Album Comparisons: Raw Power
The 1997 release of Raw Power by Iggy & The Stooges is arguably the loudest rock CD of all time, and it certainly looks like it. There's really no need to comment, as the waveforms below speak for themselves. All tracks are obviously massively distorted to such a degree that they make today's loudest and most crushed releases sound vibrant and open by comparison. Iggy Pop's mix deliberately pushed everything deep into the red zone, and Pop forced the mastering engineer to master at a level far exceeding anything even remotely reasonable. By contrast, the 2010 re-release of the original 1973 David Bowie mix appears to have been completely untouched as far as dynamic range compression. Is this because the 1997 version was so over the top that they didn't dare master the new release at today's levels? It's impossible to know for sure, but it's worth pointing out that a good number of other Legacy CD releases have in fact been compressed, so . . . perhaps?