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Friday, March 25, 2011

Iggy and The Stooges - Raw Power (1973 us, 2010 legacy edition, double disc with ureleased material)

To even hear the rhythm section on co-producer David Bowie's 1973 mix of Raw Power, you need to crank the volume until it feels like James Williamson's reckless guitar leads are piercing your skull. That's the vicious beauty of it. A 1997 reissue of the album experimented with a thicker, less dynamic mix; this new version reinstates Bowie's trebly, off-kilter production while adding clarity and heft the original LP lacked. Finally, the third and most brutal album from these Detroit legends gets both the rawness and the power it deserves.

Iggy Pop delivers these desperate anthems as if he's lived every self-mythologizing line. "I'm a runaway son of the nuclear A-bomb," he rants in "Search and Destroy," embodying glam rock's theatricality while dumping its affectations. New band member Williamson, along with bassist Ron Asheton and drummer brother Scott Asheton, flail in a synchronized wallop that almost single-handedly invented punk. This new deluxe edition adds an equally unhinged 1973 Atlanta performance with confrontational banter and previously unreleased spasms like "Cock in My Pocket".  Every addition adds insight to a band literally addicted to danger.
by Barry Walters

Disc One
1. Search And Destroy
2. Gimme Danger
3. Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell
4. Penetration
5. Raw Power
6. I Need Somebody
7. Shake Appeal
8. Death Trip

Disc Two
1. Introduction (Live At Richards, Atlanta, GA – October 1973)
2. Raw Power (Live At Richards, Atlanta, GA – October 1973)
3. Head On (Live At Richards, Atlanta, GA – October 1973)
4. Gimme Danger (Live At Richards, Atlanta, GA – October 1973)
5. Search And Destroy (Live At Richards, Atlanta, GA – October 1973)
6. I Need Somebody (Live At Richards, Atlanta, GA – October 1973)
7. Heavy Liquid (Live At Richards, Atlanta, GA – October 1973)
8. Cock In My Pocket (Live At Richards, Atlanta, GA – October 1973)
9. Open Up And Bleed (Live At Richards, Atlanta, GA – October 1973)
10. Doojiman (Outtake from the session for \’Raw Power\’)
11. Head On (Rehearsal Performance from CBS Studios rehearsal tape)

The Stooges
*Iggy Pop - Vocals
*James Williamson - Guitars
*Ron Asheton - Bass, Backing Vocals
*Scott Asheton - Drums

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