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The box set was not all it could have been, but it was nice to finally get. I would suggest buying the box at less than full price. The box is four discs, but essentially it's three, because the band had the gaul to actually release a 'band favorites' disc of material from the studio album, essentially including a greatest hits of stuff we already have. This is par for course, though.
The Doors are a great American rock band, however their release practices and sonic trickery on many releases is very frustrating for fans.
There are some very good tracks here, but be aware of some of the details.
Hello To The Cities is a brief intro by Morrison taken from a concert opening. That leads right into Break On Through from the 1970 Isle of Wight performance, one of the Doors' last. The track is definitely doctored compared to the soundboard-bootlegs that have been floating around. Infuriatingly, there are also guitar overdubs on the track by Krieger(!) Why he felt the need to doctor his own performance 20-odd years later is beyond me.
The trickery does not end there, of course. It's nice to have Who Scared You on CD, but why have they cut out an entire verse?
Then there's Someday Soon, a never released song only performed twice. The version here is from Seattle, 1970, which has been on every other Doors bootleg for decades. Of course, they butcher the beginning of the song, overdubbing crowd noise. A bootleg box set that appeared in 1998 actually included the other and better performance of this song, recorded for Absolutely Live.Read more ›
The choices for inclusion here are pretty good. It's good stuff overall. A mix of live tracks, early demos and unreleased songs. The live versions of "Break On Through", "The Soft Parade" and "The End" are the most worthwile. Also, as a boon for collectors, this CD contains a previously unreleased song that was not on the Doors Box Set, "Woman Is A Devil", a fine 12-bar blues song, which I happen to like a lot.
The Doors Box Set itself is uneven (featuring a completely wasted fourth disc), but it has a lot of good material that will be of interest to big fans of The Doors. If you buy Essential Rarities, you're missing the live CD, Live In New York, and several other worthwile tracks. This however, is a good condensing of the box set, so if you can't spend big bucks for the box, this is a much cheaper alternative.
For those of you familiar with The Doors, you may find that some of the stuff found here can be found on bootlegs, but the sound quality here is much, MUCH better. Believe me, I've got the uncut Rock Is Dead bootleg, and ``the woman is a devil" is barely audible on THAT. Here it is all skillfully re-mastered, in all it's 24 bit glory, by original Doors tech Bruce Botnick. So buy this before leaping into the realm of bad bootlegs. This will whet your appetite.
For those who are mildly acquainted with the Doors, i.e. you saw the movie, i.e. you like ``Light my Fire", i.e. there's a movie! This here is a good album to cut your teeth on. It has many popular Doors songs such as a fantastic rendition of Break on Through from the Isle of Wight Concert('70), a rockin'-er version of Hello, I Love You and the oft-claimed best version of The End ever caught on tape!
Other tracks, including Hyacinth House, Queen of the Highway, I Will Never Be Untrue,et cetera..showcase The Doors very eclectic musical tastes, ranging from alternative-rock(yes thats John Densmore on the bongos!) to jazz inflected grooves to mellow blues, respectively. This is true music! It's freedom music, music for the road! Dig the words and let the music transport you....but always... keep your eyes on the road and your hands upon the wheel!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This album has a great mix of rare and unreleased versions. Highly recommended!Published 9 months ago by ollamhbard
A nice album for major doors fans,if you are not completely nuts about the doors don't buy this,its just lucky for me im nuts.Published 11 months ago by Terry
listening to it now. Have had it for a good 10 years or so. Right now, Soft Parade is on. Excellent, one of my favorite all time songs. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Thomas A. Lo Giudice
I've been a Doors fan from the age of 14, and a fairly obsessive one at that. I've read all the books (that's saying something at this point), heard most of the live shows, all the... Read morePublished on November 8, 2013 by J from NY
Terrific compilation from the 97 box set. Works great as it's own cd. Who Scared You is now one of my favorite Doors songs, and somehow didn't make the cut on the Soft Parade?!? Read morePublished on November 1, 2013 by JimboJones
I'm always interested in hearing unreleased tunes from artists. There are several on this disc. I enjoyed it. It's worth buying.Published on December 19, 2012 by War921
Half the songs sound horrible, poor recordings.
Save your money.
There are a couple of good cuts, suggest listening to the samples and downloading only the ones you like.