Iggy And The Stooges - Raw Power

Limited 2LP 180 Gram Vinyl Records Reissue Remastered

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Raw Power is the third studio album by American punk rock band Iggy Pop & The Stooges, originally released in February 1973 by Columbia Records.

In 1972, the Stooges were near the point of collapse when David Bowie's management team, MainMan, took a chance on the band at Bowie's behest. By most accounts, tensions were high during the recording of Raw Power, and the album sounds like the work of a band on its last legs, though rather than grinding to a halt, Iggy & the Stooges appeared ready to explode like an ammunition dump.

From a technical standpoint, new guitarist Ron Williamson was a more gifted guitar player than Ron Asheton, but his sheets of metallic fuzz were still more basic (and punishing) than what anyone was used to in 1973, while Ron Asheton (who’d returned as bass player) played his bass like a weapon of revenge, and his brother Scott Asheton remained a powerhouse behind the drums.

The most remarkable change on Raw Power however came from the singer. Raw Power revealed Iggy as a howling, smirking, lunatic genius. Whether quietly brooding ("Gimme Danger") or inviting the apocalypse ("Search And Destroy"), Iggy had never sounded quite so focused as he did here, and his lyrics displayed an intensity that was more than a bit disquieting.

In many ways, almost all Raw Power has in common with the two Stooges albums that preceded it is its primal sound, but while the Stooges once sounded like the wildest (and weirdest) gang in town, Raw Power found them heavily armed and ready to destroy the world - if they didn't destroy themselves first.

After its release, Iggy was known to complain that David Bowie's mix neutered the ferocity of the original recordings. In time it became conventional wisdom that Bowie's mix spoiled a potential masterpiece, so much so that in 1997, when Columbia made plans to issue a new edition of Raw Power, they brought in Pop to remix the original tapes and (at least in theory) give us the "real" version we'd been denied all these years. Then the world heard Pop's painfully harsh and distorted version of Raw Power, (included here as the bonus second LP), and suddenly Bowie's tamer but more dynamic mix didn't sound so bad, after all.

This limited edition double album 2LP record set is on 180 gram black vinyl housed in a gatefold sleeve with 16 page booklet featuring remastered audio of the original 1973 David Bowie mix and 1997 Iggy Pop mix, pressed in Europe via Columbia Records.

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Tracklisting:

 

No.

Title

Time

Original 1973 David Bowie Mix

 

A1

Search And Destroy

3:29

A2

Gimme Danger

3:33

A3

And Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell

4:54

A4

Penetration

3:41

B1

Raw Power

4:16

B2

I Need Somebody

4:53

B3

Shake Appeal

3:04

B4

Death Trip

6:07

 

 

Remastered 1997 Iggy Pop Mix

 

C1

Search And Destroy

3:29

C2

Gimme Danger

3:33

C3

And Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell

4:54

C4

Penetration

3:41

D1

Raw Power

4:16

D2

I Need Somebody

4:53

D3

Shake Appeal

3:04

D4

Death Trip

6:07

SKU 889853751716
Record Label Columbia Records
Label / Model # Sony
Catalogue Number 88985375171
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 17 February 2017
Original Release Date (Year) 07 February 1973
Barcode # 889853751716
Shipping Weight 0.7500kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000986000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Records, 180 Gram Heavyweight Black Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, 16 Page Full Colour Booklet, Includes Remastered Original 1973 David Bowie Mix and Remastered 1997 Iggy Pop Mix, Remastered, Reissue
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock & Popular
Format VINYL LP

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