Raw Power by Iggy & The Stooges

It's called 'Raw Power', but much of the conversation around this seminal punk rock record from Iggy Pop & The Stooges is about its recording. Originally mastered by David Bowie, it got the remaster treatment from Iggy himself just over a decade ago, showing off both's approach to these ferocious songs. Both are available on this reissue from Music On Vinyl, but concentrate on the songs, yeah?

Vinyl Double LP £20.50 88985375171

180g vinyl, gatefold reissue 2LP on Legacy / Columbia. Includes the David Bowie and Iggy Pop mixes.

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Vinyl Double LP £25.24 MOVLP070

2LP + 16-page booklet on Music On Vinyl. Remastered 1972 Bowie mix and 1997 Iggy Pop mix.

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Raw Power by Iggy & The Stooges
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10/10 Robert Jones 10th August 2016

When I first heard this album on Friday 11th December 1975 at 3.20pm, my life was changed forever. I had seen the future of rock'n'roll. Regrettably, at that time I was very much alone. In 1975, Ig was a pariah. He was a homeless junkie who had been committed to a mental institution for his drug problem. The Stooges had crashed and burned in a bloody final concert, the previous year largely unmourned by all. Only David Bowie saw Ig's huge potential at the time, and revived his creative spirits. He did a similar thing back in 1972, when he produced and mixed this third album by The Stooges. Much has been written about their relationship at the time, however this album that emerged is THE template for punk rock. The sheer abandon of the music meant that it would never be readily accepted by the masses, after all it was released in the era of "prog rock" where twenty minute guitar solos were in vogue. From the opening track "Search And Destroy" to the final demented vision of "Death Trip" , it was the sonic version of a comet. It was glorious, incandescent and destined to burn out in a brilliant blaze of glory.

Of course, it didn't sell. However, certain people at the time were taking note, namely Johnny Marr, Bobby Gillespie, Steve Jones, and later on, Josh Homme, Kurt Cobain and Alex Turner. This album was unrepeatable excitement. "Shake Appeal" has THE most exciting guitar solo ever committed to vinyl, and that includes Hendrix, Page, Beck etc. As for "Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell", it beggars belief nobody in 1973 could see the potential. As for THAT cover by Mick Rock which all The Stooges originally hated, it was the final stamp of iconic status.

What are you waiting for? Forty three years later, it still sounds like nothing on earth....

9/10 Kris Customer rating (no review), 4th May 2020



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