Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Stooges - 2 CD reissue

This reissue includes a remastered CD of the original album mixes and a second CD of John Cale's mixes (rejected as "too arty" by the record company), alternative takes and expanded, full versions.

Truthfully, I don't hear that big of a difference between the album mixes and Cale's mixes, though they are slightly different (the guitar is more buried and Iggy's voice way more upfront). Nothing close to the changes in sound between the Raw Power album and Iggy's CD mix, but there aren't nearly as many layers in this recording, either.

The alternative versions of "1969", "I Wanna Be Your Dog" and "Not Right" are more than alternative vocals - the backing tracks have changes, as well. The full versions of "Ann" and "No Fun" are significantly longer, with some very cool jams. My friends and I always joked that the band could never think of an ending and that's why all of the songs fade out, but I guess the tunes fade just to keep the song times within reason.

Another essential album and a quality reissue. Well worth the price!