1977 was a huge year for Punk in the UK but as these recordings underline Iggy Pop and The Stooges were already liberating music from its bloated prog meanderings a few years earlier. Indeed their story appeared to have come to an abrupt end when they disbanded amidst chaos in 1974. But over the next few years a wealth of legal and not so legal releases featuring finished recordings, demos and rehearsals hit the shops with alarming regularity. The quality of those releases varied dramatically and often left a lot to be desired. So here we’ve put together the best of those tracks for your listening pleasure.
1) Spans the period after The Stooges second album and includes original versions of tracks that would later become the infamous Raw Power long player.
2) Features post Raw Power recordings including the legendary Kill City sessions.
3) Sleevenotes by Pat Gilbert (Mojo).