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New York Dolls
     

New York Dolls

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When the New York Dolls released their debut album in 1973, they managed to be named both "Best New Band" and "Worst Band" in Creem Magazine's annual reader's poll, and it usually takes something special to polarize an audience like that. And the Dolls were inarguably special -- decades after its release, New York Dolls still sounds thoroughly unique, a gritty,

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When the New York Dolls released their debut album in 1973, they managed to be named both "Best New Band" and "Worst Band" in Creem Magazine's annual reader's poll, and it usually takes something special to polarize an audience like that. And the Dolls were inarguably special -- decades after its release, New York Dolls still sounds thoroughly unique, a gritty, big-city amalgam of Stones-style R&B, hard rock guitars, lyrics that merge pulp storytelling with girl group attitude, and a sloppy but brilliant attack that would inspire punk rock (without the punks ever getting its joyous slop quite right). Much was made of the Dolls' sexual ambiguity in the day, but with the passage of time, it's a misfit swagger that communicates most strongly in these songs, and David Johansen's vocals suggest the product of an emotional melting pot who just wants to find some lovin' before Manhattan is gone, preferably from a woman who would prefer him over a fix. If the lyrics sometimes recall Hubert Selby, Jr. if he'd had a playful side, the music is big, raucous hard rock, basic but with a strongly distinct personality -- the noisy snarl of Johnny Thunders' lead guitar quickly became a touchstone, and if he didn't have a lot of tricks in his arsenal, he sure knew when and how to apply them, and the way he locked in with Syl Sylvain's rhythm work was genius -- and the Dolls made their downtown decadence sound both ominous and funny at the same time. The Dolls were smart enough to know that a band needs a great drummer, and if there's something likably clumsy about Arthur Kane's bass work, Jerry Nolan's superb, elemental drumming holds the pieces in place with no-nonsense precision at all times. "Lonely Planet Boy" proved the Dolls could dial down their amps and sound very much like themselves, "Pills" was a superbly chosen cover that seemed like an original once they were done with it, and "Personality Crisis," "Trash," and "Jet Boy" were downtown rock & roll masterpieces no other band could have created. And while New York Dolls clearly came from a very specific time and place, this album still sounds fresh and hasn't dated in the least -- this is one of rock's greatest debut albums, and a raucous statement of purpose that's still bold and thoroughly engaging.

Editorial Reviews

Rolling Stone - David Fricke
...remains definitive glitter, the perfect eulogy for a short, spangled era. Next to it, everything else is just glitz.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Mercury
UPC:
0042283275225
catalogNumber:
832752
Rank:
22384

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

New York Dolls   Primary Artist,Group
David Johansen   Harmonica,Gong,Vocals
Todd Rundgren   Piano,Keyboards,Moog Synthesizer
Sylvain Sylvain   Guitar,Piano,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Buddy Bowser   Saxophone
Dave Hansen   Harmonica,Gong,Vocals
Arthur Kane   Bass
Jerry Nolan   Drums
Johnny Thunders   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Alex Spyropoulos   Piano
Buddy Bowser   Saxophone

Technical Credits

New York Dolls   Arranger
Todd Rundgren   Producer,Audio Production
Jack Douglas   Engineer
Paul Nelson   Executive Producer
Ed Sprigg   Engineer
Marty Thau   Executive Producer
David Krebs   Executive Producer
Steve Leber   Executive Producer

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New York Dolls 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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I bought this lp simply because Todd Rundgren produced it. Shortly after I realized there was more to it than a good producer. "New York Dolls" ushered in something new on the next level. My friends thought I was weird but I was totally into what was happening in the Big Apple. This album is raw, loud, & brazen with punk overtones. The song "Trash" contain a touch of '50's doo-wop while "Jet Boy" is filled with power cords, clapping, & makes you feel like dancing! This is still good music. It captures a moment in rock history that's fun to recall. Have a bite of glam-punk pie!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago