Too Much Too Soon (album)
Too Much Too Soon is the second album by the American hard rock band New York Dolls. It was released on May 10, 1974, by Mercury Records. The band recorded the album with veteran producer Shadow Morton. It is one of only two albums by the group to have been released on the same record label.
About Too Much Too Soon (album) in brief
Too Much Too Soon is the second album by the American hard rock band New York Dolls. It was released on May 10, 1974, by Mercury Records. The band recorded the album with veteran producer Shadow Morton. Morton had been disenchanted by the music industry, but the band’s energy motivated him to undertake the project as a challenge. The album received positive reviews from most critics, some of whom felt Morton’s production highlighted the group’s raw sound and made it a better record than their first. Like their debut album, it became one of the most popular cult records in rock music and has since been viewed by music journalists as a precursor to punk rock. After a problem-ridden national tour, the New York dolls were dropped by Mercury and disbanded a few years later. The group held a single session with Mercury A&R executive Paul Nelson at Media Sound Recording Studios, where they recorded 14 songs, most of which were covers. To complete the album, they had to record cover songs and re-record some of the band’s earlier demos; \”Babylon\”, \”Who the Mystery Girls? and \”Human Being?\”, had been recorded by the band before the label signed them. They also recorded demos of two songs written by guitarist Sylvain Sylvain, but neither was considered for the album. For the album,. lead guitarist Johnny Thunders wrote and recorded \”Chatterbox\”, his first recorded performance singing lead. Too Much Too soon sold poorly and only charted at number 167 on the Billboard 200.
The New York doll’s were signed to Mercury Records in March 1973 and released their self-titled debut album in 1973. Although it was praised by critics, the band was not satisfied with producer Todd Rundgren’s sound for their album and had disagreements with him before choosing not to retain him. The Dolls shared an affinity for Morton, but they produced little original material with him. Although the Dolls were fans of the Shangri-Las, Morton had also been Johansen’s first choice to produce their first album, and was fond of Morton and the \”looser\” feel he provided for their music. In a report on the album’s progress for Melody Maker, journalist Lenny Kaye wrote that they were taking more time than they had on their first record, following Morton’s advice not ‘to settle’ The album was later mastered at Sterling Sound and Masterdisk, and it was released in November 1974. It is one of only two albums by the group to have been released on the same record label, the other being the live-only live album, The Devil Wears Prada, which was released the following year. The other was the live concert-only album, which came out in February 1975, and is considered to be one of their best-selling albums to date. The first two albums were both released on Mercury Records, and both were released in March and April 1974. The third and fourth albums were released on Columbia Records, in September and October 1974.