Sweet Revenge

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
David Johansen's 1982 live album Live It Up gained the former New York Dolls frontman some well-deserved radio and MTV airplay for his medley of a trio of hits by the Animals, but it wasn't enough to keep him from being dropped by the CBS-distributed Blue Sky label, and he cut his fifth solo set Sweet Revenge for an independent label. While Johansen and co-producer Joe Delia built most of the songs on Sweet Revenge around synthesizers, the album's sleek sound unexpectedly agreed with Johansen's tough but emotive vocal style, and the album's insistent pulse on tunes like "Big Trouble" and "Heard the News" feels like a nod to the electronic hip-hop sounds that were sweeping ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
David Johansen's 1982 live album Live It Up gained the former New York Dolls frontman some well-deserved radio and MTV airplay for his medley of a trio of hits by the Animals, but it wasn't enough to keep him from being dropped by the CBS-distributed Blue Sky label, and he cut his fifth solo set Sweet Revenge for an independent label. While Johansen and co-producer Joe Delia built most of the songs on Sweet Revenge around synthesizers, the album's sleek sound unexpectedly agreed with Johansen's tough but emotive vocal style, and the album's insistent pulse on tunes like "Big Trouble" and "Heard the News" feels like a nod to the electronic hip-hop sounds that were sweeping New York City in 1984 when this was recorded, while "King of Babylon" is a more explicit homage to rap, with Johansen sounding more than comfortable dropping rapid-fire braggadocio. Johansen also makes room for his more contemplative side on "I Ain't Workin' Anymore" and "In My Own Time," as well as cutting loose with the rock & roll on "Too Many Midnights," and while the set closer "N.Y. Doll" is a disappointment and has nothing to do with his old band, overall this was Johansen's most personal and reflective album since his 1978 solo debut, and boasted a gutsy immediacy that most of his previous solo work lacked. Keep an ear peeled for backing vocals by future Bruce Springsteen bandmate and domestic partner Patti Scialfa.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/29/1997
  • Label: M.I.L. MULTIMEDIA
  • UPC: 795676900128
  • Catalog Number: 9001

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Heard the News (4:26)
  2. 2 Big Trouble (3:59)
  3. 3 I Ain't Workin' Anymore (3:36)
  4. 4 King of Babylon (4:13)
  5. 5 Sweet Revenge (4:46)
  6. 6 Too Many Midnights (4:52)
  7. 7 In My Own Time (3:28)
  8. 8 The Stinkin' Rich (3:59)
  9. 9 N.Y. Doll (4:05)
  10. 10 King of Babylon
  11. 11 Heard the News
  12. 12 Heard the News
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Johansen Primary Artist, Vocals
Peter Laurence Gordon Saxophone
Big Jay McNeely Saxophone
Patti Scialfa Background Vocals
Stephen Bray Drums
Joe d'Elia Keyboards
Neil Jason Bass
Soozie Kirschner Background Vocals
April Lang Background Vocals
Dennis McDermott Drums, Background Vocals
Jimmy Ripp Guitar
Steve Thornton Percussion
Brett Cartwright Bass, Background Vocals
Rocky Savino Jr. Harmonica
Artie Kaplan Saxophone
Claudia Engelhart Newscast
Dave Nelson Guitar, Background Vocals, Roland Synthesizer
Technical Credits
Larry Alexander Engineer
Tom Lord-Alge Engineer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Joe d'Elia Programming
Alec Head Engineer
Frank Heller Engineer
Dave Kapp Contributor
Phil Magnotti Engineer
Peter Robbins Engineer
Gary Russell Engineer
Gray Russell Engineer
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