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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Good and Vile, 24 Feb 2010
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Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles "FIST" (London) - See all my reviews
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The Ig made 5 supreme albums transcending the dross at the time and leaving an indellible dirty stain on the threadbare tapestry of art and rawk for the future. This was the first in that series. The others of course are the next album, Raw Power, Idiot and Lust for Life.

The Ig has a white soul voice with power gravelled pipes of pan communicating the birth of the cosmos when he desires. Two horns on his head, eyes of pure lust, his tongue dripping beneath his knees with his tail on full display, the IG howls to the patron saints of onanism when he sees a piece of skirt...a woman to the IG is like a moving oil painting, with each new revelation he screams his paens of the erotique to the skies...it is a call and response...this explains the power of these adult nursery rhymes... Anne, Little Girl, Dog all exude a whiff of musk into a satiated atmosphere....one sniff and its easy to follow the scent.

Other main ingredients are war and conflict thrown into his pot and imbibed. Jim is not just self obsessed with possessing, he connects his outer chaos as a reflection to his inner core...the world is his reflection.

Can you imagine any moderne commenting on the current set of wars without appearing righteous and po faced? Ig mentions the big one, in passing, in the context of his own inertia, as wars spread across the USA, whilst he is sitting around with nothing to do. At the time the weathermen, panthers, manson, anti vietnam protests, watts and countless other shifts to the abyss were racking through the backwaters a wel as the main drag.

As a counterpoint to the inner and outer violence the Ig becomes spiritual. In keeping with the times he draws on the east to produce a haunting piece of music, We Will Fall. No I am not one of those who skips this track, it is integral to the experience. When I listen to this album I take a deep draught and then exhale it slowly, savouring every moment of its entirety. "We will fall" is a slow ironic piece of experimentation. It is as if Iggy stumbles into a Krishma meeting and asks the way to the nearest bar whilst musing on his inner voice. The "Buddhist chants" paens to peace, Jim predicts his fall into the sack mirroring the end of the world on its eve of destruction. The subtlety and magnitude of this track should never be over looked rock fiends by the rest of the chaos. Every album needs an anchor point to highlight the chaos.,

In keeping it simple the Stooges took their cue from the black blues artists rather than the British copyists, becoming the template for the eventual American cultural renaissance. Whereas GB underwent the meaningless meandering jams of prog rock...man, the Stooges kept it raw and vile. This formula produced the backbone for No Fun and their eventual grace on the world stage.

Interestingly this record bombed on release and languished in the 4th Division until the Pistols picked No Fun and launched the Stooges to another generaton. In another piece of synchonicity, Bowie had pre Pistols discovered Jim's talent and had saved him from complete self destruction. Jim was in the right time and right place. His next set of masterpieces marks the king of chaos meeting the emperors of order when he collided with Kraftwerk. These were the sublime Berlin albums.

Recorded in a day 40 years ago, listening to it now it still sounds as fresh as momma's apple pie whipped with cream....Lucky Jim
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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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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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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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