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Morrisey Presents The Return of The New York Dolls - Live from Royal Albert Hall 2004

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Editorial Reviews

In 2004, Morrissey invited the legendary band to play a very special show at the Meltdown Festival in London at Royal Festival Hall. Simply put, the results were fantastic and found the Dolls playing better than ever after 30 years. Sadly the show prove

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Product Details

  • Actors: New York Dolls
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sanctuary Records
  • DVD Release Date: November 9, 2004
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002X7GFM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,339 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 30, 2005
Format: DVD
The Dolls tore it up in this concert, period. The band is extremely tight here..Steve Conte, Gary Powell, and Brian Koonin provide a very solid foundation for Arthur, David, and Syl. The below review sums up my thoughts on each individual's contributions. Brian held it all together as arranger. Gary really makes things swing...great drumming. Steve Conte is what Johnny Thunders would have been like sober and clean - I can't think of a better replacement for Thunders. The (Dolby 5.1) sound is fantastic. The guys look good and very happy to be together. It just is very nice to hear these guys play so tightly and with so much conviction. "Jet Boy" is the best version I have heard. The liner note from David Jo is a wonderful reflection, very heartfelt and eloquent. Great DVD, buy it!

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.
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43 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Clark Paull on January 13, 2005
Format: DVD
If everyone who now claims to love the New York Dolls had actually bought their records back in the 70's, past and present members of the band would have been making big coin from royalties for the past 30 years instead of wallowing in relative poverty and obscurity. Admittedly, the Stooges unwittingly invented punk rock in and around the college town of Ann Arbor, Michigan back in the late 60's, but the Dolls brought it to art-form level with an injection (no pun intended) of heroin chic that would make Keith Richards blanch, influencing everyone from the Ramones to the Sex Pistols to Hanoi Rocks along the way. I've even seen photos of alt.country flavor-of-the-month Lucinda Williams wearing a Dolls t-shirt. It's your call whether she knows how to spell "irony."

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.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By EclecticMusicLover on December 7, 2004
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Well, I'm kinda surprised no one has reviewed this yet, inasmuch as a lot of folks have been looking for "old" films of the NY Dolls playing live, so here goes.

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?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By O. K. Linge on May 4, 2006
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Thank you Morrisey for getting this wonderful reunion happening, and what a good timing with the passing of Arthur just a short month after the show. This show comfirm what a great part of Rock'n Roll history New York Dolls is. Easy to see how they influenced so many greats to come. Hard to belive that they only got to rehearse for like a week or so before the show, a proof of their great talents . I'm sooo glad Arthur got to to experience this before his death. The movie New York Doll is also a MUST ! Enjoy !
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Ross on May 6, 2005
Format: DVD
I am always amazed how we all perceive things so differently. I rented this DVD from the local video place and loved it. I found this performance to be fun and entertaining. These guys know how to deliver the goods. Crank it up and whip out your hearing aides brothers and sisters.
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