My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: New York Dolls was recorded at the Record Plant in N.Y. in 1973, it was released in July of the same year. The album was somewhat reluctantly produced by Todd Rundgren.
What I think: In my younger days, I was a huge fan of the music of The Ramones and The Clash, but for some reason I never dug deeper to get to the New York Dolls and that really is a shame. I don’t know if it was the Glam (the eighties hair metal had really left a bad taste in my mouth for the glam image as somebody coming up in the nineties) thing and that they just seemed like they were more image than substance or something else. The bottom line is that this album kicks ass and it really should have been in my life for a much longer time. I love the guitar interplay between Thunders and Sylvain, and I love the catchy pop mixed with the sinister vocals. It’s a great blueprint for what the Ramones and Clash would put out a few years later. Highlights for me are “Personality Crisis”, “Looking For a Kiss”, but the stretch from “Trash” through “Private World” is up there with the best five consecutive songs on any album.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? No Doubt about it.
Rating (Out of 5): 5
New York Dolls Amazon Review (Out of 5): 4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? No (71/309)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 77%