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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 (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,117 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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4.1 out of 5 stars

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22 of 24 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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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By XBBX on 8 Oct. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Amazon seems to be using these Raw Power reviews for a number of different versions of the album, so to be clear, I'm reviewing the 1997 CD release remixed by Iggy Pop (COL 4851762).

Now. As a consequence of Pop's remix of this album, everything which made the original Raw Power so unique - and so "off the wall" - has been destroyed. Everything.

In his quest to remix the album to appeal to the modern "alternative" audience Iggy actually succeeded in making The Stooges sound no different to every other band on the block during the Grunge era. He turned this unique album into corporate noise.

And the mastering itself?! Iggy clearly had no clue that pushing everything into the red with digital technology has a very different - and damaging - effect on the music in comparison to doing the same with analogue technology.

This CD was one of the first casualties of the "loudness war" (Do yourself a huge favour and Google it if you don't know what that is).

So, one star purely because I can't give a minus.

I'd recommend you buy the original unremastered and unremixed CD instead. It's weird, it's wacky, it ebbs, it flows, sometimes things are too quiet in the mix, and sometimes things leap out of the speakers at you without warning. THAT'S punk. THAT's rock and roll. THAT's Raw power.
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By docjg on 14 Jan. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Initially I gave the album 1 star as there's a glitch in track 3, 'Your pretty face is going to hell' at 4:29-30 - the timing on the drum track goes awry for a split second. At first I thought my ears were deceiving me - but listening to the Iggy remix from 1997 the glitch/jump is not there. The glitch annoyed me at first - but it's minor enough for a lot of people not to notice it I guess.

Some helpful people on a Stooges forum have pointed out it's very likely the tapes used for the remastering have been damaged at this point. The original LP does not have this glitch.

Aside from this (slight) flaw the album itself is (of course) still 5 stars. Raw Power is one of my all-time favourite albums and, overall, I think this remastered Bowie version is a big improvement over what you could previously find on cd. Iggy's remix from 1997 is just too harsh and brittle overall I find. It's more raw and powerful and in your face, and at moments that works really well as you might expect, but overall its harshness and brittleness makes it hard to listen to... I haven't been listening to the album as much as I would do because of the mix in fact (especially through less than great speakers like in my car). Your ears will find it unpleasant at times even if your brain finds the actual music very pleasant - it's an almost schizophrenic mix. The 'musician mix' as Iggy himself puts it - you already have to love the songs and want to hear more of their constituent parts to put up with it.

The problem with Raw Power that sadly can never really be addressed I don't think is that the original recording wasn't fantastic to begin with - Ron Asheton's bass sound in particular got neglected somehow - and so there's only so much that can be achieved with the final mix.
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