amount of tracks:7 excellent:0 v.good:1 good:2 fair:3 poor:1
now listen - i love iggy, and i think 'i wanna be your dog' is one of the greatest rock songs ever. i have the upmost respect for the stooges. but hey - ive got some issues with their recorded material and this album in particular. firstly, what really bugs me is the plaudits heaped upon this album, especially by the music press who probably think theyre being SO hip by including this in their worthless 'best ever....' lists. i had to laugh recently when Q magazine (god save us) voted this 'the all time loudest rock album' really? louder than slayer you reckon? or metallica? or celtic frost? or hendrix? or ted nugent? or black sabbath? so anyway....lets break it down into simple truths a) the songs. pretty mediocre fare. 'tv eye' being far and away the best. the rest sound like any other garage band knocking around the us in the late sixties. in fact, for 1970, this album sounds rather dated, like it was recorded 4 or 5 years earlier b) the musicianship. pretty basic throughout. i know this was part of their charm but nowadays it just plain annoys. ron ashetons guitar especially, going through the cheapest fuzz box and reverb unit sound imaginable, lacks any kind of power or cohesion. it just sounds so very amateurish c) raw power? ok. you wanna compare this to other albums released in 1970 by the likes of sabbath, zeppelin, deep purple, uriah heep, grand funk,sir lord baltimore,blue cheer and the groundhogs? do so and see how foolish the 'loudest album of all time' sounds then. even in 1970 they were far, far away from being the loudest band around. in fact the sound of this album is so FEEBLE compared to the aforementioned acts, that to even suggest it as being' the best...etc' , makes you look an idiot! sonically speaking, they couldnt compete. dozens of bands from the same time period simply blow this album out of the water. i dont wanna come across as slagging this off. really! but get it in true perspective. this is an important document in rock music history for sure and should be revered as such, especially in the light of the influence the stooges had on punk, but its a million miles away from being the 'greatest rock album in the world' stop toadying and face the truth!