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Pre-Crash Condition - Live From The Royal Festival Hall Live

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"The NY Dolls played a sensational comeback show! They've never played better! The Kings of New York!" So said the rave reviews in the London papers after their only show in almost 30 years. In June of 2004 Morrissey invited the legendary New York Dolls to play a very special show at this year's Meltdown Festival in London at the Royal Festival Hall. Simply put the results were fantastic & found the Dolls playing better than ever. Sadly the show proved to be the final performance for bassist Arthur "Killer" Kane who recently passed away. Yet the CD shows why David Johansen, Sylvain Sylvain & Arthur Kane had a massive influence on rock's superheroes the likes of which include Aerosmith, Guns N' Roses & Motley Crue .

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Looking for A Kiss
  2. Puss N' Boots
  3. Subway Train
  4. It's Too Late
  5. Another Piece Of My Heart
  6. Bad Girl
  7. Lonely Planet Boy
  8. Private World
  9. In My Girlish Ways
  10. Vietnamese Baby
  11. Pills
  12. Mystery Girls
  13. Frankenstein
  14. Out In The Street
  15. Babylon


Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 21, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Attack
  • ASIN: B0002X7GFC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,795 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This reunion could have easily been a big letdown: 29 years since their last gig, Johnny Thunders and Jerry Nolan dead, David Johansen's entire solo career spent trying to distance himself from the Dolls.

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!
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Fans only review: OK, so David has lost a step, voice wise. Well, what do you expect after years of movies and being the growly-voiced Buster Poindexter?

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.
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I enjoyed this album very much. It brought back the good old days of the early 70s and Too Much Too Soon (an aptly named album if there ever was one). This album features 3 original Dolls - David Johansen, Syl Sylvain and Arthur "Killer" Kane, who died shortly after it was recorded and to whom it is dedicated. Johansen writes a very nice piece about him in the liner notes.

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.
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The Doll's new live CD "Pre-Crash Condition - Live From The Royal Festival Hall" is everything a Dolls fan could ask for, except the rising from of the ashes of one guitar God named Johnny Thunders. Oh well, we can't have everything. They roll through their set as if they had been doing this for years, even though it had been 29 years since their last gig.

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.
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I will begin by strongly disagreeing about the condition of David J's voice, if anything it has gotten better. Johansen's vocals have more of a "baritone" like quality. They're deeper and more resonant than any of the 70's era Dolls recordings. I think DJ must have picked up a bit of Louis Armstrong while he was doing his "Buster" lounge act. It is Johansen's vocals which steel the show here and really carry most of the power in this performance.
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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