August 21, 2006
Castle Music Ltd.
Pop/Rock, Hard Rock, Proto-Punk, Glam Rock, Punk/New Wave, Album Rock, New York Punk

Album Review

Demos of songs that later appeared on the New York Dolls' first two albums have been released numerous times over the years, and under countless different titles. The 2006 model goes by the name of Private World, but this 36-track set improves on all the other previous Dolls demo compilations, as it includes every single demo recording from their glory period of 1972/1973. While demo sets are obviously aimed at hardcore fans, there are several worthwhile tracks included here that never made it to either New York Dolls or Too Much Too Soon. The best of these uncommon tunes include several covers in "Don't Mess with Cupid," which really should have made the cut (in fact, with a little sprucing up, it could possibly have served as a breakthrough single for the Dolls) and "(Give Him A) Great Big Kiss." Elsewhere, you'll be treated to rough and rockin' versions of such Dolls' classics as "Trash," "Looking for a Kiss," "Babylon," and "Personality Crisis," which early supporters of the band would probably say are a lot closer to the group's true sound (rather than the versions on their two aforementioned studio albums). If you're looking to dig a bit deeper with the Dolls, Private World is a worthy next step.
Greg Prato, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Bad Girl
  2. Looking for a Kiss
  3. Don't Start Me Talking
  4. Don't Mess with Cupid
  5. Human Being
  6. Personality Crisis
  7. Pills
  8. Jet Boy
  9. Frankenstein
  10. Personality Crisis
  11. Looking for a Kiss
  12. Bad Girl
  13. Subway Train
  14. Seven Day Weekend
  15. Frankenstein
  16. Mystery Girls
  17. (There's Gonna Be A) Showdown
  18. Back in the USA
  19. Endless Party
  20. Jet Boy
  21. It's Too Late [False Start]
  22. It's Too Late [Full Version]
  23. Bad Detective
  24. Lonely Planet Boy
  25. Subway Train
  26. Private World
  27. Trash
  28. Human Being
  29. Don't Start Me Talking
  30. Hoochie Coochie Man
  31. (Give Him A) Great Big Kiss
  32. Vietnamese Baby
  33. Babylon
  34. Bad Girl
  35. Pills
  36. Personality Crisis