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Raw Power [Original recording remastered]

Iggy & The Stooges Audio CD
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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: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,692 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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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Incomplete 'Legacy' 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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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Iggy Makes The Stooges Normal 8 Oct 2011
By XBBX
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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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 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. Here however is the first and greatest example of how Sony dropped the ball. 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? Spending all this money for a deluxe package should mean all available material that can fit on the space allotted should have been used.

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. And it is a most excellent concert, lasting nearly an hour with Iggy Pop in confrontational fine form.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Raw, Absolute, Pure, Beautiful Power 4 May 2010
By Mr. M. A. Reed TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Iggy And The Stooges are a band that outpace everyone else I've ever seen. A harnessed explosion. A targeted, directed force of power. The songs, the sound of angry twenty somethings at the edge of poverty and trading on the fag ends of battered dreams of escape from conformity, sound still true. There might be nothing but old songs, but the passion and the integrity with which they are dispatched - both on record then and live now - makes this nothing more and nothing less than a ferecious statement that some things never change, the dreams we had in our youth are often still the ideals we hold after decades of experience, and that this is not nostalgia, but the essential consistency of the human condition.

"Raw Power" is an amazing album, let down by poor recordings. . There's poetry in this electricity, in Pop's vocabulary of a ruined, post-Vietnam world, which resembles a state of war and poverty. Therefore, these songs sound utterly of this present moment as well in an age of spiritual austeurity. And each song is a diamond, a nuclear weapon, lead by a voice that is part animal, part Sinatra, and verbally the match of any superior wordsmith.

At last, the `original' Bowie mix is back in print after thirteen years in the doldrums. With Iggy's aggressive - and brutal - digital remix being the only version most people have heard since 1997, what frabjous day it is to see the original mix back in print.

Where Iggy's mix pushed everything into the red, added every last bark and scowl from Iggy, and plundered the mix with surfeits of guitar whilst pushing the barely audible rhythm section into a fried, radioactive mess, the Bowie mix is far superior.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album but lots of different versions and some are better than...
The standard CD now available has Iggy's remastered mix and has been cranked up so much it distorts too much and clips, not good. Read more
Published 20 days ago by The Bogie Fan
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what I thought
This disc contains the horrifying iggy mix, and not the Bowie mix as I thought (though you get that on the cloud player). More or less unlistenable.
Published 8 months ago by Harry
4.0 out of 5 stars Iggys best album
This is the best work from Iggy And The Stooges and Ill never get rid of this album. The song 'Search And Destroy' is one of the best tracks I know and remains a classic and... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Liam Hobbs
4.0 out of 5 stars you need big and meaty speakers for this beast
I haven't heard the Bowie mix yet but this is the next thing I'll do. I can see what Iggy intended to do. Read more
Published 11 months ago by C. Winterburn
5.0 out of 5 stars The original and best mix
Some people say that Iggy's mix of Raw Power is the best, because of it's punchy guitars and clarity, however, I prefer this original Bowie mix. This is the way that I remember it. Read more
Published 11 months ago by V. Denham
5.0 out of 5 stars HARD TO BEAT
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... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Rooksby
5.0 out of 5 stars The Quintessential Punk Record
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. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Keith M
5.0 out of 5 stars Pioneering psychedelic-punk album from '73
The Raw Power album [released in 1973] was recorded in 1972 in London and was produced by David Bowie. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Mark Rojinsky
5.0 out of 5 stars HARD ROCKIN' ALL THE WAY
There are alot of reviews here talking about mixing levels being in the red, and remastering being terrible - I confess to knowing little about all this technical malarky - but... Read more
Published on 12 Feb 2012 by CLINT McGAVIN
5.0 out of 5 stars Forget "The Who" and "Deep Purple", The Stooges were clearly the...
...and there ain't no better album to show this then Raw Power. I can't think of another album title that better expressed itself. Read more
Published on 18 Jan 2012 by MaximumHeat
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