The Stooges – Raw Power

Published on 8 March 2019 by

      Mark Deming: ‘In 1972, the Stooges were near the point of collapse when David Bowie’s management team, MainMan, took a chance on the band at Bowie’s behest. By this point, guitarist Ron Asheton and bassist Dave Alexander had been edged out of the picture, and James Williamson had signed on as Iggy’s new guitar mangler; Asheton rejoined the band shortly before recording commenced on Raw Power, but was forced to play second fiddle to Williamson as bassist. By most accounts, tensions were high during the recording of Raw Power, and the album sounds like the work of a band on its last legs ….. But the most remarkable change came from the singer; Raw Power revealed Iggy as a howling, smirking, lunatic genius. Whether quietly brooding (“Gimme Danger”) or inviting the apocalypse (“Search and Destroy”), Iggy had never sounded quite so focused as he did here, and his lyrics displayed an intensity that was more than a bit disquieting. In many ways, almost all Raw Power has in common with the two Stooges albums that preceded it is its primal sound, but while the Stooges once sounded like the wildest (and weirdest) gang in town, Raw Power found them heavily armed and ready to destroy the world — that is, if they didn’t destroy themselves first.’

Release Date: 1973
Duration: 33:57
Genre: Pop/Rock
Styles: Album Rock – Detroit Rock – Hard Rock – Proto-Punk
Recording Date: 1972


The Stooges – Raw Power Tracklist

00:00 – Search and Destroy
03:28 – Gimme Danger
07:02 – Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell
11:57 – Penetration
15:38 – Raw Power
19:55 – I Need Somebody
24:48 – Shake Appeal
27:53 – Death Trip

The Stooges - Raw Power

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