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  • Audio CD (26 April 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony Music Cmg
  • ASIN: B003AYPM7O
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,675 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Introduction (Georgia Peaches - Live At Richards, Atlanta, GA, October 1973)0:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Raw Power (Georgia Peaches - Live At Richards, Atlanta, GA, October 1973) 5:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Head On (Georgia Peaches - Live At Richards, Atlanta, GA, October 1973) 9:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  8. Cock In My Pocket (Georgia Peaches - Live At Richards, Atlanta, GA, October 1973) 3:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Open Up And Bleed (Georgia Peaches - Live At Richards, Atlanta, GA, October 1973)10:19Album Only
Listen10. Doojiman (Outtake From "Raw Power" Sessions) 4:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Head On (Rehearsal Performance) 5:39£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Nearly 38 years since the initial recording sessions began in the summer of 1972, the controversy surrounding Raw Power has never abated and has only added to the album’s mythic status. First released on Columbia Records in 1973, the savagely bombastic Raw Power by Iggy & The Stooges is perhaps the first record that could truly be called punk. Produced by Iggy Pop and mixed by David Bowie, it was the confluence of The Stooge’s ages, hormones, creativity, ability, experience, tastes, lack of supervision, contempt for authority, and ambition that has made Raw Power one of the most influential albums of all time. Like a lot of albums ahead of their time, upon initial release Raw Power was embraced by the forward thinking ‘disenfranchised youth’ world-wide--the punks in training, rather than the mass pop culture. Raw Power--the album that almost single-handedly detonated the punk-rock movement in the next few years after its release--became THE album against which all others were measured, where it remains to this day.

BBC Review

Pack away your superlatives, sir, for they've all been said. Such is the legend of Raw Power, The Stooges' third album, that more column inches have been devoted to it than the combined height of all the individuals who purchased it upon its original February 1973 release (it was widely ignored). Turn it over, again, and hit me with the flip. This record is done.

What's not, though, are the ripples that continue to expand from its initial point of impact. For this Legacy edition–two discs; a deluxe edition, with additional rarities and a DVD, is also available–they've lapped against a recording of the band at Richards in Atlanta, October 1973. Georgia Peaches is the bonus disc in question, and what a ride it offers–Iggy snarling, confrontational, caustic; his band, featuring original Stooges (the late) Ron and Scott Asheton alongside new guitarist James Williamson, frothing itself into a frenzy to keep pace; pianist Scott Thurston painting merry atop the mêlée with attractive abandonment.

The set's not exclusively comprised of Raw Power cuts–though the album, the subject of much scrutiny from Iggy's then management, who insisted that David Bowie clean up the street-walkin' cheetah's original mixes, was still fresh in the minds of these musicians, already attentions were turning to the future. Cock in My Pocket and Open Up and Bleed are among the numbers that'd emerge on 1974's live release, Metallic K.O., though neither would receive a studio treatment, as the band fractured again in 1974 and did not reconvene 'til 2003, eventually releasing The Weirdness in 2007.

The quality of Georgia Peaches is expectedly sketchy–but such is the energy conveyed that it's tough indeed to not become caught up in the crackly cacophony. Thurston tinkles playfully during an intro otherwise dominated by fuzzed-up crunch from Williamson; then, like a bolt of lightning against an ominous sky, Iggy sparks into brilliant life, stretching syllables against their will and catching the shortest breath whenever a break presents itself. His vocals distort and pop, his mouth too close to the microphone one moment and utterly absent the next. But consistency isn't the name of this game: Stooges shows were about cutting loose, feeling free, fighting the tide, butting heads. Iggy threatened his audience with a smirk–"Come up here, little Billy Boy... Suck my a**". Should an actual fight break out, so be it.

After all, Raw Power is one superb soundtrack for a scrap. --Mike Diver

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29 of 32 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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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Moz on 27 Mar. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Unlike most albums, the cover is a brilliant representation of what this album's about. It's edgy (in spades), dark, dangerous, in your face and loaded with sexuality and attitude. Unlike Transformer, Bowie's production here captures the man and his music perfectly rather than subsuming it in glam rock cosmetics. THe Stooges at their best.
"Gimme Danger" is one of the best songs ever, certainly top 50. "Penetration" and "Death Trip" archetypal Iggy songs. The opening "Search & Destroy" has a terrific riff and sets the tone excellently. This is arguably the best Iggy album ever - and that says something when you have as big a back catalogue as he has. If you only want one Iggy Pop album, make it this one.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Gordon W. Craig on 2 Aug. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Giving this four stars for the kick ass songs on it, but the mastering? Ouch! I got the re-mastered version in the hope of more depth compared to the tinny, bass light original. Frequency wise, these are definitely more balanced mixes, but they're blighted by being pushed into the digital extreme.

I totally agree with another reviewer here. A hot ANALOG mix pushing into the red would've been good and kicking and could've then been transferred to the digital medium and mastered at a reasonable loudness level preserving some nice 'grungey' harmonics. Sadly, though, these seem to be digital re-mixes mastered far beyond the digital threshold. The first track averages -4dB (CDs have a dynamic range of more than 90 db meaning that this track has only 4db). The result is BAD DISTORTION with clips everywhere and an overpowering mid range. Maybe this is some global irony? The raw power is always there in the songs themselves, but you have to dig it out from either bass weak or saturation drenched versions? A classic album nonetheless.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Patterson on 3 July 2011
Format: Audio CD
I have reviewed this before, giving it a glowing report as "incomparably superior" to the Bowie mix. I appear before you today, head bowed and asking for forgiveness. The Bowie mix, in its new remastered form on the Legacy edition, is incomparably better than this. The loss of dynamic range due to letting the dials stray into the red too much simply cannot be endured for long. I even began to question whether this album (the one Nick Kent unhesitatingly named as his favourite album from the 70s in an interview) was as great as I'd always thought. Fortunately sense has prevailed and I see that the (remastered) Bowie mix is the one to have. It's true that the bass is still too light and the drums sometimes drop a little too far back in the mix, but the voice and the guitar just tear the air apart like perfectly synchronised thunder and lightning. And it shouldnt be forgotten that, for example at a legendary concert at the Scala in London, Iggy and James Williamson performed this music as a duo. Get it for the live material, but you'll find yourself playing the new Bowie mix of the album itself.
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