Iggy Pop

Live at the Old Waldorf, San Francisco: November 27, 1979

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How odd that the greatest post-Stooges Iggy solo live album ever is this limited, 400-copy CD, sold only from Shout! Factory's website. No! Do obtain it, though; presaged by five of its 14 tracks appearing on Shout!'s four-CD Roadkill Rising: The Bootleg Collection 1977-2009, this show from New Values' steaming tour, at the hallowed 1976-1983 San Francisco Financial District haunt, showcases his hottest solo band. It's a monster blitz of Brian James guitar slams -- faster, louder, meaner, and thicker than even his playing on the first two Damned albums (fitting since, like Generation X's Derwood Andrews, he audibly worshipped final Stooges guitarist James Williamson). Bassist Glen Matlock doubles his velocity while keeping his booming chops from his Sex Pistols and Rich Kids days, while Patti Smith Group keyboardist Ivan Král chirps icy atmosphere synths. Spurred, as anyone would be, by this tight, wild, breakneck assault, the primal Pop leads the rush like the kid whose cookie jar spilled over the floor. (He was a nonstop blur of bare arms and legs in a jockstrap.) Hear "Funtime" better the great The Idiot version; or New Values' title track rip up the new Williamson-produced LP; or, like MVD's Live in San Fran 1981, which revealed what Party should have been: then-unrecorded Soldier songs are five times better than that eventual product, despite Matlock's retention. Likewise, four Stooges/Funhouse selections are recast and revitalized by James' ferocious right hand as if Williamson had played on them. Flat out incredible.