The first official Stooges live record in 7 years, and the first official Stooges live album of the recent 'Raw Power' live shows, this album reflects just what the roar that is The Stooges is. Hard to believe that the average age of this band is past 60. They sound like teenagers in a garage. Only perhaps a sneer of experience within Iggy's vocals betrays that this is an album from a band that is anything over 21. Damn. I wish I'd written songs as good as this by his age.
Rock Action pounds the drums like a human hammer. James guitar bites like a tiger. Steve Mackay adds Sax and slink, and Mike Watts plays bass like he has never been anything other than a Stooge. And it sounds marvellous. Few of these songs are represented on the last Stooges live release - "Telluric Chaos" (which sounds awful), so here we have the official live debut of most of "Raw Power" and the subsequent numerous stray songs such as "Beyond The Law", and "I Got A Right."
At a short 60 minutes though, you could wonder why this comes on 2CD's : presumably it was pressed onto CDR's at the venue, and these versions are slightly more elaborate silver, factory pressed CD's - a first for the label. Overall though, given the on-the-fly nature of the recording and the immediacy of the recording, this is a worthy purchase for a Stooges fan and certainly, a very different experience from their other live releases, reflecting the flavour of the Stooges final recorded output alongside a greatest hits precis of "1970", "I Wanna Be Your Dog", and "No Fun." : this is utter rock action, raw power. Get a hit.
on 5 January 2012
The Stooges are on top form here, but the CD is let down with a hollow, muddy sound unfortunately. The sound quality is similar to the Telluric Chaos release which some fans felt had poor sound too. All in all, this is still very listenable, but the poor sound does irritate a little bit.
on 13 October 2011
The James Williamson version of the Stooges whips up a storm and there some great audience participation moments. It was also wonderful that they finally became friends again, but sad that it took Ron Ashton's death to unite them.
Two stars removed as I was at the Hammersmith Raw Power show and preferred that track listing as it had the full Raw Power album lots from Kill City and the great "I'm Sick of You". This seems a shorter set (festival set limitiations?) and sometimes Iggy's vocals sound a bit weak, but hey the man is getting on. Also I really wish Iggy would not swear so much (I have seen him 10 times since 1977 so its not that I'm a prude, but it does come over as crass and totally unnecessary and what may sound fine in the excitement of a live concert just sounds a bit embarrasing when listened back in the comfort of your home).
Lets hope there is a studio album from this line up with new songs plus some proper polished studio versions of songs that were destined to follow Raw Power Like "Open Up and Bleed" but never happened, as they spilt up. There are rumours that Iggy will be retiring from live concerts, if so, can we please have a CD release of the Hammermith or Paris shows as they really stormed, or better still a combination of several indoor shows with a longer track listing and a pick of the best performances. This should not be the final live statement.
There is a trend at the moment for recording albums straight from the mixing desk, then pressing them so punters have a souvenir to take home - PIL did it at the Isle of Wight and so did Iggy. The results are good, though not sonically perfect.
However, the album is pure dynamite and full of atmosphere. Iggy is fired up and hams it up for the crowd, bating the VIP guests, including David Grohl.
The album is an entertaining release - not perfect by any means but a great record of a full-on performance.