NEWS: Iggy Pop announces deluxe release of ‘The Idiot’ and ‘Lust for Life’ on new 7 disc ‘Berlin Years’ Boxset

NEWS: Iggy Pop announces deluxe release of ‘The Idiot’ and ‘Lust for Life’ on new 7 disc ‘Berlin Years’ Boxset


Iggy Pop  has announced the deluxe release of his Bowie produced solo albums The Idiot and Lust for Life and tons more material from the Berlin-era on a new 7 disc box set, out via UMC on 29th May. 

Also unveiled today, the first track to be released from the box set is an alternate mix of ‘China Girl’ – listen here. 

“The boxset features remastered versions of ‘The Idiot’, ‘Lust For Life’, live album ‘TV Eye’ and rare outtakes, alternate mixes and a 40 page book. ‘Lust For Life’ and ‘The Idiot’ will also be released as standalone 2CD deluxe editions with bonus live CDs on the same date. The box set and albums provide a fascinating insight into the unique creative alchemy that defined the mythical Berlin-era of post punk, and set the wheels in motion for a sound that went on to dominate the world, shaping popular culture for decades to come. 

Iggy Pop’s ‘The Idiot’ and ‘Lust For Life’ remain two of the most influential albums ever made and still stand as towering behemoths in rock’s upper echelons, their sonic DNA and attitude continuing to influence and inspire new generations of artists to this day. 

Unveiled today, the first track to be released from the box set is an alternate mix of China Girl – listen here. Originally the second single to be taken from The Idiot in May 1977, this tale of infatuation, often interpreted as an ode to hedonism and Iggy’s former band The Stooges, would go on to become a hit for David Bowie on his Nile Rodgers produced 1983 album ‘Let’s Dance’. 

Following the demise of Iggy’s seminal proto-punk band The Stooges, and a stint on the road together,  Iggy and Bowie moved to West Berlin in 1977 to start work on Iggy’s debut solo album. Inspired by the Cold War era surroundings, and named after Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novel, ‘The Idiot’ saw Iggy moving away from the guitar heavy punk of The Stooges (and the ubiquitous sound of the era), bringing electronics textures and brooding darkness to the fore. The album was a critical and commercial success, spawning hits including ‘China Girl, ‘Nightclubbing’, ‘Funtime’ and ‘Sister Midnight’.

On a creative roll, the duo were back in the studio a matter of weeks after the accompanying tour to promote ‘The Idiot’ finished, recording Iggy’s sophomore solo album ‘Lust For Life’. Bringing a rawer rock’n’roll feel back to the fore, ‘Lust For Life’ spawned two of Iggy’s biggest hits, the titular track and the anthemic ‘The Passenger’. 

Alongside these two albums, included in the box is a remastered version of the live album ‘TV Eye’ recorded the 1977 tour in Cleveland, Chicago and Kansas City featuring Bowie on keyboards. There are also three discs of live recordings from March 1977 officially released for the first time – Live at The Rainbow Theatre, London, Live at The Agora, Cleveland and Live at Mantra Studio, Chicago. The set also contains a 40-page booklet with contributions from the musicians who played on the records and famous fans discussing the influence the albums have had on them. A limited edition poster version is available from Udiscover.com.

IGGY POP SUPER DELUXE EDITION 7 CD BOX SET

THE IDIOT DELUXE EDITION 

LUST FOR LIFE DELUXE EDITION

ALL RELEASED VIA UMC on 29th MAY

 

TRACK LISTINGS:

IGGY POP – 7-CD BOX SET

CD ONE: The Idiot 

CD TWO: Lust for Live 

CD THREE: TV Eye Live 1977

CD FOUR: Demos and Rarities  

CD FIVE:  The Rainbow, Finsbury Park, London 07/03/1977

CD SIX: The Agora, Cleveland, Ohio 21/03/1977

CD SEVEN:   Mantra Studios, Chicago, Illinois 28/03/1977

THE IDIOT 2CD DELUXE EDITION

The Idiot & The Rainbow, Finsbury Park, London 07/03/1977

LUST FOR LIFE 2CD DELUXE EDITION

Lust for Life & TV Eye Live 1977

IGGY POP – SUPER DELUXE EDITION BOX SET 

DISC ONE – The Idiot  

1. Sister Midnight

2. Nightclubbing

3. Funtime

4. Baby

5. China Girl

6. Dum Dum Boys

7. Tiny Girls

8. Mass Production

 

DISC TWO – Lust for Life  

1. Lust for Life

2. Sixteen

3. Some Weird Sin

4. The Passenger

5. Tonight

6. Success

7. Turn Blue

8. Neighbourhood Threat

9. Fall in Love with Me

   

DISC THREE – T.V.Eye Live 1977  

1. T.V. Eye

2. Funtime

3. Sixteen

4. I Got A Right

5. Lust for Life

6. Dirt

7. Nightclubbing

8. I Wanna Be Your Dog

   

DISC FOUR – Alternate Mixes & Edits

1. Sister Midnight – Mono Single Edit

2. Sister Midnight – Single Edit

3. China Girl – Single Edit

4. Dum Dum Boys – Alt Mix

5. Baby – Alt Mix

6. China Girl – Alt Mix

7. Tiny Girls – Alt Mix

8. I Got A Right – Single

9. Lust for Life – Edit

10. Interview with Iggy Pop about Recording the Idiot  

 

DISC FIVE – Live At The Rainbow Theatre – London 07/03/1977  

1. Raw Power

2. TV Eye

3. Dirt

4. 1969

5. Turn Blue

6. Funtime

7. Gimme Danger

8. No Fun

9. Sister Midnight

10. I Need Somebody

11. Search and Destroy

12. I Wanna Be Your Dog

13. Tonight

14. Some Weird Sin

15. China Girl

   

DISC SIX – Live At The Agora – Cleveland 21/03/1977  

1. Raw Power

2. TV Eye

3. Dirt

4. 1969

5. Turn Blue

6. Funtime

7. Gimme Danger

8. No Fun

9. Sister Midnight

10. I Need Somebody

11. Search and Destroy

12. I Wanna Be Your Dog

13. China Girl

DISC SEVEN – Live At Mantra Studio – Chicago 28/03/1977  

1. Raw Power

2. TV Eye

3. Dirt

4. Turn Blue

5. Funtime

6. Gimme Danger

7. No Fun

8. Sister Midnight

9. I Need Somebody

10. Search and Destroy

11. I Wanna Be Your Dog

12. China Girl

 

THE IDIOT 2CD DELUXE VERSION

DISC ONE – The Idiot

1. Sister Midnight

2. Nightclubbing

3. Funtime

4. Baby

5. China Girl

6. Dum Dum Boys

7. Tiny Girls

8. Mass Production

DISC TWO – Live At The Rainbow Theatre – London 07/03/1977

1. Raw Power

2. TV Eye

3. Dirt

4. 1969

5. Turn Blue

6. Funtime

7. Gimme Danger

8. No Fun

9. Sister Midnight

10. I Need Somebody

11. Search and Destroy

12. I Wanna Be Your Dog

13. Tonight

14. Some Weird Sin

15. China Girl

LUST FOR LIFE – 2-CD DELUXE VERSION

DISC ONE – Lust For Life

1. Lust for Life

2. Sixteen

3. Some Weird Sin

4. The Passenger

5. Tonight

6. Success

7. Turn Blue

8. Neighbourhood Threat

9. Fall in Love with Me

   

DISC TWO – T.V.Eye Live 1977

1. T.V. Eye

2. Funtime

3. Sixteen

4. I Got A Right

5. Lust for Life

6. Dirt

7. Nightclubbing

8. I Wanna Be Your Dog

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