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5CD New York Dolls Box, Personality Crisis: Live Recordings & Studio Demos 1972-1975

One of the bump starts to a new era of music occurred when the New York Dolls took to NYC stages, a club at a time. With their wild and daring approaches, the solidifying of Rock’s ‘late ’60s. early ’70s years began to shake like a 9.0 quake intent on creating new tectonic plates. With only two albums in release before their demise, the New York Dolls left a legacy that is still heard and felt.

Of course, over the years there were presented a series of official and ‘grey-market’ material but until the band regrouped (without the services of Johnny Thunders, who died in 1991, and Arthur Kane, who passed in 2004), no new fresh songs were brought out to the fan base. (But subsequent guitarist, Steve Conte, was musically good in his role as successor to the irreplaceable Johnny Thunders.)

On April 27, a 5CD Box, Personality Crisis: Live Recordings & Studio Demos 1972-1975, will add to the mystique of the band that never was able to complete their full intended journey. One of the essential elements of this package is a collection of early, pre-Mercury Records demo sessions. With a presentation of 46 demos recorded at three separate studios, with a few bonus tracks (over two CDs), and five live locations including two that were radio broadcasts (over three CDs), there is more than a fan could possibly want in this collectible boxed set. (Just gaze at the track-list below!)

This set is presented in a clamshell box along with an essential booklet of notes, photos, and credits! The box will house the CDs in individual cardboard wallets.

No one will ever replace the phenomenon that New York Dolls were. They couldn’t even do i themselves decades later with new recordings. After their demise, their placement created a world of different avenues, with only Johnny Thunders maintaining a hard-edged punk style with the Heartbreakers (and a legendary solo outing that included So Alone!)

Personality Crisis: Live Recordings & Studio Demos 1972-1975New York Dolls

CD1 (Studio Demos ’72-’73):

Blue Rock Studio NYC, June ‘72
01. BAD GIRL
02. LOOKING FOR A KISS
03. DON’T START ME TALKIN’
04. DON’T MESS WITH CUPID
05. HUMAN BEING
06. PERSONALITY CRISIS
07. PILLS
08. JET BOY
09. FRANKENSTEIN
Escape Studios UK October ’72
10.PERSONALITY CRISIS
11.LOOKING FOR A KISS
12.BAD GIRL
13.SUBWAY TRAIN
Planet Studios NYC March ’73
14.SEVEN DAY WEEKEND
15. FRANKENSTEIN
16. WHO ARE THE MYSTERY GIRLS?
17. (THERE’S GONNA BE A) SHOWDOWN
18. BACK IN THE USA

CD2 (Studio Demos 1973, Bonus Tracks, A/B Sides of 1979 single):

Planet Studios NYC, March ‘73
01. ENDLESS PARTY
02. JET BOY
03. IT’S TOO LATE (FALSE START)
04. IT’S TOO LATE (FULL VERSION)
05. BAD DETECTIVE
06. LONELY PLANET BOY
07. SUBWAY TRAIN
08. PRIVATE WORLD
09. TRASH
10.HUMAN BEING
11.DON’T START ME TALKIN’
12.HOOCHIE COOCHIE MAN
13.(GIVE HIM A) GREAT BIG KISS
14.VIETNAMESE BABY
15. BABYLON
16.BAD GIRL
17. PILLS
18.PERSONALITY CRISIS

Bonus Tracks
01. HOUDINI
02. ONE NIGHT IN TEXAS
03. AFTER THE STORM
04. PERCY THE PIMP
05. RUNNING WILD
06. ALL IN YOUR MIND
07. SUICIDE
08. FEEL LIKE I’VE BEEN HERE BEFORE

A/B Sides of 1979 Single (Del Bromham)
09. WHO DO YOU LOVE
10.THE BEST FRIEND I EVER HAD

CD3 (Live Sets from Paris, Detroit, Long Island NYC):

Bataclan, Paris, December 23, ‘73
01. TRASH
02. THE MILK MAN
03. PUSS’N’BOOTS
Michigan Palace, Detroit, December 31 ‘73, New Year’s Eve
04. INTRO/PERSONALITY CRISIS
05. BAD GIRL
06. LOOKING FOR A KISS
07. WHO ARE THE MYSTERY GIRLS?
08. STRANDED IN THE JUNGLE
09. HUMAN BEING
10. PILLS
11. TRASH
12.THE MILK MAN
13. PUSS’N’BOOTS
14. BABYLON
15.LONE STAR QUEEN
16.DON’T START ME TALKIN’
My Father’s Place, Long Island NYC, April 14, ’74, WBAB Radio Broadcast
17. PUSS’N’BOOTS
18.LOOKING FOR A KISS
19. TRASH
20.STRANDED IN THE JUNGLE
21.PERSONALITY CRISIS
22.BAD GIRL
23. PILLS

CD4 (Live Sets From Long Island NYC, Vancouver, Dallas – 1974):

My Father’s Place, Long Island NYC, April 14, ’74, WBAB Radio Broadcast Continuation
01. HOOCHIE COOCHIE MAN
02. IT’S TOO LATE
03. CHATTERBOX
Vancouver June/July ’74
04. HUMAN BEING
05. HOOCHIE COOCHIE MAN
06. (GIVE HIM A) GREAT BIG KISS
07. DON’T MESS WITH CUPID
08. CHATTERBOX
09. BABYLON
10.(THERE’S GONNA BE A) SHOWDOWN
11.WHO ARE THE MYSTERY GIRLS?
12.JET BOY
13.HUMAN BEING
Dallas, September ’74
14.INTRO/PERSONALITY CRISIS
15.VIETNAMESE BABY
16.BAD GIRL
17.(GIVE HIM A) GREAT BIG KISS

CD5 (Live Sets Dallas and NYC – 1974/1975):

Dallas, September ’74 (continuation)
01. PILLS
02. FRANKENSTEIN
03. LONE STAR QUEEN
04. DON’T START ME TALKIN’
NYC, 1975
05. RED PATENT LEATHER
06. ON FIRE
07. SOMETHING ELSE
08. DADDY ROLLING STONE
09. AIN’T GOT NO HOME/DIZZY MISS LIZZY
10.GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS
11.DOWN DOWN DOWNTOWN
12.PIRATE LOVE
13. PILLS
14.TEENAGE NEWS
15.PERSONALITY CRISIS/LOOKING FOR A KISS
16.STRANDED IN THE JUNGLE

 

So Alone, 1978 Classic By Johnny Thunders Gets 2LP Vinyl Reissue

Johnny Thunders So AloneIf you were a New York Dolls fan back in the ’70s, then following the band mates as they went on to their next destinations was simply a no-brainer. The most exciting of them was easily Johnny Thunders. His formation of The Heartbreakers as a punk unit heading into the murky and dangerous undertow of that emerging music was the most exciting in New York. New York fostered its own brand of underground music that eventually gave us Patti Smith, Television, Talking Heads, Ramones, Lou Reed, and many other lesser known (but well loved by followers of that scene) bands like Wayne County/Jayne County, Richard Hell and the Voidoids, Dead Boys, Dictators, Fleshtones, etc.

One of those, Johnny Thunders, helped bridged a gap between the Rock refugees from the early ’70s, and the emerging Punk lovers. His first efforts were with The Heartbreakers. By 1977, they released L.A.M.F., which went on to achieve a legendary fame. However, as Rock and Roll will have it, the members eventually were in constant dispute over the production values of the only studio album that band produced. It led to the early demise of what would have been a fine, fine band. As a result, Johnny Thunders opted to go solo. His first album was So Alone, released in 1978.

So Alone was an instant classic that remains such even to this day. With equal parts punk, rock, and other styles including a love nod to the past with a potent cover of “Pipeline”, the 1960 surf gem from The Chantays. So Alone provided a strong set of ten tracks, all of which stand alone so well, they could have been singles! Other covers on the album include “Daddy Rollin’ Stone” (Otis Blackwell), a stunning rockin’ jazzy rework of “(Give Him A) Great Big Kiss”, original by The Shangri-Las (on So Alone as “Great Big Kiss”), and a rework of New York Dolls’ “Subway Train”.

Johnny Thunders was joined in the studio by Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy), Steve Marriott (Small Faces, Humble Pie), Steve Jones (Sex Pistols), Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders), Paul Cook (Sex Pistols), and others. So Alone was produced by Steve Lillywhite, himself a powerhouse name as a producer at the time. You can hear Phil Lynott singing the second verse of “Daddy Rollin’ Stone”, followed in the third verse by an unmistakable Steve Marriott.

Needless to say, So Alone is a classic that needs to be heard. Even if you decide that you dislike it, it needs to be heard at least once.

On March 4, Remarquable Records will release a newly remastered 2LP vinyl edition of So Alone. Unique to this Special Edition vinyl set is the inclusion of five bonus tracks. Those are “Dead Or Alive”, a single recorded and released as the first Thunders solo track, which was backed with album cut, “Downtown”; the 7″ single version of “You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory”, along with it’s B-side track, “Hurtin'”; the unreleased title track, “So Alone”, and an intended but unreleased b-side, “The Wizard”, a cover of T. Rex’s Marc Bolan song. “The Wizard” was meant to be the B-side of “You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory” until replaced by “Hurtin'”. The album features remastering at a high quality 24bit/96kHz from an original source.

To add to the set, a desirable 16-page booklet will be included. It will contain every promotional memorabilia issued to promote So Alone during the time of its release.

So Alone stands as a vastly underrated gem in the world of remembered classics.

You can hear every song plus some of the extras here by playing the embedded video below. Highly suggested!