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In an effort to honor the legendary band, The Doors has been remastered and expanded. Delivering smash hits "Light My Fire" and "Break On Through," this album offers three bonus tracks and a previously unissued version of "Indian Summer."
On their 1967 debut album, the Doors more than fulfilled the promise of their infamously challenging gigs around Los Angeles throughout the previous year. Whether belting out a standard like "Back Door Man" or talk-singing such originals as "The Crystal Ship" and "I Looked at You," leather-clad vocalist Jim Morrison exuded both sensuality and menace. The mixture, on the outsize album finale, "The End," helped rewrite the rules on rock song composition. None of this would have worked, though, were it not for the highly visual instrumental work of keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robbie Krieger, and drummer John Densmore, whose work on tracks such as "Take It As It Comes" and the lengthy hit "Light My Fire" virtually defined the rock-blues-jazz-classical amalgam that was acid-rock. --Billy Altman
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The reason I know about The Doors is, I was a young Navy pilot stationed in a small town in central California in the late '60s, and we had frequent parties. The Doors always seemed to be on the record player, and Light My Fire and Twentieth Century Fox and a few other songs, just stuck in my head. I hate when that happens. Being young Naval officers, we were very much NOT counterculture hippies, but fun music is fun music, and we played The Doors.
Fast forward to summer of 2015. I was on a road trip with my wife, and she insisted we go into a bookstore in Virginia. They had an entire section of vinyl records, and incredibly enough, they had the LP reissue of this album. I snatched it up. It is wonderful, and I was hooked all over again.
To play in the car and to take with me down to my kid brother's place in San Diego, I ordered this CD. It is also wonderful. The insert notes it is a remix, done with modern gear to remove the limitations and distractions of '60s mag tape and LP technology. Also, some of the original records were recorded at wrong speeds, making them either slower or faster, slightly flat or sharp in pitch. This has been corrected, so the songs on this CD are exactly as recorded. Also, some of the original releases had edited lyrics, usually to bleep out the word "high" as a drug reference and Morrison's frequent use of the f-bomb. Those cuts have also been restored here.
The result is, these recordings are more faithful to the original sessions than the first releases. The insert booklet also details the history of the group and facts about their rise in popularity. It also contains insights into some of the recording sessions. Finally, it contains all the lyrics to the songs, this in case you can't quite catch every word.
I understand some purists gripe about this. You can't please everybody. Since I don't have the original LP, I don't know why anyone would complain about this CD. The realism of it is startling, and if you have good audio gear, you can blow your branes out with it if you want. Besides the raw power, all the details emerge, and with no dynamic compression, the experience is life-like. There is no way to tell just by listening that this is not a brand new, state of the art recording.
There are compendiums and best of collections and you can get all these songs many ways, but if you want to go back and hear The Doors as they were, get this CD. If you can find the LP and have a way to play it, get that, too. I think Amazon has it.
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This record was a breath of really fresh air, if not hazy blue smoke, in a variety of ways ... the first being that it was an American band, and they were challenging the British Invasion, more aptly, The Beatles, with darker more prophetic lyrics that reflected the underside of the Flower Power movement, and in many respects, is probably responsible for its demise.
I’m sure you’ve all seen the movie, but to have been there when this record hit the streets was an event like no other. If you were lucky enough to have gotten the album instead of the 45 rpm, then you were in for a real treat, because once you got past the hit, the music was like opening a long lost and forbidden book of truth, passion, horror, and total abandonment ... all set to a new blues / rock beat, with psychedelic overtones.
Sometimes the album's going to seem disjointed, perhaps fragmented, and travel off in way too many directions, just listen to "I Looked At You," and tell me you don't hear hints of the chart-topping Dave Clark 5, but Jim and the boys were walking on uncharted water here ... with their next album Strange Days, finding more unification, though like this release, later outings all had their own special issues. I realize this sounds like I’m speaking of a weakness, but that’s hardly the truth. It’s just that The Doors had so much to say, both lyrically and musically, that it was nearly impossible to scoop all that was flowing out of them and create a concise release ... and for me, I like it just the way it was, they just kept opening door after door after door, and I wandered down every hallway totally bathed in the harmonies and luster that have made this band one of the most magical groups of all time.
Review by Jenell Kesler
On a positive note the pressing was of high quality. There is no surface noise and the mastering is quite good considering the master tapes were 42 years old when this album's lacquers were cut.
Great packaging, 3 CD set with booklet. No vinyl.
CD's - 1. Stereo Mix, 2. Mono Mix, 3. Live At The Matrix
Live At The Matrix - partial performance. Select songs to try to match 'The Doors' studio release. Neither of The Doors official Matrix release's are true to actual performance, and sound on official Matrix releases is artificial, processed, suffocated. Supposedly a box set of the complete 3.7,10.1967 shows is on the way.
Booklet - lyrics both Japanese and English, linear notes are Japanese only. White paper, black text, no pictures in booklet.