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on 8 October 2011
Amazon seems to be putting reviews for multiple versions of Raw Power under this listing. So just to be clear, I'm reviewing the 1997 CD release remixed by Iggy Pop (COL 4851762).

Now. As a consequence of Pop's remix 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 what was a unique listening experience into a slab of commonplace corporate noise.

To compound matters, Iggy clearly had no clue that pushing everything into the red with digital technology has a very different and far more damaging effect on the music in comparison to doing the same with analogue technology. As a consequence this CD was one of the earliest casualties of the "loudness war" (Do yourself a huge favour and Google it if you don't know what that is), and very possibly remains one of the worst offendors to this day.

So, I give this remix of Raw Power one star purely because I can't give a minus rating.

I'd recommend you instead buy the original unremastered and unremixed CD. It's weird, it's wacky, it ebbs and 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.
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