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New York Dolls Audio CD
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The New York Dolls created punk rock before there was a term for it. Building on the Rolling Stones' dirty rock & roll, Mick Jagger's androgyny, girl group pop, the Stooges' anarchic noise, and the glam rock of David Bowie and T. Rex, the New York Dolls created a new form of hard rock that presaged both punk rock and heavy metal. Their ... Read more in Amazon's New York Dolls Store

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  • Audio CD (1 Aug 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hip-O Select
  • ASIN: B000BQW88K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 568,568 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Never has an album title been more appropriate 10 July 2003
Format:Audio CD
After the plaudits currently heaped on the Dolls' first album (more now than then), it's easy to overlook the fact that they recorded a second before they imploded in a mess of lipstick and heroin. How does it fare today?
Pretty well, really. It's more tongue in cheek than the first, with tracks like "Bad Detective" and (especially) "Stranded in the Jungle" verging on the Vaudevillean - perhaps Johansen was giving his not-entirely-serious Buster Poindexter persona an early airing without letting the rest of the band in on the secret?
There are some classic Dolls' rockers, with "Babylon" (NYC, of course), "Puss and Boots" and "Who Are The Mystery Girls?" more than standing comparison with the best on the first album. It has to be said that there are a couple of duffers too - "It's Too Late" is plain dull, while Johnny Thunders' (probably not his real name...) vocal on "Chatterbox" is embarrassingly weak in comparison to Johansen's arrogant, taunting snarl. (Thunders fans are cordially invited to try the Heartbreaker's "LAMF" as an antidote).
The album closes with a couple of stormers. "Don't Start Me Talking" is a stomping, old-style r'n'b number credited to Sonny Boy Williamson, which sets the scene for the album's (and for me, the Dolls') finest track, "Human Being". It's a crude, bellowing roar with a honking sax and a great vocal from Johansen, which epitomises the band's up-yours, in-your-face attitude: "Well if you don't like me, go ahead, find yourself a saint, go ahead now, try to find a boy who's gonna be what I ain't, and what you need is a plastic doll with a brash coat of paint who's gonna sit through the madness and always act so quaint" - and it gets better from there on in. The track sums up the band perfectly, and closed the career of a group that did indeed sample far too much, far too soon (three of them died young, not something to be proud of), but one that has had an influence far out of proportion to anything they dared dream of.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Have you heard their first album..? 9 July 2008
Format:Audio CD
If you have you know what you're getting with this one. Perhaps the New York Dolls would have evolved and diversified if they hadn't fallen apart as they did, but this album isn't much of a representation of that. That probably sounds like a criticism, but I assure you it's not. The first album, "New York Dolls" was a great album, and another brush with the pop/punk/glam formula that made it what it was is a welcome one, it's not like they released a huge body of work in their short and self-destructive lifespan.
Perhaps this album contains a little more of the cynical humour the band offered so effectively, but it's only a magnification of an existing element, not any great change.
So if you heard and liked the first album, then get this one. If you didn't hear the first, try that one first, or perhaps give this a shot if you like The Pistols, Richard Hell, Guns n Roses, Television, Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers, The Dead Boys, The Ramones etc.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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After such a stunning debut it was clear that it would be almost impossible to follow and this offering proves the point all too well. That is not to say it is poor, especially if you do not compare the two. As I mentioned when I reviewed the 1st album you still get the impression that it could fall apart at any moment and to me that was the appeal of The New York Dolls - they had done most of it whilst others were still thinking about it. Personal favourite has to be 'Who Are The Mystery Girls'. If you liked the 1st album then the chances are you will also like this. If you're a newcomer then buy the 1st and leave this one until later. Finally saw them (sadly only Johannsen and Sylvain remain intact) live for the 2nd time a couple of years ago, the first time being in the 70's and they still put on an excellent performance. Then as now many could learm much - the New York Dolls are without any doubt the essence of what rock and roll should be!
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Although it is more geared toward cover versions than it's predecessor, the eponymous album by the Dolls, this second and final album by the original lineup is by far the superior album. 'The New York Dolls in Too Much Too Soon' is both a key text of Glam Rock and an ur-text of Punk Rock. Dripping with bags of attitude, loads of fun, ridiculously and ebulliently energetic and strutting, the Dolls make the Stones look like teddy bears with their stuffing ripped out of them. Plus, the Dolls were cuter, right girls? Who needs Aerosmith when you coulda had dese boiys?

Like being punched hard in the face with a big soft pillow, this album will make you want to stomp around your house with one hand on your hip whilke you wag an admonishing finger in the face of your head-shaking girlfriend as you show her that you can be a bigger, more gossipy bitch than any woman ever could. A feather boa made of chrome, tracks like 'Babylon' and 'Don't Start Me Talkin' will show her that camping it up with mojo is something only real rock and roll mensch do well - David Johanssen makes Handsome Dick Manitoba of The Dictators look a like a big girls' blouse on this record (incidentally, if you like the Dolls and don't own 'Go Girl Crazy' by The Dictators, buy it now).

'Stranded in the Jungle' is a hoot, 'Showdown' makes spectoresque pop look lame and the girly-fronted 'Chatterbox' is gum-chewing sullenness as poetry.'Puss'n'Boots' is of course the track that the Sex Pistols lifted for 'Liar', only changing the lyrics - good for them, they had impeccable taste! Thunders and Sylvain invented the whole cowboy-lick guitars that gave Steve Jones his signature sound and of course McClaren gave Steve Sylvain's old white Gibson guitar.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As classic as the debut, why is this out of print? 25 July 2005
By TimothyFarrell22 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
A lot of covers, but thats not a bad thing. "Too Much Too Soon" is as great as the first Dolls LP, and certainly needs to be reissued. There is certainly a better production, with cleaner guitars, and female backing vocals. This may not be a good representation of what the Dolls sounded like live, but its still sleazy as hell. Its dangerous but fun and soulful, like all good rock 'n' roll should be. Theres a perfect balance of originals and covers, which prove the Dolls know their roots. David Johansen obviously has an incredible knowledge of popular music of the last fifty years. This is what Malcolm McLaren wanted the Sex Pistols to sound like. Like the Velvet Underground, the Dolls where way too different to be appreciated by the music-buying public of the time. Only as time passed on and the bands cult grew where they proven to be one of the most influential bands of the decade.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album and BACK IN PRINT! (but not for long) 23 Aug 2005
By M. McM - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I agree, it's a CRIME this album is out-of-print. The New York Dolls were around for a very short time. They couldn't attain mainstream success, and both of their studio albums flopped, but their music has aged well. Not only did they prove to be godfathers of punk (which really took shape soon after they broke-up), but both of their studio albums are now considered classics. The debut gets written about far more often, but TOO MUCH TOO SOON is probably the better album. Everything is a touch better: songs, performances, and most of all the production.

This used to available as cheap but excellent sounding CD (mastered by Dennis Drake, a good, reliable engineer who does good work). That CD was tough to find in stores and now they stopped making it. Fortunately if you go to Hip-O Select's website (I posted a link earlier, but Amazon.com censored it), you'll find that it was re-issued in late July in a special edition! Some specialty stores also carry it, but it's easy to spot because it comes with a Lp style jacket instead of a jewel case. Unfortunately it's a limited edition (another crime), and only 5000 copies will be pressed period. I doubt Universal will do the right thing and bring back the old budget CD, so go to Hip-O Select or ask your local indie music store (chain stores won't order it) and order it before it's gone!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a Great Sounding American CD of This Album 29 May 2013
By Bruce Eder - Published on Amazon.com
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NOTE: THIS REVIEW REFERS TO THE 2013 PAPER SLEEVE MINI-LP REISSUE OF TOO MUCH TOO SOON FROM CULTURE FACTORY. I already own a deluxe import edition of this album on CD, and that's not leaving my collection. But this issue from Culture Factory deserves a lot of praise, for the crispness of the sound, the unabashed high volume, and the overall care that went into the release -- if not as elaborate a package as the import, it's also a lot less expensive and sounds just as good (and that's great, by the way). I love a company that spends as much time getting the sound right on classic punk (or psychedelic, or blues, or whatever) as some do on classical, and that's Culture Factory -- they're what Rhino Handmade was for a lot of releases, except they aim for corners of the music universe that Rhino Handmade seldom reached into. This one's a keeper.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Guilty Pleasure 16 Jun 2006
By Katherine McCarthy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
While not the rock milestone as the NY Dolls' debut, Too Much Too Soon is an essential addition. The cover songs are as much about who the Dolls were as the originals - Stranded in the Jungle is a loopy chestnut that was a blast on stage as the band imitated the monkey house in Central Park. Showdown was grungy soul strut, Philly by way of the #7 subway line. Human Being remains one of my favorite Dolls songs, an anthem and reaffirmation. Johnny Thunders' recycled Chatterbox under a variety of names and lyrics, but this is the definitive version. Shadow Morton producing is an obvious nod to the godfather of the Shangrilas - where do you think the "When I say I'm in love, you best believe I'm in love - L-U-V" came from in the middle of Trash came from? Not to mention the Dolls (later JT's) great cover of Give Him a Great Big Kiss. They belong together! The Dolls benefit from the sound clarity, bringing their chaos right up front and personal. To "get" the Dolls you need #1, Too Much Too Soon, Hard Night's Day, LAMF, Johnny's So Alone & Que Sera Sera. They really were too much too soon - you still hear them all over nuevo garage rock & punk. RIP JT, Jerry, Arthur & Billy.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Party time! 7 Nov 2005
By A. Traveler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I love this album, not because of its stellar musicianship or sterling

production values, but because of its *attitude*: there's a party goin'

on, and guess who's there? David Johansen and his pals!

Let's get completely wasted! Let's dress in drag! Let's pull out my old

record collection and play a whacked-out version of "Stranded in the Jungle"!

Hey, everyone join in on the chorus! It just keeps getting weirder and more

wonderful as the night goes on. Then after everyone leaves, you can almost

imagine having to pick up the empty booze bottles and cigarettes ground into

the carpet, wondering "who were those people, anyway?"

A wonderfully demented confection, served with a healthy dose of humor.
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