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Iggy Pop (live at the Royal Albert Hall)

London 13 May 2016

Blow my cool. Bite my lip. See me through on my death trip.

Once the needle had finally run out from the closing grooves of “Death Trip”, the concluding song of Iggy and The Stooges’ 1973 white-hot masterpiece Raw Power, there was no shortage of occasions when it looked like the title was truly a prophecy rather than merely youthful braggadocio.

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Iggy & The Stooges – Raw Power: Live In The Hands Of The Fans (video)

MVD Visual

This is the DVD and Blu Ray edition of a performance of Raw Power by Iggy & The Stooges‘ at the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in September 2010, not long after the untimely death of founder member Ron Asheton. The CD edition included all eight songs (albeit reordered) from their classic third album alongside single cut “I Gotta Right,” and Alan Holmes‘ review of the disc can be read [post=iggy-stooges-raw-power-live-hands-fans text=”here”].

Leaving the musical content to the review for the most part, it’s worth noting that the sound on the video is excellent throughout, and the performance by the band is exemplary in its energy and vigour. James Williamson rejoins The Stooges onstage for the first time since 1973 to recapture his contribution to Raw Power, while Mike Watt continues to hold down bass duties which were originally taken on

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Iggy & The Stooges – Raw Power Live: In the Hands of the Fans

MVD Audio

This document of the reformed Stooges‘ performance at All Tomorrow’s Parties on 3 September 2010, seemingly shows the band to have not lost any of their visceral belligerence in the 37 years since the release of their classic third album. The CD contains versions of all eight of Raw Power’s songs (in a different order), together with lost single classic “I Gotta Right,” all played tight and fast just like on the record, but minus the superfluous plinky-plonk piano and with an extra dose of, well… raw power.

This must surely be just like being present at one of those legendary gigs back in 1973. Well actually, from the evidence of the recently released Georgia Peaches CD and of course the notorious Metallic KO, to say nothing of the many bootlegs that have flooded the market over the years, nothing

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Iggy Pop – California Hitch-Hike

Applebush/Easy Action

The world finally caught up with The Stooges when punk exploded, while Iggy himself ingeniously morphed into an alienated teutonic modernist, simultaneously retaining his appeal with the punks while appearing several steps ahead with his two 1977 Berlin albums The Idiot and Lust for Life. By 1979 however, he seemed to have back-pedalled slightly, recording the New Values album with latter day Stooges James Williamson and Scott Thurston. It was certainly a good record, but not a great record – despite some pretty fine songs, it ultimately seemed a bit Stooges-lite.

By November of that year, Iggy had once more parted with the other Stooges and had already recorded (though not yet released) his next album, the thoroughly uninspired Soldier. California Hitch-Hike is compiled from two concerts that month at San Francisco’s Old Waldorf and sees Iggy backed by an

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