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Rock N Roll [Import]

New York DollsAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Biography by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

The New York Dolls created punk rock before there was a term for it. Building on the Rolling Stones' dirty rock & roll, Mick Jagger's androgyny, girl group pop, the Stooges' anarchic noise, and the glam rock of David Bowie and T. Rex, the New York Dolls created a new form of hard rock that presaged both punk rock and heavy metal. Their ... Read more in Amazon's New York Dolls Store

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  • Audio CD (October 18, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Ume Imports
  • ASIN: B000001E4F
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,086 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Courageous Cat Theme
2. Trash
3. Personality Crisis
4. Babylon
5. Looking For A Kiss
6. Lone Star Queen
7. Vietnamese Baby
8. Lonely Planet Boy
9. Frankenstein
10. Private World
11. Chatterbox
12. Bad Girl
13. Don't Mess With Cupid
14. Subway Train
15. Who Are The Mystery Girls?
16. Stranded In The Jungle
17. It's Too Late
18. Puss ' N' Boots
19. Jet Boy
20. Human Being
See all 21 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

20-track collection from the godfathers of glam/trash rock includes three previously unreleased tracks, 'Courageous Cat Theme', 'Lone Star Queen', & 'Don't Mess With Cupid'. Mercury. 1994.

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great unreleased tracks, but a middling compilation September 19, 2003
Format:Audio CD
For a band with only two studio albums, the only reason to buy a compilation like this is for otherwise-unavailable material. Fittingly, when this compilation was first announced, it was supposed to have five previously unreleased tracks. But when ROCK & ROLL finally appeared that number had been whittled down to three. It's a shame, because all of the bonus tracks are good, particularly "Lone Star Queen", which is arguably as great as anything else the Dolls ever wrote or recorded.
(Still missing-in-action is the outtake of "Great Big Kiss" recorded during the TOO MUCH TOO SOON sessions that appeared on the 1985 compilation NIGHT OF THE LIVING DOLLS, which has never re-appeared anywhere since).
The bonus tracks are really the only thing this compilation has going for it (and a slightly longer version of "Stranded in the Jungle", with a few extra bars added at the very beginning, something not noted in the liner notes). The two Dolls studio albums were produced *very* differently, with the debut having a dense, murky mix and TOO MUCH TOO SOON having a bright, treble-y mix. This seemed to stump the compilers of ROCK & ROLL, who barely make any effort to mix up tracks from the two albums. Instead, they essentially took both records, dropped almost all of the cover material, and put them on a single CD in a running order almost identical to the original LPs with a few bonus tracks thrown in. First, uniformly dropping the covers really does an injustice to the Dolls ability to "own" a cover, with "Pills" probably being the best example - a track who performance is superior to many of the Dolls' own compositions.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Urban Squawkers Amongst the Squalor April 12, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This album is both an excellent introduction and retrospective, since they only had two actual albums, from this noisy, garish quintet of smart-alecks. There is the added bonus of some previously unreleased cuts. I'm a huge fan, so I had to have all three. Emerging from the glittery Manhattan sixties hangover, they were the court jesters of the sleaziest sections of N.Y.C. Their fashion faux pas went into some uncharted territory beyond transvestitism and looked as if they shopped in the most disreputable thrift stores. They accesorized with hand bags, glad rags, and trash bags. Apart from this, and a large part of their appeal over many later punk/metal outfits, was that they were bi-: half contemptuous sneer, half goofy smirk. They immediately became a love `em or hate `em band and managed to simultaneously win both "Best New Band of the Year", and "Worst New Band of the Year" in Creem Magazine's Reader Poll. Some denigrated them as a grotesque garage band parody of the Rolling Stones, but if the originals were more and more becoming boring professional millionaires, well than why not? Supposedly they weren't musicians, couldn't play, but if they lacked a certain, shall we say finesse, they made up for it tenfold in brute power, raw exuberance, and unbridled passion, which many at the time were forgetting that's what rock `n' roll is all about. Guitarist Johnny Thunders high speed whiplash playing may have slid past the notes and chords, but he landed in the general vicinity, so why quibble? Besides there was always so much distortion, who could ever tell anyway? (Thunders later went on to a successful career as a professional corpse imitator). Other guitarist Sylvain Sylvain provided both bridge and anchor to the rhythm section for Thunder's thunder. Read more ›
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Rock 'N' Roll July 24, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Released a decade ago, "Rock 'n' Roll" remains - for better or worse - the best single New York Dolls compact disc. If the reader has a turntable, by all means track down "New York Dolls" (1973) and "In Too Much Too Soon" (1974) - the band's two studio albums are both classics, and you'll get the original running order, fab graphics, and analog sound. And posthumous releases such as "From Paris With L-U-V" and "A Hard Night's Day" (two of the best) offer much terrific music to those familiar with the Dolls' albums. But at this late date - and with a surprisingly smart and potent 'reunion' album out this week - neither of the original band's classics have been remastered for CD since the early days of the format, and this 20 (21 in fact) track compilation beats both in terms of sonic impact. The debut, especially, suffers a significant loss of grunge in its feeble and thin transfer to digital.

As already described by others, "Rock 'n' Roll" has 10 out of 11 tracks from the debut (Bo Diddley's "Pills" is missing), and 7 out of 10 from the second album (including a longer 'Stranded In The Jungle' but excluding marvelous covers of Archie Bell & The Drells, Sonny Boy Williamson), and for a single cd, that's about as good as it can get however we might quibble about what was not included. This set is intelligently put together, and a generous 79 minutes. As far as rarities are concerned, in addition to the aforementioned 'Stranded...' there is the amazing, truly blissful opening instrumental 'Courageous Cat Theme' from the "Too Much..." sessions, and it's a classic on the order of Johnny Thunders' 'Pipeline,' a swinging, rock-out blast. Two others are Paul Nelson-produced demos from '74, the Stax classic 'Don't Mess With Cupid' and a Johansen/Thunders original, 'Lone Star Queen.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars buyer beware
Cd was nothing like it was described. No cover art and very scratched. Refunded purchase price but OUT $3.99 shipping and handling. That sucks!!!!!!
Published 5 months ago by Jack Cass
5.0 out of 5 stars ALL DOLLED UP
NEW YORK DOLLS-ROCK 'N ROLL: An aptly titled collection that reigns in most of the NEW YORK DOLLS' initial two album career, a swaggering, staggering mash-up of sleazoid garage,... Read more
Published on November 30, 2011 by Jukebox Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars New York Dolls
This is one of those rock bands that never had a hit song and the average person has never heard of, but they are one of the most influential bands of all time. Read more
Published on October 8, 2010 by S. O'Brien
5.0 out of 5 stars Killer!
What can I say? I've loved this band since 1979. I owned their 2 records on vinyl until sadly I wore them out. This is a fantastic, if slightly incomplete collection of songs. Read more
Published on December 26, 2007 by Jade M
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for Dolls Freaks
If you are a long time Dolls fan and completist, view this as a great CD for driving around in the car, or for working out at the gym. Read more
Published on September 23, 2006 by Katherine McCarthy
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice collection with a few unreleased tracks.
Rock n' Roll is a nice collection of New York Dolls music.

Not only are the tracks remastered but they've included a few unreleased ones as well (Courageous Cat Theme,... Read more
Published on June 26, 2005 by Joseph P. Ulibas
4.0 out of 5 stars Their Best Compilation
This is what compilations are supposed to be. Great track selection, nice liner notes, cool pictures and previously unreleased tracks that don't sound like they should have... Read more
Published on November 21, 2004 by William Scalzo
5.0 out of 5 stars New York Rock & Roll
They were of the Velvet Underground's lineage. They predated The Ramones, and were one of the few bands that Johnny Rotten acknowledged as an influence on The Sex Pistols. Read more
Published on April 20, 2004 by Rocco Dormarunno
5.0 out of 5 stars An easy upgrade to your cool
Timeless raunch-n-roll. Still rocks LAMF. First got their stuff on 8-track when originally released, and still in heavy rotation. Read more
Published on August 15, 2001 by T. Hoppe
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Rock 'n' Roll at it's best...
I remember reading an interview with Don Henley about 11 years ago, and in it he stated that he couldn't understand what the hype was about the NYD... Read more
Published on May 8, 2001 by Greekfreak
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