Raw Power Original recording remastered
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(File: STOOGES) 2006 Iggy Pop remix of the seminal 1973 album with James Williamson. Features "Search & Destroy" & "Gimme Danger"
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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?
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
As Bowie himself said, "...the most absurd situation I encountered when I was recording was the first time I worked with Iggy Pop. He wanted me to mix Raw Power, so he brought the 24-track tape in, & he put it up. He had the band on one track, lead guitar on another, & him on a third. Out of 24 tracks there were just three tracks that were used. He said 'see what you can do with this'. I said, 'Jim, there's nothing to mix'. So we just pushed the vocal up and down a lot. On at least four or five songs that was the situation, including "Search & Destroy." That's got such a peculiar sound because all we did was occasionally bring the lead guitar up and take it out."
Being so familiar with the original "botched" version, I was initially quite surprised at how different Iggy's Legacy mix sounded. Tracks that originally faded out now hurtle onwards to a chaotic climax, vocals & new guitar parts pop up in unexpected places, & the rhythm section - essentially a relentless, just-about-audible rumble - sounds incredible, though you have to listen to the album (loud) from an adjoining room to fully appreciate it (!).
Raw Power itself is an utterly flawless suite of 8 ragged, savage songs - even the ballads are malevolent & damaged. 40 years on, it's probably even more essential a listen than it was first time 'round, in a "Yep, this is how screwed-up rock music USED to sound, kids" way (sorry if that sounds ever-so slightly patronising - it's true though).
In conclusion: you need BOTH versions of Raw Power. Pick up the Legacy remix cheap on CD, & find a used (& preferably battered) copy of the original Columbia album on vinyl. It won't cost you more than a tenner & you won't regret it.
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The better Raw Power release. The original Bowie production is the one to go for. The other Raw Power release (minus Bowie production) seems flat in comparison.Published 1 month ago by TheFixer
A truly claasic album, with involvement from a young ish David Bowie ( although he didnt produce it as some believe) every track is a REAL punk rock classic.Published 2 months ago by Chloe Plus
aggressive energy ....... very exciting ..... not for the faint heartedPublished 4 months ago by Larcho
Firstly, please can Amazon stop lumping reviews for different issues of the same CD together?, and also can reviewers please stop giving one-star reviews to a brilliant CD just... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Cornishpasty
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