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Live in Pittsburgh 1970

The DoorsAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (March 4, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 1970
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bright Midnight Records
  • ASIN: B0011U8NZ2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,360 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Back Door Man
2. Love Hides
3. Five To One
4. Roadhouse Blues
5. Mystery Train
6. Away In India
7. Crossroads Blues
8. Universal Mind
9. Someday Soon
10. When the Music's Over
11. Break On Through
12. Push Push
13. The Soft Parade Vamp
14. Tonight You're In For a Special Treat
15. Close To You
16. Light My Fire

Editorial Reviews

Recorded on May 2, 1970 at the Pittsburgh Civic Arena during
The Doors final tour with Jim Morrison as lead vocalist, LIVE IN
PITTSBURGH captures a spectacular concert performance from the
legendary quartet. A single-disc tour de force, the album features
over an hour of incendiary energy from Morrison, keyboardist Ray
Manzarek, drummer John Densmore, and guitarist Robby Krieger as
they take the audience on an epic musical journey. The powerful
recording was expertyly mixed and mastered by the Doors longtime
engineer/producer Bruce Botnick, who recorded several shows
from the band s now-historic 70 tour on multitrack tape for the
Absolutely Live album. Along with classic Doors hits and choice
covers, highlights include Morrison s improvisational riffing during
an exciting 22-plus minute version of When The Music s Over,
leading the band into bits of songs they d never played live.

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85 of 87 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Another Doors show recorded for the Absolutely Live album makes its appearance from Bright Midnight Records, once again uncut and complete. (Actually, Doors engineer Bruce Botnick notes in the liner notes that a couple of snippets are forever gone, so a portion of Light My Fire has been inserted from the Philadelphia '70 show, as well as another short piece).

Shorter than the previously released shows, this is nonetheless excellent. Unlike the recently released Boston 1970 3-CD set, Morrison is completely with it here, and the band is spot on. The singer becomes more talkative as the show goes on, and the set list is fantastic, a true gem for any Doors fan. This is the first and by far the best recording of the ultra-rare Someday Soon. (The other version, recorded in Seattle weeks later, pales in comparison with a drunk and distant Morrison). This version has appeared before on the bootleg boxset Stages, though it was incorrectly labeled Baltimore, 1970.

Highly recommended for fans new and old. The liner notes and packaging are very nice, in keeping with the fresh job done for the Boston shows. Looks like the bulk of the material recorded for Absolutely Live has been released, with Detroit, Philly, Boston, two Aquarius double-disc sets, and some (but not all) of the Felt Forum material having already appeared over the last decade. A complete set of those four Felt Forum shows are ripe for proper release.

Apparently, no overdubs on this one, either. Just the original tapes, remastered by Botnick, who continues to be involved with every Doors release. Skip the 50th greatest hits package they've put out, and get this instead. Much credit to the band for releasing these shows. Though they still release far too many redundant packages of the studio albums, they finally got to the vaults for the material fans have been asking about for decades. Easily one of their best live albums.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Doors release March 6, 2008
By Tom S.
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Live In Pittsburgh 1970, the newest release from Bright Midnight Archives is yet another masterful recording. Although somewhat shorter than the Doors' other 1970 concert releases, this show does not cease to entertain. With a 22+ minute version of "When the Music's Over", including snippets from "The Soft Parade" and a completely unreleased track "Push Push" that was ONLY ever recorded live here and never made it onto that album. This release is well worth the money. If you are even a casual Doors fan, for the price you definatly need to check this out.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Clean sound, but lack of energy August 19, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I've heard a couple of officially-released live Doors performances that are pretty good: the two unedited performances The Doors live in Detroit and The Doors live in Philadelphia. The new set recorded in Pittsburgh is not on par with the others. The sound quality is fine but (and I think you'll notice this in even the first song), Jim seems to be on autopilot. He is doing everything right, but just not expending any more energy than he has to. The band seems to mirror his lack of energy. I'll be honest and say I didn't finish listening to the show. After the first few numbers I was worn out.

For those of you looking for better live Doors shows:

1. The Detroit show was, I believe, the longest show they ever played. They seem to be enjoying themselves and the energy is good throughout.

2. The show in Philadelphia has a couple of unusual selections, pretty good energy, and the way "Wake Up" leads into "Light My Fire" makes it one of my favorite Doors moments ever.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Immaculate, complete show of unsurpassed talent October 14, 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Like some of the released live works of the Doors in the past decade, this show more than others pushes the argument again for the survival of Jim Morrison. When the studio releases in 1971,or so, "Absolutely Live" and claims Jim was drunk most the time etc., they had to splice shows...etc as the official story and 30 years later there are a dozen shows to come that are not incoherent or uneven, one wonders. This was a hot show, my beautiful friend, with 3 unreleased songs and the fullest display of Morrison's range from blues, rock to Sinatra vocal touches. Manzarek's and Krieger's support throughout was inventive, jazzy and extraordinary. What made this special is the surprising counter taunts by Morrison when the audience tires of the artsy "When the music's over" interlude and Jim breaks the trance with two or three bird calls straight out of Martin Denny's "Quiet Village," that no reviewer had yet identified. The seamless segueing into and out of formal song structure was amazing. New levels of improvisation, here. No 4 chord wonders, absolutely surprising 40 years on.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Was There April 30, 2008
Format:Audio CD
When Bright Midnite announced they were releasing concerts of the last major Doors tour I was intrested because I went to this show. Looking back what struck me as intresting is back then the Doors were on tour but they were not supporting their latest album (Morrison Hotel); they played 1 song from it: Roadhouse Blues. Looking at bands today and over the past 30 years that really has never been the case they because they feature songs from the newest album when on tour. The Doors were always about perfomance art and this is a good example of it with the ad libbed jams on songs like When the Musics Over and the opening Backdoor Man. This is what also makes the Doors and the time when this album was recorded special. Jim Morrison is a legend and his talent and poetic spirit shines on this CD. I love it because I was there and it is a part of what defines my musical tastes in music today.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the Bright Midnight Shows!!
Wow--- awesome! I have about 7 or 8 of the Bright Midnight live shows, this is my favorite so far. A lot of the shows sound so similar.... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
best of Jimmy Mo
Published 11 days ago by William A. Bogaty
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The sound is phenomenal and this performance is unique. Also has rare only-performed-live songs on it.
Published 1 month ago by Tiberius
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by chad andrew bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music
This was a treat to be able to get this album from a concert that I was at so many years ago.
Published 7 months ago by twaog
4.0 out of 5 stars Commendable
I'm not a huge fan of live albums, but when this one came along, I was more enthusiastic. Why? Because it's The Doors, and no two concerts were the same with this group. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Todd7
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Doors Live CD
Another great collection of Doors live material. I am enjoying this as much as the two CD Live production. Classic Doors.
Published 8 months ago by Dexter Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Seamless blending
I have trouble understanding why so many other reviewers didn't enjoy this show. The band is in fine form, Morrison does a seamless and really eerie blend of four different songs,... Read more
Published 11 months ago by J from NY
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, very cool version of When the Musics Over
This is pretty good quality. One special part is the rendition of When the Musics Over, with spooky merge into and out of Break On Through right in the middle. Way cool.
Published 12 months ago by Jimbo
5.0 out of 5 stars The Doors at their best!
This is The Doors at their best! A great performance from start to finish. Best Doors live recording that I've ever heard.
Published 16 months ago by Craig
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