Stooges - Raw Power
I was looking for a Stooges album to review as a classic so I ripped their first three albums and gave them a re-listen with a critical ear. In the end I had to choose Raw Power over their self titled and Fun House albums. It was very tough and anyone could probably argue any of the three albums as the Stooges best. A new guitarist was brought in for the Raw Power sessions, James Williamson and it seems that he had a better command of what Iggy's songs needed. Iggy's voice seems to take on much more of a punk attitude for the Raw Power songs. He really found his voice much later but this was where it started to happen. Listen to "Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell" for an example of how "raw" Iggy sounded. Or the snake-ish "Penetration".
But I think arguably the best song of The Stooges career has to be "Search And Destroy". It epitomizes their sound and attitude in both lyrics and sound. But my favorite track on Raw Power is "I Need Somebody". It is slower and sexy. I wouldn't be surprised if Alice Cooper based his sound off of something like this.
I'm placing my bets on Raw Power as their definitive album. Don't agree with me? Tell me why.
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on 2009-06-03 don1969 Said:
The Raw Power album will change your life, simply the greatest destructive force to the music industry, the very thing that inspired the "punk movement". The total sound of this record alone is a piece of work, with the production supplied, in the original version by Mr. David Bowie. The remixed by Iggy does not cut it, in fact I prefer to listen to my vinyl copy. The James Williamson factor is well at play , he provides the severe edge the Ig has been lacking for a long time (with no disrespect to the late and great Ron Aston ). The track, for this listener is "Shake Appeal" a great demo of James's guitar skills.
The muddle, madness, energy and just plain power and drive make this one of my top ten all time rock n roll albums and must been experienced at least once at full volume with total abandonment ... get real f****d up!