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California Hitchhike

Iggy Pop Audio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 1, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: +1 Records
  • ASIN: B003F10ZV0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #390,069 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Real Cool Time
2. Knockin' 'Em Down in the City
3. Take Care Of Me
4. Dog Food
5. You Really Got Me
6. New Values
7. T.V. Eye
8. Play It Safe
9. Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell
10. Funtime
11. Hitch-Hiking In California
12. I Wanna Be Your Dog
13. One For My Baby
14. China Girl
15. Five Foot One
16. No Fun

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Housed in oversized gloss laminated card slipcase.
Brian James: Guitar,Ivan Kral:Keyboards & Guitar, Glen Matlock:Bass, Klaus Kruger:Drums
Unreleased recordings and unseen photographs from the concert. Recorded on two of the four dates performed at the Old Waldorf in San Francisco. One of the most frenetic breakneck tours that Iggy undertook, the atmosphere charged even more with the appearance of two of punks top generals in the band -- Sex Pistol Glen Matlock and the Damned's Brian James as well as Patti Smith Group member Ivan Kral. Features a previously unheard track 'Hitchhiking in California'.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Dynamite November 1, 2010
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Easy Action has done a solid job in making this "hybrid" concert a quality release that brings new focus on Iggy's brief time with Arista Records, which was highlighted by this tour with an all-star lineup of Brian James (g), Glen Matlock (b), Ivan Kral (key, g) and Klaus Kruger (d).

Recorded over a pair of 1979 dates at the Old Waldorf (San Francisco, California), the recording ranges from very good to excellent. The outstanding booklet has a brief section on how/why the CD was put together, along with a short piece from Kral, an excerpt of a James interview and solid photography. Also included is a slick promo photo.

Iggy is in fine form and the appreciative audience is fired up to hear the "Godfather of Punk" as the musical landscape is on the cusp of riding a new wave. Tell me a story, indeed.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential! August 5, 2010
Format:Audio CD
This album is amazing...it's the perfect Iggy solo live album that I've longed for since my early 20's...I used to listen to the Iggy LA Ballroom 79 gig on my walkman when going up to London back then, and marvelled at it. The LA recording was a peerless performance, marred only for me by the fact that despite being apparently from an FM broadcast it was in mono. Numerous efforts to trace a stereo recording failed. Later I found a San Francisco 79 FM recording, that was in stereo...but this was marred by speed defects ('wow and flutter'...minute speed fluctuation that gives a 'wobble', particularly to high pitched or keyboard sounds).

Iggy's California Hitch-Hike album here puts all that right : it's taken from the 27th and 29th November shows in San Francisco (immediately before the aforementioned LA gig). I knew the 27th gig had been recorded in high quality but had never heard it til now, and the 29th show recording sounds better than the bootleg recording I had. Thankfully the speed issues are sorted out, and the songs from the 29th (discernible from the very few from the 27th by slightly better sound) are presented in a 'thicker' mix than on the 29th recordings I'd heard. This is good in many ways...Brian James' guitar tended to 'slice' through some of the songs in the mix on the earlier bootleg recordings, and while his solos were good, that overamped guitar sound could become overbearing. Here, the more judicious mix allows the whole band to 'breathe' / be heard when Brian solos (I think the onstage sound mixer had probably been responsible for upping the guitar to the fore in the other recordings, like I say that's been put right here).

The show has amazing performances of Real Cool Time, Take Care of Me, You Really Got Me, New Values, Play It Safe, China Girl...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent June 7, 2010
Format:Audio CD
I know this CD is not out yet but I was at one of these shows, plus FM rock station KSAN broadcast one of these shows. This was a killer concert, very loud and in your face, plus the Old Waldorf wasn't that large so you had a good vantage point at any seat, and they always had excellent sound for any show performed at this location. You may want to know that there is an Iggy bootleg out there entitled "Heroin Hates You" that was from the LA Radio show that KROQ broadcast just prior to Iggy coming up the coast to San Francisco. I highly anticipate this new CD because I thought the sound was much better from the KSAN broadcast and I hope this is what they tapped to get this new CD out. I hope you like it, too.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Umm, where's the drummer? July 22, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Despite the deluxe packaging on this live set, with glossy pictures and special long box, the music herein does not measure up.

the mix is very uneven, with the drums way in the background, a bit too much crowd noise and the guitar and bass mashed together into a muddled mess. Iggy's vocals are upfront, but the mix with the rest of band, makes him sound more a cappella than singing within a group.

It this were a bootleg, it would be considered mediocre. For a full blown release, it falls considerably short.

Historically, Iggy's live performance has not translated well to recordings, But perhaps one of the better live releases has to be "Sister Midnight" ASIN: B0001HAH6O
And while "T.V. Eye Live" ASIN: B000000W5Z, is very flawed in many ways, is also a better representation of Iggy's live performances, though not nearly as good as "Sister Midnight"

But this "California Hitchhike" needs to be left on the road. Pass this one by, even if you're huge Iggy fan, as this will ultimately be a disappointment.
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