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Raw Power [VINYL]

Iggy & The Stooges Vinyl
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
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  • Vinyl (22 May 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • ASIN: B007IHH3L2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,707 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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22 of 24 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ig and the Angst 27 Mar 2007
By Moz
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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26 of 29 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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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic album but .... 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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15 of 17 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A thing of beauty
I play this record in its entirety every week of my life, and have done so for the last thirty-seven plus years. Each listen is as fresh and alive as the first. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Robbee
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's get jiggy...... Here come Iggy!
Immense. Seminal. Every bit as good as you've heard. Every bit as rough and ready as you've heard. Thirty years after my young ears were first assaulted by its cocksure audacity,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by DaleC
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 5 months 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 13 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 15 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 16 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 16 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 17 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 on 10 July 2012 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 on 22 Jun 2012 by Mark Rojinsky
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