Raw Power [Reissue] - Iggy & the Stooges
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  • Summary: The third and final album for the influential band sees its third release, which includes the until-now-out-of-print David Bowie mix and a live CD of the 1973 performance at the Atlanta rock club, Richards. A deluxe edition also includes a DVD and a CD of outtakes, rare tracks, and alternate versions of songs. Collapse
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. The vindication of this luxury raw Power is it bestows still greater kudos on Ron's band. [Jun 2010, p.140]
  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. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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]

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  1. Apr 4, 2014
    6
    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; 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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