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Live in Detroit (Cobo Hall, 05/08/1970) [Limited Edition]

The DoorsAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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With an intoxicating, genre-blending sound, provocative and uncompromising songs, and the mesmerizing power of singer Jim Morrison's poetry and presence, the Doors had a transformative impact not only on popular music but on popular culture.

The Doors' arrival on the rock scene in 1967 marked not only the start of a string of hit singles and albums that would become stone ... Read more in Amazon's The Doors Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 11, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Rhino Handmade
  • ASIN: B0001MXODW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,012 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Tuning
2. Roadhouse Vamp
3. Hello To The Cities
4. Dead Cats, Dead Rats
5. Break On Through (To The Other Side)
6. Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)
7. Back Door Man
8. Five To One
9. Roadhouse Blues
10. You Make Me Real
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Tuning
2. Carol
3. Light My Fire
4. Been Down So Long
5. Love Hides
6. Mean Mustard Blues
7. Carol (Reprise)
8. Close To You
9. I'm A King Bee
10. Rock Me Baby/Heartbreak Hotel
See all 11 tracks on this disc

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132 of 137 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Doors October 21, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Short but sweet: I don't want to ruin it for you... this is the ONE... there is no other DOORS CD like this one. Now if you're a casual fan a hits collection is what you want, but if you've "felt" the Doors in your bones you need this. The stereo mix is superb, it's on par with any of the studio albums. Morrison has his rock n' roll GOD hat on and keeps the poetry reading to a minimum. The band slams away like an acid-rock version of Impulse! era Coltrane. The liner notes claim that this show was the longest Doors gig ever, the encore was over an hour long... every second is on these two CDs. Breathtaking.

This is not the Rock n' Roll hall of fame 'touch me' bubblegummy Doors, this is the evil, MC-5, Stooges, Hendrix, acid-bent dirge Doors. This is the kind of thing you get and loan to that one friend you have that truly "gets it" and you say "man, you're not gonna believe this..."

Really, truly, honest injun... if you dig the Doors you really gotta get this. Package, liner notes, sound, it's all 5 star material. Even if you're not a Doors fan, say you're simply a fan of experimental or psychedelic music, and you happen to be reading this... get this, there are some extended organ-guitar battles that will blow your mind wide open.
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67 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't Get Better Than This May 14, 2005
Format:Audio CD
In 1970, shortly before they were banned from performing in the U.S., the Doors recorded several concerts in their entirety. Selections taken from these shows surfaced on the 2-disc LP "Absolutely Live", and later on the CD compilation "The Doors in Concert", which also included songs from other tours.

As is so often the case with the cut & paste jobs put together by the record companies (as with the official Stones live releases) you just don't get the impact of the entire show, and the best performances are left out.

At long last, the Doors have issued the entire concerts, including audience response and chit-chat between songs, on their specialty label, Bright Midnight. This one, recorded in Detroit, is the best of the bunch, and if you've only listened to the older releases, this will knock your socks off. "Light My Fire" is blistering (that's the only word for it) and the band has never sounded better.

This isn't a disc for the casual fan; if you want the greatest hits then the Legacy compilation is for you. But if you want to see, hear, feel, and taste just how good the Doors could be in concert, you need this CD in your collection.

...and if you ever thought the Doors weren't all they were cracked up to be --- listening to this will change your mind.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE END of music evolution. May 13, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Music evolved over the millennia.

Then The Doors played Detroit,

and evolution was complete.

"The human race was dying out,

no one left to scream and shout."

"When the music's over,

turn out the lights."

"This is The End

of our elaborate plan."

Jim Morrison and The Doors challenged convention, whether it be on the Ed Sullivan Show, where the band refused to change the lyrics to 'Light My Fire', or in Detroit on May 8 of 1970, when they ignored the union curfew and played an extra hour, enlisting a willing crowd in their rebellion with "don't let 'em chase us off". As a result, both were added to the growing list of venues that closed their doors to The Doors. Had Morrison lived longer, they may well have run out of places to perform.

Disc one of 'The Doors Live In Detroit' is an unrelenting education in rock and roll execution. The tracks are much more craftily constructed than the listings on the insert would suggest. 'Roadhouse Vamp', for example, is an instrumental version of 'Roadhouse Blues', which sits down briefly for Morrison to poetically tally the cities on this mini-tour ('Hello To the Cities'), before breaking into 'Dead Cats Dead Rats', which is really 'Break On Through', which it segues into. Fiery organ runs are offered by Ray Manzarek on tracks such as 'Ship Of Fools' and 'Break On Through', while Robbie Kreiger dashes off scintillating lead guitar runs on tracks like 'Back Door Man', 'Roadhouse Blues' (which also includes some fine rock-scat vocals from Morrison), and mimics Morrison's soaring vocals on 'Away In India' (which is played as another suite, teaming up with 'Mystery Train' and the closer, a cover of Robert Johnson's 'Crossroads').
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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Here is 'new' Doors product that's actually worth buying. To correct an earlier reviewer, this has not been released 1,000 times. The 1970 Detroit show was one of the many concerts recorded for the Absolutely Live album, so there are portions of this performance on that release, but it's light years from a re-release in the traditional Doors sense. However, the earlier official live albums were all cut-and-pasted to create the illusion of a single show. In fact, some songs are taken from two concerts, seamlessly edited together.

Since 2000 or so, The Doors started releasing material on Bright Midnight Records, a small sub-label of Rhino. It's an outlet for the (many) unreleased live shows recorded for Absolutely Live, among other goodies (rehearsals, interviews, etc). Of course, for years they claimed these shows didn't exist, though die-hards knew better. And since then, they've begun to trickle out this excellent material. (Both Aquarius shows plus the 1970 Philadelphia show have appeared, among others).

This is basically Absolutely Live-type quality; it's the complete show from Cobo Hall, Detroit during the band's 1970 'comeback' tour, after a rocky 1969 saw them cancel many shows following the 'Miami incident'. Suffice to say, if you love the band and have been yearning for more professional, soundboard-quality live shows--complete shows--then this is a great place to start. Great energy from the band, the tour saw them return to the music without so much antics, and it shows. Check the track listing on these for your favorites, or if you're obsessive, just get them all.

Of course, The Doors continue to release the same material (how many verisons of the original albums can they possibly release?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gonzoid Masterpiece
I'm just gonna repeat what a lot of other good people have said about this album: in the work of one of the greatest, most original rock groups, it's superlative. Read more
Published 10 days ago by SiriusB
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Doors' Best Shows Hands Down
Unlike certain shows where it's clear that Jim just couldn't be bothered to perform at any significant level, Detroit is another story altogether. Read more
Published 4 months ago by tick tock
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
All right, I do not own this album but I was at this concert and if this in any way, shape, or form conveys the amazing show the Doors put on that night it has to be worth the... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Islandluvr
5.0 out of 5 stars The Doors Live in Detroit
My husband and I are BIG Doors fans and we have just about all their work. I found a double CD with alot of blues songs on it, and was addicted to it. Read more
Published on May 11, 2011 by Shopper
5.0 out of 5 stars wow. the remaining Doors are sure milking their fans!!
The specifics of this recording have been adequately discussed in several of the above reviews, so for my part i would take this opportunity to mention a greedy practice i have... Read more
Published on April 28, 2011 by Rachel Huddleston
5.0 out of 5 stars Available at Rhino
This CD set is available at Rhino for far less than sellers are offering it for here.

Everyone who gives this a glowing review is absolutely correct. Read more
Published on March 21, 2011 by Reader and Writer
5.0 out of 5 stars What a night!
What a night this must have been. The Doors live at Cobo Arena just 3 years after the motor city was burning with race riots. Read more
Published on January 12, 2011 by Mr. Downtown
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best
In this concert the sheer dynamism of the four Doors putting it out there is tremendous. You feel the energy from the first notes. Read more
Published on November 5, 2010 by Ashenlachie
3.0 out of 5 stars The Doors Cobo Arena
I hope ther are more groups that have trhis type of thing in the vault.
Published on February 1, 2010 by Terry Josey
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolutely blistering performance!
This one's a scorcher. I have been a lifelong fan of The Doors. I have always maintained that while Morrison was an excellent front man, the rest of the band were top notch... Read more
Published on December 23, 2009 by Shantanu Sharma
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