Anthology Box: The Stooges & Beyond

Iggy & the Stooges / Iggy Pop

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Anthology Box: The Stooges & Beyond Review

by Thom Jurek

This is yet another chapter in Cleopatra's shoddily sourced compilations by a legendary artist. Virtually everything that's on these two CDs -- the first disc by the Stooges, the second by Iggy Pop as a solo artist -- has been issued on countless bootlegs and "officially" licensed compilations. This includes the two tracks that the label claims are exclusive to this compilation. The first is the James Williamson version of the Stooges covering Bob Dylan's "The Ballad of Hollis Brown," with an organ leading the James Williamson version of the band in an almost perfect Doors imitation; unfortunately, it also contains scratch vocals that are barely discernible. The other one is Pop in a deliberately horrible, campy version of "White Christmas." Other material is from live sources, alternates, covers, demos, and studio tracks that you've heard many times before. Unless one is a completist, there is no fathomable reason to purchase this collection.

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