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Iggy Pop vinyl: mastering details

SDE can reveal some details around the mastering and vinyl pressing of the recently announced Iggy Pop 40th anniversary vinyl reissues….

We know that The Idiot, Lust For Life and TV Eye Live have been “remastered for the first time from the original analogue tapes” but when announced, there was no information around who worked on the remastering and whether the new vinyl was cut from digital or analog sources.

After making the necessary enquiries, SDE can confirm that these new vinyl editions have been:

  • • Cut from analog tapes
  • • Mastered by Robert Vosgien at Capitol Mastering
  • • Pressed at URP (United Record Pressing)

Given this information, there is a good chance that these will sound amazing. The coloured pressings have sold out, but black vinyl versions can be ordered below.

These new vinyl editions of The Idiot, Lust For Life and TV Eye Live will be released on 2 June 2017.

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Iggy Pop

Lust For Life - remastered black vinyl

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Amazon uk 6LP coloured vinyl box 12.76
Amazon de 6LP coloured vinyl box 14.11
Amazon usa 6LP coloured vinyl box 12.02
Amazon fr 6LP coloured vinyl box 14.48
Amazon it 6LP coloured vinyl box 15.3
Amazon es 6LP coloured vinyl box 15.11
Amazon ca 6LP coloured vinyl box 21.37
JPC de 6LP coloured vinyl box 19.99
FNAC fr 6LP coloured vinyl box 19.99
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The Idiot - remastered black vinyl

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Amazon uk 6LP coloured vinyl box 12.35
Amazon de 6LP coloured vinyl box 14.11
Amazon usa 6LP coloured vinyl box 14.29
Amazon fr 6LP coloured vinyl box 13.99
Amazon it 6LP coloured vinyl box 14.17
Amazon es 6LP coloured vinyl box 14.97
Amazon ca 6LP coloured vinyl box 21.13
JPC de 6LP coloured vinyl box 19.99
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TV Eye Live - remastered black vinyl

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Amazon uk 6LP coloured vinyl box 13.18
Amazon de 6LP coloured vinyl box 16.97
Amazon usa 6LP coloured vinyl box 10.55
Amazon fr 6LP coloured vinyl box 17.49
Amazon it 6LP coloured vinyl box 17.81
Amazon es 6LP coloured vinyl box 16.95
Amazon ca 6LP coloured vinyl box 19.97
JPC de 6LP coloured vinyl box 19.99
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The Idiot 

Side One

  • • Sister Midnight 4:19
  • • Nightclubbing 4:14
  • • Funtime 2:54
  • 
• Baby 3:24
  • 
 • China Girl 5:08

Side Two

  • • Dum Dum Boys 7:12
  • • Tiny Girls 2:59
  • • Mass Production 8:24

Lust For Life (Clear translucent vinyl)

Side One

  • Lust For Life 5:12
  • Sixteen 2:23
  • Some Weird Sin 3:40
  • The Passenger 4:40
  • Tonight 3:38

Side Two

  • • Success 4:23
  • • Turn Blue 6:53
  • • Neighborhood Threat 3:22
  • • Fall In Love With Me 6:30

TV Eye (Purple translucent vinyl)


Side One

  • T.V. Eye 4:22
  • Funtime 3:20
  • Sixteen 3:58
  • I Got A Right 4:27

Side Two

  • • Lust For Life 4:01
  • • Dirt 5:18
  • • Nightclubbing 6:14
  • 
• I Wanna Be Your Dog 4:16

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22 responses to Iggy Pop vinyl: mastering details

  1. Jan says:

    I managed to order the colour bundle. Interesting art change for Lust For Life.
    Looking forward to hearing the new mastering.

  2. Rob C says:

    Will there be cd releases?

  3. Shaun says:

    I think it will take nothing short of a miracle to make TV Eye sound good so probably better of sticking with the radio broadcasts of concerts from that period and soundboard bootlegs that exist.

    Lust For Life is one of the greatest albums of all time and deserves a deluxe edition on CD at the very least so hopefully both the studio albums will get this treatment with outtakes and unreleased live tracks. Perhaps a DVD compilation of TV and live appearances to replace the somewhat poor quality recordings on You Tube?

  4. Kevin Allen says:

    Thanks. My original 1970s vinyl is in need of replacement. I remember when I first played TV Eye wondering why Iggy was introduced half-way through the first side. Was it RCA’s idea to release live albums in that cut-up, individual track form or was that Bowie and Iggy’s idea?

    • Shaun says:

      I believe that the tracks are taken from a variety of venues from both of Iggy’s 1977 tours. Bowie was a member of Iggy’s band only on the first tour.

  5. JohnC says:

    Regarding sound quality of TV Eye, I remember buying it at the time and was disappointed that a couple of bootlegs of the tour sounded way better. I seem to remember it was rushed out to cash in on the bootlegs for that tour which had been circulating. It was also deliberately made to sound like the boots in circulation. The other point to note was this was the contractual obligation to end Iggy’s RCA deal at the time

    Also why blue vinyl – it should be red!!!!!

  6. JLG says:

    This 3 records are already remastered in Japan for mini lp sleeve reissue in 2014 i think…

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      This is obviously a different remastering, and they’ve gone back to the analogue tapes etc.

    • DaveM says:

      @JLG, the 2014 Japanese mini LPs are not remastered. They only sound marginally better as they are SHMs (to my ears anyway).
      On TV Eye, I believe it was recorded on the cheap as Iggy got a budget to record it but only spent a small amount on the recording and used the rest elsewhere if memory serves…

  7. Charles Hodgson says:

    Masterpieces / all-time classics.
    Already got these on vinyl, bought very cheaply (£2 or £3! I think) in the early ’80’s, so I’ll pass. Been expecting remastered / deluxe / expanded CD sets for The Idiot / Lust For Life quite a while now. Would say they are inevitable now.

    Bring them on!

  8. Bodicus says:

    If the lp”s are pressed at United you can kiss goodbye to any improvements made at the mastering stage. Worst pressing plant in the world. Terrible, terrible records are all I’ve ever seen and heard from that kip. I simply avoid anything pressed there at this stage. They are that bad. Seriously!

    • moog_man says:

      Thanks for the intel, SDE and Bodicus. It’s astonishing that, despite the apparent ‘vinyl revival’ the record labels still haven’t got a clue what to do when it comes to reissuing albums. They make a song and dance about cutting from the original analogue tapes/ re-mastering at Abbey Road, etc – and then ruin the package with trashy pressing plants. Universal in the UK are superb at this, always working with GZ Vinyl in the Czech Republic, despite awareness of their atrocious quality control. They commissioned Optimal in Berlin to do the first batch of half-speed albums mastered by Miles Showell at Abbey Road, then returned to GZ for the second batch. They really need the buying public to be stupid..

    • Bryan says:

      I wonder if it’s possible that United has improved since moving its plant at the beginning of the year? I bought a record pressed there this year, and it not only was scuff-free, but there was minimal surface noise AND it came with a polylined sleeve. Maybe they are acknowledging the problems.

      I’m glad these are actual remasters. There’s a horrible clicking noise on the off-beat of the song “Lust For Life” on the Virgin CD that once you hear, you cannot unhear.

  9. Steven C says:

    Such a bummer. Capitol Mastering is awful (see the US versions on the Radiohead vinyl issues before XL bought the rights. And, united has the lowest standards of any pressing plant.

  10. Roland K. says:

    “Hooray! Let’s celebrate, we have here endlessly some sonically improved albums!”

    I’m reading this all and it sounds so silly to me, celebrating the fact we could maybe expect some 40 years-old albums which will be maybe sonically improved by a remaster job.

    And I call this silly while you would await with all the modern techniques, newly released albums being improved, would be always the case, but no…. most remastering means – anno 2017 – still mostly a step back in sonical qualities. And here we have maybe an exception of that awfull rule…

  11. Thom Lieb says:

    Thanks for sharing this info. I had preordered the colored vinyl set, but given where it’s being pressed I decided to cancel.

  12. Douglas Bailey says:

    Waiting for CDs.

  13. Yuri says:

    You’re using the CD covers not the Vinyl covers ;-)

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