Personnel: Hunt Sales (vocals, drums); Debbie Harry, Iggy Stooge, Kate Pierson (vocals); Ron Asheton (guitar, bass guitar); Kevin Armstrong, Ricky Gardiner (guitar, background vocals); Eric Schermerhorn, Ivan Kral, James Williamson, Peter Marshall, Slash , Waddy Wachtel, Steve Jones , Steve New, Rob DuPrey, Eric Mesmerize, Whitey Krist, Carlos Alomar (guitar); Scott Mackay (tenor saxophone); David Bowie (piano, background vocals); John Medeski (Hammond b-3 organ); Jamie Muhoberac, Scott Thurston, Barry Andrews, Seamus Beaghen (keyboards); Erdal Kizilcay (synthesizer, bass guitar, drums, background vocals); Tony Sales (bass guitar, drums, background vocals); Chris Stein, Chris Wood, Dave Alexander, Duff McKagan, Glen Matlock, Guy Pratt, Hal Cragin, Leigh Foxx, Jackie Clarke, Michael Page, Hal Wonderful, Lloyd Roberts, Charley Drayton (bass guitar); Clem Burke, Douglas Bowne, Kenny Aronoff, Klaus Kruger, Scott Asheton, Billy Martin, Paul Garisto, Larry Mullins, Mel Gaynor, Larry Contrary, Alex Krist (drums); Iggy & The Stooges, Medeski, Martin & Wood.
Recording information: Elektra Sound Studios, Los Angeles, California (1969 - 2003); CBS Studios, London, England; Chateau d'Herouville, France; Hansa Tonstudios, Berlin, Germany; Sorcerer Sound, New York, New York; Shacklyn Studios, Brooklyn, New York; Kingsway Studios, New Orleans, Louisiana; Townhouse, London, England.
Ensembles: The Trolls; The Fuck Ups.
A MILLION IN PRIZES: THE ANTHOLOGY confirms what many rock fans already know, that singer, songwriter, provocateur, and rock & roll shaman Iggy Pop was a force of nature, who collected the molecular essence of the music and gave it back to the audience in a purer, more powerful form. Suspicions that such claims overstate the case will be put to rest by one listen to A MILLION IN PRIZES, a career-spanning retrospective that encompasses Iggy's work with the Stooges and as a solo artist (up to 2003).
Beginning, appropriately enough, with "1969" from the Stooges' debut album (released that year), A MILLION IN PRIZES delivers 12 Stooges tracks that might quite literally blow listeners' minds if played at high volume. Iggy's first solo outings produced some of the finest music of his career (underpinned by David Bowie's superb production), including the tongue-in-cheek slink of "Nightclubbing" and the ecstatic, celebratory blast of "Lust for Life." Iggy's output in the '80s was spotty, but A MILLION cherry-picks some of the gems, including surprise collaborations with Kate Pierson, Debbie Harry, and Medeski, Martin, and Wood. This superb anthology not only reveals Iggy's tireless energy--that's a foregone conclusion--but how relevant, vital, and necessary his music remains.
What the critics say...
Uncut (p.114) - 4 stars out of 5 - "It's all irreducibly brutal, like it's been dredged from a swamp."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.118) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[H]is sheer Iggyness remains a redemptive force."