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Re: (TV) Todd Rundgren

I think the CD I have is called 'Seven Day Weekend'. It's a
semi-official one, but the same sessions have been bootlegged a lot
under other names. There are cracking versions of some of their covers,
like 'Seven Day Weekend' and 'Great Big Kiss', and slightly variable
versions of their own songs. There's an awful Dolls original called
'Endless Party' that never made it onto either album, and an interesting
version of 'It's Too Late' that's completely different to the album
version. Basically they're just playing live in the studio. It's
tuneless and loose, but it rocks big time. If I can dig out the CD I'll
bring it along on Thursday. Somewhere I've got a bootleg with a version
of 'Babylon Girl' that was rejected from the first LP, and that is ace.
Never heard a decent Dolls live bootleg though -- are there any? Anyone
know if the 'Live In Paris' disc is any good?
I actually prefer the second Dolls LP to the first -- 'Who Are The
Mystery Girls?' is the best thing they ever did by miles, IMHO. 'Puss
'n' Boots' and 'Human Being' are fantastic, too. I've never heard it on
CD but I have two different vinyl pressings of it because I could only
find the first album on a double re-issue, and they sound completely
different. The double re-issue sounds feeble by comparison with the other.

Raymond wrote:
> I think TR actually did a fair enough job on the dolls 1st -Shadow Morton
> fared far worse on "too much,too soon" IMHO- the overall sound there is
> mushy and dull in places.... from all accounts however the Runt was pretty
> damn condescending about the Doll's songs and musical ability in general-he
> just didn't get them- obviously just paying the rent on that one...
> I'm interested if you're listening to the vinyl or the cd copy Sam-to me the
> vinyl always sounds fine but the original cd transfers were/are absolutely
> appalling."Too much"was one of the first cds i ever bought that i already
> had on vinyl and I was totally shocked at how shoddily the transfer was.Of
> course this was the early days of digital technology.....
> Personally i don't get a lot of TR's stuff in general and Utopia have to be
> one of the worst groups ever though maybe i should give him another
> chance -"International Feel " by TR is an incredible song all the
> same.Certainly it's an amazing sound simulation of the acid experience.
> I remain ever hopeful that one day some company will take the NY Dolls back
> catalogue and do what Rhino did with Love and give it the due care and
> attention that it deserves.
> Finally what is the name of that Dolls demo album Sam?
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Sam Inglis <sam@sospubs.co.uk
> > Hmmm... for all his good qualities, I think he ballsed up that album
> > quite badly. You can hardly hear Johnny Thunders' guitar, and most of it
> > sounds both rushed and muffled. 'Personality Crisis' and 'Jet Boy' are
> > great, but otherwise the demos they did for that album (now released as
> > a CD I can't remember the name of) knock spots off the album itself.
> > Sam
> >
> > Eric Veillette wrote:
> >
> > >
> > > Let us not forget that Todd also produced the New York Dolls first album
> =)
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