Iggy Pop

Live in L.A. 73

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As one of the rowdiest and most confrontational live acts of all time, it's a shame that not a single professionally recording concert recording of Iggy & the Stooges has surfaced. But there are plenty of audience recordings circulating, which all seem to be from their tour in support of the 1973 classic, Raw Power. One of the more common ones is a show recorded at L.A.'s famed Whiskey A Go Go (from September 16, 1973), as it's been releases under such titles as Live at the Whiskey A Go Go and Live in L.A. ‘73. Although the sound quality is below par (as expected from an audience recording), Live in L.A. ‘73 is an interesting live document of The Stooges post-Raw Power, as they had expanded their line up to include pianist/harmonica player Scott Thurston, while half of the album is comprised of new tracks that band was working on at the time (and were never officially released). One of the album's standouts is undoubtedly the interestingly titled "She Creatures of the Hollywood Hills," a bludgeoning, jack hammer-like instrumental (Pop is supposedly singing over it, but his vocals are almost totally inaudible), as well as a fast and furious reading of "Search and Destroy," a groove heavy take of "I Need Somebody," and an over 13 minute take of "Open Up and Bleed."

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