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3.9 out of 5
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9 Ratings

kidkrantz ,

great live representation

I was at this show, and the Dolls have no business being this good 32 years later, and with more than half the band dead at this point. Pick it up; it won't dissapoint

lovemaker1969 ,

New York Dolls at The Fillmore East? Yeah and I got a bridge for you!

I have to be of 2 minds while I write this.....

 I loved the New York Dolls... You know, the 2nd incarnation, with Johnny, Syl, David Arthur and Jerry (I LIKED the Mercer Arts Billy Murcia Dolls, but Jerry brought them to a whole new level)

I rushed out and bought the 1st Dolls LP and a week before the Waldorf Astoria Halloween gig Mama Thunders moved across the street from me..... I met Johnny through my proximity to his mom and the fact that I drove a cab and took him and Sable Starr from Bayside to East 6 street.... 
My sister & her Husband Joe Dragon became even closer to JT. But this isn't about Me or Her or Joe or even Johnny... Truth be told as a rabid Rolling Stones fan I was a David Jo fan 1st.... I mention this because I am a New York Dolls FAN and NOT a hater!

Got the 2nd LP from Jimmy's Music World and brought it to the stereo store when I bought a new stereo and compared Stereo's by blasting Stranded in The Jungle until the Manager INSISTED my salesman stop!....

I always considered Frenchette a dolls song (and the others from David's 1st LP that the Dolls used to do 1st)

I saw the Dolls at Mercer Arts, Max's (Kansas City)  Coventry (in Queens), any place I could. I loved and believed in the Dolls so much that I gave away my Stones Bootlegs because the Stones were the Past and The Dolls were the future.....

When I saw the New New York Dolls at the little hippodrome (the 2nd time, AFTER Johnny) I knew I wasn't seeing the Dolls... The Red Patent Leather and the Hammer and Sickle flag were hints, the new set list was the 2nd clue and the disdain David spat at the audience when ending with a Dolls song showed me I was right.....

I went home and played my Is It Pink, 2nd show at Max's from a year before.... Then I played my cassette of the Academy of Music show where an employee saw me taping and Shadow confiscated a blank tape... The sound system sucked that day and I remember someone saying with disdain when they heard the show playing back in the subway station, you mean someone taped THAT!!! I endured a LOT of that as a Dolls fan but ignorant people never bothered me!!

Later on I would see David and then the Heartbreakers and Later Solo Johnny, but always had the memory of the Dolls, playing live, 2nd show, trying to wake up a passing out Killer Kane and Johnny before the constant "intermissions" shredding the s**t outta the fretboard.....

Now, back to this CD.

Yes, I was at this show also.... BUT... I saw Jimi Hendrix at the Fillmore East, the place I saw the Dolls was NOT the Fillmore east... 

Well it was IN NAME ONLY.... 

Sadly the same HAS to be said about the New York Dolls.... Is David so afraid that he can't sell that he can't call it the David Johansen Group?  My Beef is with the "NEW album, which is nothing more than a David solo project disguised as a Dolls album. But this isn't about the NEW album it's about this Live album......

This is good if you were at the show (at least THAT seems to be the gist of the other reviews). It is a DECENT recreation of the Patent Leather era NEW New York Dolls. Without the Soul and Bottom of Arthur Killer Kane, the fire and intensity of the Master Johnny Thunders, without the backbone of the INCREDIBLE Jerry Nolan this is ONLY a very pale imitation of the New York Dolls.... 

If you MUST, buy this and NOT the New album of (un)original material..... Roll up a couple of Spliffs, put the MP3 player through the Champ amp and let's just dance.....

Then, lets let the New York Dolls rest in peace.... If you missed them when they were here, Im REALLY sorry.... This CD will have to do if the realness and rawness of the bootlegs from the 70s are too raw.. Or if you want to support David and Syl one last time.... Not one of the songs holds a candle even to the originals, the guitar player as talented as he is sounds like a wanna be Steve Stevens (Billy Idol's Johnny Thunders Clone) more than he sounds like Johnny, and it's really sad and hokey what they let syl do to Johnny's Can't put your arms around a Memory... 

Well, those of us who loved Johnny and the Dolls know that came from a Honeymooners episode when Ralph says to Alice, You can't put your arms around a Memory to which Alice says I can't even put my arms around you!! To the Moon Alice... 

And R.I.P. New York Dolls

blackzack ,

Choppy recording....sound mix needs to be adjusted.

If you do purchase this, remember to rent New York Doll [no typo] a movie about Arthur "Killer" Kane the reformation of the New York Dolls. A well told story.

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