Iggy Pop ‘The Bowie Years’ box set detailed | The Music Universe

The Idiot and Lust For Life will get deluxe edition reissues with a 7 CD box set on May 29th

A 7 CD box set The Bowie Years exploring Iggy Pop’s Berlin-era albums is set for release on May 29th UMe. The box set features remastered versions 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 2 CD 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 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 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 artists to this day. Both albums run through the fabric artists such as Joy Division, Queens Of The Stone Age, IDLES, Fontaines DC, R.E.M., Depeche Mode, N.I.N., Nick Cave, and an ever regenerating crop new talent.

The first track to be released from the box set is an alternate mix “China Girl.” Originally the second single to be taken from The Idiot in May 1977, this tale infatuation, ten 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 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 Pop’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 The Stooges (and the ubiquitous sound 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 weeks after the accompanying tour to promote The Idiot finished, recording Pop’s sophomore solo album Lust For Life. Bringing a rawer rock’n’roll feel back to the fore, Lust For Life spawned two Iggy’s biggest hits, the titular track and the anthemic “The Passenger.”

Alongside these two albums, included in the box is a remastered version the live album TV Eye recorded the 1977 tour in Cleveland, Chicago and Kansas City featuring Bowie on keyboards. There are also three discs live recordings from March 1977 ficially 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.

7 CD

CD 1: The Idiot

  1. Sister Midnight
  2. Nightclubbing
  3. Funtime
  4. Baby
  5. China Girl
  6. Dum Dum Boys
  7. Tiny Girls
  8. Mass Production

CD 2: Lust For Life

  1. Lust for Life
  2. Sixteen
  3. Some Weird Sin
  4. The Passenger
  5. Tonight
  6. Success
  7. Turn Blue
  8. Neighborhood Threat
  9. Fall in Love With Me

CD 3: TV Eye Live

  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

CD 4: Demo’s and Rarities

  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 about Recording The Idiot

CD 5: Live at The Rainbow Theatre – Finsbury Park, London 07/03/1977

  1. Raw Power
  2. T.V. 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

CD 6: Live at The Agora – Cleveland 21/03/1977

  1. Raw Power
  2. T.V. 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

CD 7: Live at Mantra Studios – Chicago 28/03/1977

  1. Raw Power
  2. T.V. 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