Label: Columbia - 476610 4 • Format: Cassette Album, Reissue • Country: Netherlands • Genre: Rock • Style: Garage Rock, Hard Rock, Punk
Raw Power is the third studio album by American rock band the Stooges credited as Iggy and the Stoogesreleased on February 7, by Columbia Records. The album departed from the "groove-ridden, feel-based songs" of the band's first two records in favor of more anthemic hard rockwhile featuring guitar and songwriting contributions by James Williamson. After their first two albums The Stooges and Fun House were released to little commercial success, the Stooges were in disarray: the band had officially broken up, bassist Dave Alexander was fighting alcoholismand singer Iggy Pop 's heroin addiction was escalating prior to the intervention of David Bowie.
Pop later recalled, "very few people recognized the quality of the Stooges' songwriting, it was really meticulous. And to his credit, the only person I'd ever known of in print to notice it, among my peers of professional musicians, was Bowie. He noticed it right off. When they failed to find a suitable English rhythm section, Pop suggested that former Stooges Ron Asheton and Scott Asheton fly over and participate in the recording sessions,  leading to the band's reformation under the new name of "Iggy and the Stooges".
Although he was the band's founding guitarist, the elder Asheton reluctantly agreed to switch to electric No Smile - The Flamenco A Go Go - No Smile. Initial demo sessions were held at RG Jones Studios in Wimbledon with sound engineer Gerry Kitchingham  and at Olympic Studios in Barnes with sound engineer Keith Harwoodwith most of the songs rejected by the band's management.
Pop said that Columbia executives insisted on two balladsone for each side of the album: "Gimme Danger" and "I Need Somebody". Pop produced and mixed the album by himself; unfortunately, his botched first attempt mixed most of the instruments into one stereo channel and the vocals into the other, with little regard for balance or tone quality. Pop agreed to this, claiming that "the other choice was I wasn't going to get my album out.
I think DeFries told me that CBS refused to release it like that, I don't know",  but insisted that his own mix for " Search and Destroy " be retained. Due to budgetary Hercules - Faithless - Back To Mine, Bowie remixed the other seven songs in a single day at Los Angeles ' Western Sound Recorders in October Pop said of the production:. To the best of my recollection it was done in a day.
I don't think it I Need Somebody - Iggy And The Stooges* - Raw Power two days. On a very, very old board, I mean this board was old! An Elvis type of board, old-tech, low-tech, in a poorly lit, cheap old studio with very little time. To David's credit, he listened with his ear to each thing and talked it out with me, I gave him what I thought it should have, he put that in its perspective, added some touches.
He's always liked the most recent technology, so there was something called a Time Cube you could feed a signal into -- it looked like a bong, a big plastic tube with a couple of bends in it -- and when the sound came out the other end, it sort of shot at you like an echo effect.
His concept was, "You're so primitive, your drummer should sound like he's beating a log! I'm very proud of the eccentric, odd little record that came out.
He wanted me to mix Raw Powerso he brought the track tape in, and he put it up. He had the band on one track, lead guitar on another and Carambole - Bratsch - Urban Bratsch on a third. Out of 24 tracks there were just three tracks that were used.
He said 'see what you can do with this'. I said, 'Jim, there's nothing to mix'. So we just pushed the vocal up and down a lot. On at least four or five songs that was the situation, including "Search and Destroy. Low-fidelity copies of Pop's original mixes circulated among fans for years. Ina selection of these original mixes was released by Bomp Records as Rough Power. Fans and critics generally agreed that the original mixes were interesting, but not necessarily superior to Bowie's efforts.
Of the Rough Power release, Pop has remarked that "what David and I came up with at these sessions was better than that. Pop said in the liner notes that had he declined, the studio would have remixed it without his blessing.
Pop cited longtime encouragement from fans and peers, the existence of Rough Powerhis distaste for how the original CD release of Raw Power sounded, and the fact that Columbia would release the new mix on its subsidiary Legacy Recordings as factors that led him to go through with the new mix, which was undertaken at New York's Sony Music Studios in The remixed edition was released on April 22, In the album's accompanying liner notes, Pop states the following:.
In retrospect, I think the little touches Bowie put on the mix helped and I think some of the things MainMan did helped, and more than anything else, what the whole experience did was to get me out of Detroit and onto a world stage. And also I learned a helluva lot being over there in England and I started thinking differently. It led to a very ambitious piece of work, and that's fine. But the fact was that neither Bowie's mix nor my previous mix could do justice to the power of the band or even to the legibility of the vocal I feel that now I have the wherewithall [ sic ], the position, and the expertise at my disposal to give this thing its due sonically, and I didn't have that before.
So it's kind of like I'm finishing that off. I don't think you can beat David's mix, it's very creative. But this is just a simple, straight band mix of a powerful band. I feel like there's a closure on it and that's a nice thing. On the other hand, some fans — among them guitarist Robert Quine — felt that the new remix was as unfaithful to the If Heavens Any Better - The Branham Family - The Branham Family as the original mix, and further criticized the audible distortion in the new mix.
James Williamson and Ron Asheton have both stated that they prefer Bowie's original mix of the album over Pop's remixed version. Williamson stated:. I personally think [the remixed Raw Power ] sucked. I gotta tell ya that I like the IDEA of what [Iggy] tried to do, and I talked to him about it, and there's a lot of factors involved, but at the time, none of us liked Bowie's mix, but given everything, Iggy, when he went in to mix it, he found out that the guy who had recorded it originally had not gotten a lot of level on certain things, like the bass and drums, especially the bass, so he I Need Somebody - Iggy And The Stooges* - Raw Power have a lot to work with.
Then Iggy, on his mix, he left a bunch of guitar stuff on there that probably shouldn't have been left in, and just odds and ends. Bowie's not my favorite guy, but I have to say that overall, I think he did a pretty good job. Don Fleming goes, "You know what? Man, I sure loved that old David Bowie mix.
Was it ever great. Basically, all that Iggy did was take all the smoothness and all the effects off James [Williamson]'s guitar, so his leads sound really abrupt and stilty and almost clumsy, and he just put back every single grunt, groan, and word he ever said on the whole fuckin' soundtrack.
He just totally restored everything that was cut out of him in the first mix, and I thought, Damn, I really did like the old mix better. InBowie said that his original mix of Raw Power is "the version I I Need Somebody - Iggy And The Stooges* - Raw Power prefer over the later remix — it has more wound-up ferocity and chaos and, in my humble opinion, is a hallmark roots sound for what was later to become punk.
Raw Power was released on February 7,  under the moniker of "Iggy and the Stooges", in contrast to the band's first two albums, which were credited to "the Stooges". The cover is a photograph of Pop taken Wont Let You Go - Various - Relaxin With Lovers Volume 9 rock music photographer Mick Rock.
The songs "Search and Destroy" and "Shake Appeal" were both released as I Need Somebody - Iggy And The Stooges* - Raw Power the title track was released as a single in Japan only. The Stooges were also dumped by MainMan — Tony DeFries lost patience with the band after the large sum of money he advanced to them was spent on drugs.
The Stooges broke up in February After spending time in a drug-fueled stupor in L. Raw Power received much praise from contemporary critics. Dave Marsh proclaimed that it was already "the best album of the '70s", as Pop had "summed everything up and it took him only nine songs to do it. In Stereo Reviewhe called the album a "comeback of major proportions" and "monomaniacal fury so genuine" that it may be too overwhelming for listeners, concluding that, "whether you laugh at them or accept their chaotic rumble on its own terms, they're fascinating and authentic, the apotheosis of every parental nightmare.
Along with the Stooges' first two albums, Raw Power came to be regarded as an important proto-punk record in the years following its release. He regarded the album as "heavy metal in every sense" and "another masterpiece" from the group. In his book Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventieshe Love And Affection - Various - Greatest Love VI - 33 Classic Love Songs - With Love From The Stars Williamson's guitar playing while writing that the side-opening tracks "Search and Destroy" and the title song "voice the Iggy Pop ethos more insanely and aggressively than ' I Wanna Be Your Dog '", but felt that "the rest disperses in their wake" and that Bowie had mixed the record too thinly.
According to Acclaimed MusicRaw Power has been the 99th most prominently ranked record on critics' all-time lists. Reviewing the remix in Entertainment WeeklyDavid Browne believed it rectified "one of rock's most exciting, but worst-recorded, audio assaults", and found it "as collar grabbing as the Stooges' skin-scratching rage itself", improving 49E 12th Street - Antti Sarpila - Pentti Lasanen Swing Band - Original Antti Sarpila past releases of the album, in which "the guitars were too loud, [and] the drums buried.
Before or since. Reviewing the reissue in the Village Voicehe said "the pumped bass and vocals Iggy has uncovered on the original tapes" to be a "quantum improvement" over the original mix, but still found fault with the slower songs, "which like all of Iggy's slow ones are not as good as his fast ones, stand between a statement of principle and a priceless work of art.
According to Pitchfork journalist Stuart Berman, Pop's remix of Raw Power "horrified audiophiles with a distaste for digital distortion". Critics and journalists have hailed the album in the context of its punk rock legacy. Without it, punk may have never even happened.
Singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain of the band Nirvana wrote in his Journals numerous times that Raw Power was his favorite album of all time. In his list of the top 50 albums he thought were most influential to Nirvana's sound entered in his journal in"Raw Power" appears in the number one slot. He has the technical ability of Jimmy Page without being as studious, and the swagger of Keith Richards without being sloppy. He's both demonic and intellectual, almost how you would imagine Darth Vader to sound if he was in a band.
Former Smiths frontman Morrissey once described the song as "great" and "a very LA song". With his energy on stage, it seems as if the studio was just destroyed after that album - or at least you'd like to believe that".
The album's songs have been frequently covered. All tracks are written by Iggy Pop and James Williamson. A remastered version of David Bowie's original mix along with a second disc of unreleased live tracks and soundchecks, including a live soundboard recording from Atlanta in Octoberand liner notes written by Brian J. Bowewas released in The release included two LPs one containing the remastered Bowie mix and the other containing a remastered version of the Pop mix and a sixteen-page commemorative booklet with quotes from the band, pictures of the band from photographer Mick Rock at their infamous King's Cross Cinema show in the summer ofand written pieces by British journalist Kris Needs and rock 'n roll historian Brian J.
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