Since its 1973 release on an unsuspecting music world, "Raw Power" has been put through the ringer. Many at the time--just before punk really kicked in--weren't sure what to make of its, well, raw brutality. And the album's David Bowie mix became something of a controversy, considered too fluffy for the Stooges' onslaught. Iggy Pop "corrected" that with his own remix for a 1996 reissue. But Bowie is back, and thanks to better technology, these special editions of "Raw Power" sound right on the money. But the story here is the extras: In addition to such outtakes as "Doojiman" and "Head On," the reissues include an eight-song live set from an October 1973 residency at Richards in Atlanta that captures the latter-lineup Stooges in full Cro-Magnon fury, roaring through epic incarnations of "Gimme Danger" and "Search and Destroy." The Deluxe Edition adds an intriguing third disc of additional rarities and a DVD documentary about the making of the album, which are both worthwhile, if not indispensable. --Gary Graff
Iggy & The Stooges, "Raw Power (Legacy and Deluxe Edition)"
- Album Review