The Stooges – Highlights from the Funhouse Sessions (Run Out Groove, September 15th 2017)

Highlights from the Fun House Sessions brings together 14 choice alternate takes from the 7-CD Rhino Handmade 1970: Complete Fun House Sessions box set released in 1999. Recorded with producer Don Gallucci at Elektra Sound Recorders in Los Angeles in May 1970 as The Stooges’ second effort, Fun House was commercially unsuccessful upon its initial release. But its influence as a key building block in the punk revolution can’t go unnoticed, as it quickly developed a cult following among both critics and fans. Blending fast and furious hard rock with improvisation and even a jazz element thanks to Steve Mackay’s saxophone and the loose feel, Fun House showed Iggy Pop, Dave Alexander, Ron Asheton, Scott Asheton, and Mackay at their most primal yet still pushing.

The Complete Fun House Sessions box was assembled from the original multi-track tapes used by The Stooges and producer Gallucci to assemble the final album, released in July 1970 on Elektra. This new Highlights set, sequenced for more casual listening than the in-depth box, includes in-studio dialogue as well as alternate takes of the album’s “Down on the Street,” “Loose,” “Dirt,” “Funhouse,” “1970,” and more, culled from session reels 1, 4,6, 7, 9 and 11, and originally recorded on May 11, 12, 15, 18, 21 and 25, 1970.  “T.V. Eye” is heard in two versions, one under the title of “See That Cat.”  Also notable is the inclusion of the 17-minute jam version of “L.A. Blues” under its embryonic title of “Freak.”

Rating: Best album ever and his outtakes.

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