Raw Power [Reissue]

Metascore
92

Universal acclaim - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. The Legacy Edition of Raw Power honors this great album better than the Iggy Pop remix that's been its only digital representation since 1997, but the extras included here fall short of making this the definitive release of the James Williamson-era Stooges' bloodied but unbowed triumph.
  2. Raw Power is one of his definitive statements, and it is presented here in superb form. You owe it to yourself to get this.
  3. This reissue-- available in a 2xCD, budget-priced Legacy Edtion set and as a more elaborate $60 4xCD Deluxe Edition-- doesn't attempt anything quite so ambitious. Instead, the main impetus is bringing a remastered version of the original Bowie mix back to market.
  4. 80
    This is the best Raw Power has sounded since it was first humiliating people's turntables in the 1970s.
  5. Q Magazine
    100
    The vindication of this luxury raw Power is it bestows still greater kudos on Ron's band. [Jun 2010, p.140]
  6. Mojo
    80
    This package is more than worthwhile because it gets closer to the original vinyl. [Jun 2010, p.112]
  7. Finally, the third and most brutal album from these Detroit legends gets both the rawness and the power it deserves.
  8. Bluntly, if you consider yourself in any way interested in rock music and don't already own this album, you're doing yourself a rather large disservice.
  9. So many Stooges live sets and outtakes are already available that the bonuses risk redundancy (and there's an even longer "Deluxe Edition" available via mail-order), but Raw Power itself remains a landmark.
  10. This slick new edition furthers the case for Raw Power as The Stooges' greatest work--as if there was any question.
  11. The quality of Georgia Peaches is expectedly sketchy – but such is the energy conveyed that it's tough indeed to not become caught up in the crackly cacophony.
  12. First spewed forth in 1973 this blend of Iggy's guttural moanings and James Williamson's precise spiky guitars is rightly regarded as one of the most seminal, ferocious, uncompromising, crude, sleazy, nihilistic rock albums of all time.
  13. 94
    The landmark proto-punk album is refined at a decibel-defying rate while the outtakes highlight the grating guitars and Iggy's guttural vocals that trademarked the group's sound.
  14. The Stooges' third and final studio album before their recent reunion--remains a uniquely visceral listening experience, a confrontational slab of psychedelic punk made in the dead zone between psychedelia's demise and punk's birth.
  15. Bowie is back, and thanks to better technology, these special editions of "Raw Power" sound right on the money. But the story here is the extras.

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