Raw Power [Reissue]


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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Mojo
    This package is more than worthwhile because it gets closer to the original vinyl. [Jun 2010, p.112]
  8. This slick new edition furthers the case for Raw Power as The Stooges' greatest work--as if there was any question.
  9. 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.
  10. Raw Power is one of his definitive statements, and it is presented here in superb form. You owe it to yourself to get this.
  11. Q Magazine
    The vindication of this luxury raw Power is it bestows still greater kudos on Ron's band. [Jun 2010, p.140]
  12. Finally, the third and most brutal album from these Detroit legends gets both the rawness and the power it deserves.
  13. 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.
  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. The Wire
    Aug 12, 2011
    The original running order is slightly shuffled, but starting with "Raw Power" wasn't such a good idea, as it mostly serves to highlight the way the album sags in its second half. But ending with a roaring "I Got A Right" salvages the set. [Jun 2011, p.48]
  16. 80
    This is the best Raw Power has sounded since it was first humiliating people's turntables in the 1970s.
  17. Under The Radar
    In the end it's a "must buy" only as far as you care about the bonus materials. For everybody else, don't throw out your old copy. [Spring 2010, p.73]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Apr 4, 2014
    This album was listed No. 1 on Kurt Cobain's list of best albums ever and has been praised by musicians Johnny Marr and Cee Lo Green; itsThis album was listed No. 1 on Kurt Cobain's list of best albums ever and has been praised by musicians Johnny Marr and Cee Lo Green; its understandable why - the David Bowie produced record is a loud, vicious attack on the ears, with some heavy riffs and Iggy Pop's sometimes unintelligible vocals its easy to see this as a precursor to late 70's punk and Nirvana.
    Despite the praise that I have given the album, I honestly do not like it. Yes, its an influential album but that doesn't make it a good one. With 8 songs clocking in at 34 minutes it feels drawn out, with most of the songs feeling overly long and never ending due to their somewhat repetitive nature. An influential classic - but not that good.
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