NME (Magazine) - 3/23/96, p.488 (out of 10)
- "...a testament to rock'n'roll played to its ultimate limits, and for anyone with even a passing interest in unhampered, visceral and pestilent punk rock, this is an essential purchase."
OPEN UP AND BLEED! is a collection of the reformed Stooges' CBS rehearsal tapes from 1973 and live tracks from around the same time.
Iggy & The Stooges: Iggy Pop (vocals); James Williamson (guitar); Scott Thurston (piano); Ron Asheton (bass); Scott Asheton (drums).
Recorded in 1973. Includes liner notes by Frank Meyer.
Digitally remastered by Patrick Beissel & Mike Wolf.
Few bands have been re-packaged and re-issued as many times as the legendary and influential Iggy & the Stooges. From 1972-73, the band demoed songs for their next album (the punk classic RAW POWER). While eight of these tracks were perfected and appeared on the final album, many were left unfinished and unused. These leftovers have been issued under different names over the years (some available as imports, others domestically), and more or less contained the same material. Bomp Records' 1995 compilation OPEN UP AND BLEED contained most of these tracks, making it one of the more complete collections of the bunch.
Comprised of demos, live material and rehearsals, OPEN UP AND BLEED proves that many of these leftovers were worthwhile. The sound is of varying quality (lo-fi throughout), with the best compositions being the title track, "Johanna," "She Creatures of the Hollywood Hills," "Head On," and "I Got Nothing." With better sonics, the material would easily be on par with the Stooges officially released albums, but by purchasing OPEN UP AND BLEED, you won't need to get another Stooges compilation--nearly all of their best outtakes are here.