Morrisey Presents The Return of The New York Dolls - Live from Royal Albert Hall 2004
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BTW, I also saw "New York Doll", the movie on Arthur Kane. It is incredible too. There is great separate footage from this show in that movie as well. RIP AK.
In their heyday, the New York Dolls were fuelled by every substance known to man and while they never actually set the charts alight, they did to anything else that got in their way, as evidenced by the number of dead former members, which now doubles that of the living. To be fair, though, bassist Arthur "Killer" Kane's ticket was punched by complications from leukemia (shortly after this reunion show at the Morrissey-curated Meltdown Festival last summer) rather than anything in liquid or powder form, which is not to say his fringe of blonde hair was ever mistaken for a halo.
Obviously, the biggest question surrounding the reunion was whether Kane, David Johansen, and Syl Sylvain had the right to call themselves the New York Dolls without the late Johnny Thunders or, at the very least, the similarly mouldering Jerry Nolan on board. "Morrissey Presents..." answers that with an unqualified and resounding "yes" even before the end of set opener "Looking For A Kiss.Read more ›
Having been lucky enough (in 74 or 75....I'd have to dig out my ticket stub) to see the Dolls live at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden, (formally called the Felt Forum), where they opened for Mott The Hoople, I can tell you what they were 30 years ago. Loud, Rude, and in your Face!...in other words...Great! Nobody on Earth was doing what they we're, and it was really only after they broke up that the masses realized what the Dolls were all about! I have seen David Johansen in pretty much every incarnation since (DJ Group, Buster Poindexter and the Banshees of Blue / Spanish Rocketship Band, and most recently, with the Harry Smiths), and he has never failed to prove that he is a true Chameleon of Singers, never allowing himself to be stuck in a commercial "groove".
Ok..ok.....on to the present....when I first got this DVD home, I popped it into my computer. While the picture was fantastic, I was immediately disappointed by the sound. The band sounded SO loud that I barely could hear David singing at all. I was convinced that either it was a bad transfer to DVD, or even worse, a bad mix at the show itself. However, when I put it into my real DVD player and my 36" Sony Digital TV, I was thrilled. Obviously, nothing but a top of the line soundcard can handle the Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound and 2.0 stereo.
This show, along with the bonus footage, is Rock & Roll history. The New York Dolls sound just as great as they did 30 years ago. David is in great voice, and great mood and humor. Sylvain is fun and is playing well, trading occasional quips with David on stage. Arthur Kane..What can I say?Read more ›
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It's so great to see Arthur Kane up there on stage. Getting to see the performance that is the center of the documentary New York Doll is wonderful. Read morePublished on February 27, 2013 by Brooke Young
The New York Dolls were "lightening in a bottle". They were exciting during their time but this stuff significantly loses it's luster decades later. Read morePublished on February 11, 2011 by Scott B. Saul
It was wonderfull to see the boys together again after all these years. Thank you Morrisey. I saw the Dolls last night and was so sad that Arthur did not get the opportunity to be... Read morePublished on July 22, 2007 by C. A. Martin
Man I hate to get negative when it comes to bands as great as the dolls, who in there day were every bit as cool and influental as the press has reported. Read morePublished on January 9, 2006 by Jeffrey S. Bender
I really wanted to like "Return Of The New York Dolls" but unfortunately it isn't very good. Many rock bands who soar to fame on the wings and bravado of youth are ill advised to... Read morePublished on May 20, 2005 by Loren West
I "got" the New York Dolls when they first came out. They were tongue-in-cheek showmen with a handful of some hot proto-punk songs, lots of attitude, and plenty of campy,... Read morePublished on March 29, 2005 by Ingles
David Johansen has been one of my all-time favorites since teenage years. I just thought his voice was like a Wolfman, and his solo band for Live It Up was a revelation for me in... Read morePublished on January 31, 2005 by Christopher Plummer
This DVD ROCKS!!!!
First time I listend to it I gave it a 4 +. Haveing listened to it several times now, it stands out as a Classic. Read more
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