The Stooges’ ‘Raw Power’ should be bought again in its deluxe edition

Iggy And The Stooges
Raw Power: Deluxe Edition
Columbia/Legacy (88697 65714 2)
★★★★★

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.

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