- Audio CD (December 16, 2003)
- Number of Discs: 4
- Format: Box set
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- 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)
Boot Yer Butt Box set
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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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Here's the thing: I wanted to buy this for all the songs, but was warned off by others. I have numerous bootleg Doors and famous groups. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Anthony W. Hepner
I've owned this since it came out and though maybe overpriced(now, especially) for the quality of content still nothing is hidden about the fact that these are NOT professionally... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Franknfurter
Reason I'm giving this 4-CD box set a four-star rating is due to it's -rarity- factor. Quality tends to vary on some songs - but definitely keep in mind - that like (for example)... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Mike Reed
This is a joke, got mine off a FREE download. So if your a hardcore Doors fan, this one is pretty much a fans collections from taping the shows from their seats with cassette... Read morePublished on March 11, 2014 by David D. McFarland
Generally speaking i am very satisfied with this purchase. Some of the tracks on there are really incredible and can't be found in any other box set. Read morePublished on November 18, 2013 by man with no name
This is the Doors live and at it's best. All recordings are from live shows around the country. Only live versions of L.A. Woman and Changeling that have ever surfaced. Read morePublished on January 2, 2012 by JFKJr
Boot your Butt is short for "bootleg". These recordings are mainly audience tap recordings, 2 gems are from the very last Jim Morrison show ever, Dec 1970 in Dallas, TX. Read morePublished on December 18, 2011 by </><
I had to admit, it was hard to listen to the whole 4-cd set without getting tired of the poor quality of the recordings, but if you are a big Doors fan, then this set may be for... Read morePublished on May 18, 2009 by Theresa Woloszyn
i bought this when it came out, not sure what i paid for it, but it didnt seem exorbitant at the time. i would not recommend anyone paying more than 50$ for this. Read morePublished on March 5, 2008 by James