Ready To Die (+1 Bonus Track) - Pop, Iggy & the Stooges
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Better 40 years later than never: The follow-up to the first record ever to bear the Iggy and the Stooges logo, the immortal proto-punk masterpiece Raw Power will finally be out, when Warner Music Australia and Fat Possum Records releases the all-new Iggy and the Stooges studio album, Ready To Die.
Ready To Die finds Iggy Pop, guitarist James Williamson and drummer Scott "Rock Action" Asheton reunited for a full album of all-new material for the first time since the legendary Raw Power sessions, with Mike Watt filling in for the late Ron Asheton on bass. The results are the closest thing to a time capsule to 1973, or at least to Iggy's subsequent efforts with Williamson, including 1977's Kill City and 1979's New Values-that rock 'n' roll is likely to proffer in this millennium.
The new album's opening one-two of Burn and Sex & Money pair sublimely blunt and selfexplanatory subject matter with back alley razor-blade guitars and a troglodytic rhythmic stomp as intensely single-minded as Iggy's lyrical statements of intent. Elsewhere on the album, anthems abound in the form of the most dead-on rallying cry for the lower-working-class dispossessed to date -the succinctly and aptly titled Job, as well as a title track that mixes a signature Iggy Pop mission statement of angry desperation with guitar pyrotechnics that recall those halcyon opening salvos of Search & Destroy.
- Sex And Money
- Unfriendly World
- Ready to Die
- Dirty Deal
- Beat that Guy
- The Departed
- Dying Breed - Bonus Track
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