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Pre-Crash Condition - Live From The Royal Festival Hall Live
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MP3 Music, October 5, 2004
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Turns out this is a fantastic record, lots of energy, lots of fun and faithfully but raucously performed by the survivors and very capable stand-ins. My only complaint is that they did not include any covers that were performed at the show on this record. "Pills" is the quintessential Dolls song and is sorely missed.
Unfortunately, the Dolls maintained their inevitable run of bad luck / curse when Arthur Killer Kane died a few weeks after this gig.
David Johansen said that he and Sylvain would try to bang out a new studio record this winter and play the British festivals next summer. Mr. Johansen if you are reading this, I have a couple of suggestions / wishes:
A. New tunes would be great, let's hear them!
B. Please professionally record all or most of the tracks from Red Patent Leather. Those tunes are obviously great and constitute the great lost New York Dolls album but the live versions on RPL are almost un-listenable, they were just poorly recorded.
Thank you for the reunion and please come to the USA!
What we have here, really, is a band's tribute to its fallen members: in order, Billy Murcia (original drummer), Johnny Thunders (guitar), and Jerry Nolan (drums). Syl Sylvain, David Johansen, and Arthur Kane still rock hard for this Festival Hall show.
What we as fans get is the same intensity that's on those records from the 70's. Hard, driving rock and roll that preceded punk, with hard-rock licks provided by Syl, and off-Jagger vocals by Mr. Johansen. The lyrics run the gamut from sex and drugs to, well, sex, and drugs. Check out "Lookin For A Kiss," "Vietnamese Baby," and "Personality Crisis" if you don't belive me.
This concert also serves as a final, wonderful footnote to the life of bassist Albert Kane (possibly the true founder), who died two months after playing this show, and his heavy bass work keeps things pinned to the stage even as Johansen wants to run all over the place.
And as a capper, they tribute Johnny Thunders with the best song Thunders ever wrote, "You Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory." I had never heard the song before buying this, and they sang it without introduction, and the raw emotion still made me tear up.
If you don't know these guys, go buy their debut LP, "New York Dolls" first. It's much tighter, but more accessible and sloppy in the good spots, of course.
Other than that, raucous pre-punk, last-year fun. I think it's great.
The album consists of live versions of the Dolls greatest hits, recorded at the Royal Festival Hall in London earlier this year. The spirit of the old Dolls is definitely here, but older and wiser as well. There is some great wisecracking between Johansen and Sylvain, as well as numerous tributes to London and their English fans. Steve Conte's guitar playing more than makes up for the absence of Johnny Thunders. The boys pay tribute to Johnny by covering his song "You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory" in a medley with "Lonely Planet Boy".
Other standouts include Looking for a Kiss, Bad Girl, Trash, and Human Being, among others. I wish that they had included a couple of their great covers such as Pills and (There's Gonna Be a) Showdown. Other than that, this is a great album for any fan of the Dolls, and of punk, garage or glam rock at its best.
As much fun as this CD is, I'm not sure this should be anybody's introduction to the New York Dolls. Get the studio albums "The New York Dolls" and the aptly named "Too Much Too Soon". That's the Dolls at their finest, if that was ever possible.
"Pre-Crash Condition - Live From The Royal Festival Hall" is the happy reunion of the surviving members and a trip back in time for long-time fans. I'm loving it.
As far as the music goes, first rate. The band plays very well and with a heck of a lot of inspiration (considering it has been over 25 years since they last played). Steve Conte is no JT, but he does an admirable job in whipping out Thunder's licks throughout the performance. Sylvain was never a great guitar player, but his rhythm work and spattered lead fills paint the music perfectly. My only minor beef is the guitar volume is a bit low in the mix, I would have liked to hear the guitars a bit more up front in the mix aka "louder" (as an aside hear, I have found with some digital recordings (waves & mp3's), as the volume goes up the midrange is enhanced more than the other frequecies. So for louder guitars, just turn it up!).
Purchasing this album is pretty much a no brainer for any New York Dolls fan. You may be a bit disappointed on the first listen, but with repeated listenings you will really begin to appreciate this performance. As well as the fact this music has stood the test of time. For any newcomer reading this, my suggestion is to purchase this album, you can get a great deal here in zShops. I also would give you the strongest recommendation possible to purchase the first 2 NYD albums or the compilation "Rock N Roll". The New York Dolls are the foundation of any music collection.
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I'm giving this disc a four-star rating for it's existence, alone. Talk about one of those LONG-awaited reunions that you'd never expect to have chance of happening. Read morePublished on August 10, 2008 by Mike Reed
Buy the DVD instead. It's only a couple of bucks more, and it has a lot more songs. I can't believe how many great songs they chopped off the CD. Read morePublished on December 22, 2005 by A reader
It was a blast to hear Pre-Crash Condition - Live From The Royal Festival Hall by the NY Dolls.
they were so influential, and this set of songs really rocks.