Uncut - p.1183 stars out of 5
- "[The songs] keep an effervescent mix at boiling point."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.1273 stars out of 5
- "[T]estament to their steadfast dedication to rock'n'roll's maverick spirit."
Personnel includes: Johnny Thunders (vocals, guitar); Wayne Kramer (guitar).
Recorded live at The Channel, Boston, Massachusetts on June 20, 1980.
Liner Note Author: Nina Antonia.
Recording information: Boston, MA; Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Author: Wayne Kramer .
Johnny Thunders introduced the last song on this live album by saying "Thanks a lot, kids, it's been boring as usual," but he was just being modest. As anybody who ever saw the ex-New York Dolls guitarist in person knows, his shows could be many things--ragged, out of tune, confrontational, transcendent--but they were never boring.
Here, backed by ex-MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer, Thunders runs through a typical set, i.e., a mix of R&B oldies, reggae, old Dolls numbers, even a Dylan song. The only constants are his splendidly askew guitar work, endearingly slurred nasal vocals, and hilarious audience baiting. This music may not always be pretty, but it's rock & roll, and it's from the heart.