Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Stooges- S/T (1969) Deluxe Edition (Bonus Disc) MP3 & FLAC

"Now I'm ready to close my eyes, and now I'm ready to close my mind. And now I'm ready to feel your hand and lose my heart on the burning sands."

The story has been spun endlessly but it never gets old: young James Osterberg, son of a high-school English teacher and baseball coach, raised in the trailer parks of Ypsilanti, Michigan, drummer in a string of local bands during his high-school years (one of which, The Iguanas, would yield his future moniker), University of Michigan dropout, lands in Chicago and plays drums in various blues bands before eventually forming a Garage-Rock outfit called The Psychedelic Stooges with a few former high-school buddies, inspired by Jim Morrison's theatrical antics at a Doors concert in 1967, he transforms himself into Iggy Pop, one of the most fearless and manic performers of the rock era, and his band transforms themselves into The Stooges, who end up rivaling The Velvet Underground as the most influential underground band of the late-sixties / early seventies. Forty plus years after the fact, it's hard to imagine what The Stooges must have sounded like to unsuspecting ears in 1969. While the mid-sixties Garage-Rock movement was certainly an inspiration, The Stooges pushed this movement's scruffier edges to extremes by integrating an unfiltered visceral aggression into their recordings and performances that was quite unprecedented at the time (even relative to bands such as The Who), in effect, drafting much of the blueprint for the Punk revolution that followed less than a decade later. That a former member of The Velvet Underground, John Cale, signed on to produce The Stooges' debut is a good indicator that Iggy Pop & co. were making waves on the underground music scene with their often wildly confrontational live performances (Pop pretty much invented the "stage dive" and regularly used broken glass as a stage prop for acts of self-mutilation). Reportedly, The Stooges were prepared to record five songs, all of which were to include long improvisational passages to mirror the approach of their live performances, but their record label, Elektra, balked at this, requesting that the band record additional tracks (falsely claiming they had more songs, the band had to write these practically overnight in the studio). Over the years, Cale's production has been often criticized for toning down the furor that characterized The Stooges' live performances, and his final mix was ultimately rejected by Elektra (the album was subsequently remixed before its release by Pop and Jac Holzman); however, it's hard to deny the brilliance of what the band was able to capture on tape. From the dirty, distorted wah-wah effect of the opening bars of "1969," it is clear that The Stooges are more interested in tapping into deep wells of primal rage than into pretentious utopian dreams of universal love. With its shuffling Bo Diddley beat and bluesy feel counterpoised to Pop's wonderfully cynical vocal delivery, "1969" functions as an anthemic counter-narrative to the increasingly ineffectual posturings of the psychedelic movement. The message here is "fuck you, I'm bored," and in context, it is a powerful one. And then there's "I Wanna Be Your Dog," a song which seems to drop out of the sky without precedent as if delivered via time machine from a decade into the future- this is the violently stripped-down sound of Punk-Rock being born. From the iconic opening blast of guitar-crunch to the unforgettable descending melody that would go on to influence bands such as Joy Division to Pop's innovatively perverted lyrics, "I Wanna Be Your Dog" is a timeless masterpiece that sits proudly at the side of The Velvet Underground's best work. While The Stooges does get bogged down in places by weak material, especially the strangely out of place psychedelia of "We Will Fall," Ron Asheton's fuzzed-out guitar solos usually show up to save the day. If The Stooges debut wasn't their strongest set of songs (that honor goes to their next album, Fun House), it is, nonetheless, absolutely essential for its valiant attempt to start the Punk revolution nearly a decade early.

The Stooges 
(Elektra/Rhino ~ 2005/1969 ~ Deluxe Remastered 2 CD Edition)

Disc I: The Stooges (2005 Remaster)

1. 1969  (4:08)
2. I Wanna Be Your Dog  (3:13)
3. We Will Fall  (10:17)
4. No Fun  (5:18)
5. Real Cool Time  (2:33)
6. Ann  (3:01)
7. Not Right  (2:51)
8. Little Doll  (3:23)

Disc II: Bonus Material

 1. No Fun (Original John Cale Mix)  (4:43)
 2. 1969 (Original John Cale Mix)  (2:45)
 3. I Wanna Be Your Dog (Original John Cale Mix)  (3:26)
 4. Little Doll (Original John Cale Mix)  (2:49)
 5. 1969 (Alternate Vocal)  (4:47)
 6. I Wanna Be Your Dog (Alternate Vocal)  (3:28)
 7. Not Right (Alternate Vocal)  (3:12)
 8. Real Cool Time (Alternate Mix)  (3:22)
 9. Ann (Full Version)  (7:52)
10. No Fun (Full Version)  (6:49)


  1. Very good review, my friend. I remember the first time I heard the Stooges, it was many years ago on a hot summer night at a beach party. Somebody handed me a tape containing some cuts from the first album and Raw Power, I was a little high (or drunk), I played it and then my mind just blew away. It was very, very special,
    Nice memories...

  2. Dave, thanks for sharing your memory. I heard "Raw Power" first, as I found The Stooges through Bowie/Ziggy. They sounded like nothing else

  3. yes, I agree. The reviews are always so informative and truthful. Love reading them.

    And....if you never heard this album. Listen to it right now.

  4. Revan0357, thank you for what you said about the reviews. I put a lot of work into them and it pleases me greatly that others enjoy them. :)

  5. Didn't have this edition... but I do remember hearing this the first time... what a noise, what an energy...

  6. peter, indeed. I have two more deluxe edition Stooges to post soon

  7. Interesting. I was just on Discogs a few days ago and was saddened to read that Ron Asheton had died. You know, for years I thought that 1969 was a Sisters of Mercy song...and The Passenger was a Siouxsie & The Banshees song...and I Wanna Be Your Dog was a Swans song...etc..Imagine my surprise when I "discovered" The Stooges.

  8. Ol' Foggy, sorry to hear about Asheton. The Stooges were an eye-opening discovery for me too

  9. OMG,this album...What to say?
    So,i don't know,simple,but so powerful&beautiful at same time...Hand clappin' in ''1969''&''No fun'',then ''Now i'm ready to close my eyes..'',then ''We will fall'' with J.C.'s violin...
    Thats why (i) we love music.
    p.s. Ron Asheton R.I.P..
    p.p.s.Do you pay attention on MC5?

  10. Another great review. Essential album.

  11. Oh this album just totally rocks! I too was introduced to the whole Iggy thing through Raw Power and The Idiot. My vinyl copy has an almighty scratch on side one, thanks to a rather energetic party goer who wanted to dance after one joint too many...damn fine times!!

  12. sunday, I was thinking of posting some MC5 on Plastic Palace People very soon

  13. AndieJames, that's how I found this album- through "Raw Power" and the late seventies stuff. Damn fine times indeed!

  14. Love this record, but I'll admit when I first heard the Stooges in the 80s I was skeptical, being my in to the punk rock scene was high velocity hardcore from NoCal and SoCal - DK, Circle Jerks, the list too long to mention... Sorta had to grow into that Michigan rust-belt sound like the Stooges and the MC5. Now it's hard to imagine how I failed to see Iggy's greatness. Live and learn.

  15. Yesss! Just what the lossless collection needed.

  16. reindeer man, admittedly, The Stooges are a long way from hardcore, but an essential precursor nonetheless. Great to hear from you.

  17. JoJo, I've got a couple more Stooges deluxe editions in the works. Stay tuned!

  18. I saw Iggy and the Stooges performing the whole Raw Power album (+ a lot of oldies like I Wanna be your Dog) last year. One of the best gig of 2010.
    Thanks for this album.

  19. Anon., sound like an amazing show. I'll post more Iggy in the near future

    1. Can't wait for more Iggy! In the meantime, would it be too much to ask for a reup? I love this record.

      Do you know any other songs along the lines of "I Wanna Be Your Dog" and "Gimme Danger" (another Stooges track).

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