BTR Review: Iggy & The Stooges – Raw Power Live: In The Hands Of The Fans

Iggy Raw Power Live In The Hands Of The Fans

We first told you about Raw Power Live: In The Hands Of The Fans back in February, and if you haven’t already picked it up, now’s the time. Part of In The Hands Of The Fans, a killer new series which allows fans to compete for the chance to document a band performing a classic album, this volume features Raw Power, the essential 1973 album by Iggy & The Stooges, performed live in its entirety (albeit with a different track order) at the 2010 All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival, and captured on 180 gram vinyl!

iggy live at atp 2010

Featuring the lineup of Iggy Pop (vocals), Mike Watt (bass), Scott Asheton (drums), and original Raw Power era guitarist James Williamson, the disc opens with the title track, and never slows down. Iggy’s coy intro to “Gimme Danger”, “We’re The Stooges, thanks for showing up” is snotty without being cavalier, and as he snarls his way through the tune, you completely forget this is not a group of brash young twenty-somethings, but a band of sexagenarians (with the exception of Watt, the baby of the group at only 53).

Some stray notes filter in from Steve Mackay (the Funhouse era saxophonist), as Iggy taunts Scott Asheton- “Hey you on drums, are you ready to play the fucking blues?” Yes, is apparently the answer as they roll into I Need Somebody. Bringing the album to a close is an ultra frantic version of the Pop/Williamson penned “I Got A Right”- I got a right, I got a right to sing / anytime i want, even truer now than when written in the early 70s, after 40+ years, Iggy & The Stooges certainly do have the right.

Iggy & The StoogesRaw Power Live: In The Hands Of The Fans is available here for $13 on 180 gram vinyl. Watch Iggy get cozy with the ATP crowd as The Stooges play “I Got A Right” in the video below!

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