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12/02/05
Reviewed by - Matt Rowe


Iggy Pop
Live at The Avenue B

I'm sorry folks. Rock 'n' Roll is pretty damn primal at its core. The closer to the heart of it you get, the hotter the core boils. I really don't think that it gets any hotter than one of Rock's better creative forces, Iggy Pop. And nowhere do you get a front row view of that primitive force than on Live at The Avenue B DVD.

Iggy Pop's validity at being one of Rock's early children is undisputable. He stinted with The Stooges and made several classic albums with that lineup. He then created one of the most potent pre-punk albums ever made with his Raw Power. After lanquishing for a time and then resurrected by David Bowie, Iggy Pop went on to show just how great a performer he is. Now, some 35 years later, 35 FREAKING YEARS later, this man can STILL show anyone how it's really done in that molten hot core of creation.

Within the first few songs, Iggy has already sacrificed himself to the audience, launching from the stage and into the hands of the very essence of his craft, the people. Do I sound like I'm in awe? You're bloody right, I am. Nothing captures the incredible energy that this man exudes like Live at The Avenue B.

With 21 songs, many of them classic Pop tunes from every era of his career, and a nice small dose of covers like "Louie Louie," and "Shakin' All Over," Iggy's 1999 show from Brussels shows his unending dance with Rock's ultimate purity. In this show, Iggy discourses with the audience, comes into extreme close contact with them (including a swarming of fans on the stage), and powerfully centres the universe at his feet. He mocks, he adores, he dances, he entertains. He does all of this in magnificent widescreen and choices of beautifully mixed Stereo, or if you prefer, 5.1 Dolby or DTS.

Iggy Pop IS the Rock'n' Roll Hall of Fame and Live at The Avenue B explains easily why Iggy is its reigning icon. I rave not because I'm a fan, which I am. I rave because this DVD showcases a powerful display of rock n roll, the like of which I have never before seen on DVD.

You owe it to yourself to pick this one up. No shit!

 


Release Date: July 19, 2005
Produced by: Kevin Flaherty
Format: DVD


Track Listing:

No Shit / Nazi Girlfriend / Español / Raw Power / Search & Destroy / Shakin' All Over / Corruption / Real Wild Child / I Wanna Be Your Dog / I Felt The Luxury / Home / Lust For Life / The Passenger / Cold Metal / Avenue B / TV Eye / I Got a Right / No Fun / Death Trip / Sixteen / Louie Louie.

"I'm a product of the paranoia of the age I'm in..." - Avenue B




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