by GE 138.
Gawd bless Sylvain Sylvain. Seriously. I mean, if there was ever a guy more in love with the whole concept of music, of Rock 'N' Roll music in particular, I've never heard of him or he doesn't exist because as far as I was concerned, there was no one cooler, no one who more perfectly personified the aura, the spirt, the soul, the very essence of Rock 'N' Roll, than Sylvain Mizrahi, aka Sylvain Sylvain, of the New York Dolls. What a fucking legend. His passing last year, basically at the start of this whole COVID thing, went pretty much unnoticed and unheralded by most of us in the music world, and that's a shame, because the man deserved sooooooo much more, so many more accolades and so many more words of praise than he was given, and I can only assume that this release is the start of that process, the start of the dead horse flogging. It's the start of the cash in, the start of all the posthumous live recordings being released and unfortunately this release isn't a very good one. Le sigh.
This release, titled Live In New York '80, is a muddy sounding recording of a radio broadcast from a legendary Long Island, NY club called My Father's Place, where anyone and everyone played at sometime in their career. This radio broadcast was originally broadcast over local radio station WLIR somehow, and how that came about is a whole other story for a whole other time. Sylvain Sylvain and his band were in town to promote the release of his first album, a self titled solo release, with much of the material from that album being featured on here exclusively, and some latter day New York Dolls tunes and the obscure covers by Clarence "Frogman" Henry and The Standells thrown in to round the set out. The band is playing good, the hometown crowd seems into them, but again, the poor sound quality just tarnishes everything. If anyone is deserving of a box set compilation of all their singles, comp tracks, unreleased matrial, whatever, it's Sylvain Sylvain. The man was the epitome of, the purest essence of Rock 'N' Roll, and until that posthemous release that captures everything that he did sees the light of day, I'm gonna be a bit skeptical on future stuff coming out under the Sylvain Sylvain banner. My patience will pay off in the end I'm sure.
Available from the bootleggers on Keyhole Records, but I'm not really sure it's worth seeking out. You can buy it at Amazon though, and you can be like the cool kids and stream it everywhere you look for it. "Like" Sylvain Sylvain on Facebook by clicking here, and follow him postmortem on Instagram by clicking here.