Raw Power is the third studio album by American rock band the Stooges (credited as Iggy and the Stooges), released on February 7, 1973 by Columbia Records. The album departed from the "groove-ridden, feel-based songs" of the band's first two records in favor of a more anthemic hard rock approach inspired by new guitarist James Williamson, who co-wrote the album's eight songs with singer Iggy Pop. Though not initially commercially successful, Raw Power gained a cult following in the years following its release and, like its predecessors The Stooges (1969) and Fun House (1970), is considered a forerunner of punk rock.The Guardian wrote that "it has since been acknowledged as one of the most influential records in rock history". The raw guitar sound of Williamson deeply influenced acts of different music genres such as the Sex Pistols, Johnny Marr of the Smiths and Kurt Cobain of Nirvana.Wikipedia
This will always be a great listen it hits u right in the dick
My first real exposure to Iggy Pop & the Stooges was circa 2007, when a cover of Search and Destroy appeared on Guitar Hero 2. I really liked that song, but I never looked more into the band. I first listened to this record about 5-6 years ago when I rented it from a library on CD and listened to it in my car. I didn’t care for it back then. Listening to it today was a much improved experience. It’s a little hard to believe that this album was produced in 1972. We look back at many albums from that time and call them proto-this or proto-that, but several of the songs on this album just sound like full blown punk rock to me. Bowie produced this album, but I am not not familiar enough with either his music or his production credits to be able to perceive any of his fingerprints on the record. My only quibble actually has to do with the song with which I am most familiar: Search and Destroy. That song is so high energy, and I will never understand why Iggy chose to sing the verses and pre- choruses in such a meek voice. He spends so much of the record, including parts of that same song, with much more aggressive vocals, so I don’t know why he used the soft ones there, where it feels like it really clashes with the music and takes some of the energy out of it. Since I was given Tom Waits and Iggy Pop so close together on this list, I am including a bonus link of a wonderfully awkward movie scene between the two of them. My personal enjoyment: 3.5/5 Did it belong on this list: 5/5
Half proto-punk and half Jamie Vardy, by which I mean straggly, keyed up, a little dirty, a little naughty, and ugly as hell. Bowie mixing it into brittle thinness is a virtue. The full and bassy Iggy mix feels wrong. But like many Bowie albums, it's fun for the ideas most of the time and the execution only half the time. Better Iggy/Stooges albums exist.
Quite simply, one the best things ever committed to tape. I don't care that the production supposedly fucked how this sounded, I think it's cool and adds to the grime and aggro. This is one of the most evil sounding albums, and makes much of everything that preceded - and followed - it sound limp and fey. How chunky do those guitars sound! And the drums sound like a pile of bricks falling down a staircase. Incredible.
Great Album. I think the Iggy Pop mix is superior to the David Bowie mix. It's much more raw and dirty.
Really, really fucking good! Dirty, scuzzy, filthy rock n roll! Love it! Short, sharp and at times brutal! Like being given a high five. But in the face. And with a brick. Iggy’s vocals are brilliant, the riffs are great! What’s not to like! TURN IT UP!!!!
Me and my friends couldn't find jobs one summer and so instead we'd get together each day and drink Miller High Life. We'd usually start the day around noon seeking sustenance, either cooking a big batch a scrambled eggs, or going to Burger King because they had a special on Whoppers: two for $2.22. Most nights we'd get to the point where we'd throw Iggy's mix of this album on a boombox and beat the shit out of each other Fight Club style. "Search and Destroy" was a particular favorite. This is rock and roll in its most potent form. For all it's snarling menace and brutality, it doesn't lack subtlety though, which is probably due to Bowie's careful production. He was able to refine their energy without overcooking it. Raw Power indeed.
Raw and dirty, like pissing in an open wound.
What else is there to say about Raw Power except that it’s fucking awesome?
Iggy Pop and the Stooges are awesome. This album just cements that. Favorite tracks: "Search and Destroy", "I Need Somebody"
Lots of loud instrumentals and vocals in a good way! This immediately reminded me of my husband, who would probably think I'm pretty cool for listening to this album. Liking it a lot and I find Iggy's androgynous style very sexy. I love the subtle use of keyboard and xylophone type instruments.
Proto punk, hard rock classic. Search and Destroy is practically a perfect rock song. 9-10/10
Such a great album. Shake Appeal is one of my favorite songs!
5. aus Prinzip und weil er geholfen hat, die 60er zu beenden
Uno de los discos que más me han emocionado y divertido en esta lista. Todo muy disfrutable, pero la que más me prendió fue Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell. Mood: si fuera música para hacer el aseo, termino rompiendo todos mis muebles.
Acabo de comprar a precio de ganga la edición que tiene la mezcla de Bowie y otro disco con el mix de Iggy. La mezcla de Bowie es la que escuchó todo mundo, la que ayudó a crear el template para el punk y, yo diría, el hard rock de los 80 (hair metal incluido). El segundo mix, el de Iggy, es una obra de arte. Un tratado sobre el ruido y como ocupar todas las frecuencias posibles del oído humano con guitarras. Cuando lo escuché hasta risa nerviosa me dio. Que ganas de tener 25 y querer morir y escuchar esto en las madrugadas.
Best tracks: Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell, Shake Appeal, Raw Power
Pure raw punk
Pompa come non mai! Evitare di ascoltare il mix a ricchione di David Bowie della Legacy edition.
A more polished Stooges
Absolutely raw and powerful. Punk at its best.
This album is so much more focused than some of the Stooges previous work largely thanks to David Bowie's production. Iggy Pop's vocals are acidic and pointed, and the guitar work is much more interesting, punchy, and tight while still retaining that messy garage/proto-punk feel that define the Stooges. This album is dark, raw, and it can be easily seen why it is considered one of the most influential albums in rock.
This album is a full-on assault on the listener. Those who have seen Iggy live can confirm that the energy in his concerts is even higher than this assault. I guess giving 100%+ at all times is the only way you can be confident that someone will break your fall when you leap off the stage. I quite like the guitar. It sounds like the same guitar Keith Richards played then. When "I Need Somebody" started I laughed my head off. I couldn't believe these guys would have a ballad in their repertoire. I guess Iggy needs one or two ballads to get let his heart rate recover to 170 during his live shows. Yeah it's noise, yeah it's loud, yeah I have no clue what the lyrics are and yeah I love it!
Search And Destroy’s “I’m a streetwalking cheetah with a hide full of napalm, I’m a runaway son of a nuclear A-bomb” may be the best opening couplet of any first track from the 70's. I love every song on this record and consider it one of the most influential albums of my youth. It should have sold a trillion copies...
Not a huge fan, to be honest
primitive and ferocious, muddy and brutal - a great album
Fantastic album. Raw Power is the perfect description. Punk with talent. Amazing.
I don't even really need to relisten to this one, But I've done it because it's fucking worth listening to. Man I love this album. And they linked to the Iggy pop version. Which I like the most, they fucked the recording of this shit up. They recorded everything at one time so it's so hard to balance. So on one end you have the David Bowie mix, which he tries to make something pretty decent without but it really does lose that gross raw and gritty sound that Iggy pops. Which Iggy just slid everything to the top and called it a day. Which is why I think this albums needs to be listened to loud. So for the big speakers it's always the Iggy pop, if I'm using some nice headphones then the Bowie mix. Albums good, The stooges slap. It's always worth the time. Highly recommend.
Brilliant, just brilliant. The opening line of the first song wins stars and that's before you even get into the totally in your face production, or the awesome collection of songs on here.
Been playing the Iggy mix for years, never heard the Bowie mix until now. The Iggy mix pips it for me, just gels with the sleazy, dangerous vibe of the songs a bit more for me.
Two Iggy albums in my first 15! And both 5 stars for me. Raw Power grabs you by the ears from the first song and never lets go.
Love this album. Already owned it.
Easily one of my favorite albums of all time every single song rules I would love to have seen them live during this time period. Funhouse is also a masterpiece and a classic. 5/5
loved every second of it
A weird, spidery album that delves further into the late-night freakiness that Lou Reed initially tapped. Love it.
What you've done wrong here lads is that you've written an album called Raw Power and not a single song is about SHACK. Massive oversight.
Look at him though. He doesn't have any raw power. Absolute weakling. Pussy.
Has never been surpassed, all guitar bands since is copyists
Instantly loved this and it didn't let up until the end.
Seldom an album title was so appropriate. This is raw and powerful start to finish, and it's loud AF; Even if you tried to lower the volume (although I see no reason to do such a thing) it still sounds loud, especially in the Iggy Pop mix. It was also ahead of its time, in the sense that almost none of the proto-punk albums showcase a fully formed punk sound as Raw Power does. For me, an absolute keeper.
It is so badass and thats that
I wasn't expecting this - it's brilliant! The title track owes a lot to white light/white heat, but wow! If you're in the mood for energy, the album title is about as descriptive as it gets. Iggy's bonkers but I love it. Compare this to yesterday's terrible Minor Threat album, why are they both on the list? The guitar is sensational throughout, way ahead of its time and very obviously influential. Why isn't James Williamson better known? This blows any punk album out of the water - and they got there first. Amazing. Note: play the Iggy 'violent' mix- Bowie's earlier mix sounds muffled and though still great, the Iggy mix is much rawer and more powerful.
Punk-rock de Iggy Pop. Vinilo.
Yup. been thur done dat
I have a soft spot for artists from my home state of Michigan (not including Kid Rock or Ted Nugent haha), and especially those from Ann Arbor, which I've called home for the last 30 years. I also have a soft spot for early punk/proto-punk innovators, so how could I not love James Osterberg, aka Iggy Pop? As the title says, this album is raw and powerful. If I were to just base my rating on my enjoyment of this album I would probably give it 4 stars - I love it but I'm a bigger fan of acts like The Replacements, who were able to duplicate the raw/rough-around-the-edges approach but also added some more hooks and more insightful lyrics. However, when I also consider how influential the Stooges and this album were on all the great punk/alternative music that followed I have to go with 5 stars.
Brilliant. This along with Kill City are my favorite Stooges albums.
Search and Destroy get's it a 5 star. I think Fun house is bit more edgy and raw. It boggles my mind all the time what these guys were doing in the late 60/early 70's.
i swear to god this is one my favroite 70s album 5/5
I think I prefer the Iggy Pop Mixes over Bowie, at least on Spotify. For an album called Raw Power, having it heavily clipped thematically just makes it feel more appropriate to the material in my opinion, but maybe with a good setup the dynamics of the Bowie mix are better, but there is some major ducking on Search and Destroy that is distracting. Regardless, the album is as advertised. Search and Destroy and Gimme Danger are awesome. The album just makes me wanna fuck shit up, destroy a park, drink a ton, and... you get the idea. I can see how influential this album was for punk for sure. Probably a 4 overall in listening enjoyment since the later tracks fall off a bit, but a 5 for importance.
Raw Power is right, holy shit. A diesel engine. I know this is an intense thing to say, but this sound is so damn good, it's almost like, how can anyone hope to top it?
As relevant and raw as it always was.
An all time fave.
Najviše punk od prva tri stoogesa. Pogotovo u ovom iggyevon agresivnom miksu.
This week has been intense - great album after great album - I cannot keep up. Another of my all time favourites - blisteringly violent, sexy, cool, with Iggy's infinite swagger, and the Stooges' perfect magic in a bottle proto-punk. I don't think the essence of this record can ever be replicated by anyone except alas the original members together in the same room. All three original Stooges albums are perfection personified.
Iggy Pop was the best unrestrained junkie frontman ever. This album is so unhinged for its time. "Raw Power" is an anthem. Standout tracks for me are "Penetration" and "Death Trip".
The boys from Ann Arbor showing us that they know how to ROCK. No complaints, no fat. Just good fucking jams.
I listened to the 1997 Iggy Pop remix and the Bowie mix. The Bowie mix certainly hides how loose some of the performances are but the Pop mix is the superior mix. As for the album, appropriately named and exciting to listen to. Worth the time of any guitar rock lover.
This hits every note. A Classic
Raw Power is the perfect title for this aggressive, bullish and frankly excellent piece of glam rock meets punk. Loud, brash and on the verge of some sort of breakdown.
A bit raw for me, but saved a few songs and clearly was a burner back in the day
Iggy and mixing seems to be a recurring theme. The full listen was the Iggy mix, and I went back afterwards to hear a bit of the original Bowie mixing. Gotta say I prefer the latter, at least from the few seconds of audio I listened to. Perhaps it's placebo, but the slicker production reads as definitely associated with Bowie. So I suppose the rawer mix is more punk, but something about the distortion combined with the arrangements grated a bit. Anyway, uneducated rambling aside, fun listen. Likely deserves a 4, but initial impressions win out.
Pretty adequately named album. Love the energy
Great cross of David Bowie and early punk
Scream iggy scream
Iggy can scream!!!
I didnt really care for Iggy Pop until i listenes to this. Its a cool mix of punk and blues that is unexpected. Iggy is so sleazy in a fun way. I liked almost every song and the band was fantastic.
rolling stones meets punk
The mix was a bit rough, but I guess it fits the style.
I'm a street walking cheetah with a heart full of napalm
Un álbum muy prendido (?). Iggy Pop siempre me ha causado una cierta fascinación, aunque no lo he escuchado mucho, pero pues mucho rock acá. Divertido, energético, a las letras no les puse atención, más a los sonidos, al "ruido". Mis canciones fav "Search and Destroy", "Penetration" y "Death Trip". 8.5/10
Rockzin daora, mas não faz meu tipo não.
Proto punk album per excellence. Raw power indeed!
4.5 + Comes on ferocious with blown out guitars and vocals that fling you in front of a stack of beaten up amps, thrashing around at some dank LA juke. This record captures the manic energy and the menacing immediacy of what I imagine Iggy Pop's live performance must've been like.
Forgot how heavy this sounded
Ciekawa pozycja na liscie, bo po pierwsze troche niepoprawne oznaczenie, bo przypisany wylacznie Iggiemu, a byl to trzeci i ostatni przed rozpadem albumik stoogersow, ktory w tamtym okresie dzialali juz pod nazwa Iggi i stoogerzy, ale to nie jedyne dziwactwo tej pozycji, poniewaz wystepuje on w conajmniej 2 mixach, pisze conajmniej, bo takie glownie sa dostepne w obiegu vynylowo cdkowym i na glowych strimingowych platformach, jak spoti, nie bede opisywal legend jakich sie naczytalem o tych mixach, ale w skrocie w 72 stoogery juz byly banda umierajaca, doslownie i w przenosci zwazajac na problemy heroinowo alkoholowe band memberow, to co nagrali nie chcieli wydac ludzie z menago, ale w tym momencie objawil sie iggiemu bowie, ktorego tak urzekla energia i autentycznosc tego co tworzyli, oraz oczywiscie menago ktory zweszyl dobry deal na takiej wspolpracy, ze postanowil im pomoc to wymajstrowac i tak zostal wydany albumik w 73, ktory znany jest jako bowie mix, lata mijaja, iggi wielka kariera grajka wystartowana wlasnie przez wspolprace z davidem, rok 97 to juz status legendy i dziadka punkowatosci, w tym momencie zostaje wydany iggowy mix raw powera, tak zostaje wydana wersja ktora byla odrzucana poczatkowo przez zarzady i co to tak w ogole zmienia, pokazuje to jaki wplyw mix ma na odbior danej plyty, ktora wersja lepsza, porzadniej wykonana z pewnoscia bowiego, nie mozna sie tam przyczepic do strony technicznej miksu, ale czy jako outsider grupy mogl on oddac ducha bandy tym materialem, a wlasnie to najlepiej robi wersja iggowa, pomimo wszystkich swoich problemow, miejsc gdzie glosnosc wychodzi tak poza skale, ze ciezko sluchac tego na sluchawkach, znieksztalconych gitarek, ktore chyba wszystkie na jednym traku miksowane byly, to jednak ma w sobie to cos, iggowa wersja zawiera takze "violentowe", choc caly material jest mocno brutalny sam w sobie, wersje gimme danger i your pretty face is going to hell, jesli wersja bowiego jest klasycznym rokowaniem, ktore mialo sie sprzedac, to iggowa wersja jest bardziej odpowiednia dla dziadziusia punkowego, bo lirycznie jest to jednak material o autodestrukcji wszelakiej, ciezko ocenic tak dwa rozne odsluchy, z wersji bowiego dodaje na plejke tytulowy raw power, a z popowej search and destroy, a gdybym mial wybierac miedzy jedna a druga, to raczej ta pierwsza bym wybral, bo 33 minuty to jednak ciezka przeprawa w niektorych momentach w wersji popowej
Liked this far more than expected. Always wanted to dive into a little Iggy Pop and this did not disappoint. I’d actually give this a listen again sometime soon.
This was tickling the bum of 4*. I like the style, the guitars, the singing. Works well for me. Actually, screw it. I am giving it 4 stars.
Really good and really raw. The actual version at least, the iggy remix in 96 is stupid. Apparently a marmite album too.
I wish I could listen to more than one album a day! This is clearly a fantastic album.
I'm quite annoyed it's taken this endeavour for me to realise how much I like Iggy Pop/Stooges. This stuff fucking kicks ass. I've wasted so many years, this music could have been with me my whole life. It's raw, punky, simple, energetic, and it rocks.
Never really listened to The Stooges. This album rules.
Iggy Pop and the fucking Stooges
Short influential album
A more appropriate album could hardly have been chosen. It feels like a force of nature caught on tape.
Iggy Pop es mi fav del punk, aunque según la Wiki es protopunk (????). Buen sonido anyways
Iggy Pop class. Probably a 4, defo a high 3. Search and Destroy is a classic.
Classic slice of garage-leaning rock energy. I love the sound, and I quite enjoy the sense of frustrated angst in the lyrics - though Iggy does bring a lot of that "baby baby baby ugh ugh gimmee some lovin" vibe, which I find one of the most laughable things about rock music. Tempted to say 3.5, but then I do fully agree that everyone should give this a spin, so I guess it's a 4!
Somebody gotta save my soul
I’d never listened to Iggy Pop before, I really liked it. Great guitarist.
The world needs more angry music
Pretty good, got a bit too much like Rolling Stones by the end, but will listen again
idk why i just felt like a 4
A pretty easy 4 to me. Still sounds fantastic today. I'm a little overdone on Search and Destroy but was happy that didn't seem to bring down my listen of the whole album.
Great listen - hard, fast, and raw but still dynamic. "Search and Destroy" is easily the class of the album and it is unfortunate that more of the album can't keep up by comparison. The music and energy/vibe are a 5 but the lyrics become repetitive and even plodding at times. I did also enjoy the bluesy feel of "I Need Somebody." Definitely worth repeat rotations though.
As the title suggests, this albums I pumped to the brim with energy and noise. Very fun and exciting power that comes from these tracks and manages to make some pretty catchy tunes. Definitely one of the best examples of hard rock/ punk music.
A really good pre punk album but I like more the Soloist Iggy
Great, will return
Wild stuff, I got to be in the right mood. Paved the way for Queens of the stone Age. Iggy's mix leaves no room in the mid range, real warm sound, kind of sounds like my speakers are on fire.
It definitely sounds like "raw power" Extremely loud, noisy, you can easily feel every single sound. The vocals like very raspy, kind of demonic? animalistic is probably the word that I'm looking for. Very noticeable on penetration. Not the biggest fan of I need somebody. I'd give it a 4.5/5
Great proto punk album! More like a 4.5
Fuck yeah! Listened to this album lots before, but this time it was EXACTLY what I needed. Most perfect album title for the sonic punch that lurks within.
Solid rock n roll album
Go Iggy Go!
A very good album. It really is 'raw power'. I guess that's where they got the name from.
Great album. Iggy is a legend
Raw and gritty. Great early punk album.
Better than expectations.
I love the Stooges, but this album is let down a little by the production. Great songs, but I prefer Fun House
Never listened to it while performing office work before. Still good.
Great punk classic, great for relistening
Look, I would give this album five stars purely for the line "Look out honey cos I'm using technology". I would even give it that if it was only that line, repeated for 34 minutes. Everything else is a bonus. Aside from that killer line, it's raw and it's powerful. The album is a clear path from the 1950s to the 1960s and then kicking and screaming into the punk era and beyond. I mean, this still sounded fresh back in the 90s. A classic.
I don’t know much about Iggy Pop. From what I had seen, I’ve always thought he was a stooge. Based on what? I don’t know really. The fact that he often has his shirt off while performing I guess? After hearing this album and reading up on Iggy, I have a new found respect for his career. The sheer volume of other artists citing this album, Iggy, and The Stooges as major influences is impressive. The album was originally mixed by David Bowie, who didn’t have a lot to work with. In what appears to go against many opinions, I much prefer Iggy’s 1997 remix of the album. Bowie’s mix is too clean and the volume fluctuations (e.g., Search and Destroy) are utterly distracting. Iggy’s remix is louder, more distorted, and at least one star’s worth more enjoyable. They say this album is the genesis of punk or something like that, and I can understand that. The album is also referred to as proto-punk, which is a genre I lazily wondered (see The Saints’ Eternally Yours) if I had invented. Yes the term proto-punk was already a thing. Here it is again, describing another album that I am pleasantly surprised I like.
Grondleggers van de punk 🤟
“It’s up there as far as punk goes, but it’s still just punk. I dunno” -IH
"Raw Power" is aptly named. I could not turn away from this while listening. I am anything but ambivalent when it comes to this type of music. Fortunately, this was a good one.
Had fun listening to this album and the two different mixes. I thought the original Bowie mix was the better version
Great album! Reminds me of my dad, some proper classic rock songs that i loved and will listen to again. Does show its age i feel but still a great listen.
Fällt mir schwer zu bewerten. Nice rauher Sound, schnell und roh. Hört sich an wie schon hundert mal gehörter Punk - aber halt von den ganzen Bands die nachher kamen
Obergeil. Hab ich noch nie gehört, nur einzelne Songs. Find ich mega! Rotzig, punkig, mega Gesang! Macht weiter so ;)
eh ganz geil
First time listening to this album that I can recall, and, wow, is it ever good. Truly. As I cycled through the tracks, I was glad I was aware of the fact that this album was recorded in '72 and released in '73, because as my listening mind kept recognizing the countless bands who sound like various elements of this album, I realize they are all bands who recorded much later, sometimes decades later. When I read about how influential this album is considered to be, I darn well believe it. Musically, there's so much to love here. Holy Schneikies, the guitarist, James Williamson, who also co-wrote a bunch of these songs, is AMAZING. Plus, what an interesting career in tech that followed. Read the Wikipedia entry on him if you're interested. Great album. So innovative, energetic, and engaging.
Enjoyed it, raw & grungy
Proto Punk. Garage Rock. Fuck whatever it gets tagged as. Let’s call it energy. Williamson’s guitar. Let’s not get into the mix debate (I listened to the Iggy mix). It’s nasty abrasive shit and I love it.
Good 33 minute album. Wish i could find the original one on spotify instead of the two mixed versions. Listen to the Iggy Pop version and not the Bowie Mix since did not know the difference. Solid 8/10 for a genre didn't listen to initially.
Meni je iskreno najbolje sta je Iggy ikad napravio pjesma Search & Destroy. Tak da smo krenuli jako, a nastavili dost dobro sou četvorkica
Nije previše agresivan za moja ušesa - to je super, baš onako kako mi paše, a i općenito kao ličnost mi je uvijek bio kul. Gimme Danger mi je njihova/njegova najbolja stvar, a ovaj album je baš onako kako ga je nazvo - sirovo snažan. Volim zvukove gitare na albumu, također što zna imat u nekim pjesmama kao da udara od neki triangl ili skriven piano? Cow bell? hehe. Tipa u Penetration. Ne znam. But nice touch indeed. Nije dugačak album, baš onako koliko treba trajati za ovakav žanr. Revolucionaran? Može se reći. Gimme Danger, I Need Somebody, Penetration su mi favoritne, iako se to može promjeniti svakim danom, osim Gimme Danger.
Classic US punk. Highly enjoyable
Picking up the mantle from bands like the stones and the velvet underground, the Stooges had a decadent seedy sound and unrepentant energy, and this album is no exception. Sounding like countless be garage bands from the sixties, the album title neatly sums up what's on offer. The guitar work is spectacular throughout.
Just right amount of punk. Kind of got repetitive in the middle but ended with a bang.
My second ever circle jerk was just before my 10th birthday. Again it was with the entire Chelsea first team and backroom staff. This time we went to the woods. The coach journey was wild and bristling with anticipation. Some couldn't wait and simply had a wank on the coach, much to everyone's enjoyment. The rest of us knew it'd be worth the wait and held on. I was wearing a mini skirt and feather boa and had my hair in a ponytail, as was the fashion at the time. I couldn't wait. It was over in minutes. Such was the attraction between us all as a group, we all shot our loads in no time. A glorious, triumphant climax fom the entire Chelsea first team and backroom staff all over my face and chest. Glenn Hoddle came on my back. Later, we went out for lemonade and I managed to spill some on myself. I couldn't tell what was lemonade and what was the entire Chelsea first team and backroom staff's jizz. I was soaked right through.
i feel like i've cheated with this album. on the youtubes there is a version called the 'Bowie mix' where the mix has been cleaned up and it is so much nicer to listen to than the original version i've got on cd. gonna rate it from this nice mix. yeah i know this version isn't quite as RAW or POWERFUL but what you gonna do? if you didn't enjoy the original i highly recommend this remaster.
It was ok, not a favorite
Me pregunto por qué he tardado tanto tiempo en escuchar un disco entero de Iggy Pop y no encuentro una respuesta reconfortante. El estribillo de "Search and Destroy" condiciona automáticamente a tu cerebro a querer más de eso, como cuando pruebas un bollo ultraprocesado rebosante de sabor dulce y umami. "Penetration" es desenfadada y carismática; me recuerda a su amigo Tom Waits por momentos. "I Need Somebody" es, casi con total seguridad, una de las canciones que han influenciado a Marilyn Manson; su ritmo me atrapa y yo me dejo atrapar con gusto. Estamos ante un álbum con carácter y genio. Un despliegue de poder crudo.
*The* proto-punk album. Pretty awesome
Ja gilla det!!
Pas fan du mix, mais l’attitude punk y est et l'énergie se fait bien sentir. Pièce préférée: Search and Destroy Chance que je réécoute: 4/5
Raw Power is definitely underselling it, this album blows the doors off. The Stooges are full on here, and it's joyous to listen to.
Short sharp high energy punchy insolence.
Great proto punk album
Great album, enjoyed it even more as it was directly off the back of Funkadelic!
I'm pleasantly surprised. I would describe it as something between Metalica and The Doors with a touch of punk.
Iggy, what a guy
Some awesome riffs and great vocals. Was surprised by how much I enjoyed this. I saw Iggy play at a festival in Spain in 2006 and I had partaken in a lively pint drinking atmosphere that day so sadly can't remember too much other than it was pretty cool so I'm not sure why I've taken so long to go and have a listen. Solid 4 stars.
It was ok. But I wouldn't listen it with my free joice
Very loud Search and Destroy is very punk and I can see why this album is so influential Gimme Danger is my favorite song on the album
Very interesting, a clear influence on loads of bands I love. Some tracks sound like a heavier version of The Doors, other like the Sex Pistols with wierder lyrics. Overall, great, but not quite 5 🌟 for me.
This was a jaunty good time
Baow baow baow
big stooges fan. listened to the first season of "No Dogs in Space" which is a music podcast and their first season is about punk and their first series is a three parter on the stooges. Which obviously adds to one's appreciation of music. Search and Destroy is my favorite song here. But proto-punk is known for being relatively simple/DIY-esque and that's a big part of its appeal. So, even though this is the stooges third album, I wouldn't say they've really broken the mold with any of these songs, or done anything crazy impressive or made songs that are intricate/complex/deep. They've harnessed an attitude, distilled it into something sonic, and disseminated it. And it clicks with people (like me) because you can feel something there. Also, James Newell Osterberg jr (aka Iggy Pop) was really the first one to do this sort of thing and his influence in this scene is legendary for good reason.
Stevig zoals verwacht, wel wat veel van hetzelfde
Great sound, everything turned up to 11
The list is on a roll for once, it's been one 4 or 5 star classic after another this week.
Cool punk rock. Search and destroy. Gimme danger.
More enjoyable than expected (from simply looking at the genre), esp. there's some jazz bit!
Punky and dirty, lots of fun to listen to
I mean, it's a pretty good album. It definitely is raw power. A lot of good rocking songs. Very much an old school punk feeling. Nice raw vocals with some gut screams. Seems to be a great driving record.
pretty good, definitely agree with proto-punk assessment.
Another album I love but that I haven't revisited in a while! Search and Destroy is the only song on this that's in my constant rotation, and for good reason. It's super fun, I love Iggy Pop's vocals on this, and it's easy to see how this influenced a lot of young punks with the guitar-work. I'm a really big fan of the riffs in the background of Gimme Danger. A good deal calmer than Search and Destroy, but still a fantastically fun song to listen to. The distortion right out of the gate on Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell scratches the itch in my brain that's been *asking* for something raw on this record. Iggy Pop's voice on this is also insane. Penetration's weird ass vocals are so fun. I also really like whatever the glittery little instrumental bit behind them is doing. A highlight of the album for sure for me so far. Honestly, Raw Power is a little tame for being the track that shares it's name with the album. I appreciate what it's trying to do, and maybe I'm too influenced by the harder stuff I listen to, but the only part that really works for me is the last minute or so of the track. I Need Somebody's guitar-work is fantastic, and I really like this track, especially compared to Raw Power for some reason! I think it strikes a balance between aspects of the album that I like really well. Again, Shake Appeal is a song I wasn't expecting to love again, but it strikes a good itch in my brain for distortion! Is it silly? God, yes, but I think it fits well with the rest of the album. Death Trip's got a lot of fun vocals, but something about it didn't really work as much for me as some other parts of the album. Maybe it was the length, everything else was pretty short, while this song clocks over 6 minutes.
This is NOT the 3 stooges
This project is funny sometimes. I hadn't heard this album before yesterday and now I have strong opinions about which mix is best (it's the Bowie mix). Best track: I Need Somebody
honestly kinda fun grows on me, couple misses, but solid to listen to
Wow. I loved it. Vibes of the doors for sure. Some great songs to add to my down the rabbit hole playlist
Pensavo fosse più acido e più "pesante", ma non male comunque
Glad I waited to listen to this one, the difference sonically between the original and the 1997 re-release is massive, gimmie danger & I need somebody are wonderful, the rest is a good listen but not something I would revisit outside of those tracks, would go 3.5 if I could
i kinda love the album cover. nothing on this is boring me, it’s sonically interesting. but it’s just ok overall. the screaming was kinda grating. i’m kinda feeling “i need somebody”.
Enjoyed four songs.
Energetic and poppy.
A bit much, too many bangers.
Best Iggy pop album so so far, still iggy pop though
high energy ponk bastante guarro
Started strong then lost me. Messy-sounding and piercing with low production value, but I guess that's the point. Some real bops! Would relisten to a few songs.
Don’t love the music but really appreciate what Iggy Pop did for the genre overall.
Too much distortion, it hurts my brain
Definitely punk. Enjoyed most of it
Kinda funky eagles!!
Lil too raw
Lives up to the title. Filled to the brim with grainy/tinny whining guitar licks & energy flowing from Iggy with every scream. The production seems intentionally rough. Title track is cleaner and catchy. The final song, Death Trip is a wild, chaotic & loud ride
Not a bad album, but definitely not something I think I'd ever go back to. There were some fun songs, but punk just isn't my thing Favorite Track(s): "I Need Somebody" and "Death Trip"
I can appreciate it for what it is but it's not really my thing.
Aquest disc és una patada al cervell, quina potència, quina textura més crua i esbojarrada. M'ha agradat molt, era el primer cop que l'escoltava i m'ha sorprés. El més destacable és la seva potència, i pel que he llegit és un dels àlbums que es van avançar al punk, i van ser-ne una de les seves bases fundacionals. Molt bon dics, potser li falta algun tema més destacable però el conjunt en general és molt notable.
bacana, gostei da mix do disco ambiente de música, ambiente de droga
Demasiado para mi
Pretty fair honestly
"I'm a streetwalking cheetah with a heart full of napalm I'm a runaway son of the nuclear A-bomb I am the world's forgotten boy The one who searches and destroys" (Search and destroy) Le pongo un 3/5 temporal porque me habría gustado escucharlo con más calma pero justo hoy tenía que ser el día que más me toca trabajar del año. Lo que escucho así por encima me gusta, Iggy Pop es siempre un poco mis goals en la vida.
the father of punk rock?
Could take it or leave it.
better than expected but still eh
A lot of nice short catchy tunes, an enjoyable 3.5
Not on a par with lust for life but some brilliant tracks and reason for me to explore more Iggy
Energetic, jarring - not one for dinner parties
The voices are reminiscent of something. Classic rock parodies maybe. The solis were sick.
Um álbum curioso como um arranjo peculiar, no geral não me cativou. Nota:5/10
12th July 2021 Listened on the way in to Covent Garden having missed listening yesterday. On my last day of working in the GCF! Still raw with energy, iggy is a legend.
More background music, but not bad
The beginning of the album was great, but towards the end the songs felt as if they were dragging on.
Title cut killed it, opening track also really good.
Fun but no replay value
Pretty alright. I enjoyed some of it.
Great attitude and some great tracks. I don't like the production though - it's just a bit weak for me.
Liked it. Urban and upbeat. Correct title.
This album is not something I would exactly listen to but there are some songs that I do enjoy. The energy of the album is electric and that is my biggest takeaway from it. Highlighted songs: Penetration, I Need Somebody
Punk - in this case proto-punk - is not really my thing, but this album has a couple of tracks I can relate to (Search & Destroy, I need Somebody). That said, I recognize the power and attractiveness of the raw sound. Live they must have been a powerhouse.
Straight up Punk. Love this album cover. Standout Tracks: Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell, Penetration, Raw Power
Fuzzy distorted proto-punk with some surf elements. I can see the influence it had on later punk.
This must have sounded pretty wild after 10 years of listening to The Byrds. Attitude, swagger, nutso energy; invigorating as a cold jet of water straight up your swanny.
First time listening to them. Could hear how iggy was an early influence in the pop punk genre. To me these songs didn’t really resonate. Maybe it was just before my time to understand. Pretty neutral here. 5.8/10
Scuzzy, glam rock n roll. Not bad, I can hear Bowie and I can hear Joy Division, so quite influential.
Pretty good album. The punky style is not what I would listen to every day, but occasionally fits my mood. This one sits at a solid 3 stars for me.
The first time through I found this a little “raw” for my tastes, but on second listen it seems like I may have been overly influenced by the songs “Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell” and “Death Trip”. In looking for the missing link between rock n’ roll and punk, I would put the Stooges at the top of the list. I like the guitar and Iggy’s voice seems to change with every song, like his vocal chords were damaged from the previous recording. Raw Rower lives up to its name.
Tricky, while I recognise how influential and ahead of it’s time this is, I also found it pretty unpleasant to listen to.
Actual rating 3.5
Kurt Cobain's favorite album of all time. It's the seminal garage rock band The Stooges made at it again for the third banger of an album. It's important to know there are two mixes of the album to listen to: the '73 Bowie mix, and the '97 original Iggy mix (released as Rouge Power and linked by this website). Where the Bowie mix is more accessible and well-polished, it muffles the instruments and Iggy's grunts. A lot of people prefer the nicer Bowie mix over what they consider to be a busy mess. Yet others, myself included, prefer the raw, angry original. Personally, I found this to be the weakest of their three albums. It doesn't have the charm and catchiness of their first album, nor the degradation from pop to jazz madness that defined their second album. What does define this album? Well, first of all, even though I prefer the Iggy mix, I think both are bad production efforts. The Bowie mix feels dull compared to the other. Yet the Iggy mix is too busy. And just hear all the production mistakes on the first song in both mixes... how is this the album's most played song on Spotify? Oh yeah, it was the lead single. I like the second half of "Gimme Danger," everything from the vocals to the guitar trying to pull of its own thing, and the crazy bass taking control. I like the contrast of the celesta in "Penetration." Iggy's grunts and vocal sounds tend to be my favorite part of these songs. My favorite song is "I Need Somebody." Not sure if it's because it sounds like "The Passenger" or what. But one thing's for sure, this song and "Gimme Danger" are the two ballads... so maybe I just don't like their punk as much as I thought I did? Now, I admit the songs in themselves are really good. There's all sorts of influences of rockabilly ("Raw Power"), blues ("I need somebody"), and proto-punk all over. There's a lot of diversity here it's impossible not to like anything from every song. But someone seriously needs to run this into a better production attempt, more like the Iggy mix, but fixing up the bad sound when it gets too loud. Both "Search and Destroy" and "Your Pretty Face..." are in desperate need of better mixes. It does hold up to the album's title, being such a raw album but with excellent instrumental work and powerful vocal delivery. But overall, Raw Power did not stick out as much to me as their other two albums did.
This is good punk rock, uh, music.
Tja, het is wel goed, maar toch ga ik 't niet veel meer draaien.
Great songs, attitude and charima sabotaged by its production. Its quite annoying when I'm turning up the music (which is fantastic), Iggy's loud vocals appear out of nowhere and it has to be turned down again. Can't fault it too much as apart from it's production, this album certainly is an enjoyable case of Raw Power
Didn't do much for me, sorry.
decent punk rock album
I enjoyed this more than I thought I would!
Very hit and miss.
Decent protopunk fare from Iggy and the lads, spanning 60s influences with more forward-thinking elements
Fast and straight to the point, I like this Iggy better I think
Ágætis rokk og ról
Similar thoughts as the other Stooges albums we've listened to... probably much better to have seen them perform live, and being less sober. 2.5
It was OK
This is alright, nothing amazing. I liked the other Stooges album (self-titled) I listened to on this list.
Better than expected
Not really what I was expecting, but gimme danger seems to be a nice track to hit on the road.
A haiku: Raw Power is loud, Can be fun, or a bit much, Overall not bad. 6/10
mais um rock classico aprovado
very short good
About two-thirds of a fantastic record, but I suppose the fact that it was made at all is something. Another record where the track listing has always struck me as a bit off; Iggy's mix (at least in its more reasonable vinyl mastering) might be an improvement on the original in terms of consistency of sound.
Definitely early alternative? Kind of reminded me of the clash or cure? Not bad, but I am not sure I would listen again.
OK but i didnt like the dirty sound to all the tracks.
This album is wild. Just so much energy here. It's loud, it's unapologetic, and it's kind of a mess. It feels like a live album. Maybe it is. Maybe it's not, but it doesn't sound polished. Driving guitars all over the place, and Iggy Pop's vocals are turned up to 11. I'm not sure how re-listenable this is for me. I am glad I heard it, I've heard Iggy Pop songs that I like and those I don't, and this album has both. Not bad, not great, so a perfect 3.0 stars.
Favorites: Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell Raw Power
Not too bad for music from that era
I like some bits but overall not quite what I'm after
A bit boring honestly. Just loads of the same track after track.
Too harsh for me
Overall good album. Iggy never quite did it for me, but I can appreciate the songs.
Highlights: Search and Destroy Gimme Danger I Need Somebody 3,5 / 5
Iggy Pop nous propose ici une nouvelle performance artistique de haute volée. En effet, non content de nous avori déjà ébloui avec la désormais célèbre apparition de Woodstock, Iggy revient ici encore plus fort. L'album commence par quelques apparitions assez classiques, Iggy sortant succèssivement d'un demi-cercueil puis d'une boite en plastique. Mais dès la deuxième piste, Iggy va sortir le grand jeu. Le titre de la piste laissait entrevoir de ce qu'il allait se passer: "Alternate "Violent" Iggy Mix". On lance la piste rempli d'adrénaline, et là l'irréel se produit. Une boite a outils remplie de cutters, scies et autres objets contendants est ramenée sur scène. Il n'y a evidemment aucune place pour un corps humain dans cette boite à outils, sans peine de se retrouver rapidement sectionné par l'un des instruments. Mais Iggy commence alors à se tordre, faisant fi de la peur génèrale, et viendra s'immiscer entre les différents objets à dents de la boite à outils. Une fois cette dernière refermée, Iggy parviendra à s'en extraire dans un héroique coup de hanche, avant de se présenter, indemne, devant nos yeux ébahis. De très loin la performance la plus technique des Stooges.
Un album intéressant qui met en scène les membres des Stooges en pleine réflexion au sujet d'un prochain déplacement en avion que doit effectuer le groupe. Le point qui pose problème est le prix des billets qui n'entre pas dans leur budget. Ils doivent alors trouver une solution pour prendre cet avion tout en payant un nombre de billets inférieur au nombre de membres. Ils ont soudain une idée. Arrivés à l'aéroport, les Stooges se présentent au portique de détection avec leurs valises. De manière surprenante, Iggy Pop ne fait pas partie de la troupe. Chacun pose donc sa valise et ses effets personnels sur le tapis roulant. Le premier membre passe le contrôle sans problème, idem pour le deuxième, le troisième, etc... Soudain, au moment de scanner le bagage cabine du dernier, l'agent de sécurité est stupéfait : « Ça par exemple ! Viens voir ça ! » lance-t-il à son collègue. Celui-ci s'approche et n'en croit pas ses yeux. Coincé entre un pyjama et un sèche-cheveux, Iggy Pop est contorsionné dans une poche latérale et regarde fixement l'objectif. Les Stooges seront finalement raccompagnés à la sortie de l'aéroport et devront annuler leur concert.
Imaginez que vous êtes né en 1920 en Illinois. Vous êtes militaire. Vous avez participé au débarquement de Normandie et à la guerre de Corée. Vous trouvez que le mouvement hippie était la pire chose que l'Amérique ait produite. Puis les Stooges sortent cet album et votre fils adore ça.
Does exactly what it says on the tin
Raw and punchy first half, snoozing on the back.
fine but cool
Much better than their self-titled. Still meh 3
Dope protopunk 3
There are songs that stood out to me, but ultimately I just didn't really click with it. The Stooges mix is what I listened to so will have to try the Bowie mix too.
This is the "less" punk of the Stooges albuns that I've listened to on this list. I miss the crazy Saxophone from "The Fun House." Altough this is already a preview of Iggy's solo career that I tend to like, I must classify it as a good album, but not excellent. "Search & destroy" is the best song, but the rest of the album is good.
Very kick-ass, classic punk.
A nice album all around. Though I am not familiar with much of their work aside, this is an excellent hard rock punk album. Once again I will be giving The Stooges more of a listen.
Not a full album of greatness
Чувствуется возраст альбома. Не дослушал до конца. Но всё равно слушается бодро.
I only know that Iggy Pop is a musician; I don’t think I’ve listened to a single Stooges song that I can remember. I had no expectations coming in, aside from that I tend to like proto-punk. It feels more like punk than I was expecting, especially lyrically. The music isn’t as harsh or fast on a whole as punk tends to be, which I feel clashes a little with the sometime incomprehensibility of the lyrics. It’s very interesting to see the evolution of one of the genres I like a lot. Fav Track: I Need Somebody 3/5
ok wow i'm still shifting my mental model but i'm feeling there are multiple punk, uh, lineages(?) the clash, sex pistols, the smiths.. those are punk sure but they don't feel punk to me. throw the ramones in there too? stooges led by iggy pop? this feels in the lineage of punk that leads to the pixies, nirvana, mxpx, five iron frenzy, less than jake, good riddance, nofx but iggy pop will always be a problematic listen because with stardom came statutory rape of young teens
Short album, but enjoyable. Liked the lyricalness of “Gimme Danger” contrasted with the rest of the album.
Raw power indeed
Listened to on 8/10/22 3.5/5 Favorite song: Search and Destroy Great head banging 70s rock energy but nothing super memorable
Iggy Pop in top form. The essense of garage rock. For sure. Only due to the poor recording I have always wondered why so many people are referring to this one as the best one by Iggy. Personally I hav always found it a bit disapointing compared to the first 2 Stooges albums. Anyhow classic tunes are on it that since then have never failed to get the crowd going crazy when played live
I saw in the Wikipedia blurb that this had an impact on a bunch of other artists and I can definitely tell because it sounds like it would have influenced almost every major rock movement from 1975-1995. From punk to grunge this album has notes of all of it. I feel like I’ve been harsh on punk so far but this proto punk is actually pretty good
Search and Destroy is a classic but most of the album isn’t my style
Liked this less than I thought I would
Not good. Boring repetitive riffs, meh vocals, bad mix even for 1973
Just not my thing.
Niet mijn stijl, maar kan er wel naar luisteren (als het moet) Marko
Not my style, but still get why it's good.
Very 70s meh
Not that kind of rock that i like. I appreciate the good sound, but nope for me.
Too punk for me.
I can see it being very good for its time, but it doesn't hold up as something would enjoy continuing to listen to. Most songs are just the same repeating dated riff with a solo on top at the end. The lack of variety within and between songs really made me lose interest overall. I do like the overall sound they have, but the music itself isn't interesting.
A couple of okay songs, but not great for the most part.
Rock/punk. Bastante coñazo. Mal sonido. No muy agradable de oír.
Another in a string of not very strong albums.
NO soy especialñmenmte fan de los Troggs, punk ... pero...
I can get into some Iggy stuff. This album, not so much. I find most of it sophomoric and tiresome if I'm being honest. Just sonic testosterone.
Crazy punk music. 4/10
My favorite track was "Gimme Danger" -- The rest was a little too raw and powerful for my tastes.
Zeker raw power! Ik houd daar niet zo van.
A less refined Iggy and album in general. Not great. Bet the Bowie mix was epic though.
Hmmm. It kind of sounded like I thought it would. I bet it sounded great / amazing / different in 1973, but I guess I prefer all the people who were inspired by it...
Sorry this was just noise that sounded all the same. I tired to like it but found myself drifting away.
Very old sounding. Not very special imho? Kinda typical melodies. Audio feels a bit too sharp and overblown. something Gijs would love? Not for me. Second half of the album a bit better.
I can see the influence from this album, but didn’t find it particularly catchy in anyway for me.
Pretty good rock and roll album
I was completely taken aback by the awful mixing and everything clipping, and thought there must be something wrong with my headphones at first. After reading the wiki page it seems this is intentional, and there are multiple mixes of the album out there with varying levels of distortion. I went with the Iggy Pop mix anyway and it was basically unlistenable, which is a shame because some of the songs sounded like they could be good if they were mixed well. I get that this is an "important" album in that it basically started punk as a genre, so have to acknowledge that, but I wouldn't listen to this mix of these songs again. Out of curiosity I went and tried the Bowie mix, and it's also bad but in a different way (levels all over the place). But it's at least a lot more listenable.
I can see why this was popular at time. It's gutsy and energetic. However, I wasn't that into it, not really my cup of tea
Just not my bag, really.
This album is like really relevant for punk history, I just don't quite like it.
I didn't get much sleep and I'm really not in the mood for the FUCKING stooges. Jesus Christ how does this list always know just how to piss me off? "Proto punk" can go fuck itself up its own arse. 2/5.
Couldn’t really get into it, mix and master sound really bad
IP: What’s that needle bouncin’ back and forth on the board there? Engineer: That’s the volume unit meter… if if gets into the red, things may get a bit distorted. IP: You ‘erd him boys, keep it in the red.
Second Listen. 2/5 for me this time. I think it's good, but need to hear more.
Raw, nasty, visceral energy. I wouldn't know that Bowie produced this if I didn't see it in Wiki. Although this was highly influential proto-punk its not my jam.
Decent enough but nothing to write home about.
Decent punk album.
not to my taste
Ik had Iggy een hoger cijfer gegund maar dit vond ik gewoon herrie.
Begon erg sterk maar na een paar nummer verviel het in alleen maar geschreeuw en scheurende gitaren. Jammer.
Er meh. Guitar is really good, but not a huge fan of Iggy.
Sounded a bit messy. I get the tone they were going for but it wasn’t for me.
Only a few good songs, which were ruined by poor recording quality. Other songs were just plain repetitive, either in the music or in the lyrics.
I think I liked a couple of songs, the rest I found almost unlistenable.
Didn’t really listen too much because it was making me really sleepy driving home.
There's a couple of iggy pop songs I really like passengers, lust for life etc, but I haven't really listened to a whole album. When this came up I was very excited to listen to hidden gems or the hear the vision in full was a but disapoi ted it was all a bit dull. Right sounds attitude etc just a bit dull don't know why. Soz Ìgger
Was ok, didn't do too much for me
so that's who iggy pop is. forgettable, but at least it's short.
2/10/2022 Today's Album: "Raw Power" by The Stooges - This album definitely exceeded my expectations, with the title and album causing me to expect some overblown and out of control punk outfits. However, this album is able to do what the earlier pink flag record couldn't and that is to implement subtlety into their hard rock. The first song didn't blow me away, but was still quite listenable. The vocalist sounds more grungy than the usual heavy punk act in the early 70s and I quite like it. The second song Gimme Danger is actually quite laid back with a generally great vocal performance. And okay yeah the third song, Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell is more of what I expected. His vocals sound disgusting and the instrumentals sound like such generic hard rock aside from what is fairly decent guitar work. Penetration takes things back down a notch and is definitely enjoyable. There's a mysterious guitar and keys riff that accompanies fairly strange and eclectic vocals that match the energy of the album quite well. Very creepy vibe which matches the title and subject matter of the track. And going right back to shit, the title track Raw Power is so boring and generic and offers little to nothing in terms of a cohesive melody. The instrumentation doesn't change it up enough to make the boring lyrics and vocal performance listenable and it actually sounds like the singer is bored singing this track. The only saving grace is somewhat decent guitar playing again. Yet again, this next track strips things back and really offers a solid bluesy track about needing somebody. I don't understand how this band is able to switch between sounding so terrible and then pretty decent, but I Need Somebody is a pretty great track. After skipping around the last 2 tracks I decided they were similar to the louder, shitter songs that are scattered throughout this record. This album has 3 decent songs and 5 that are borderline unlistenable. It is disappointing given how much the highlights on this LP show promise, but it really isn't enough to save this album in my eyes. Score: 3 Inconsistent Highlights: Gimme Danger, Penetration, I Need Somebody
Raw Punk. Simple and in your face. Not a fan of the opening track "Search and Destroy", but quite enjoyed the others. "Gimme Danger" has that mellow start that gets offset at the end of the song with a strong, driving guitar. "Penetration" (my favorite on this album) has a nice xylophone sound in the back that holds the line and gets stuck in your brain, jumping octaves and just ever present. Solid album that I enjoyed. Wish I had uncovered back in my high-school days. B- (as an aside ... Spotify rolled into "Down on the Street" off of The Stooges "Fun House" album. Fantastic song.)
I've never been a fan of Iggy Pop and I did not enjoy this album. Search and Destroy is a good track and Gimme Danger isn't bad depending on the version of it. But the rest of it is just growly and displeasurable. Giving it a 2 because I'm very picky about what I give a 1.
This is the third album from the Stooges. The band took more of a hard rock approach for this album and recently it has been considered a forerunner of punk rock. The album was not immediately popular, but gained a cult following over time. The name "Raw Power" suits the album well because its music is loud and proud. This album influenced rock, metal, and punk music at release and for the decades to come. I appreciated the classic sounding hard rock / punk music on this album, but the songs can be so chaotic at times that it's hard to really absorb the whole thing. This album may take me a few more listens to really comprehend the entire piece of music history.
É bom para quem gosta de rock n roll, mas não é muito meu gosto.
Best Song: Search and Destroy. Liked the wild ending. Worst Song: Gimme Danger. Feels like Iggy Pop is cosplaying as Jim Morrison here. Overall: Plodding, punkish music that slips frequently into different genres and attempts to do what others have done much better.
Mmmmmm not my favorite. I could see how it was groundbreaking in its time, but I just can’t get much from it. Also the recording or compression through streaming makes it sound pretty awful. 4/10
Two good songs at the start with a load of shite afterwards.
On the concluding song of 'Raw Power,' when lead singer Iggy Pop, a self-professed ‘sick boy (both physically and emotionally)… barely(?!) losing grip’ invites us to accompany him on a ‘death trip,’ I don’t think he’s speaking figuratively. 'Fun House,' The Stooges preceding LP, almost wore me out, but remained fun nonetheless. 'Raw Power,' by contrast, reveals a band no longer having much fun, but only wanting to ‘Search And Destroy’- ‘I’m the world’s forgotten boy, the one who’s searchin’, only to destroy, hey!’ Charles Manson was looking to do the same thing a couple of years before with butcher knives and guns. Iggy’s intent, however, is simply to fuck you to death. I don’t believe his goal, necessarily, is murder. But you might beg to differ after hearing his vocals on ‘Penetration.’ No tender love there, just straight-up predatory animal lust. Someone’s bound to get hurt. And anyone who would choose to stay in his presence after hearing this song is probably on their own ‘death trip’ as well. ‘I needed love but I only lost my pants, and that ain’t all,’ he recalls on ‘Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell.’ On ‘Shake Appel,’ a fifties sounding rock n’ roll number, if it were to follow a couple of pulls off a meth pipe, he describes his paramour as having shake appeal, and the ‘Fit’s so tight… I gotta bite.’ Perhaps the title track best sums up Iggy’s petulant state of mind: ‘Don’t you try to tell me what to do. Everybody’s always trying to tell me what to do.’ Yeah, well, somebody’s gotta assert some kind of discipline to keep this thing in check. The whole band is out of control, as well as the folks recording and mixing on the other side of the broken glass. 'Raw Power' in a word? Frenetic. Why the odd inclusion of two ballads (‘Gimme Danger’ and ‘I Need Somebody’) in the midst of this bedlam is anyone’s guess. Maybe to calm things down? Fat chance of that. The Stooges easily pick up the pandemonium on the next song. And truthfully, these are the better numbers anyway, when The Stooges’ handlers just give up and let the boys run free- wild guitar soloing by James Williamson, the brothers Asheton assaulting their respective instruments while Iggy howls at the moon and grunts at women and snaps his teeth at everyone else. I loved The Stooges first two LPs. This one, however, I neither intend to search for again (at least any time soon), nor to destroy. I doubt there’s much left anyway, as these things typically tend to self-destruct.
4/10. I zoned out and didn't hear the lyrics of 'penetration' until like 30 seconds from the end, so I think that was a win.
not for me
It’s not bad but there are definitely way better albums out there. For what it is, it’s not terrible.
Gimme danger - Screaming fuzzy guitars are great. Not a huge fan of the vox. Penetration - like the groove. Really nice disassociation as the song flows. Vox are much more tolerable. Overall: not my cup of tea. Low relisten value. 3 mics outta 5
Energisk, rebelsk, grime 60’er rock n roll
Not a fan, yikes. Tough to listen to in places, but they did some fun stuff with the stereo audio.
no. pls no why so aggressive and angry my dude.
Nope. As awful as I expected, never been a fan of Iggy and this did nothing to sway me. I was wrong I will be giving out a 1* on this list!
I can't stand to listen to this album at all due to it being an old music album in a genre I cared little for.
Only good thing about this album was how short it was...
“Raw Power” by The Stooges (1973) Ok, which album am I reviewing here? Is it the David Bowie mix or the Iggy Pop mix? Both are available on Apple Music, and they sound quite different. For a bit of an education about the importance of mix, I recommend that you listen to the first ten seconds of each version. Go back and forth between them. They are two different musical conceptions. And they are both deficient, likely because they were originally recorded on too few tracks. Even for 1973, the engineering was substandard. And if you try this comparison between the two mixes with the song “Penetration”, you’ll hear the snare drum delayed in the right channel of the Bowie version. It’s terrible. On the other hand, the Iggy Pop mix is too muddy. They both suck. So, to quote Hillary Clinton, “What difference, at this point, does it make?” With heavy guitar riffs and good (but poorly recorded) lead lines, these songs head off in the direction of what would later become punk, then grunge, but we’re getting way ahead of ourselves. On this album, what you get is hard and heavy rock from guys that don’t have the skills of a Jimi Hendrix (or even a Neil Young). It is musical, but it’s not accomplished. As a vehicle for rage, it almost suffices. Iggy sings, “Look out honey, cause I'm using technology!” Uh, no, Iggy, you’re using David Bowie. Your use of technology is, well, see above. Pop’s wimpy voice is not up to the violence in the lyrics. His screams sound histrionic. On “Gimme Danger”, you’re not the Jim Morrison you’re pretending to be. I can understand how this album was influential. But that doesn’t make it good. 1/5
1/5 not at all, sorry stooges
So from what I'm reading there seems to be a mess with differently mixed versions and Spotify only has the "Iggy Pop Mix" versions. I'm basing my review on that, but since the mixing seems like one of the worst things about this album to me, I'm not sure if that's fair/accurate. Anyway, this is a horrible, noisy mess. I only listened to the first half of the album but I'm stopping here because I can't concentrate on my work with this playing. I guess by itself this album might be closer to a 2 than a 1, since there are some decent guitar tracks hidden in this chaotically scrambled mix. But I'm tending to the 1 because this album enabled the abomination that is punk music. At least now I know which album to delete from music history if I ever manage to travel back in time.
Habe ich nicht gehört und werde ich auch nicht hören. Und gebe trotzdem einen Stern, weil ich alles von den Stooges verabscheue.
Despite growing up on similar genres of music, I found only a few tracks listenable (but not great). From what I gather reading about the group and listening to this album, it seems like you either had to grow up with it or you're into the sort of stage acts Iggy Pop seems to be famous for.
No thanks, not my cup a tea!
Better than I remember, but the dedubro energy is still pretty strong on some tracks. Really not a fan of You Shook Me All Night Long still. Would maybe put this album on if I was doing some manual labor but even then I'd be more likely to go with something punchier.
Already listened goat album
Love Iggy and the Stooges.