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A Hard Night's Day

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Seven Day Weekend
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Frankenstein
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Who Are The Mystery Girls?
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(There's Gonna Be A) Showdown
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Back In The USA
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Looking For A Kiss
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Jet Boy
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It's Too Late
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Bad Detective
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Lonely Planet Boy
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Subway Train
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Private World
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Trash
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Human Being
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Don't Start Me Talkin'
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Give Her A Great Big Kiss
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Vietnamese Baby
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Babylon
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Bad Girl
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Pills
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Personality Crisis
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Total Tracks: 21   Total Length: 78:38

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04.22.11
New York Dolls, A Hard Night's Day
2006 | Label: Norton Records / The Orchard

For decades, Dolls fans have been suckered by posthumous releases of dubious legality and worse sound quality, but leave it to Norton to come up with something that truly holds its own with the first two Dolls LPs. This pristinely recorded (and riotously performed) collection of live-in-the-studio demos from 1973 captures New York City's primordial punk band at their bawdy best, complete with hilarious between-song asides from David Johansen and plenty of thrilling … read more »

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Great Demos

dmdstrhalo

Live and raw (great between song chatter), but apparently recorded in a studio for maximum sound quality. Most of these songs got recorded for their first two albums, but a few tracks are rare gems.

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bad--girl!!!!!!!

lobolouielouie

ny dolls is always kick=ass, and if you dont beleive, fuck-off

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Raw and real

Hmmm...

These demos are raw and real. Definitely a great documentary of the Dolls' sound. Not as clean and polished as their studio releases but, that's the point!

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Get this - an emusic hidden gem

zoki

These are apparently the demos that were recorded for first record and were recorded live in one session at Planet Studios in NYC in March 1973. Far more raw and immediate than either of the major releases, these recordings capture the band in a way that really shows why they have become such an incredibley influential band. I highly recommend this to all real rock fans!

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Demo versions

Drella118

Be cautious if you download this...There are not the versions that the dolls released on their classic albums. The versions of the songs are OK but not a patch on the released versions. If you are a Dolls completist, download by all means, but if this is an introduction to the dolls you'd be better off buying one of the CDs such as the great compilation Rock n Roll.

They Say All Music Guide

When this elemental band signed to Mercury in March 1973, they headed into New York’s Planet Studios and, tape rolling, ran through one-take versions of their repertoire to that point. All 23 songs were set down (15 originals and eight covers) to give both Mercury and their eventual producer, Todd Rundgren, a good idea of what to select from the abundance for a first LP. That night’s work of instant demoing is what is released on A Hard Night’s Day. Demo LPs are rarely a big deal. Usually they’re too similar to the known versions, only not as good. But this is an entirely different animal. For one thing, the mix on Rundgren’s The New York Dolls was too muddy, whereas Hard Night’s is extremely clear — even clearer than the legendary girl group producer Shadow Morton’s better work on the later Too Much Too Soon. But the performances are sloppy! That was, of course, one of the fundamental charms of the Dolls in that horrible era of bloated ’70s rock, but it’s really strange that the later LP versions would seem so tight in comparison! So this great-sounding, super-loose artifact is like a totally different band, and it’s a fine pleasure. The songs are familiar: 18 of these 21 would end up properly recorded for those albums. (The other two not included weren’t: a cover of “Hoochie Coochie Man” and an original, “Endless Party,” were edited for space. Would rather have heard these!) But so many of them sound so different it’s like hearing them for the first time. “Jet Boy,” “Babylon,” and “Looking for a Kiss” in particular rip with the better sound (you can even hear, clearly, the different parts Johnny Thunders and Syl Sylvain are playing!), and David Johansen is positively arresting, singing along live with the band. Though this can’t replace the Mercury LPs, and a few of the live LPs show the group in a more exciting light, Hard Night’s is too damn fascinating to miss. The Dolls were unique, a conglomeration of personality, style, dirty chops, rock’n'blues knowledge, and molten lead power. This is the duct-tape-held-together side of it, and it’s a hoot. – Jack Rabid

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