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The Stooges | Live at Goose Lake August 8, 1970

The long-lost live recording of the original band's infamous final gig rewrites history.

THE PRESS RELEASE: “The apocryphal tale of The Stooges’ performance at the Goose Lake festival has been told countless times: Bassist Dave Alexander, due to nerves or overindulgence, spaces in front of 200,000 attendees. He does not play a single note. He is summarily fired by Iggy Pop immediately following the gig. Here starts the beginning of the end of The Stooges. But what if that simply wasn’t the case? Found buried in the basement of a Michigan farmhouse, the 1/4” stereo two-track tape of The Stooges’ show is not only the last performance of the original godhead line-up, but it is the ONLY known soundboard recording of said line-up. Playing the entirety of their canonical 1970 masterpiece Fun House, the sound, the performance, everything about this record is revelatory. Would you believe that Alexander actually DID play? Or that despite grievous failures on some songs, he is damn solid on others? Especially on the bass-led songs Dirt and Fun House? Does Iggy provoke the crowd to tear down festival barriers? Did the powers that be pull the plug? So many questions are answered only to have more arise. This rare release rewrites the history of these Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees.”

MY TWO CENTS: Due to some really shitty circumstances that were totally beyond my control — and trust me, you truly don’t want to know — I had neither the time nor the brainpower to review albums this week. So consider this a recommendation, or a referral, or a heads-up, or whatever. That’s the best I can do right now. Regular programming will resume next week (assuming nothing even shittier happens). Thanks for your patience.

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