“New York Dolls” by New York Dolls - album review

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TJR says

At the time of release in July 1973 they were: David Johansen (23, gong, harmonica, vocals); Arthur ‘Killer’ Kane (24, bass guitar); Jerry Nolan (27, drums); Sylvain Sylvain (22, piano, rhythm guitar, vocals) and Johnny Thunders (21, lead guitar, vocals). Like almost every genre in musical history, Punk didn’t just suddenly appear from out of nowhere in the latter half of the 70s. Even by 1973, Rock n Roll n Garage n teen-rebel vibes have been messin’ with musical conservatism for some 20 years now. New York Dolls were simply the latest notable chapter in the move towards the famous genre term that would create a worldwide big bang a few years from now. The NYD can be right proud of their contribution; the debut set from these exciting degenerates was a spewed up feast of Shangri Las and Stooges motifs, with some terrific keepers such as “Personality Crisis” and “Trash” to recommend it. If I’m being honest, some of these guitar wails bore me in the 21st century, as does some of the rhythmic stodginess, but I can’t help but wonder if I might have felt differently in 1973 as I looked around and saw the alternatives from crushing bores such as Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney and Wings, Marvin Gaye, Genesis and Steely Dan. I’m sure I would have. I don't reckon this to be a classic by any means, but it's good stuff anyway… oi… NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS, HERE’S THE NEW YORK DOLLS.

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A1 [03:43] 7.6.png New York Dolls - Personality Crisis (David Johansen, Johnny Thunders) Proto-Punk
A2 [03:20] 5.8.png New York Dolls - Looking For A Kiss (David Johansen, Johnny Thunders) Blues Rock / Soul Rock
A3 [03:39] 5.5.png New York Dolls - Vietnamese Baby (David Johansen) Rock
A4 [04:10] 6.0.png New York Dolls - Lonely Planet Boy (David Johansen, Johnny Thunders) New Wave
A5 [06:00] 6.4.png New York Dolls - Frankenstein (David Johansen, Sylvain Sylvain) Proto-Punk
B1 [03:09] 8.2.png New York Dolls - Trash (David Johansen, Sylvain Sylvain) Proto-Punk
B2 [03:05] 6.1.png New York Dolls - Bad Girl (David Johansen, Johnny Thunders) Proto-Punk
B3 [04:22] 5.6.png New York Dolls - Subway Train (David Johansen, Johnny Thunders) Rock
B4 [02:49] 6.5.png New York Dolls - Pills (Ellas Otha Bates) Proto-Punk
B5 [03:40] 6.0.png New York Dolls - Private World (David Johansen, Arthur Kane) New Wave
B6 [04:40] 5.8.png New York Dolls - Jet Boy (David Johansen, Johnny Thunders) Rock

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