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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

David Johansen - David Johansen-Live It Up

David Johansen - David Johansen-Live It Up
In FLAC - scans are included
 Funky But Chic    
 Pain In My Heart    
 Not That Much    
 Cool Metro    
 I'm A Lover    
 Lonely Tenement    

We Gotta Get Out Of This Place / Don't Bring Me Down / It's My Life  
Reach Out I'll Be There      
Is This What I Get For Loving You     
Build Me Up Buttercup     
Funky But Chic     
Bohemian Love Pad    
Stranded In The Jungle      
Personality Crisis  

Great Britain's venerable BGO imprint is one of the big daddies of contemporary reissues. They've been known to do entire retrospectives two albums at a time in either double- or single-CD packages. They've begun their David Johansen set with his wonderful self-titled debut album and his concert recording Live It Up, which was issued fourth. This might initially seem very strange because BGO usually issues in chronological sequence, but this was a best-of-both-worlds pairing: first, because these two recordings are well suited to one another with their rock & roll looseness; and second, the middle two albums, In Style and Here Comes the Night, are excellent as well, but they are slicker and focus on a more period-based rock & roll sound. Here, Johansen's debut sticks close to the trash and roll of his years with the New York Dolls, with tracks like "Funky But Chic," "Girls," and "Cool Metro." The latter album contains a couple of concert versions of these tunes, such as the wonderfully overdramatized "Frenchette," the street love song "Donna," and yes, "Funky But Chic." In addition, there are some terrific covers, including "We Gotta Get Out of This Place," "Build Me Up Buttercup," "Reach Out (I'll Be There)," and the Goffin & King classic "Is That What I Get for Loving You." The set is balanced with a couple of Dolls classics, and the entire thing is a riot. Add these two albums together and you have 20 tracks of pure garbage-strewn gold.



The Demon said...


Rich The Demon

Dr Hank said...

Thanks a bunch! Been searching for a hq copy of Live it up for ages! David Jo is possibly the coolest man om earth.