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TRACK LISTING: Features excerpts from: Break On Through (To The Other Side) - The Crystal Ship - Back Door Man - Soul Kitchen - Alabama Song (Whisky Bar) - Light My Fire - End Of The Night - The End - and more...
BONUS FEATURES * Additional & extended interview material not included in the broadcast version. * New instrumental demonstrations of songs from the album with Robby Krieger playing slide and flamenco guitar, Ray Manzarek performing the solo from "Light My Fire" and John Densmore showing his drum techniques. * The story behind "Moonlight Drive", which was cut from the album and later appeared in a different arrangement on the second album "Strange Days".
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This dvd features 7 of their 11 debut album songs, 1.Break On Through (To The Other Side), 2.The Crystal Ship, 3.Back Door Man, 4. Alabama Song (Whisky Bar), 5.Light My Fire, 6.End Of The Night and 7.The End. It does not feature the following 4 songs: Soul Kitchen, Twentieth Century Fox, I Looked At You and Take It As It Comes. I wish they had covered all 11 songs, as it is fascinating listening to the surviving Doors Ray Manzarek (organ, piano and bass), Robby Krieger (guitar) and John Densmore (drums) telling how these songs began and how they evolved into one of the greatest albums of all time.
Jim Morrison's poetry was almost always the beginning of their great songs, but there were many other influences that Ray, Robby and John brought into their unique sound from jazz, blues, latin, flamenco and bossa nova music. They even brought in some James Brown music!
There is much bonus material that really makes this worth owning as well. Ray tells of learning to play a Marxaphone on Alabama Song that gives the song it's carnival sound. Robby tells about his slide guitar, which gave The Doors such a unique mystical sound. John tells many of his trade secrets on the drums, such as he uses size 7A drum sticks, which are very thin and break easily, but give him maximum speed.
There are also great stories about Jim Morrison from 1967 told by The Doors.Read more ›
The enthusiasm of Ray Manzarek & engineer Bruce Botnick and technical explanations from Robby Krieger - with John Densmore adding a holistic dimension to the music - becomes muddled with too many people who have too little to add to the exploration of The Doors self-titled debut album.
It becomes a stretch to have friends of the group, Henry Rollins and Perry Farrell in a number of interview segments. That Farrell would share the album with his children hardly places the material in a historical context.
The bonus features place the spotlight back on the band members and the decisions that went into producing the album, with additional explanations through demonstrations. But the editing to the original documentary strays too much from letting the classic music do the talking.
My problem with this particular installment is that it is focuses way too much on how great The Doors were in general and their place in rock history, and not enough on the making of the actual album.
I expected in-depth insight on mixing, recording, equipment, performance, and instrumentation like the other installments I've seen (The Pink Floyd/DSotM and Hendrix/ELL DVDs are excellent examples of how these SHOULD be done). Instead, this one came off more like a VH1 Behind the Music puff-piece. Making-of aspects like the ones I mentioned above are present, but take a back seat to all the lauding.
Listen, if someone buys one of these Classic Album DVDs, chances are they are already a big fan of the band. So pontificating throughout the DVD about how great the The Doors are is preaching to the choir.
Cool to see Robbie Krieger on flamenco guitar. Ray M demonstrates organ parts & tells stories but comes off a little lame with an authentic but weak organ tone (Some more amplification would have been effective).
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I picked this up rather cheap and will definitely watch it again from time to time. The reasons I love this DVD are:
1) It equally showcases the talents of all 4 members... Read more
Doors fans will love this. Like all of the Classic Albums series it is detailed, intelligent, entertaining and illuminating. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Lynette McClenaghan
If you are a Door's fan, you must own this DVD, great interviews and insight into the mind of Jim Morrison and also the music Genius of the band as a whole, one missing link in the... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Wayne D. Thiltgen
This is a great film for any long time Door's fan or a new comer to their music. I love how this series takes you with the producers and sound engineers and lets you see how a... Read morePublished on March 23, 2014 by Ryan
Whether you make records or just listen to them, if you're a DOORS fan, this video is an insightful journey through one of the sounds that defined an era...Published on March 11, 2014 by Fred Puaatuua
Their seminal album. Must have for any Doors fan. get it now, before its too late. NOW I said! NOW!Published on December 26, 2013 by Vomit
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