|Studio album by Iggy Pop and James Williamson|
|Studio||Maconnel Studios, West Los Angeles|
|Iggy Pop chronology|
Kill City is the second studio album by Iggy Pop & James Williamson, both ex-members of The Stooges. It was recorded as a demo in 1975 but released in altered form in November 1977 by record label Bomp!.
"Johanna" and "I Got Nothin'" were both performed live during 1973–74 by the Williamson-era Stooges.
Kill City was originally recorded in 1975 after the disintegration of The Stooges. It was to be used as a demo to give to record labels in hopes of getting Pop a new contract. His vocals were recorded on weekends when he received permission to leave a mental hospital he was staying in at the time for treatment of his long-standing heroin addiction.
The original 1975 "demo" mix of the album remains unheard, with the exception of three tracks which have been released on various compilations (including A Million in Prizes: The Anthology and Original Punks): "Johanna", "Consolation Prizes" and "Kill City". These tracks sound markedly different from those on the final version of the album, with different guitar parts and, in the case of "Johanna", no saxophone.
There would be no takers for the album until 1977 when, following the success of Pop's solo albums The Idiot and Lust for Life, Williamson got an advance from Bomp! to release the album, some of which was used to fund studio time to finish off the original recordings by adding overdubs and remixing.
The master tapes were lost shortly after the release of the original album and all subsequent CD releases were mastered from the original poor quality green vinyl pressing. This partly accounts for the somewhat muddy sound of the album.
In 2010, Williamson and engineer Ed Cherney remixed the album once more from the original multitracks. The resulting mixes formed a new version of the album, released on Bomp! on October 19, 2010.
|Drowned in Sound||6/10|
|New Musical Express||favorable|
Mark Deming of AllMusic called the album "a minor triumph", writing: "The music is more open and bluesy than on Raw Power, and while Williamson's guitar remains thick and powerful, here he's willing to make room for pianos, acoustic guitars and saxophones, and the dynamics of the arrangements suggest a more mature approach after the claustrophobia of Raw Power." Martin Aston of BBC Music praised the album, calling it "Iggy's most underrated album" and one that "helped him get back to real life."
|2.||"Sell Your Love"||3:36|
|3.||"Beyond the Law"||3:00|
|4.||"I Got Nothin'"||3:23|
|7.||"Night Theme (Reprise)"||1:04|
|9.||"No Sense of Crime"||3:42|
- Iggy Pop – vocals
- James Williamson – guitar
- Scott "Troy" Thurston – keyboards, bass guitar ("Kill City", "Beyond the Law", "Johanna" and "Night Theme"), backing vocals, special effects, harmonica
- Brian Glascock – drums, congas, African beaters, backing vocals, guiro
- Steve Tranio – bass guitar ("Sell Your Love", "I Got Nothin'" and "No Sense of Crime")
- Tony "Fox" Sales – backing vocals and bass ("Lucky Monkeys" and "Master Charge")
- Hunt Sales – backing vocals and drums ("Lucky Monkeys" and "Master Charge")
- John "The Rookie" Harden – saxophone
- Gayna – background vocals on "Night Theme"
- James Williamson - production, mixing
- Peter Haden, Tony Gottlieb - assistant engineers
- David Allen – album cover
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