Though lacking the teenage venom of cuts like "1969" and "I Wanna Be Your Dog" off of The Stooges and the unadulterated raw power of, well, Raw Power, Wild Love is still essential for die-hard fans. The album, culled from rehearsals in Detroit, Los Angeles, and New York for the band's 1973 tour, runs the gamut from full-fledged, ready-to-record tunes to the types of swampy jams that the band has claimed indicative of their studio songwriting process. Gems like the three minutes of rock & roll bliss dubbed "Wild Love," the rambling, grinding "Pinpoint Eyes," the Stonesy "I Came From Nowhere," and the eerie, sprawling "Til the End of the Night" could have given Iggy Pop the material for a stunning solo debut as early as 1973. Songs like "Delta Blues Shuffle" and "Old King Live Forever" are less complete but show the Stooges stripped down and just improvising the type of music they dig. Wild Love may not have the impact of the three official Stooges records, but it is a fascinating portrait of a band on their way to break up, and a charismatic frontman on his way to a solo career.
Share this page
AllMusic Review by Charles Spano