Re-Licked [CD/DVD]

Re-Licked [CD/DVD]

by James Williamson

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James Williamson's feral guitar work on Iggy & the Stooges' epochal Raw Power in 1973 has proven to be wildly influential with the passage of time, but it's also the sole basis for his legend in the minds of many fans. While Williamson collaborated with Iggy Pop on the fine Kill City album (released in 1976), and he produced Pop's 1979 effort New Values, the trail of his career goes cold after that. To take him at his word, Williamson had barely even picked up a guitar for 25 years after he quit rock & roll to study engineering, and before he reunited with the Stooges in 2009 following the death of original guitarist Ron Asheton. Presumably interested in reaffirming his musical legacy (and with the Stooges on hiatus after the death of drummer Scott Asheton), Williamson returned to a fascinating but often overlooked body of work -- the songs he and Pop wrote and demoed for the projected follow-up to Raw Power that was scrapped when Columbia dropped the band. These songs have appeared on a remarkable number of bootleg and semi-authorized albums, but Williamson has re-recorded them on the album Re-Licked, with a battalion of guest vocalists taking the place of Pop. In promotional interviews, Williamson says he hated hearing the sound of the various releases of the demos, and by comparison, Re-Licked sounds big, bold, and glossy, with the full-bodied production and mix those demos (and Raw Power) lacked. Williamson used two core bands on Re-Licked, one anchored by Mike Watt on bass and Toby Dammit on drums (who played on the Stooges' live dates in support of 2013's Ready to Die), the other featuring bassist Simone Marie Butler (from Primal Scream) and drummer Michael Urbano; both are capable and drive the songs well, and Williamson's guitar work is as good as ever from a technical standpoint. Williamson also recruited a handful of fine singers -- including Mark Lanegan, Gary Floyd, Bobby Gillespie, Lisa Kekaula, Nicke Andersson, and Jello Biafra -- and they do their best to do right by songs that have been recognized as underground rock classics.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/28/2014
Label: Leopard Lady Records
UPC: 0748252832450
catalogNumber: 3
Rank: 101408

Album Credits

Performance Credits

James Williamson   Primary Artist,Guitar,Actor,Omnichord
Jello Biafra   Vocals
Mark Lanegan   Vocals
Gary Floyd   Keyboards,Vocals
Bobby Gillespie   Vocals
Steve MacKay   Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Michael Urbano   Percussion,Drums
Mike Watt   Bass
J.G. Thirlwell   Vocals
Petra Haden   Violin,Background Vocals
Carolyn Wonderland   Guitar,Vocals
Greg Gordon   Keyboard Overdubs
Heather Harris   Idee
Nicke Andersson   Vocals
Walter Daniels   Harp
Gregg Foreman   Keyboards
Alison Mosshart   Vocals
Toby Dammit   Percussion,Piano,Drums,Mellotron,Omnichord
Richmond Sluts   Vocals
Joe Cardamone   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jesse Nichols   Guitar,Overdubs,Horn Engineer
Lisa Kekaula   Vocals,Actor
Ron Young   Vocals,Background Vocals
Steffen Kuehn   Trumpet
Aaron Lington   Baritone Saxophone
Oliver Steck   Trumpet
Chris Claypool   Percussion,Overdubs
Mark Culbertson   Contrabass (Vocal)
Simone Marie Butler   Bass,Piano,Background Vocals
Mario Cuomo   Vocals
Cleo Viper   Dancer
Anastasia Gera   Actor
Allison Gomer   Trombone

Technical Credits

Iggy Pop   Composer
Ron Asheton   Composer
Andrew Innes   Vocal Engineer
James Williamson   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Guitar Engineer
Greg Gordon   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Steve Mazur   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Heather Harris   Art Direction,Logo,Logo Design,Layout,Back Cover Photo
Nicke Andersson   Vocal Engineer
Franklin Avery   Cover Photo,Back Cover Photo
Joel Pelletier   Art Direction,Logo Design,Layout
Jesse Nichols   Engineer,overdub engineer,Vocal Engineer,Guitar Engineer
John Lousteau   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Chris Claypool   Engineer,Vocal Engineer,Keyboard Engineer
Mark Shvartzman   Director
Kurt Ingham   Back Cover Photo
James R. Stolz   Cinematography
Jack Boulware   Liner Notes
Amy D'Allessandro   Director

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