After experimenting with a variety of different approaches/styles after the break-up of the Stooges, Iggy Pop finally came to terms with the fact that he was a rock and roller in the late '80s. Taking a break from the studio and the road from mid-'83 through mid-'85, Iggy hooked up once more with old pal David Bowie for Blah Blah Blah. Iggy also finally returned to the concert stage, resulting in the recording of a show at New York's The Ritz, which has surfaced over the years in several different configurations. But with the advent of DVD-Audio in the early 21st century, whoever was in possession of the Ritz tapes decided to transfer them over to this new format, resulting in the release of 2003's From the Front Row: Live. While it's obviously not going to be as clear as a pristine studio recording (especially Iggy, who's one of rock's most energetic and unpredictable performers on-stage), this live show does a fine job of balancing the old with the new, as the time off obviously helped refuel Iggy. The Stooges songs always get a hearty reception at Iggy solo shows, and here it's no different, as "I Wanna Be Your Dog," "I Got a Right," "Down on the Street," and "Gimme Danger" are all highlights, as well as the bouncy "Lust for Life" and tense "Five Foot One." From the Front Row: Live is probably one of the better '80s-era live Iggy discs on the market.
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AllMusic Review by Greg Prato