album review::Iggy Pop:Live in San Fran 1981

I love bootlegs and live recordings, so I have really been enjoying the officially released Iggy Pop Live in San Fran 1981 show on MVDaudio. This is a soundboard recording made near the end of his tour for his album Party. Iggy is supported by Carlos Alomar(future Bowie guitarist) and Blondie drummer Clem Burke. The disc also includes 2 unreleased studio tracks from a 1983 session at Ric Ocasek’s studio. This is a typical Iggy inspired performance where the energy of the night really comes through the recording. Iggy’s voice sounds great and Alomar’s dirty guitar work is edgy, dark, and provides a great back drop for the songs. One of my favorite moments is on a raging version of “Rock & Roll Party” where Iggy announces that he is “going to get real fucking tribal” and then he proceeds to belch out the lyrics as if they are being channeled through him. Do you remember the Stooges song “Gimme Danger?” Well, they don’t do that one this night, but the danger is there seeping from Iggy’s body and throughout the memories this recording has secured for eternity. If you are a fan of the Stooges or Iggy, this one will surely be pleasing to the mind and ear. The energy and sweat are all over it.

Iggy Pop Live in San Fran 1981 tracklisting:
Some Weird Sin
Houston Is Hot Tonight
TV Eye
Rock & Roll Party
Bang Bang
Dum Dum Boys
Eggs on Plate
I’m a Conservative
I Need More
Lust For Life
Pumpin’ For Jill
Fire Engine (Bonus Track)
Warrior Tribe (Bonus Track)

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