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Thursday, July 05, 2007

Iggy & The Stooges - Raw Power

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 this point, guitarist Ron Asheton and bassist Dave Alexander had been edged out of the picture, and James Williamson had signed on as Iggy's new guitar mangler; Asheton rejoined the band shortly before recording commenced on Raw Power, but was forced to play second fiddle to Williamson as bassist. 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, Williamson was a more gifted guitar player than Asheton (not that that was ever the point), but his sheets of metallic fuzz were still more basic (and punishing) than what anyone was used to in 1973, while Ron Asheton played his bass like a weapon of revenge, and his brother Scott Asheton remained a powerhouse behind the drums. But the most remarkable change 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

Track List:
1. Search And Destroy
2. Gimme Danger
3. Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell
4. Penetration
5. Raw Power
6. I Need Somebody
7. Shake Appeal
8. Death Trip

Download: Iggy & The Stooges - Raw Power (45.7MB)


Anonymous said...

Stooges rules! Good work on your blog! You're amazing and have a good taste. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
I have a request: The first Stooges (1969).

Obrigado, cara!

Anonymous said...

STOOGES usually great
and any bootlegs please - I would like to get album called Rubber Legs wat was issued in France

Anonymous said...

Oh btw. Just letting you know, the download link FILE, is currupted.

Keep up the great work man.

Zer0_II said...

Thanks for letting me know Rainbowie. I've updated the download link. Enjoy..

RYP said...

hey Zer0_II,
Screaming Tribesmen "Date With a Vampyre" is reupped at Twilightzone!

Zer0_II said...

Thanks for the info RYP. I'm heading over to check it out now.

Anonymous said...

Cheers man. You're the best!

Shawn said...

Thanks for this CD. Stooges stuff is a little hard to find at the local Best Buy!

My first visit to your blog, looks awesome, thanks again.

Zer0_II said...

@Shawn Thanks for the comment. I'm glad you like the blog and hope you decide to stop back here.

Anonymous said...

Ahh I was just wondering, what else would you recommend for music like the stooges. I love the raw sound the stooges, hard to find stuff.

Thanks for your time. :]

Anonymous said...

This is THE proto type punk record. Thanks! This band influenced the Ramones and the Sex Pistols. (Countless others) Nuff said. Thanks!