Title - 'Raw Power (2 CD Legacy Edition)'
Artist - Iggy & The Stooges
'Raw Power' starts out just the way you'd expect an album called "Raw Power" to start: with a hard charging guitar riff, and one of the best opening lines in all of rock: "I'm a streetwalking cheetah with a heart full of napalm." Iggy and the Stooges tear through "Search and Destroy" with a frightening intensity, but it is the second track that really sealed the album for me; there's a delicacy here--and on "Penetration" and "I Need Somebody"--that is truly delightful.
Yes, it's raw and powerful, but it is also many other things besides; the musical texture is both consistent enough to be cohesive and varied enough to be interesting. The guitars go from smokey and slow to fast and furious, but Iggy's a charismatic enough frontman to stay in front of it all; he's growling feral dog one minute and a wailing banshee the next, and throughout it all, there's an intensity and emotion and hook you in and keep you there.
That's not just sharp musicianship; it's sharp writing, too. Iggy's not just out to just skewer easy targets, but to express complex truths, and to take a critical look at himself as well. "Hallucination, true romance, I needed love but I only dropped my pants," he wails on "Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell."
Three tracks later, he moans, "I need some money, baby. I need somebody, too. I need somebody baby, just like you." Lyrically (if not musically) it sounds like just another lost soul singing the blues; he grumbles about how "you bring me to the end," but then--unlike so many others--he's man enough to admit: "But still I don't mind it!"
First released on Columbia Records in 1973, the savagely bombastic 'Raw Power' is perhaps the first record that could truly be called punk. It was the confluence of The Stooges' ages, hormones, creativity, ability, experience, tastes, lack of supervision, contempt for authority and ambition that has made 'Raw Power' one of the most influential albums of all time.
This Legacy Edition features the original 1973 David Bowie mix along with a second disc of previously unreleased live recordings from the Raw Power tour and studio outtakes.