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Boot Yer Butt Box set

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Bootlegger's Chat
  2. Announcer Intro
  3. Moonlight Drive
  4. Back Door Man
  5. Break On Through
  6. Light My Fire
  7. People Are Strange
  8. Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar)
  9. Close To You
  10. I'm A Man
  11. Love Me Two Times
  12. Soul Kitchen
  13. The Wasp (Texas Radio & The Big Beat)/Hello, I Love You
  14. Money
  15. When The Music's Over

Disc: 2

  1. Never Before In Public
  2. Wild Child
  3. Gonna Have A Real Good Time (Rap)
  4. Spanish Caravan
  5. Five To One
  6. The Unknown Soldier
  7. Vince Treanor's Announcement
  8. Break On Through
  9. Little Red Rooster
  10. Wild Child
  11. Love Me Two Times
  12. Touch Me
  13. Celebration Of The Lizard
  14. The Soft Parade
  15. Tell All The People
  16. Who Scared You?
  17. Does Anyone Have A Cigarette? (Rap)

Disc: 3

  1. Back Door Man
  2. Five To One
  3. Forget This Is The Square Garden (Rap)
  4. Hitler Poem
  5. I'm Talkin' About Having A Good Time (Rap)
  6. No Limits, No Laws (Rap) From Dinner Key Auditorium (3/1/1969)
  7. The Crystal Ship
  8. Carol
  9. Rock Me
  10. The Spy
  11. Is There Any Left (Rap)
  12. Blue Sunday
  13. Petition The Lord
  14. Will The Circle Be Unbroken
  15. Roadhouse Blues
  16. Peace Frog
  17. Mystery Train

Disc: 4

  1. Light My Fire
  2. Love Her Madly
  3. Ship Of Fools
  4. The Changeling
  5. L.A. Woman
  6. The End
  7. Announcer Outro


Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 16, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • 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: Bright Midnight
  • ASIN: B00012FWMI
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #453,100 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By G. Sansom on December 30, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I am a HUGE Doors fan and own their entire catalog. However, this "box set" was a disappointment. THE POSITIVES: These CDs allow you to (somewhat) experience what a Doors concert on an average night would be like. At times, when you're listening to these bootlegs, it seems as if you're actually at the concert(though listening from the bathroom), and that's worth something. And, of course, you get to hear rare recordings of 'Wild Child', 'Soft Parade', and many others.
THE NEGATIVES: The sound quality is absolutely horrendous (as can be expected) and makes enjoying the music very difficult. While listening to the CDs, I was also struck by how mediocre The Doors were live, at least when they knew they weren't being professionally recorded or videotaped for TV. In many of the songs, the tempo drags and the band seems uninspired...a far cry from the other live Doors albums which, by and large, rock. It makes you wonder why this set was released.
But it is well known that the remaining Doors will release, re-release, and re-package everything they can get their hands on to make a buck. It is only a matter of time before Mr. Manzarek, et. al release a tape recording of Jim Morrison singing in the shower, "digitally remaster" the recording, put it on a CD with 15 other songs that have already been released, and sell it for $16.99.
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At first glance, I can totally appreciate an effort to provide official releases of previously bootlegged material. On the other hand, this is a bit of an insult to Doors fans. This is Robbie Krieger's project, and it's telling. Krieger is famously anti-bootlegging, and even took legal action against an Italian bootlegger years ago after they released the Stockholm '68 shows.

First off, and the most insulting thing about this box, is the price. It's a bit of a joke, actually. This is equivalent to the cost of four bootlegs, more or less, and certainly close to the amount fans paid for actual bootleg Doors box sets. (The bootleg box set `Stages', released in the mid-90s by the Italian company Lizard, was in the same price range, and offered better quality in many places).

On the one hand, there's some very rare material offered, such as the last known live recording of The Doors with Jim Morrison from Dallas, 1970, which was only available on one bootleg CD release in the past. The Madison Square Garden material from 1969 was discovered in the 1990s in someone's collection. On the other hand, the atrocious sound quality of some of the other material may only attract die-hard fans who want very rare material. A few years ago, The Doors started Bright Midnight Records and began to release full, soundboard concerts through their official website. This, of course, was what fans were clamoring for years to get. In the past, and certainly around the release of Greg Shaw's amazing Doors On the Road book (which obviously reviewed Absolutely Live concert tapes that never saw the light of day) Manzarek said the tapes didn't exist(!)

The Doors' master plan is to re-release the same product over and over while trickling out new product (usually combined with old product.
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I am a HUGE Doors fan and collector. I have many many audience recordings and i know those audience recordings are NOT soundboard.......who cares? I love my Doors collection..
Boot Yer Butt is just a simple collection of the best of Doors bootlegs...but i am really disappointed... Soundquaity is really horrible, sometimes it's worse than the real tape sound... only 15% is better than my sources...for example: singer bowl, long beach, la forum...
Nothing new for the hardcore collectors...and 80 bucks??? CRAP.
Don't waste your money. Trust me.
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This release is a saddening disgrace to The Doors' official discography. All tracks are audience recordings, and even considering this they're mediocre ones too. The cd's are hardly listenable and only of interest to dedicated completists.
To ask 81.00 dollars for this product is an outrageous insult to buyers. The only release these recordings should have is for example as free downloads on a website.
Don't buy this! If you gotta have these tracks, hunt down the "original" bootlegs, if only to prevent the remaining doors from earning one single buck for this embarassing fraud.
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After reading some of the reviews here, I guess my standards are higher than some people's. I swear it seems that a CD of Jim Morrison passing gas could be released and it would probably get 4 or 5 stars here.

I have come to the conclusion that this release is a joke on YOU, the fan. Robby Krieger tooks various LP bootlegs of Doors concerts and put them on this set. The clicks and pops were removed, but it seems that no other processing was done. The sound is all over the place from abysmally bad to "good for an audience recording". Mostly it's just bad. It's a good thing that this was a limited edition. It's certainly not worth what it cost at the time it came out, nor is it worth what it's selling for now as a used item.

Most of these shows were not recorded professionally by The Doors, so this is the only document of some of these performances. Some of them are very good. There's an amazing performance of "Break On Through" from Copenhagen with Ray Manzarek on vocals because Jim was "sick" and unable to perform. I've never heard the song performed like that. There's a great version of "Light My Fire" on CD 4 that may be the best they've ever done of the song. However, everything on it is not a highlight. "L.A. Woman" shows the group at their self-indulgent worst. It's more than double the length of the studio version and it adds nothing to the song. It just contains various pointless instrumental doodles to lengthen it for no good reason.

If you are a casual fan, this is not for you. It's for hardcore "I must have everything officially released by the group at any price!" fans. The joke is on you because the group knows these songs sound bad and they just made you pay good money for it. They're not laughing with you, they're laughing at you.
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