorded 'lost' tracks from 1973/1974, which mainly appeared as live versions on various bootlegs. Additionally, it will feature new versions of some tracks from Kill City. That should be very interesting when it arrives in 2011.

Posted on 2 Jan 2011 11:33:24 GMT
Numinous Ugo says:
Amazon NEVER differentiates new versions from old even if there has been a major remastering and loads of additional track
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