The New York Dolls' 1972 Mercer Street Sessions demos are highly interesting, since it's the earlier lineup with Billy Murcia on drums, before the original stickman passed out and died at a party in London at the end of a legendary British tour. But what Lipstick really shows is that Murcia was half the drummer of his eventual successor, Jerry Nolan. For big fans, the band sounds so different (even more primal!), but it's good to hear more primitive, well-recorded versions of "Looking for a Kiss," "Bad Girl," Sonny Boy Williamson's "Don't Start Me Talking," and so on. You can see why everyone was so damn excited by this band during its early Mercer St. Arts Center residency days.
AllMusic Review by Jack Rabid