Sylvain Sylvain Sylvain Sylvain
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- Released: March 13, 2007
- Originally Released: 2007
- Label: Wounded Bird
- 1.Teenage News
- 2.What's That Got to Do With Rock 'N' Roll
- 3.I'm So Sorry
- 5.Without You
- 6.Every Boy and Every Girl
- 7.14th Street Beat
- 8.Deeper and Deeper
- 9.Ain't Got No Home
Personnel: Sylvain Sylvain (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, hand claps, background vocals); Patience Clements (vocals); Johnny Rao (guitar, electric guitar, 12-string guitar, background vocals); Jonathan Gerber (saxophone); Rodney Hytonen (French horn); Bobby Blain (piano, keyboards); Lee Crystal (drums, hand claps); Tony Machine (drums); Buz Verno (hand claps, background vocals); Scott Litt, Arthur Crier (background vocals).
Recording information: Power Station, New York, NY (08/1979).
Photographer: Gary Green.
It is often forgotten that Syl Sylvain co-wrote many of the New York Dolls' best songs, but he did. While this album will forever be compared to the classic first solo albums by Syl's fellow ex-Dolls, David Johansen and Johnny Thunders, this record is good enough to be judged on its own terms. The material here is strong, and it is more of a lighthearted '50s rock & roll affair than might have been expected. Two of the songs, "Teenage News" and "14th Street Beat," date back to the final days of the NY Dolls. These versions are fantastic and inevitably lead to singalongs. However, the real standout is "What's That Got to Do With Rock 'n' Roll?." It's an undeniable song, so much so that mainstream radio picked up on it at the time. The playing is really loose in a good way. Not sloppy by any means, but played, sung, and produced with an appreciation for what made rock & roll fun in the first place. ~ Geoff Ginsberg
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