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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
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.Read more ›
The reason that this collection gets three stars is because it is The Doors, one of the greatest rock and roll bands ever and music pioneers. There's some true rock classics here, such as "Light My Fire", "Break On Through (To The Other Side)", "The End", "Hello, I Love You", "Touch Me", "Love Her Madly", "L.A. Woman" and the chilling "Riders On The Storm". These are just some of the highlights.
The fact is, 18 tracks just isn't enough to cover The Doors. And while all the stuff on here is brilliant, there's some excellent stuff left off. For example, their brilliant reworking of Willie Dixon's classic "Back Door Man", one of their best known album tracks, is strangely omitted. Similarly, classics like "Not To Touch The Earth", "My Eyes Have Seen You", "The Changeling" and "Twentieth Century Fox" have also been omitted, and judging by the small amount of tracks on both discs, probably could have all fit.
My suggestion is that instead of this, you pick up "Legacy: The Absolute Best". It is also a two disc collection, but it has 34 tracks on it including all of the songs on here as well as all the songs that I mentioned should have been on here. It even includes an unreleased track, the seventeen minute "Celebration Of The Lizard".
So, while I guess this okay, I recommend either "Legacy", the boxed sets or the whole albums. This really isn't needed.
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If you like any of the Door's music, this collection will most likely have your favorites.Published 18 days ago by D. Dawdy
Who doesn't love the Doors. Wish Mr Morrison could still be with us. Great hits.Published 18 days ago by Pamela C Kauzlarich
Great remixes and songs recorded in a way I haven't heard before.Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
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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
Nov 10, 2007 by Z. Hilgefort | See all 4 posts
|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.)
Nov 13, 2007 by Z. Hilgefort | See all 2 posts
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