New York Dolls 'Personality Crisis' 5 cd Set : Live Recordings & Studio Demos 1972-1975


Personality Crisis: Live Recordings & Studio Demos 1972-1975. A trio of pre-Mercury demo sessions – arguably as close as the Dolls ever got to nailing their sound in the cold austerity of the recording studio – are joined by a collection of incendiary live shows (including two American radio broadcasts)

This package serves, then, as an alternative view of one of the few genuinely essential rock’n’roll bands to emerge from the early Seventies wastelands.

Formed in 1971 in New York City, and originally classified as hard rock, the New York Dolls became one of the creators of punk rock before there was even a term for it. With a line-up of vocalist David Johansen, guitarist Johnny Thunders, bassist Arthur Kane, guitarist Sylvain Sylvain and drummer Billy Murcia, the New York Dolls sported an androgynous wardrobe of high heels, eccentric hats, make-up and satin onstage, and in the words of the Encyclopedia of Popular Music were “one of the most influential rock bands of the last 20 years”, boasting such high profile fans as Morrissey, the Sex Pistols, The Ramones, Kiss, Guns N’ Roses and The Damned.

It is commonly perceived that the essence of the New York Dolls was never satisfactorily captured by their two albums for the Mercury label, both of which many believe suffered from unsympathetic production. Fortunately for us all, the band’s untutored rawness, unencumbered strength of purpose and unique vision is better served by the recordings that are gathered together for the first time on Personality Crisis: Live Recordings & Studio Demos 1972-1975. A trio of pre-Mercury demo sessions – arguably as close as the Dolls ever got to nailing their sound in the cold austerity of the recording studio – are joined by a collection of incendiary live shows (including two American radio broadcasts) that, despite the variable sound quality, capture their unfettered outrageousness and life-affirming vitality. This package serves, then, as an alternative view of one of the few genuinely essential rock’n’roll bands to emerge from the early Seventies wastelands.

Includes early versions of acknowledged New York Dolls’ classics: ‘Jet Boy’, ‘Trash’, ‘Personality Crisis’, ‘Puss ‘n’ Boots’, ‘Stranded In The Jungle’, ‘Babylon’, ‘Who Are The Mystery Girls’, ‘Bad Girl’ and ‘Pills’.

Come in a beautifully designed clamshell box set containing its own booklet with full sleeve notes, plus individual card wallets for each of the discs.

All material contained within this package has been specially remastered for this release.

You can order your copy HERE

DISC ONE:

STUDIO DEMOS 72-73 BLUE ROCK STUDIO NYC, JUNE ‘72

1. BAD GIRL 2. LOOKING FOR A KISS 3. DON’T START ME TALKIN’ 4. DON’T MESS WITH CUPID 5. HUMAN BEING 6. PERSONALITY CRISIS 7. PILLS 8. JET BOY 9. FRANKENSTEIN

ESCAPE STUDIOS, UK, OCT ‘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

DISC TWO:

STUDIO DEMOS 1973 PLANET STUDIOS, NYC, MARCH ‘73

1. ENDLESS PARTY 2. JET BOY 3. IT’S TOO LATE (FALSE START) 4. IT’S TOO LATE (FULL VERSION) 5. BAD DETECTIVE 6. LONELY PLANET BOY 7. SUBWAY TRAIN 8. PRIVATE WORLD 9. 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

1. HOUDINI 2. ONE NIGHT IN TEXAS 3. AFTER THE STORM 4. PERCY THE PIMP 5. RUNNING WILD 6. ALL IN YOUR MIND 7. SUICIDE

BONUS TRACKS 8. FEEL LIKE I’VE BEEN HERE BEFORE

DEL BROMHAM 9. WHO DO YOU LOVE 10.THE BEST FRIEND I EVER HAD

A & B-SIDES OF SINGLE – RELEASED IN 1979

DISC THREE:

LIVE PARIS / DETROIT / LONG ISLAND BATACLAN, PARIS, 23 DEC ‘73

1. TRASH 2. THE MILK MAN 3. PUSS’N’BOOTS

MICHIGAN PALACE, DETROIT, 31 DEC ‘73 4. INTRO/PERSONALITY CRISIS 5. BAD GIRL 6. LOOKING FOR A KISS 7. WHO ARE THE MYSTERY GIRLS? 8. STRANDED IN THE JUNGLE 9. 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, 14 APRIL ’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

DISC FOUR:

LIVE 1974 LONG ISLAND / VANCOUVER / DALLAS MY FATHER’S PLACE, LONG ISLAND, 14 APRIL ’74 (WBAB RADIO BROADCAST)

1. HOOCHIE COOCHIE MAN 2. IT’S TOO LATE 3. CHATTERBOX 4. HUMAN BEING VANCOUVER, CIRCA JUNE/JULY ‘74 5. HOOCHIE COOCHIE MAN 6. (GIVE HIM A) GREAT BIG KISS 7. DON’T MESS WITH CUPID 8. CHATTERBOX 9. BABYLON 10.(THERE’S GONNA BE A) SHOWDOWN 11.WHO ARE THE MYSTERY GIRLS? 12.JET BOY 13.HUMAN BEING

DALLAS, SEPT ‘74 14.INTRO/PERSONALITY CRISIS 15.VIETNAMESE BABY 16.BAD GIRL 17.(GIVE HIM A) GREAT BIG KISS

DISC FIVE:

LIVE 1974 DALLAS ’74 / NYC ‘75 DALLAS, SEPT ‘74 (DISC FIVE)

1. PILLS 2. FRANKENSTEIN 3. LONE STAR QUEEN 4. DON’T START ME TALKIN’

NEW YORK, 1975 5. RED PATENT LEATHER 6. ON FIRE 7. SOMETHING ELSE 8. DADDY ROLLING STONE 9. 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

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