IGGY & THE STOOGES : “RAW POWER” REMASTERED…..
There’s always a bit of skepticism brewing when a band releases a “remixed” or “remastered” version of a classic record, but – and I know this is old, old news
– this 1997 CD version
, "remastered by Iggy himself", easily blows away the original and any previous CD (including Bomp’s
underwhelming “Rough Power”
). I had heard it before, but now that I’ve spun it again a few times I think it’s safe to say that, while the STOOGES
' 3rd album is still
just their 3rd best album, it has now officially entered the upper levels of the pantheon. The original “Raw Power”
was the end result of employing a celebrity producer (David Bowie
) for no other reason than he’s a celebrity – the CHEATER SLICKS
achieved similar mediocre results with genius songs on their "Don’t Like You”
album, with Jon Spencer at the helm. The red-lined “Shake Appeal” absolutely screams, and is now a lot closer to its hairy-palmed cousin, the James Williamson
masterpiece “Tight Pants”, than ever before. Similar wonders are worked with “Search and Destroy” and the all-time knock-down drag-out dirty punk blues masterpiece, “I Need Somebody”. And I’m still floored by that back cover photo of Iggy with a ghostly white face & his mouth locked in a scream – I would post it here if I could find it. One photo that most assuredly made parents piss their pants in 1971. Now the record’s finally capable of doing so as well.