This important album in punk history was first unsuccessful when it was released. The producer of the album noted that he didn’t think he would be able to capture the interesting vibe he got from them live on the album, and Elektra Records’ Jac Holzmam didn’t think they had as much potential as MC5. Many positive reviews have been given to the album. Everyone from Rolling Stone to Entertainment Weekly has given it high critical acclaim.
Depending on what you’re doing at the time The Stooges will be enjoyable to listen to or they won’t be. When you need something to move to while drinking, then this would probably be a good album to put on, or just driving. I think it’s admirable how much work was put in the album though. Regardless of how you may feel about the music a lot of time was put into this until the band members felt like they were doing something they could like amongst the naysayers in the music industry who didn’t have much hope for the album.
Rating 3 of 5.