This double-disc German import covers Iggy's best tracks during his three-album tenure at Arista Records from 1979-1981. All three albums (New Values, Soldier, and Party) are currently unavailable in the U.S., and since this compilation is mid-priced, it's an affordable overview of his work from this era. His collaboration with Stooges guitarist James Williamson on the New Values album is heavily represented here…
On The Idiot, Iggy Pop looked deep inside himself, trying to figure out how his life and his art had gone wrong in the past. But on Lust for Life, released less than a year later, Iggy decided it was time to kick up his heels, as he traded in the midtempo introspection of his first album and began rocking hard again…
There's hits on the 1979 New Values: 'New Values' 'Girls' 'I'm Bored' 'Five Foot One' 'African Man' and 'Billy is a Runaway' and on the 1980 Soldier 'Knockin' 'em Down in the City' 'Playin' It Safe' 'Dog Food' 'I Need More''Take Care of Me' 'I Snub You' and possibly the best of these, 'I'm a Conservative'. Oddly, at least to me, given how excellent these songs are, he pretty much only does 'Dog Food' over the years live. I happened to see him in 1979 at the Catamaran hotel in San Diego. He blasted out all the hits from New Values and he was spectacular. There was a stripper's pole on the stage and he used it like he was born on it.
On The Idiot, Iggy Pop looked deep inside himself, trying to figure out how his life and his art had gone wrong in the past. But on Lust for Life, released less than a year later, Iggy decided it was time to kick up his heels, as he traded in the mid-tempo introspection of his first album and began rocking hard again. Musically, Lust for Life is a more aggressive set than The Idiot.
Distilling Iggy Pop's work down to 17 songs is nearly impossible. Anyone with an interest in Mr. Pop should first pick up the Stooges albums before exploring his later solo years. This collection, however, includes enough highlights to satisfy a casual fan. The Stooges are lightly covered with the essential punk anthem "I Wanna Be Your Dog" and the manic "Search and Destroy." The inclusion of the slinking "Sick of You" is a nice touch. Pop's pop leanings pop up with "Nightclubbing," "China Girl," and "Lust for Life," tracks in which the guitars are toned down a notch and Iggy exhibits a slightly more mellow side. Of course, he ultimately returns with a vengeance befitting one of rock's original wild men. –Rob O'Connor, amazon.com.
American Caesar being Iggy Pop's 1993 album and contained the hit single "Wild America". Other great tracks are Iggy Pop's cover of "Louie Louie", "Beside You" and "Highway Song". This is Iggy's best album as a solo artist in my opinion. This album brings together elements of the old stooges sound along with a mix from albums such as lust for life. All in all its an album that has darker feel and the title "american caesar" seems to fit so well. The booklet is straight forward and contains all the lyrics and also has a list of whom plays what on the album. 4/5.
Some people might bash this cd due to it's calmer nature and such but I personally enjoyed this album. While this is by no means Raw Power or Fun house, this is still a pretty good album. Iggy shows of his talents as a song writer here as evidenced by such songs as mainstreet eyes and home and a few others. While this is by no means his best stuff it is enjoyable and has a few classic Iggy songs like Candy and Home, also my baby likes to rock and roll is a nice song that is similar to Iggy's roots. Featuring guest apperances by Kate peirson and slash this is a very enjoyable album that I would suggest getting AFTER you have explored some of Iggy's other stuff don't just get this after listening to The stooges or you will be dissapointed. All in all a good album and reccomended.