A Million in Prizes: The Anthology

A Million in Prizes: The Anthology

by Iggy PopIggy Pop

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If you're willing to count his work in such early regional bands as the Prime Movers and the Iguanas, Iggy Pop has been playing rock & roll for over 40 years as this compilation hits the stores -- meaning there are guys in big-league rock bands who've spent years trying to be Iggy but weren't even alive when the guy first started plugging into the Real O Mind. That, dear readers, is influence, and while the man has had more than his share of creative ups and downs over those four decades, one spin of A Million in Prizes: The Anthology tells you why Iggy has always mattered, and still does -- he has never lost the ability to plug into the primal madness and furious belief that separates great rock & roll from ordinary stuff, and he can call up that near-demonic passion on a regular basis. While this isn't the first career-inclusive Iggy compilation, A Million in Prizes is comprised of two full-loaded CDs, which gives it a scale and scope that bests its closest competition, 1996's solid Nude & Rude: The Best of Iggy Pop, and it also gives full props to his work with the Stooges, featuring 11 songs from that band's various incarnations (though whose idea was it to only include one track from the epochal Fun House? For shame!). As for the solo stuff, this set follows the bizarre roller-coaster ride from the gloomy self-reappraisal of his albums with David Bowie through his desperate efforts to find his own solo voice in the 1980s to his reemergence in the new millennium as an artist who can merge mind and muscle with equal force. While not every album is represented on A Million in Prizes, this offers an accurate and compelling look at the Iggy time line, and the mastering is strong, clear, and loud (especially on the earlier material, which has long merited aural refurbishing). The liner essays from Danny Fields and Lenny Kaye are excellent, and Iggy sums himself pretty well when he tells Fields, "I get up in the morning, I look in the mirror, and I think, 'Hey, you're a pretty interesting guy.'" That may well be rock's greatest understatement, and while A Million in Prizes is hardly the final and definitive statement on Iggy Pop's life and music, as an introduction and career overview it's damn near unbeatable -- at least until Iggy finally gets the box set treatment he so richly deserves.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/23/2005
Label: Emi Europe Generic
UPC: 0094633089822
catalogNumber: 330898
Rank: 24546

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Iggy Pop   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
David Bowie   Piano,Background Vocals
Debbie Harry   Vocals
Steve Jones   Guitar
Henry Rollins   Background Vocals
Kevin Armstrong   Guitar,Background Vocals
Peter Marshall   Guitar
Carlos Alomar   Guitar,Background Vocals
Barry Andrews   Keyboards
Kenny Aronoff   Drums
Ron Asheton   Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar,Vocals
Scott Asheton   Drums
Dougie Bowne   Drums
Clem Burke   Percussion,Drums
Jackie Clark   Bass,Bass Guitar
Hal Cragin   Bass,Bass Guitar
Charley Drayton   Bass,Bass Guitar
Leigh Foxx   Bass,Bass Guitar
Ricky Gardiner   Guitar,Background Vocals
Paul Garisto   Drums
Mel Gaynor   Drums
Steven B. Jones   Guitar
Ivan Král   Guitar,Keyboards
Klaus Kruger   Drums
Glen Matlock   Bass,Bass Guitar
Duff McKagan   Bass,Bass Guitar
John Medeski   Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Jamie Muhoberac   Keyboards
Larry Mullins   Percussion,Drums
Steve New   Guitar
Michael Page   Bass,Bass Guitar
Kate Pierson   Vocals
Guy Pratt   Bass,Bass Guitar
Hunt Sales   Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals
Tony Sales   Bass,Drums,Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Eric Schermerhorn   Guitar
Slash   Guitar
Chris Stein   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar
Scott Thurston   Guitar,Keyboards
Billy Martin   Drums
Waddy Wachtel   Guitar
Rob Duprey   Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
James Williamson   Guitar
Erdal Kizilcay   Synthesizer,Bass,Drums,Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Stooges   Vocals
Seamus Beaghen   Keyboards
Eric Mesmerize   Guitar
Hal Wonderful   Bass,Bass Guitar
Chris Wood   Bass,Bass Guitar
Alex Kirst   Drums
Whitey Kirst   Guitar
Larry Contrary   Drums
Scott Mackay   Tenor Saxophone
Lloyd "Mooseman" Roberts   Bass,Bass Guitar
Trolls   Ensemble
Fuck Ups   Ensemble
Dave Alexander   Bass,Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

David Bowie   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
John Cale   Producer,Audio Production
Iggy Pop   Composer,Producer,Remixing,Audio Production
Bill Laswell   Producer,Audio Production
Carlos Alomar   Composer
Ron Asheton   Composer
Bewley Brothers   Producer,Audio Production
Malcolm Burn   Producer,Audio Production
Don Gallucci   Producer,Audio Production
Lenny Kaye   Liner Notes
Ivan Král   Composer
Steve Lillywhite   Producer,Audio Production
John Medeski   Composer
Mooseman   Composer
Thom Panunzio   Producer,Audio Production
Cole Porter   Composer
Eric Schermerhorn   Composer
Chris Stein   Producer,Audio Production
Don Was   Producer,Audio Production
Tom Wilson   Producer
Billy Martin   Composer
James Williamson   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Thom Wilson   Audio Production
Pat Moran Quartet   Producer
David Richards   Producer,Audio Production
Steven R. Gilmore   Cover Design
Olaf Heine   Cover Photo
Chris Wood   Composer
Andrew "Fuzz" Duprey   Composer
Pat Moran   Audio Production
Tom Greenan   Composer
Susan Lavoie   Art Direction
Danny Fields   Liner Notes
Dave Alexander   Composer

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