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Raw Power Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (28 April 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Columbia/Legacy
  • ASIN: B000024FRW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
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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

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Iggy & The Stooges Raw Power [Remastered]

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Charles Miller on 1 May 2010
Format: Audio CD
DISC 1

The first disc features the long out-of-print Bowie mix of the album and it never sounded better; certainly, this re-mastering is a vast improvement over the previous CD version, being far clearer and with a better lower-end response than before. Of course, it could never reach the bass intensity of the more up until now readily available Iggy Pop remix from 1997, but this version was way overdue for a face lift and it has finally come to pass.

Which version (Bowie or Pop) is better? The answer to that question will always lie with the beholder. To my mind, both versions are indispensable and now they are both available (if purchased separately) in the best sound possible to date. Sony really dropped the ball on this however. Raw Power clocks in at 34 minutes and only the Bowie version is provided here making for a first CD that is only a little bit over a half hour. With all the space necessary and no licensing problems involved, why is the Pop version not featured here for comparison?

DISC 2

No complaints for this one. So very little of the early live Stooges survives. What does is generally from acceptable to point-blank awful in quality and have been issued as bootlegs or semi-legal releases. This new set finally brings a well-recorded live show into the light after all these years of collecting dust in the Sony warehouse. While it is not quite a 'soundboard' super-sounding live recording, it is close enough to hear what the original Stooges sounded like back in the day... far better and best available of any 70s live Stooges recording to date (so stop your bitching). It is a most excellent concert, lasting nearly an hour with Iggy Pop in confrontational fine form.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rooksby on 8 April 2013
Format: Audio CD
I've been listening to Raw Power (on vinyl) since the mid 1980s. I've always loved Bowie's mix, partly because I'm a massive fan of his '70s work, but principally because it sounds so disconcertingly, excitingly WRONG I think?

As Bowie himself said, "...the most absurd situation I encountered when I was recording was the first time I worked with Iggy Pop. He wanted me to mix Raw Power, so he brought the 24-track tape in, & he put it up. He had the band on one track, lead guitar on another, & him on a third. Out of 24 tracks there were just three tracks that were used. He said 'see what you can do with this'. I said, 'Jim, there's nothing to mix'. So we just pushed the vocal up and down a lot. On at least four or five songs that was the situation, including "Search & Destroy." That's got such a peculiar sound because all we did was occasionally bring the lead guitar up and take it out."

Being so familiar with the original "botched" version, I was initially quite surprised at how different Iggy's Legacy mix sounded. Tracks that originally faded out now hurtle onwards to a chaotic climax, vocals & new guitar parts pop up in unexpected places, & the rhythm section - essentially a relentless, just-about-audible rumble - sounds incredible, though you have to listen to the album (loud) from an adjoining room to fully appreciate it (!).

Raw Power itself is an utterly flawless suite of 8 ragged, savage songs - even the ballads are malevolent & damaged. 40 years on, it's probably even more essential a listen than it was first time 'round, in a "Yep, this is how screwed-up rock music USED to sound, kids" way (sorry if that sounds ever-so slightly patronising - it's true though).

In conclusion: you need BOTH versions of Raw Power. Pick up the Legacy remix cheap on CD, & find a used (& preferably battered) copy of the original Columbia album on vinyl. It won't cost you more than a tenner & you won't regret it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Keith M TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 July 2012
Format: Audio CD
Quite a claim, I recognise, but, for me, Iggy And The Stooges' 1973 masterpiece Raw Power just about surpasses The Ramones debut album to claim this iconic position. With an original (1973) co-mix by Iggy and David Bowie and a subsequent (and unnecessary) remix in 1996 (involving Bruce Dickinson - don't ask!), Raw Power's, well, power has not diminished one iota in the (nearly) 40 intervening years. Of course, we're talking here about a band fronted by probably the most charismatic performer since rock and roll was invented (sorry, fans of the King) and a band and sound that has spawned many and various imitators, and whose songs have been covered by all and sundry (one of my personal favourites being The Damned's version of I Feel Alright - the alternatively titled 1970 - on their seminal 1977 debut album Damned Damned Damned).

From the moment that James Williamson's guitar riff kicks off album opener Search And Destroy (alongside Anarchy In The UK, punk's most iconic song) as Iggy's whining vocal intones, 'I'm a street walking cheetah with a heart full of napalm', the tone of Raw Power has most definitely been set. This is not an album for the faint-hearted, as songs with titles such as Gimme Danger, You're Pretty Face Is Going To Hell and Death Trip attest. However, amongst all this apparent nihilism up pops some remarkably sophisticated (and indeed melodic) songwriting. Gimme Danger (my favourite song on the album) is an acoustic guitar-driven masterclass in atmospheric mood music and, for me, is highly reminiscent of some of the great songs by Mr Osterberg's fellow Detroit-ite (OK, maybe there is no such word) Alice Cooper - the sublime Desperado from Killer springs to mind.
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