Johnny Thunders, icône rock absolue hélas disparue trop tôt reste toujours très émouvant quelque soit l'état dans lequel il joue. Sa musique reste toujours authentique et ne triche pas avec ses sentiments vis à vis de ses oeuvres. Cet album n'est pas le plus abouti mais çà reste toujours du pur Johnny même si on sent que les drogues altèrent sa façon de jouer et de chanter.dommage...
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Non-essential, but fun, release.17 septembre 2009
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Since I am not a Johnny Thunders aficionado, I do not know the exact stories on circumstances behind the songs on this disc. The first eight tracks are listed as studio numbers from 1990; I would presume these constitute the "lost album" portion of the disc. If so, the album could have stayed lost with no injustice committed to the Thunders discography. Some of the songs ("Help the Homeless," "Children are People") demonstrate a healthy social conscience, but the lyrics ("Children are people, too/They're just like me and you") could have stood more work. Gotta admire his altruism, though, and there is something about the loose-to-the-point-of-falling-apart performances that I really enjoy.
Next, there are four acoustic numbers from 1982. Honestly, the performances are not fantastic, although one of the songs is "You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory," a song as indestructible as Keith Richards. One would have to try to ruin this song; even then, I'm not so sure it can be done.
Finally, there is a shambling live set comprised of Thunders solo gems, New York Dolls classics, and some righteous covers ("Like a Rolling Stone," "These Boots are Made for Walkin'," an oddly played "I'm not Your Steppin' Stone.") It's fun in a 80s Replacements kind of way.
This is certainly not an essential purchase; seek out "So Alone" for that. But, I really enjoy the ramshackle grace of it. And, as a $5.99 download, the price is right. Not the place for a Thunders beginner to start, but an interesting side road for the faithful.
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Thunder & Pain2 juillet 2012
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Format: Album vinyle
Double LP 180gm vinyl. Any new Johhny Thunders recordings are worth investigating and the studio recordings on LP1 are pretty good. The rest of the recordings are acoustic demos and an inspired, shambollic live performance with surviving dolls an only one and various others. This suffers from the tragedy of most Johhny Thunders live recordings, truly awful sound recording quality, absolutely no liner notes, the date is omitted from the live show, no personel listing. It is truly tragic some time was not spent cleaning up the recordings and completing a little research. Johnny Thunders one of the most emulated pre/post punk muscians deserves a more respect.