Iggy & the Stooges

Michigan Palace, 10/6/73

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The description of this October 6, 1973 show in the brief liner notes as "the best sounding of all the unreleased Stooges tapes" might cause your heart to leap into your mouth as you speculate whether this -- unlike just about all the other live Stooges issued by Bomp -- might actually be listenable. Don't get your hopes up too high. It might indeed be better than such execrable-fidelity vault finds as Double Danger, but within the context of live Stooges CDs, that doesn't amount to much more than saying that it's better to live on cat food than dog food if there's no other choice. Although this was (again, according to the liner notes) recorded on guitarist James Williamson's reel-to-reel, the sound quality is low enough that it's a chore to endure, the vocals tinny (if often actually comprehensible), the mix blurry, the whole thing at once harsh and murky. If this is indeed the best unreleased live Stooges, you've got to conclude that the band could simply not be captured adequately on unauthorized equipment, or that they never cared to record themselves well onstage even if they were aware a tape was running. As for the music, it's a pretty typical set of the band's dying days, with faves like "Raw Power," "Search & Destroy," and "Gimme Danger," broken up by hipster "I'm more on the edge than any of you" raps from Iggy Pop. Maybe Stooges fans are the kind to adopt the title of Iggy's autobiography, I Want More, as a credo for insatiable hunger regarding any audio document of his, but you should only check this out if you subscribe to that philosophy.

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