Live in Detroit (Cobo Hall, 05/08/1970) Limited Edition
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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.
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.
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').Read more ›
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?Read more ›
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I was at this concert. Drove in from Ann Arbor to see the show. (U of M '71) Growing up in the Detroit area in the 60's I was privileged to see many, many, rock legends live,... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Tomer
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 morePublished 19 months ago by SiriusB
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 morePublished 23 months ago by tick tock
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 morePublished on July 3, 2013 by Islandluvr
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 morePublished on May 11, 2011 by Shopper
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 morePublished on April 28, 2011 by Rachel Huddleston
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
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 morePublished on January 12, 2011 by Mr. Downtown
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 morePublished on November 5, 2010 by Ashenlachie