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Legacy: Absolute Best Original recording remastered

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(2003/WARNER) 34 tracks

Medium 1
Break On Through (To The Other Side)
Back Door Man
Light My Fire
Twentieth Century Fox
The Crystal Ship
Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar)
Soul Kitchen
The End
Love Me Two Times
People Are Strange
When The Musuc's Over
My Eyes Have Seen You
Moonlight Drive
Strange Days
Hello, I Love You
The Unknown Soldier
Spanish Caravan
Five To One
Not To Touch The Earth

Medium 2
Toch Me
Wild Child
Tell All The People
Whishful Sinful
Roadhouse Blues
Waiting For The Sun
You Make Me Real
Peace Frog
Love Her Madly
L.A. Woman
Riders On The Strom
The Wasp (Texas Radio And The Big Beat)
The Changeling
Celebration Of The Lizard (prev. unissued)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Break On Through (To The Other Side)
  2. Back Door Man
  3. Light My Fire
  4. Twentieth Century Fox
  5. The Crystal Ship
  6. Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar)
  7. Soul Kitchen
  8. The End
  9. Love Me Two Times
  10. People Are Strange
  11. When The Music's Over
  12. My Eyes Have Seen You
  13. Moonlight Drive
  14. Strange Days
  15. Hello, I Love You
  16. The Unknown Soldier
  17. Spanish Caravan
  18. Five To One
  19. Not To Touch The Earth

Disc: 2

  1. Touch Me
  2. Wild Child
  3. Tell All The People
  4. Wishful Sinful
  5. Roadhouse Blues
  6. Waiting For The Sun
  7. You Make Me Real
  8. Peace Frog
  9. Love Her Madly
  10. L.A. Woman
  11. Riders On The Storm
  12. The Wasp (Texas Radio And The Big Beat)
  13. The Changeling
  14. Gloria
  15. Celebration Of The Lizard

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 12, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • Run Time: 151 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000AINOJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,545 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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There's a lot of kvetching going on among my fellow reviewers. Most of the 1- to 3-star reviews complain about yet another repackaging of Doors material, but that shouldn't detract from the contents. The thirty-four tracks [which are all full-length album versions] are presented chronologically from their six studio albums, plus "Gloria" from 1983's ALIVE SHE CRIED and the previously unissued 17-minute studio version of "Celebration of the Lizard." In short, this is a terrific compilation--and finally, a "best of" which features the ENTIRE band on the cover! [Running time: disc one, 79:24; disc two, 76:25] HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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I don't know about "definitive", but this is the most comprehensive "unboxed" Doors collection to date. (The original "Doors Box Set", in my opinion, contains much filler and substandard performances, and is for diehards and completists only.) This 2-disc collection contains all their chart hits (seven top 40 singles, including two #1's) and most of their better album tracks, including the two epics, "The End" and "When the Music's Over". Generally, the track choices are on the money, although I would have liked to see the title track of "The Soft Parade" included. Also, I have mixed feelings about "Celebration of the Lizard", a lengthy unreleased work which contains the original version of "Not to Touch the Earth", and has more archival than musical value. If you have no Doors in your CD library yet, however, this is the best collection out there.
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I can't think of a better way for people to be introduced to the Doors or baby boomers that never got around to buying the Doors on CD, or people who've scratched up their other "best-ofs".

Over the past few years, more 2 CD "greatest hits" sets have been coming out in a slimmer package and for lower prices as well.

I thought "Very Best of the Doors" was pretty good, but where that one has 19 songs,"Legacy" has a staggering 34(!), which is half of EVERYTHING they put out on their 6 studio albums.

Unlike "Very Best", this one is in chronological order.

Considering that their debut is their most popular, 8 tracks are pulled from it, "End of the Night", "I Looked at You", and "End of the Night" left off (which I didn't really miss to begin with). The really cool part in this is that "Break on Through" no longer has "She gets...she gets" but "she gets high" (which most radio stations now play, if you were wondering where this version was, now you know..although "The Doors" CD might have also been restored in the newer remastering as well...) and "The End" have been restored the "Mother, I want to..." part. They didn't make a fuss about restoring it, but it's really a shock to the senses when you first hear it after being used to hearing it the same way for years.

Tracks 9-14 is from "Strange Days", which were more or less the songs left off the debut, released later in the year. The strongest tracks made it, although I missed "You're Lost Little Girl". But "Moonlight Drive" made it on here where it didn't make it on "Very Best Of".
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I have no idea how many Doors "greatest hits" collections have been issued over the years, but this is as good as it's likely to get without simply buying all six albums.

The previous "Best of the Doors" was 2-cd set but was a transfer from a two-LP set and didn't take advantage of the longer CD running time, each disc running under 45 mins. This set not only includes all the Doors' most popular songs but puts them in chronological order, and adds the live track "Gloria" and the previously unissued studio version of "The Celebration of the Lizard."

"Lizard" is a curio item that seems to have been tacked on to force people like me (who already own all the Doors albums) to buy this one too. While "Lizard" is a great poem, the line about "a different steeple" being a notable exception, most of the music doesn't work that well, except for "Not to Touch the Earth." The live versions of "Lizard" are equally frustrating, running hot and cold but never having quite the impact the Doors were shooting for. This is clearly still a work in progress; perhaps if the Doors had continued to perform it they would have found a solid groove for it. (Ray Manzarek has said that he was never competely satisfied with live performances of "The End", either; but at least they nailed the studio version.)

IMPORTANT: Both "The End" and "Break on Through" include minor alterations from their original versions. There is some different vocalization by Jim on both songs, some of which you hear on the version of "The End" that was used in the film "Apocalypse Now." There's nothing inherently wrong with offering these alternative mixes but it does detract from the collection's claim to be definitive.

*This compilation has been deleted and replaced by yet another two-disc set, with some different songs.*
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