Iggy & the Stooges
Raw Power Live: In the Hands of the Fans
It’s been 38 years since the now legendary Raw Power was released. Originally mixed by David Bowie, The Stooges third album was mostly ignored when it came out and that reaction or lack thereof, from the buying public helped force the band into obscurity and break up a few years later.
The original album was embraced by a few brave souls and has been given ample credit for helping to lay the groundwork for what would become the punk movement. It is an important record and, looking back at its legacy, was ahead of its time.
As many know, the original line up of The Stooges reunited in 2003 with Mike Watt (Minutemen, FireHOSE) on bass, filling in for the late Dave Alexander. Guitarist Ron Asheton died in 2009 and was replaced in the reunion by James Williamson, who actually took over as guitarist in The Stooges in 1972 and also co-wrote Raw Power with Pop.
In 2010, the current lineup of Iggy Pop, James Williamson, Mike Watt, Scott Asheton (drums) and Steve Mackay (sax) performed Raw Power in its entirety as part of the All Tomorrow’s Parties-curated Don’t Look Back series. This album is the soundboard recording of that concert. The quality is great for a board recording and all of the emotion and angst of the original recording is present. The band doesn’t play the album in order, but all tracks are represented. Actually, it’s very effective that this live album kicks off with Willamson’s guitar and the title track before transitioning into the album’s first track “Search and Destroy.” This is an inspired performance and hits all the buttons.