By Gillian G. Gaar
This latest reissue of “Raw Power” has enough extras to entice anyone who’s a fan of this proto-punk classic to buy it once again.
The two-disc Legacy Edition features the original album with beautifully remastered sound, reaffirming that the initial mastering job — not David Bowie’s mixes — was the culprit in muddying the sound. The second disc has a previously unreleased show from 1973, with Iggy Pop at his brawling, bratty, take-no-prisoners best, along with two other previously unreleased studio tracks.
In the four-disc Deluxe Edition, there’s a third disc of outtakes and alternative mixes, most previously unreleased (the Raw Power outtakes of “I’m Hungry” and “I Got A Right” are especially impressive); the fourth disc is a DVD with a “Making Of” documentary. The Deluxe Edition also includes a 48-page book and bonus single, making this the choice of Raw Power devotees.