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It's a time machine to an alternate reality.
on October 15, 2015
Several disclaimers are appropriate here. For one, my name is Morrison but I'm no kin of Jim Morrison, at least as far as I know. For two, I'm 75, which is about how old he would be now. For three, I don't even listen to rock, as my preferred type of music is symphonic classical. For four, I don't believe in earbuds for music. I have a large, powerful surround audio system with 15" woofers in my man cave and a car with a 200-watt, nine-speaker array in it. The man cave rig includes a modern turntable and cartridge and audio CD player. I love my music.
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.
Have a nice day.