Iggy & the Stooges

Search and Destroy: Raw Mixes, Vol. 3

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The third (and mercifully last) in a series of albums that appeared in the mid- to late '80s, each one claiming to have tapped the darkest recesses of the Stooges archive for the unreleased outtakes from their earliest albums: The Stooges, Fun House, and Raw Power. And it was only when you bought them that you discovered they had done nothing of the sort. Instead, these albums were the lowest kind of rip-off, simply taking a regular recording of the album in question and messing with it. The protracted nativity of Raw Power is the subject of any number of compilations, some better than others, many little more than space-fillers in the average Stooges collection. But not one taps the depths that Raw Mixes, Vol. 3 descends to, as every conceivable trick that can be played on a regular record, with nothing more than some basic effects machines, is rolled out, and Raw Power is twisted, tweaked, and tormented into -- well, it's still Raw Power, but it's not a version you'd ever want to hear again.