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Album Review

While fans of the Stooges are by their nature a hardy breed, this set is the ultimate litmus test to separate casual admirers from the truly obsessed: 1970: The Complete Fun House Sessions is a six-CD set that contains every single sound the Stooges committed to tape while making the album Fun House. False starts, mikes going haywire, bad jokes, Iggy Pop imitating a wrestler, Ron Asheton and Scott Asheton trying to play "Wipeout" — it's all here, along with 30 (count 'em!) takes of "Loose" spread out over seven and three-quarter hours. While this is admittedly tough going for any but the most devoted Stooges fan, it's more a matter of bulk than a question of quality. The performances are remarkably consistent throughout, and while the multiple takes of each song get to be a bit much after a while, the songs do indeed grow and shift as they go along; the Stooges seem to have taken the approach that they knew how these songs would start and finish, but what happened in the middle was up for grabs. And it's obvious that the band knew what they wanted for this album; there are only two unreleased songs on deck, neither of which they spent much time on, and the between song patter is kept to a minimum. For a band that's often regarded as sloppy and incoherent, 1970: The Complete Fun House Sessions indicates that the Stooges were a lot more focused and methodical in the studio than anyone might have imagined; this set is fun and fascinating for those strong enough to wade through it.

Customer Reviews

Create your own version of FUNHOUSE...over and over!!

I didn't buy the boxed cd-set of this when it came out because as I was about to order it, I thought, "Do I really want to spend $120.00 on something I'll only play once?" My answer--which I later regretted--was "No." When I saw this available on iTunes I jumped at the chance to buy it again. I urge any Stooges fan to get this if they can afford it. This is not an album one will want to listen to straight through, except maybe the first time. Hearing version after version of each song--every one of which I love--does get to be a bit much. However...when one listens to each track as a distinct recording, separated from every other track, one is astounded at the consistency and solid professionalism of this supposedly out of control band...they nail each song on almost every performance. This does not mean each performance is identical...one can hear the songs develop subtly over time, and Iggy obviously revised his lyrics from early to later versions of the songs. The thing that is intriguing about having all these tracks is that one can sequence together endless versions of the album, using different takes of each song, to create literally hundreds of versions of the FUNHOUSE album...and EACH one would be a powerful listening experience, and probably each one as valid as the "official" release. This is essential music...scorned during their day, they can now be seen as one of the great bands of their time...and ours.

1970: The Complete Fun House Sessions

I was broke when this came out so I never even thought about getting this at the time. When I visited friends close to University City, St. Louis County, the local record store had just sold a copy when I was flush so I've been jonesing ever since. This version is the next best thing. As he says, "I Need More" & we need this. Everyone I know will be listening to this and so should you. I dare you.

Incredible

This rocks. There are different drum fulls new rifts and everything else in this album. But for I-tunes to make every song over 10:00mins album only. I have quite a few dirty words for you...

Biography

Formed: 1967 in Ann Arbor, MI

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '00s, '10s

During the psychedelic haze of the late '60s, the grimy, noisy, and relentlessly bleak rock & roll of the Stooges was conspicuously out of time. Like the Velvet Underground, the Stooges revealed the underside of sex, drugs, and rock & roll, showing all of the grime beneath the myth. The Stooges, however, weren't nearly as cerebral as the Velvets. Taking their cue from the over-amplified pounding of British blues, the primal raunch of American garage rock, and the psychedelic rock (as well...
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