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NEWS: The Stooges to release recording of last show with original lineup

Third Man Records have announced the release of The Stooges‘ Live At Goose Lake: August 8, 1970. This previously-unheard, high-quality soundboard recording of the original Stooges lineup’s final performance — recorded just before the release of their earthshaking 1970 album.. — will be available on vinyl, CD and digital on August 7, 2020, nearly 50 years to the day after the performance. Hear ‘T.V. Eye – Radio edit‘ here:

The audio was lovingly restored by Vance Powell (The White Stripes, Chris Stapleton) and mastered by Bill Skibbe at Third Man Mastering, and liner notes were written by Jaan Uhelzski (Creem Magazine). There will be two limited-edition colored vinyl variants available as well — the Rough Trade version will be on purple-coloured vinyl with a standard LP jacket, and the indie exclusive version will be on cream-coloured vinyl with a screen-printed LP jacket. 

The apocryphal tale of the Stooges performance at the Goose Lake Festival has been told countless times  over  the  past  five  decades.Bassist Dave  Alexander,  due  to  nerves  or  overindulgence or whatever  you  choose  to fill the  blank,  absolutely  spaces  in  front  of 200,000  attendees. He does not play a single note on stage. 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?  What  if  you  could  prove  otherwise?  Well,  it’d  be  the proto-punk equivalent of having an immediate, on-the-scene, man on the street report of all those folkies  booing  Dylan’s  electric  set  at  Newport  in  ‘65.  Irrefutable  evidence of what  ACTUALLY  went down.

Found buried in the basement of a Michigan farmhouse amongst other tasty analog artifacts of the same era, the 1/4” stereo two-track  tape  of  the  Stooges  complete  performance  at  Goose  Lake on August 8th, 1970 is the Rosetta Stone for fans of this seminal band.

Not only is this the last ever performance of the original godhead Stooges 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 bass on this occasion? Or that, despite grievous failures on some songs, Alexander 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 on the Stooges? So many questions are answered only to have more arise.

Released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the performance, Live at Goose Lake: August 8th 1970,  is  the  rare  release  that  literally  rewrites  thehistory  of  these  Rock  and  Roll  Hall of Fame inductees.”

LIVE AT GOOSE LAKE: AUGUST 8TH, 1970 TRACK LIST

SIDE A

1. Intro

2. Loose

3. Down On The Street

4. T.V. Eye

5. Dirt

SIDE B

1. 1970 (I Feel Alright)

2. Fun House

3. L.A. Blues

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