Lipstick, Powder & Paint: The New York Dolls Heard Them Here First

Lipstick, Powder & Paint: The New York Dolls Heard Them Here First


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Unlike other artists in Ace's ongoing, excellent Heard Them Here First series, the New York Dolls do not have an extensive catalog. They released only two albums while they were active, and this paltry discography forces compilers Ian Johnston and Mick Patrick to widen their overview to include early demos and live recordings from when the band started to fray but even that expanded overview accounts for nine tracks, hardly enough for a sizeable compilation. So, Johnston and Patrick do the smart thing: they add in cuts that were in the repertoire of Johnny Thunders, David Johansen and his swinging alter ego Buster Poindexter, plus songs the reunited Dolls performed in the new millennium. This isn't everything these post-Dolls offshoots covered, of course -- notably, nothing from Johansen's hit Animals medley is here -- but the compilers sharply sculpt Lipstick, Powder & Paint! to reflect the aesthetic of the New York Dolls, trading heavily on the trashiest, funniest R&B, pop, blues, rock & roll, and soul from the days before the Beatles. Unsurprisingly, the songs here are usually big and bawdy, flirting with vaudeville -- in this context, the boasts of Sonny Boy Williamson's "Don't Start Me Talking" don't seem threatening, they seem almost camp -- and that's the pleasure of the whole thing. The New York Dolls had a very specific aesthetic, one that worshipped the past while simultaneously satirizing it, and Lipstick, Powder & Paint! captures that delicate balance not through performance but through selection, which is something of a wondrous thing to behold.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/03/2013
Label: Ace Records Import
UPC: 0029667056021
catalogNumber: 6705602
Rank: 52037

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Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer
Chuck Berry   Composer
Steve Cropper   Composer
Eddie Floyd   Composer
Barry Miles   Liner Note Source
Ellie Greenwich   Composer
Mort Shuman   Composer
Bunny Sigler   Composer
Ray Davies   Composer
Roger Armstrong   Photo Courtesy
Jeff Barry   Composer
Bert Berns   Composer
Tommy Boyce   Composer
Maxwell Davis   Composer
Lamont Dozier   Composer
Eugene Dozier   Composer
Steve F'dor   Photo Courtesy
Kenny Gamble   Composer
Bobby Hart   Composer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer
Leon Huff   Composer
Lenny Kaye   Liner Note Source
Ellas McDaniel   Composer
Doc Pomus   Composer
Jerry Ragovoy   Composer
Leon René   Composer
Sharon Sheeley   Composer
Jesse Stone   Composer
Ben Weisman   Composer
Sonny Boy Williamson [II]   Composer
Fred Wise   Composer
Gene Ford   Composer
Tony Rounce   Photo Courtesy
Jon Savage   Liner Note Source
Lee Phillips   Composer
Bob Gruen   Cover Photo,Liner Note Source
Kirk Roberts   Photo Courtesy
Mick Patrick   Photo Courtesy
Otis Rene   Composer
Ernestine Smith   Composer
Bernard Broomer   Composer
Curry   Composer
Nick Kent   Liner Note Source
Vicki Fox   Photo Courtesy
Sally Nix   Composer
Nina Antonia   Liner Note Source
Toussaint Pope   Composer
Colm O'Brien   Photo Courtesy
Bob Cochran   Composer
Billy Austin   Composer
Ian Johnston   Liner Notes
Wilia Dean Parker   Composer
Betty Mabry   Composer
Arnold Lawson   Composer
Mark Jacobson   Liner Note Source
Kenny Lewis   Composer
James Johnson   Composer

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