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  • Audio CD (November 17, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Rhino Records
  • ASIN: B002N3GD2Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,440 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2009 six CD box set that contains all of the Doors' performances in their entirety recorded in 1970 at the Felt Forum in New York. All four shows were mixed and mastered by the band's long-time engineer, Bruce Botnick, who recorded a number of shows from their 1970 tour. While most of the music in the collection has never been released, a few songs appeared on the 1970 release, Absolutely Live and in the 1997 box set. Elektra.

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One of the best live Doors shows ever.
D. Jenkins
It's cool to realize that as you're listening to Roadhouse Blues or Peace Frog the audience is very likely hearing the songs for the very first time.
Jym Cherry
They've released some very excellent product, including most of the material recorded for Absolutely Live.
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138 of 142 people found the following review helpful By Jym Cherry on November 17, 2009
Format: Audio CD
After I became a Doors fan one of the first concerts I started hearing about was the Felt Forum shows. Not only did it sound like a great name for a 60's venue, but the shows were said to be great and that you had to hear them. Until now I haven't had the opportunity, so the anticipation has been building for 30 years. Rhino Records release of these shows in their box set, The Doors Live In New York, is what fans have been looking for.

Recorded on two nights, January 17th and 18th 1970. The Doors did four shows and each show is included in its entirety in this box set. Some of the songs have been included on other Doors live albums. You'll hear When The Music's Over that was on Absolutely Live, but just when you think you know the song, you realize there's more. The Absolutely Live version was edited. For The Doors fan searching for something new, each CD contains a veritable plethora of previously unreleased versions of songs. It's good to hear the songs in context with all the strengths and shortcomings The Doors had as a band. These recordings give the listener the full sense and feeling of the concert experience - the false starts, the band tuning up, Jim asking the audience what they want to hear, or the silences as the band consults amongst themselves what they want to play next. Jim Morrison seems to excise one of his demons, his ongoing struggle with lightmen. His, "Hey, Mr. light man!" rap that he did at many shows chiding the lightmen who never seem to do what he wants, seems to resolve itself as he compliments the lighting level at the show! The Doors were never a band to play the album version of songs, Morrison tinkers with the words of songs as well.
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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful By GoBlue77 on November 22, 2009
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I just finished listening to this 6 cd box set. It's a collection of the Doors 4 performances recorded at New York's Felt Forum on January 17/18, 1970. All I can say is I've been really impressed by the quality of the packaging, the sound, as well as the bands performances! These concerts were expertly recorded! Very clear and atmospheric recordings. The Doors performances were great and often inspired! Jim's voice gave out a little in the final show, but he made up for it with his energy and enthusiasm! Jim was really into these shows and performed very well.

Some may notice that small parts of the song introductions as well as a few sections of songs themselves have been spliced in from other performances on the rare occasion. However, this is very very minor. The vast majority of the original Felt Forum tapes are included here. The problem was since these shows were originally recorded, the tapes had been cut into many fragments for usage in various live releases through the years. From my understanding, Bruce Botnick basically had to assemble the tapes as if they were a jigsaw puzzle. A few very small tape fragments are unfortunately lost forever. With this taken into consideration, I think Mr. Botnick did a great job! The other options were to either a) release what they had with the missing pieces, or b) fill in the missing gaps with lesser sound quality audience recordings. Mr. Botnick chose to keep the flow of the concerts going without a drop in sound quality. I'm fine with his decision all things considered.

Another decision Bruce Botnick had to make was regarding John Sebastion's harmonica playing on the January 18th late show. The problem was that his harmonica wasn't miced and thus not picked up on the original recordings.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By N. P. Stathoulopoulos on January 22, 2010
Format: Audio CD
The Doors, well known for releasing the same material over and over again in a new package (hello original six albums), have done much to atone for those sins since 2000. That year, they set up Bright Midnight Records, which was dedicated to releasing uncut, un-doctored live material from the band's archives...the same archives they claimed were barer than die-hard fans knew. They've released some very excellent product, including most of the material recorded for Absolutely Live. This includes full, uncut and professionally recorded shows from Detroit, LA, Philadelphia, and other locales. They haven't released as many shows as originally envisioned, but what they have put out has been reverent. The only real hiccup along the way was the Matrix release from 2009, which was a great opportunity to finally provide an official outlet for well known bootleg material (the four Matrix shows over two days in early 1967).

Finally, finally, they deliver what fans have been clamoring for, especially since Bright Midnight was established: all four Felt Forum shows in their entirety, uncut, and (for the most part) un-doctored. We get six CDs, and only a little bit of this was ever officially released before; bits were included in Absolutely Live/In Concert, and the 1997 box set had a single disc that cherry-picked tracks from the four shows.

This release, another highly recommended gem, just about rounds out the Absolutely Live material. In January, 1970, The Doors played four shows over two consecutive nights at New York's Felt Forum, the smaller concert venue under the main Madison Square Garden arena. (They played the main arena in January 1969, but for their new tour, post-Miami, they opted for the superior acoustics and intimacy of the Felt.
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Jym, have you thought of putting this in the Doors community section??

It's not that big at the moment, but I've left a discussion today about "When You're Strange".

I also keep berrating Beatles fans in the Beatles and Classic Rock communities too.
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Song list and text from Rhino webpage
Thanks a bunch for the track listing!
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