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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely the best of the 'Dolls, 22 Sep 2000
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This review is from: Rock 'N Roll (Audio CD)
This is real glam rock'n'roll! If you want a really good "best of the New York Dolls" CD then this is the one for you. All of their best songs, some studio recordings and some live. Worth buying for "Stranded in the Jungle" alone. The Godfathers of Punk in all their glory (The band included Johnny Thunders who went on to Heartbreakers fame).
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4.0 out of 5 stars ROCK N' F**KIN' ROLL!!!, 30 July 2004
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Became interested in the dolls after seeing their performance of 'Jet Boy' on an Old grey whistle test DVD. I thought about getting the seperate albums, but saw that the bulk of their stuff was on this excellantly priced compilation. This is no frills swaggering rock n' roll. David Johansen proves that he has a great vocal style, and the rest of the band sound fantastic. The Doll's were definatley one of those bands that I think have kept their credibility by having a such a great (but limited) output.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 20 tracks from one of the greatest bands ever..., 30 Oct 2002
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Jason Parkes "We're all Frankies'" (Worcester, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Rock 'N Roll (Audio CD)
This is an excellent 20-track compilation of the legandary New York Dolls- who along with Richard Hell/Voivoids, Johnny Thunders & Heartbreakers & Television sound positively contemporary compared to bands like Hives-Strokes-Vines etc.
The tracks come from the eponymous 1973 album produced by Todd Rundgren, 1974's prophetic Too Much Too Soon and there are a few unreleased demo tracks (Lone Star Queen, Courgeous Cat Theme).
What got me hooked?- well a combination of the chapter on them in Nick Kent's The Dark Stuff (see also the book Please Kill Me) and a clip of Looking for a Kiss that Morrissey chose when on Jools Holland in 1995/6 (?). This emanated from The Old Grey Whistle Test- also reissued on DVD this year. The band were just the coolest, though obviously it ended in tragedy, overdoses and appearing in a film with Hulk Hogan (David Johansen!).
Their influence is vast- the aforementioned Looking for a Kiss would be pilfered by the Sex Pistols for Problems- while bands like Japan,Hanoi Rocks, The Smiths, Motley Crue ,Guns'N'Roses ,The Manic Street Preachers, Suede and all the latest garage rock inspired bands would owe this lot a debt. The difference between the NY Dolls and wannabe's like the Manics are THE SONGS.
As this CD demonstrates they had SONGS big time- Trash, Personality Crisis, Jet Boy, Vietnamese Baby (really!), It's Too Late and Lone Star Queen. Imagine The Stooges playing Exile on Main Street on the worst drugs and you are near. Finally, the liner notes by Lenny Kaye (Nuggets, Horses, Easter)are a joy; Rock & Roll is an almost definitive reminder of one of the greatest bands ever...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pistols fans will love the Dolls, 1 Feb 2014
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For years I presumed that people's love for the Dolls was based on them just trying to be trendy by liking a niche band. I had heard Personality Crisis and thought it was fairly mundane. Then I saw some old footage of the Dolls playing Jet Boy on Whistle Test. This was a good song and crazy performance, so I thought I might invest a few quid in the Rock N Roll compillation. Was it money well spent? F*** yes!! Any Pistols fan really shouldn't miss out on hearing the Pistols' closest relations. Musically the Dolls are one step closer to the Stones, and you will be left asking yourself which band is better - the Dolls or the Pistols.
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5.0 out of 5 stars True Godfathers of Punk, Glam.............................!, 18 July 2013
This review is from: Rock 'N Roll (Audio CD)
This excellent CD manages to cram most of the 1st and 2nd albums onto it with one notable exception - Pills, but hey-ho you can never have it all? As I said on my review of the 1st album you are always waiting for things to fall apart, but thankfully they never do which as far as the Dolls are concerned could be classed as a miracle. Surely this approach/attitude is the essence of true rock & roll and the Dolls did it whilst most were thinking about it and to a degree still are. If you like that raw live feel then this CD cannot be bettered. To get the gist just listen to 'Personality Crisis', 'Looking For A Kiss', 'Frankenstein', 'Bad Girl' and 'Who Are The Mystery Girls', in fact listen to them all! Many bands seem to end up with the 'legend' tag but very few actually deserve that acolade. The New York Dolls certainly do and their influence is far reaching whether you like them or not and cannot be denied. The CD comes packaged with excellent sleeve notes and is considered an absolute must for any proper rock music collection. Play it loud and to hell with the neighbours.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dolls Lovers Delight, 25 Sep 2010
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C. A. Williams (Welsh Borders) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Rock 'N Roll (Audio CD)
Having been an avid listener and performer of the New York Dolls in the late 70's and early 80's I was looking to be pleasantly surprised and impressed by what at first glance promised to be a great collection. I was thankfully rewarded on both counts and can heartily recommend it. From the first raw note of guitar heaven to the last you know what you're in for and aren't disappointed. The previously unreleased tracks fit in perfectly adding another dimension to all too familiar Dolls sound. We all might have our own prefered song order but this one works fine, putting 'Babylon' and' Who Are The Mystery Girls' right where they belong along side 'Trash' 'Personality Crisis and the rest. Twenty songs of exactly what the New York Dolls were and always will be a perfect slice of tongue in cheek lip pouting rock and roll. A great way to blow away the cobwebs and the taking it all far too seriously blues! Buy it NOW!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Cat will get your tongue, 7 Feb 2010
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Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles "FIST" (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Rock 'N Roll (Audio CD)
Big hair, big shoes and larger than life personalities. After the Vietnam meltdown, Nixon's fall from grace and the end of the hippies, huge chasms appeared within the USA. Cultural holes left open by the abdication of Elvis as he sought solace in Las Vegas, The Beatles stepped down as Black Country Heavy Metal pounded the American doors whilst America bared its soul shifting into disco.

The 70's were marked by the rainbow coalitions of outsiders banding together to access the mainstream. Let's hear it for cross dressing heterosexuals!!!! The New York Dolls tumbled into a vacuum. After Mick wore the dress and tales of 20's Wiemar percolated through to the States, Honky Tonk rhythms and ambisexual men became allied in this strut on disc.

The Dolls, like the Cramps after them, went backwards to invent the future, digging and sifting into the archaeology of blues and rock, already silted over in the early 70's. Whilst excavating they polished the nuggets to blast out rockabilly, 60's punk and hard blues standards to unaware 70's kids. New Yawk was hit; a bubblegum blast of fresh air - as something stolid and staid was pushed into a corner and forced to gape. Backcombed hair, tight crotch hugging trousers, lipstick, mascara and high heels- glam.

This album is a testament to the times, the bacchanal of pre Aids nuke armageddeon moments as kids who dodged the draft let loose with a Gibson rather than a semi automatic. Peppering their aesthete onto a bewildered audeince; Dolls like the Stooges never gained acceptance. First in the queue for autographs was David Bowie who reworked the model for England with his Jean Genie and Diamond Dogs. Malcom Maclaren later borrowed the riffs, insouciance plus guitar sound for his particular model.

Dolls were born to soon and were catalysts rather than reapers, Drugs and alcohol essential for the lifestyle also took their toll. Cheap heroin from SE Asia flowed into NY with returning GI's brought back their habits to rural backwater USA and it killed the hippy kids, the Panthers and communities.

On here you get two extra tracks plus all of the big hitters; Personality Crisis, Subway Train, Mystery Train- so if you wondered what all the fuss was about , this is where to begin. It sounds like the Rolling Stones minus the cooing as it morphs into God Save the Queen. The Dolls were the links between Rotten and Jagger.

Heroin was allied to jazz gods, beatniks and returning GI's.
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