Stooges bootleggers: you might want to sit down for this (luckily you probably already are). The month of April will likely be a very devastating month for you, but a pretty great one for the rest of the music-loving world. On April 13, Columbia/Legacy will reStooge us for the first time with Raw Power: Legacy Edition. Then they’ll re-up on their Iggy with Deluxe Edition on April 27.
The albums will be available solely through The Stooges’ website. The former includes David Bowie’s original mix of the album as well as a full disc of a 1973 live set from Atlanta that has been uber-bootlegged and distributed up to this point. If this wasn’t enough there’s also two previously unreleased tracks and a 24-page booklet with essays on the band and an introduction by the surviving members. The deluxe edition includes all this plus a third disc with five more previously unreleased tracks and a 30-minute documentary DVD entitled The Making Of Raw Power. This doesn’t even begin to mention the reproduction of a rare picture sleeve, 5×7 photo prints, specialized Henry Rollins essays or testimonials by Lou Reed and Joan Jett. We were going to make a joke at this point about some ridiculous extra they were throwing in, but honestly just about everything we could have even made up was included. Seriously. [Via P4K]