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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely scorching
This expanded remaster of The Stooges' 1969 debut is extremely welcome both for the quality of the remaster (it sounds absolutely brilliant) and for the quality of some of the extra material on the second disc. The contents are basically split into three: the original album on CD1, some unused mixes by producer John Cale which start CD2, and a kind of alternative version...
Published on 8 Oct 2006 by freewheeling frankie

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars faulty product
It seems like those reviewing this have heard the album but not this version. The John Cale mixes are running at the wrong speed. Around 8-10% too slow making them unlistenable. Rhino know about this, they were made aware before this product was released but chose to leave it.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely scorching, 8 Oct 2006
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freewheeling frankie (north London, England) - See all my reviews
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This expanded remaster of The Stooges' 1969 debut is extremely welcome both for the quality of the remaster (it sounds absolutely brilliant) and for the quality of some of the extra material on the second disc. The contents are basically split into three: the original album on CD1, some unused mixes by producer John Cale which start CD2, and a kind of alternative version of most of the album taking up the rest of CD2.

For anyone that's never heard this, the original album contains three of Iggy Pop's all-time classics in No Fun, I Wanna Be Your Dog and 1969. These and Ann were the only songs they had when they arrived at the studio; they filled out the rest of the album with three new songs written in one evening (Little Doll, Not Right and Real Cool Time) and the dirgey chant We Will Fall. The latter is a bit of a waste of space but while the first three songs mentioned are the greatest, the other four, especially Little Doll, are near-classics of proto-metal/grunge/whatever. The band had not been playing their instruments for very long, though they'd got pretty good by this time, but they were just bursting with youthful enthusiasm, especially guitarist Ron Asheton, whose playing, if not technically brilliant, is inspired, vicious and original.

For anyone that already has the album but is tempted by the additional material, I'd say there are two reservations: 1) they're basically the same performances; 2) the John Cale mixes are worth hearing once or twice but aren't as good as the ones on the original album - they're less powerful. These reservations, however, are completely blown out of the water by the rest of the material. Although they are basically the same recordings, some have entertaining alternate vocal performances, and most are longer than the original versions (especially No Fun and Ann), revealing large quantities of previously unheard and absolutely scorching guitar soloing by Ron Asheton - you have to ask why these tracks were faded on the original album - surely not to make room for the thoroughly dull We Will Fall. These alternate versions are also newly mixed, to an extremely high quality, and sound absolutely superb.

So while the overall sound is far cleaner and sharper than the magnificently grungy production of The Stooges' far more celebrated second album, "Fun House", this is a highly auspicious debut from one of the greatest rock'n'roll bands of all time.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bridging the 60's and 70's, 25 Jan 2004
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Ec Tipton "donkey_sandwich" (Hereford, England) - See all my reviews
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The thing that struck me about this album when I first heard it was how 'un-Iggy' it sounded. However it still sounds great. The opener "1969" is grunge meets Bo Diddley with Iggy drawling his lyrics before going into a screaming coda. The next track "I Wanna Be Your Dog" is pure classic Stooges, the relentless riff, thumping drums and Iggy's sexually driven vocals driving to a superb guitar solo , making it probably one of the must influential songs ever. The songs attracted many cover versions, most notably by Sid Vicious. The songs "Not Right" and "Real Cool Time" are the most straight ahead rockers here, and impossible to dislike. "Anne" slows the pace down a little, adding a strange spookiness to the proceedings. The centrepiece of the album is undoubtably "No Fun", a tour-de-force of the band sound. This attracted an almost identical cover from the Sex Pistols. What should have been the albums closer, but was bizzarly placed in the middle, is the 10minute opus "We Will Fall". Sounding strangely like the Velvet Underground (due to John Cale's production), the song features Cale's droning viola, reverb drenched tom-tom beats, and a 'Holy Grail' style monk chant all the way through. Truly a stoner's thing! All in all, despite it's faults this is an essential purchase for any fan of rock.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Perfect But That's Why It's So Good, 4 July 2005
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How to write and record an album in less than 24 hours. You don't get albums like that anymore. You certainly don't get a band covered with pimples in a studio with a producer in the calibre of John Cale.
Even more so when the songs are only half baked ideas. Back then, however, it was revolutionary. Nowdays, even with tons of pimples on your face, you're still expected to sound polished to death, and worse, with no pimples at all.
The great thing in writing and recording within 24 hours - like this one was - is that you can capture a very specific mood and sound. The benefits: it makes the album homogenous, and the improvisations help in making the result intersting even after 20 listens.
Immediate and raw - 'I Want To Be Your Dog' and 'No Fun' are easily amongst Iggy's best 10 songs ever.
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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Punked up without 'em., 26 Jan 2000
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Self expression is hard to come by when you lack any talent or ability. This album just goes to show that with the smallest bit of ability, a pinch of skill and the simplest of chords and scales, something truly transcendent can be created. Hell, wasn't that what punk was all about? The bigger question is why do so many of these try hard musicians end up sounding so damn good? Lou Reed, Johnny Thunders, Richard Hell, Alan Vega and yes, even Iggy Pop and Ron Asheton. This album is just the b**locks. Every song burns with some of the greatest riffs created, lacking anything like the polish of fellow early stalwarts and riffmeisters Led Zepplin. Sounding ten times better also, for all their crudy roughness. Powerhouse drumming and Wah Wah noise to fry an egg on. Worth noting is the producer, none other than Welshman John Cale, bringing his noisy, avant garde sensibilties on the back of two other seminal, pre punk, Velvet Underground albums. This Album inspired many artists to pick up the guitar, learn a couple of chords and make music, including myself. This album hasn't aged a jot, unlike contempories The Doors, whose music The Stooges took to its logical conclusion, including Iggy's cavorting. Sound's fresher today than freshly caught fish, taken to the fresh market on freshday, and sold by Mr Fresh the fishmonger. Bow at the alter of apocalyptic guitar heaven.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic improved upon with different versions, 27 Feb 2013
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This album is a classic by itself, but with the additional versions it is a masterpiece!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars corker of a debut, 25 Nov 2012
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When this album was released in 1969 it was too out there and ahead of its time,to get mainstream acceptance.It is now regarded as a classic and a template for punk,that came 7 years later.The quality recording of this remastered edition,makes the album sound awesome,especially when played loud[the only way to hear it!].The songs...just listen and you'll understand! those guitar riffs,that voice,the bass,the drums its all here. This is well packaged,containing a decent booklet with plenty of info about the stooges and the recording of the album,plus some decent photos. Best tracks on 2nd disc are the full length versions of ann and no fun.If you're looking to discover the stooges,this is your way in.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars faulty product, 12 Feb 2011
It seems like those reviewing this have heard the album but not this version. The John Cale mixes are running at the wrong speed. Around 8-10% too slow making them unlistenable. Rhino know about this, they were made aware before this product was released but chose to leave it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic, 23 Aug 2013
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Mr. Paul A. Ayres "Pablo944" (Bristol, UK) - See all my reviews
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This is a true marquee album. If you don't like it then you can't be into the genre in the first place. This is the ultimate album in the grunge era..
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Stooges, 3 Mar 2013
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This is a great album, feels a little like the quiet before the storm that was Funhouse, although it's a far from quiet album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Moving On From Rock And Roll And The British Invasion., 8 Feb 2011
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J. Thompson "Willingale" (Essex UK) - See all my reviews
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This album shows how quickly music can change not very long after The Beatles and other British Invasion bands crossed the Atlantic.
The Stooges have a rough, raw sound which, in part, shows influences of The Doors, The Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix.
1969 is a great track with a fuzzed guitar and loud vocals and No Fun is nearly as good.
However although this is not really my preferred type of music, if you are curious, give it a try.
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