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Live At The Bowl '68 (2LP 180 Gram Vinyl) [Live]

The DoorsVinyl
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  • Vinyl (November 13, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0090SVDUO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,472 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Show Start/Intro (Live Hollywood Bowl 1968)
2. When The Music's Over (Live Hollywood Bowl 1968)
3. Alabama Song (Whisky Bar) [Live Hollywood Bowl 1968]
4. Back Door Man (Live Hollywood Bowl 1968)
5. Five To One (Live Hollywood Bowl 1968)
6. Back Door Man (Reprise) [Live Hollywood Bowl 1968]
7. The Wasp (Texas Radio And The Big Beat) [Live Hollywood Bowl 1968]
8. Hello, I Love You (Live Hollywood Bowl 1968)
9. Moonlight Drive (Live Hollywood Bowl 1968)
10. Horse Latitudes (Live Hollywood Bowl 1968)
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Hey, What Would You Guys Like To Hear? (Live Hollywood Bowl 1968)
2. Wake Up! (Live Hollywood Bowl 1968)
3. Light My Fire (Live Hollywood Bowl 1968)
4. The End (Segue) [Live Hollywood Bowl 1968]
5. The Unknown Soldier (Live Hollywood Bowl 1968)
6. The End (Segue) [Live Hollywood Bowl 1968]
7. The End (Live Hollywood Bowl 1968)

Editorial Reviews

The Doors supplied plenty of post-Independence Day fireworks on July 5, 1968 when the legendary quartet played the Hollywood Bowl, a concert that is considered to be the band s finest on film. For the first time, the film from the historic performance has been painstakingly restored using the original camera negatives and the audio has been remixed and mastered from original multi-tracks by the group s engineer Bruce Botnick. This new restoration offers a stunning visual upgrade from earlier versions and will give fans the closest experience to being there live alongside Jim Morrison, John Densmore, Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek, who opined, You can hear it as if you were at the Hollywood Bowl, on stage with us. LIVE AT THE BOWL 68 will include three previously unreleased tracks from the performance. Technical issues with the recording of "Hello, I Love You," "The WASP (Texas Radio And The Big Beat), " and "Spanish Caravan" prevented them from being released in the past. Now, through meticulous restoration of the audio, all three will be included, marking the first time the concert has been available in its entirety.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Would Have Made a Great Live Album! October 25, 2012
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The Hollywood Bowl was a prestigious booking for any rock band, and maybe more so for The Doors. They were local boys who made it and the Hollywood Bowl was proof of that. It was a hometown crowd and The Doors were out to give the best show they could. They rehearsed for the show (something they didn't ordinarily do especially after Jim Morrison became more estranged from the band), they prepared a set-list and they seemed to stick to it and The Doors gave a pretty tight performance at the Hollywood Bowl on July 5, 1968.

"The Doors: Live at the Bowl `68" is the companion soundtrack to the DVD/Blu-Ray of the same name that was released earlier this week (October 22, 2012) and while it may not be as good a stand alone item as "Live at the Bowl '68" DVD/Blu-Ray, it's still a good soundtrack to the Hollywood Bowl shows and would have made a good live album in 1968, if it weren't for technical difficulties, but you can't rewrite The Doors.

In the spring of 1968 The Doors had decided to film their shows for a documentary film that would later become "Feast of Friends" and the Hollywood Bowl was filmed with an eye to inclusion in the film. But during three songs, "Hello, I Love You," "The Wasp (Texas Radio and the Big Beat)," and "Spanish Caravan," Morrison's microphone feed to the recording equipment failed and compromised the show until technology caught up. Although "The Doors Live at the Hollywood Bowl" was released in 1989 it was incomplete, there was nothing either The Doors or Bruce Botnick could do to restore the three missing songs, until now. Long time Doors engineer (and co-producer of "L.A.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
"We were going to blast the sound all the way down the hills to Hollywood". Ray Manzarek.

Here it is, 71 minutes of THE DOORS during their early (and arguably best) period in 1968. The band wasn't allowed to play at the volume level they wanted (loud), so the overall recorded impression is ever so anemic compared to what they were capable of. But they knew this concert was so important, that they rehearsed beforehand. And for once, all the talk about the sound being "the best ever" is pretty accurate. The technical problems on three tracks-"When The Music's Over", "The Wasp (Texas Radio And The Big Beat)", and "Hello I Love You"-basically not having Morrison's vocals-have been "fixed". In order to rescue the songs, in a carefully worded explanation, Morrison's vocals from the "Absolutely Live" set were used for these three tracks to "restore" the vocals on the CD. Were these tracks left over from the tracks used for "Absolutely Live", but not used? Is it "cheating"? Well, maybe yes a bit. But it does sound pretty good nonetheless. And we now get to hear the complete concert. There seems to be some confusion concerning the vocals for these three songs, so I've quoted them in the comments section to answer the question from "Avalon Don", to hopefully clear things up.

The CD slips inside an envelope in a "bill-fold" style cardboard holder, along with the booklet, in the other edge. The 10 page booklet has a short essay by Bruce Botnick about the recordings, plus there's a paragraph from each of the remaining band members, that bring back some of the flavor of those times. There's also a list of the various microphones used, and related recording information. Also included are a few images from the concert, photographed by Henry Diltz.

But the music-whoa!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Doors Best Album Since L.A. Woman..... October 30, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Playing before a large hometown outdoor crowd, the Doors had to be at the top of their game. They went over the top on July 5, 1968. Once Jim Morrison shouts out "We Want The World" on the very first song the audience knew this is not going to be a greatest hits concert. Sure they were going give them "Light My Fire". In between, the set list had to paced properly so fans in the nose bleed seats wouldn't feel lost. So on this album the tiresome starts, stops and delays that seem to always be heard on their indoor performances never happen. Finally the whole enchilada of rock, ballads, humor, balenced medleys and pin drop quiet - "Texas Radio And The Big Beat". I do like the improved the DVD. On a regular repeat basis, I'll take the CD. The music takes a back seat when watching as compared to listening. Amazing what can happen when the Doors in remixed sound can do when they were having a great night. And yes, they were also very tight in their hungry years as a foursome in musicianship, spoken word, poetry and edge - "Hello I Love You". When they finish it off with "The End", the audience is zapped. The 71 minutes goes by quickly. This was a great Doors concert.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For the Short List November 6, 2012
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This CD should go onto the short list of essential Doors live releases (others are Live In Detroit, Live In Pittsburgh 1970 and Live at the Aquarius Theatre: The Second Performance). Has any other rock band so effectively used the full range of dynamics from near silence to ecstatic noise? Has any other band used the building and release of musical tension so well? Has any guitarist besides Robbie Krieger varied his approach as much and given each song, each fill, what it needs with such precision and aural delight for the listener? Rhetorical questions my friends, and only part of what you'll hear on this CD. I've been buying and listening to Jimi Hendrix concerts from the same years the Doors were active, and - with all due respect - I prefer the Doors. As good as Hendrix's sidemen were, it was Hendrix and his band, while the Doors is a meeting and collaboration of four highly talented and skillful musicians. Layers of craft and creativity come from four different directions and unite in a glorious whole.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars More Live Doors is always good.
I miss Jim. The Doors were an iconic group. Jim's writing was what made it that way, even though he didn't write their biggest hit.
Published 17 days ago by Jon Delong
5.0 out of 5 stars This record just smells of the late 1960's
I noticed that this reissue of the original album has basically similar characteristics of the majority of their musical endeavors. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jonathan
5.0 out of 5 stars "Nah. YOU do something!"
"Live at the Bowl" has been unfairly dismissed by some critics as "too subdued, or too tame". The thing many fans and critics of the Doors miss is that a sort of ominous subtlety... Read more
Published 6 months ago by J from NY
5.0 out of 5 stars Live At The Bowl 68
I heard this on the radio recently and really liked the arrangements. It is classic Doors at their best. I bought the DVD of the concert also. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Nancy
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Recording
This is just a great crisp recording of the doors at the pinnacle of their career. If you like the doors you should really enjoy this show.
Published 13 months ago by FW
5.0 out of 5 stars A must
The Doors as they were live on stage in this astonishing concert in Los Angeles. In HD and dolby 5.1
Published 15 months ago by Giuliano Amoruso
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good early live recording of the Doors
This captures the raw energy of the early Doors. If you are a Doors fan, You should have this recording. Very Good!
Published 15 months ago by SG Joe 61
This edition is really good and it's better than bootlegs you could hear out there. The mastering and production by Bosnick is very brilliant.
Published 15 months ago by CARLOS MAZAGATOS
5.0 out of 5 stars blast from the past
i was there in 1968,,,,,long story hee heee.....3 weeks before my 18th great delivery was great..... Read more
Published 16 months ago by mike runyan
5.0 out of 5 stars Live At Yje Bowl 68
Wonderful music by the Doors! Would recommend to everyone who enjoys Jim Morrison and who remembers the the drug era in hip America.
Published 16 months ago by dixie delanoy
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