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Live At the Whiskey a Go-Go (Live)

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Live at the Whiskey a Go Go was recorded in 1973 at the infamous Whiskey a Go-Go in Los Angeles and captures the Stooges at a pivotal point, just as they were about to break up. Iggy & the Stooges careen out of control as the singer taunts the audience and the band tries to keep it together. A handful of rarities, such as "Head On," are featured in addition to a selection of material drawn mainly from Raw Power, but the actual songs aren't that important — it's how the band sounds, and they do sound raw, abrasive, and frightening.

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Because it's a BOOTLEG

For those who ask why the sound of this recording is so's because it's a bootleg, fer cripesakes!, recorded surreptitiously by someone in the club, most likely with a cassette recorder. This is entirely typical of the many live concert recordings one would in the 70s in underground record shops. Actually, this one isn't bad, as these things go, and the performance is compelling, and makes the recording worthwhile for Stooges fans. I just missed seeing the band on the tour which included this 1973 series of dates at the Whiskey. They came to my town (Jax, FL) as openers for the J.Geils Band, and I had not--at that time--heard them but I had heard of them. As such, I was interested in going, but the venue was 20 miles from where I lived, and I did not have a car at the time, and no one I knew was interested in going. So...I missed them! I later spoke to a friend of my brother's who had been at the show and he said they were great and really antagonized the audience into a fury! I give this 5 stars for performance, but I'll take one star off for the less than sterling recording.

Kidz just don't understand...

In the 70's and 80's, low quality/high-energy bootlegs were THE cool music connousieur "must have's". The Dead made their legend on allowing fans to record them, and flea-market record vendors would sell vinyl copies of bootlegged Aerosmith, Zeppelin, and Sabbath along side the commercially pressed vinyl. Thing is, The Stooges actually sounded nearly as good bootlegged as they did in the studio, because the bootlegs capture the faw, unfiltered atmosphere (and danger!) of the musical and cultural anarchy they traded in. In today's age were everything kids listen too hand-picked by executive suits, and ends up over-produced and sterile, this recording reminds us that Rock, and Punk Rock in particular, was meant to be gritty, not pretty...5 stars, minus one b/c its not recorded "in dobly" ;-)

Bad recording

this was when they were good but the sound of the recording was lame


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 as the...
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