Butterflyin' is a remastered and restored rare New York Dolls live recording featuring the line up that recorded their two seminal early albums plus a further five tracks from a U.S broadcast a few months later. The line-up at this time comprised vocalist David Johansen, guitarist Johnny Thunders, bassist Arthur Kane, guitarist/pianist Sylvain Sylvain, and drummer Jerry Nolan; the latter two had replaced Rick Rivets and Billy Murcia, respectively, in 1972. On stage, the New York Dolls donned an androgynous wardrobe, wearing high heels, eccentric hats, and satin. Nolan described the group at the time as "the Dead End Kids of today." Presented in a card gatefold sleeve with stunning artwork and liner notes by Dolls biographer Nina Antonia.