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CD Mailbag: The Stooges, Tom Lehrer, This Moment In Black History, Jeff Beck, Black Flag "Tribute", Mose Allison

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Iggy And The Stooges - Raw Power: Legacy Edition (2 CD) and Deluxe Edition (3 CD, DVD and 7-inch single) - Sony Legacy Editions - April 13 (Legacy) / April 27 (Deluxe)

Make no mistake: the eight songs at the core of this reissue are required listening for anyone more than casually acquainted with rock and roll, a declaration of total freedom that has hardly been equalled in the thirty-five years of punk rock that followed it. (And if that sounds like feverish praise, the album that came before it, Funhouse, is even better.) David Bowie’s original 1973 speed-freak mix is restored here in all its eccentric glory, James Williamson’s chainsaw guitar fist-fighting with Iggy’s vocals for center stage while the Asheton brothers’ white-hot rhythm section thumps away from underneath a carpet. It’s a bizarre approach, but it actually works for the over-amped material at hand, better than Iggy’s 1996 remix, which failed to improve the pudding flavor even with the benefit of 20/20 hindsight.