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  • Vinyl (14 Jun. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Vinyl Lovers
  • ASIN: B003LJ437S
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,142,191 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Euro, 180 g. re, 3 bonus tracks

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I first got this album on vinyl in the late 80s, and listened to it loads then (and afterward!) due to it containinng a great cross-section of songs.
The lyrics, on different tracks range from comedic (i think! on 'Cool Operator')to really heart-felt (on 'I Only wrote This Song For You') and everywhere in-between.
I love the guitar sound too (esp. on 'Short Lives' & 'Tie Me Up'). A real gem of an album to me....and has meant a lot to me @ certain times in my life by letting me know that someone else has felt like I did, but then it kicks your but and gets you ready to party!!! Cool record.
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Johnny once again delivers an album of classic punk rock tunes. While the production is a little too pristine the songs more then stand up for themselves with 'Blame It On Mom', 'MIA' and 'Tie Me Up' being personal highlights. This release comes with a few bonus tracks of which 'Que Sera Sera' is the only worthwhile inclusion, I mean who needs another version of the completely off target reggae tune 'Cool Operator'.
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HASH(0x902df834) out of 5 stars Studio Recordings, Original Material...Plus Live Video 19 April 2004
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Who else but Johnny Thunders would cover Doris Day's signature tune, "Que Sera Sera," changing the lyrics to:
When I was just a little brat,
I asked my teacher what will I be?
Will I be a mess?
Will I have success?
Here's what she said to me!
In the entire catalog of Johnny Thunders material, there are few studio albums of mostly original material. "Que Sera Sera," is one of them; the music alone warrants four stars. The studio versions of songs frequently heard on Johnny's live releases are here ("M.I.A.," "Little Bit of Whore," "Blame It On Mom," "Alone in a Crowd"). "I Only Wrote This Song for You" remains one of Johnny's most vulnerable moments. It's probably not the place to start your Thunders collection, but if you already have a taste for Johnny, you will want this.
Another couple of reasons to acquire this CD, and why it gets the extra star: It contains video from a 1984 performance at London's legendary Marquee featuring Johnny, fellow New York Doll/Heartbreaker Jerry Nolan on drums, and Heartbreaker Billy Rath on bass. Seeing Johnny perform "Sad Vacation" (his ode to Sid Vicious) and "Pipeline" are worth the price of a CD. Plus, liner notes are by Nina Antonia, Johnny's offical biographer.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90b2a7ec) out of 5 stars A Suprisingly Cohesive Effort From Thunders 6 Jan. 2001
By Daniel Ahern - Published on
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Que Sera Sera, along with L.A.M.F. and So Alone, ranks among Johnny Thunders' most cohesive efforts. He sounds "with it" throughout, and actually manages some strong contributions. The acoustic, "I Only Worte This Song For You," and the rocking "A Little Bit Of Whore," rank as true Thunders classics. A comeback album of sorts, Que Sera Sera could have marked the beginning of mainstream acceptance, but then that just wouldn't really be Johnny now...would it?
HASH(0x90684e94) out of 5 stars Great follow up to 78's So Alone opus 21 April 2015
By Thirty-Ought Six - Published on
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After a 7 year lull between the release of his first solo record, 1978's classic So Alone release, Johnny Thunders decides to mirror much of the same concept stylistically with 1985's Que Sera Sera and it works very well within these aspects. Helped along by a bevy of friends such as Patti Paladin, Henri Paul, Wilko Johnson, Glen Matlock, Stiv Bators, Michael Monroe, John Perry and a crack rhythm section of bassist Keith Yon and drummer Tony St. Helene, the wealth of material and musicianship runs the gamut of gutteral rock and roll tendencies which are a Thunders trademark. Pivotal songs within this release are: "Short Lives", "M.I.A.", "Little Bit of Whore", "Blame it on Mom" and a cool reworking of an old NY Dolls track, "Endless Party" which gives this record a solid foundation and a testimony to Johnny's workings within the raw rock and roll sound and lifestyle he adopted for himself and his decadent reputation that went with it. Other notable tracks on this consistent and successful album are the stately and pretty ballad, "I Only Wrote this Song for You", a great collaboration with Patti Palladin with "Tie Me Up", which also features former Heartbreakers' Jerry Nolan and Billy Rath, the funky-reggae infused "Cool Operator" replete with dirty saxophone playing courtesy of Hanoi Rocks' frontman Mike Monroe and an instrumental dedicated to early NY Dolls' drummer Billy Murcia in the form of "Billy Boy".

Fittingly, the disc ends with a cover of which was the album's title in the Doris Day number, "Que Sera Sera(Whatever Will Be, Will Be)" and its a touching way to end the record and features Thunders' in a heartfelt and melodic vocal range that is seldom heard amongst Thunders' typical vocal growl and whine within the parameters of his raw rock and roll approach and is a nice change as it shows Johnny had another gentler, softer side to his panache. The 2001 re-release from Jungle records features a multi-media 3 songs worth of video footage taken from the Marquee club in London including: "Sad Vacation"(an ode to fallen Sex Pistol, Sid Vicious), "Little Bit of Whore" and "Pipeline", which remained a constant opening or closing number for most of Thunders' sets throughout his remaining years. Audio-wise, there are different mixes of the previous cuts, "Short Lives"(in its original mix) and a slightly longer version of "Cool Operator"(aka "Black Cat" mix) included within this re-release that make for interesting listening to compare to the finished albums' master. Although, Thunders' life was mired within the throes of drug addiction, which ultimately compromised his talent and motivations, this record was another reminder of what he could accomplish and achieve especially with the help and support of many of his musical connections and friends whom he was able to call and rely upon to see his vision thru accordingly to his own talent and art of timeless rock and roll music. 4 solid stars
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HASH(0x90a8684c) out of 5 stars I'm Sorry, I'm Sorry.... 21 Jan. 2008
By J P Ryan - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I loved Johnny Thunders, from the first time I ever heard the news about the New York Dolls, which happened to be in "Creem" Magazine, 1973, shortly before their debut album "The New York Dolls" was released by the Mercury label. The Dolls were smart, smarter than the radio programmers and hard rock fans who dismissed them, not to mention arty, bursting with life, soul and talent. They had a lot in common with the young Stones (a lot more than, say, Aerosmith, who also debuted that year) but a decade later, and from Manhattan rather than London. Like the Stones their passion was tempered with irony, and the Dolls offered a vision smeared by the glitz and grime of NYC and pop culture from The Shangra-La's to Dianna Barrymore. Johnny Thunders was the Subway Train screeching to a halt at the end of 'Jet Boy'. After the equally classic followup, 1974's "In Too Much Too Soon" the Dolls were gone - Thunders and drummer Jerry Nolan, dope sick in Florida, split, forming the Heartbreakers in 1975 (with Richard Hell). "L.A.M.F." (1977) doesn't capture the group's enormous potential, famously sabotaged as it was by months of inept remixing prior to its release. Thunders mixed it in '84, but it didn't help much, and more recently a definitive edition has been released with 'lost mixes', outtakes and alternates spread across two CDs, and that's the one to get. Still, the album's undeniable power can't disguise the fact that two or three of its songs are filler, albeit filler with attitude. "D.T.K.", "Live At Max's", and the underrated "Live at the Lyceum" (the last a reunion effort from 1984) are all worth hearing, and the Lyceum set has the definitive version of 'So Alone'. "L.A.M.F" didn't prepare me for the subversive classicism of Thuders' essential solo debut, "So Alone" (1978), deceptively slight on first impression - 10 songs in 30 minutes, including two Dolls remakes, several covers, and lots of guitar help - but with expectations out of the way, and hearing it now, it's both Thunders' masterpiece and a tour-de-force, effortlessly adapting his roots - i.e. the Shangra Las, surf music, '50s r & b, and more - into his own original sensibility. The originals are uncompromising "punk" and deeply rooted in rock 'n' roll's glorious past, from the snarling urban blues 'Downtown' to the vulnerability and feline delicacy of 'You Can't Put Your Arms Round A Memory' and 'Untouchable'.
Johnny never really followed it up, though he lived another 13 years. During 1983-84 he issued a series of eps and cassettes, including material produced by Stones' producer Jimmy Miller, that all have terrific moments. Thunders' addictions, lack of discipline, poverty, and so forth meant patching together four or five new songs with some uneven live tracks on "Junkie Business", re-recording some of those same songs, with a new one, for "In Cold Blood" - half five-song ep, the second disc the sort of live set that led me to stop seeing him whenever he played Boston around 1985. These were followed by "Diary Of A Lover", another ep, featuring the very same recrdings used for "In Cold Blood" in different mixes, and with one (!) new song as bait. Yet he did come back with another gem, 1984's solo acoustic "Hurt Me", an album for late nights and loners, Johnny's songs and singing more androgynous, haunting, emotionally raw, and revealing than ever - Thunders' "Plastic Ono Band", or "Big Star Third".
Nina Antonia describes the making of 1985's "Que Sera, Sera" as a series of false starts, the artist alternating enthusiasm with distraction and seeming indifference. (This edition is the same as the Japanes one, which has the original album art replicated in miniature cardboard, but not the visual material). As his first full length 'electric' album of new material (well, mostly) in seven years, it was and remains uneven, another missed opportunity. Thunders' guitar playing lacks the authority of his Dolls' classics, and is frequently part of a murky mix that's cluttered with several other guitarists, backing vocals, and saxophnes. The lethargic quality of the performances sometimes pervades the material: really, would you give 'Little Bit Of Whore' a glance if it appeared on an AC/DC or Guns 'n' Roses record? 'Endless Party' is a great song, but this cluttered take is inferior to the Miller produced version that closed "Diary Of A Lover". 'M.I.A." was another remake, and 'I Only Wrote This Song For You' is honest and affecting, but lyrically slight, and can't touch 'Diary Of A Lover' or 'Can't Put Your Arms Round A Memory'. That leaves the good stuff: 'Short Lives' (with Patti Palladin's co-lead) is a more laconic 'Sad Vacation', and a fine opener. (The CD includes an alternate mix as a bonus cut). 'Cool Operator,' six minutes of dub-drenched reggae by Johnny and his rhythm section, its groove deep and funky and featuring Johnny's hilarious lyrics. 'Billy Boy' is a irresistable, rocking little instrumental, with Thunders' guitar up front and center, and 'Tie Me Up' (not the Stones song from "Undercover"), another duet with Palladin, is warm and playful - Johnny sounds like he's having a good time. As for the remaining bonus cuts, the title cut was not actually included on the original album, but recorded and released a year later. It's Johnny all the way, just as another sad casualty, Sly Stone, made the song HIS own on "Fresh", a few years before Sly evidently lost the war with his own demons, and disappeared from the public gaze.
Perhaps we need "Que Sera Sera" to be a good album, Johnny left so few finished studio records that are worthy of his utterly undomesticated genius. And after an album of covers, "Copy Cats" (1987) on which he plays no guitar, Thunders, who could never really escape the chaos, wrote a handful of remarkable new songs - scattered like scraps of paper, on a series of live albums issued before (and after) his death. "Society Makes Me Sad" is one, and thinking of the trajectory of Johnny's life and career makes me sad.
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HASH(0x902dfcf0) out of 5 stars Que Sera, Sera 29 July 2008
By J. Ness - Published on
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I've been a fan for Johnny Thunders for quite a while now. I discovered his Music through Guns n' Roses on The Spaghetti Incident (great album aswell), which led me first to the New York Dolls, then Heartbreakers and finally his studio material. I have Both of the Dolls albums, L.A.M.F with the Heartbreakers, all of his studioalbums(xcept Copy Cats), and a handful of live albums/ bootlegs.

If you don't know Johnny's story, and haven't heard any of his music before, this is not the place to start. Buy his earlier stuff first.

However if you do know Johnny's story and his music, you'll love this album. It really gives a great picture of all the talent he had, and the fact that he was able to put out a album like this considering his personal life at the time, is amazing. From the pure rock tunes Little bit of whore, Alone in a Crowd and Endless party to his beautiful ballad I only wrote this song for you, this album have got it all, and more. It was his definate Comeback album. Buy it, you won't regret.
Rip. Johnny.
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