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Rhino's celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Doors spectacular 1967 debut continues to break on through with an unprecedented two-disc, career-spanning collection that spotlights the legendary band's powerful mix of music and mysticism. The most comprehensive 2-CD Doors set ever compiled, the anthology presents dramatic new 40 Anniversary mixes by the remaining Doors and Bruce Botnick, the band's original engineer and producer. Drawing essential hits and favorites from all six studio album recorded by Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger, and John Densmore, the title also features several songs previously unavailable on any U.S. compilation as well as choice rarities from various sources.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Break on Through (To the Other Side)
  2. Strange Days
  3. Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)
  4. Love Me Two Times
  5. Light My Fire
  6. Spanish Caravan
  7. The Crystal Ship
  8. The Unknown Soldier
  9. The End
  10. People Are Strange
  11. Back Door Man
  12. Moonlight Drive
  13. End of the Night
  14. Five to One
  15. When the Music's Over

Disc: 2

  1. Twentieth Century Fox
  2. Love Her Madly
  3. Riders on the Storm
  4. My Eyes Have Seen You
  5. Tell All the People
  6. Hello, I Love You
  7. The Wasp
  8. Not to Touch the Earth
  9. Soul Kitchen
  10. Peace Frog
  11. L.A. Woman
  12. Waiting For the Sun
  13. Touch Me
  14. Changeling, The
  15. Wishful Sinful
  16. Love Street
  17. The Ghost Song
  18. Gloria
  19. Roadhouse Blues

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 25, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Elektra / Rhino Records
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (487 customer reviews)
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78 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on January 6, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I was in high school when The Doors' debut was released and it remains the one essential album to have in The Doors' catalog. [Although LA Woman and Morrison Hotel are nearly as good.] If you're looking to expand your collection beyond that, this two-disc collection is a no-brainer. It contains all eight Top 40 hits from their all too brief 4-year history and enough key album cuts ("The End," "L.A. Woman," "Roadhouse Blues") to satisfy all but the die-hard fan. [Thankfully, there are no tracks included from either of the two post-Morrison albums released in the early Seventies.]
While the identity of The Doors is linked almost exclusively to the persona of its frontman, there's no denying Ray Manzarek's keyboards and Robby Krieger's guitar playing and songwriting as crucial to The Doors' sound. And Jim Morrison's power as a vocalist was his voice, which would make the listener ignore the sometimes pretentiousness of his lyrics.
My only real criticism of this collection is that for a two-disc set, it's fairly short--only 85 minutes. But it still wasn't enough to make me spring for the box set. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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76 of 84 people found the following review helpful By His&Hers on May 16, 2008
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If, like me, you've been a Doors fan since high school, but never an "uberfan", you've probably had more than one of the studio albums and probably one of the anthologies/best ofs, etc. By first wife sto-, er, "permanently borrowed" and/or sold my copy of "LA Woman" (ironic, hunh?) and one of the anthologies.

Now the discs that were "ex-wife'd", were discs made BEFORE the Industry decided there was a huge vein of gold to be mined by "remasters". So I've been able to replace long-lost discs without spending unnecessarily on albums I already have. (Even ex's have their uses, I suppose.)

If you are a newb to the Doors, this collection is not only a great deal (39 tracks for $15), it sounds great. It has all of the "great" songs which made the Doors legends; tho' I agree only the most casual of fans isn't going to have some quibble with all the choices of any anthology (by any band).

You're still encouraged to buy, at the very least, "L.A. Woman" if this collection confirms your taste for the Doors. The last studio album to be released before Morrison's death in Paris, Many of the greatest songs are on that album anyway.

The "classics" are all here; as are some gems usually neglected by AOR--"The WASP: Texas Radio and the Big Beat" (now condescendingly called "Classic Rock" by these punk kids who think that "rock" began with Nirvana, "Oh ye of little knowledge (and less taste!)"

As for the sound quality, I found it excellent (especially compared to the three or four songs I'd downloaded from iTunes @128kpbs AAC; good codec but at the bit-rate you can't expect much).

Over all, the remastering benefits this set.

In particular, the remaster of "Love Me Two Times" is exactly what a remaster should be.
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80 of 93 people found the following review helpful By Reviewer on June 16, 2000
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A terrific retrospective of one of the most enigmatic rock groups ever, "The Best of the Doors," opens with "Break On Through," then takes you on a wild ride through nineteen cuts that illustrate just exactly why this is such an enduring group. Jim Morrison's mesmerizing vocals, Robbie Krieger's "bottle neck" guitar, Ray Manzarek's keyboards and John Densmore's drums combined to create a unique sound, later imitated, but never duplicated by anyone else since. The songs included on this two-disc album open the doors that lead you into the ethereal, sometimes spiritual world of Morrison's poetry. His use of imagery and metaphor is remarkable, especially on such cuts as "Light My Fire," "The Crystal Ship," "People Are Strange," the impassioned "When The Music's Over," the subtly disquieting "Riders On The Storm," and the quintessential Door's song, the spellbinding "The End." Then there's the hard-driving "Roadhouse Blues," and "L.A. Woman;" the admonishing "Five To One;" and the stoic "The Unknown Soldier." There's a lyrical, almost mystic, quality to the music here; a substance that is rare in rock music, and delivered with a pulsating force that is transporting. Morrison's magnetism prevails throughout, and the more you listen to it, the more you realize how good this music really is.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Linda Howard fan on April 7, 2002
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It is difficult to find words that can express the way i feel about this cd, it changed my life. I am 16 years old, and it was just last year that I found this cd in my dad's truck. I had never heard of the doors or Jim Morrison at the time so I decided to give it a chance and listen to it. I was entranced from the very first song, I was absolutely captivated by Morrison's sultry and sexy voice, and the powerful lyrics that lead you on a journey of the mind. Krieger's guiter work is excellent especially on track 12. Densmore's drumming is superb, and Ray Manzarek's keyboarding is amazing! The band complements one another perfectly. Every single track on this cd is different, yet it blends well together creating a perfect sound. My favorite track is "The End" the lyrics paint a picture in my mind and it opens my perceptions and my imagination. Of course I can't just recommend this particular Doors cd, because it is merely a stepping stone, an introduction into the band and their original style of music. In order to fully experience the doors, I would recommend buying all of the original LP's. The Doors expanded my mind, and introduced me to a new world and a new type of music, and changed my life forever.
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Is this the best of the Doors compilations?
Ehh...this is tricky.
There indeed have been a lot of Doors compilations around. There was what was supposed to be the ultimate best-of comp Legacy some years ago, and the big difference between that one and this new one is that the classic songs on this new one are all remixed by the surviving... Read More
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Outer packaging vs. jewel case cover - same?
Yes, it's the same cover. Slipcases are kinda pointless unless it has different artwork (like Wilco has been known to do.)
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