Rock 'n Roll

Rock 'n Roll

by New York DollsNew York Dolls


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Since the two studio albums recorded by the original incarnation of the New York Dolls -- 1973's New York Dolls and 1974's Too Much, Too Soon -- will fit (just barely) on one CD without editing, just how useful is a collection that features most but not all of the songs from those albums along with some bonus tracks of dubious quality and importance? Rock 'n' Roll aims to be a definitive summary of the Dolls' glorious but chaotic career while offering a few rarities for die-hard fans, but the loyalists get shortchanged just a bit by this set. "Lone Star Queen" sounds like a tossed-off demo, "Don't Mess with Cupid" is a less impressive cover than the versions of "Pills" or "Don't Start Me Talkin'" that don't make the cut, and while "Courageous Cat Theme" is good fun that gives Johnny Thunders plenty of room to strut with his guitar, it's hardly a lost classic. But even in a less than ideal presentation, this music is still powerful, and Rock 'n' Roll really does capture a good bit of what made the New York Dolls truly special -- the prima donna swagger of David Johansen's vocals, the aural sneer of Johnny Thunders' guitar, the chock-a-block counterpoint of Syl Sylvain's rhythm work, the sharp, efficient wallop of Jerry Nolan's drums, and the dirt simple but heartfelt pulse of Arthur Kane's bass. Add in the band's songs, which offer a clever street kid's perspective on the joys and terrors of life in the concrete playground of New York City, and you get a band that sound every bit as smart, witty, and thoroughly unique today as they did in 1973. And though the songs fare better in the context of their original albums, the opening triple play of "Trash," "Personality Crisis," and "Babylon" is inspired, as is the closing salvo of "Jet Boy" and "Human Being." All in all, Rock 'n' Roll isn't perfect, but it is the best single-disc New York Dolls collection that's been released to date, and it's the next best thing to picking up those first two albums (which is still the preferred option).

Product Details

Release Date: 03/07/2006
Label: Imports
UPC: 0731452212924
catalogNumber: 5036167
Rank: 23334

Album Credits

Performance Credits

New York Dolls   Primary Artist,Group
David Johansen   Harmonica,Gong,Vocals
Sylvain Sylvain   Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Arthur Kane   Bass
Jerry Nolan   Percussion,Drums
Johnny Thunders   Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

David Johansen   Composer,Contributor
New York Dolls   Arranger
Todd Rundgren   Producer
Sylvain Sylvain   Contributor
Jack Douglas   Engineer
Arthur Kane   Contributor
Lenny Kaye   Liner Notes
George "Shadow" Morton   Producer
Paul Nelson   Producer
Jerry Nolan   Contributor
Ed Sprigg   Engineer
Johnny Thunders   Composer,Contributor
Dennis M. Drake   Engineer
Dennis Drake   Engineer
Josh Cheuse   Artwork
Mark Weinberg   Artwork
Dixon Van Winkle   Engineer

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