- Audio CD (August 12, 2003)
- Original Release Date: 2003
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Original recording remastered
- Label: Elektra / Wea
- Run Time: 151 minutes
- ASIN: B0000AINOJ
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,350 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Legacy: Absolute Best Original recording remastered
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The previous "Best of the Doors" was 2-cd set but was a transfer from a two-LP set and didn't take advantage of the longer CD running time, each disc running under 45 mins. This set not only includes all the Doors' most popular songs but puts them in chronological order, and adds the live track "Gloria" and the previously unissued studio version of "The Celebration of the Lizard."
"Lizard" is a curio item that seems to have been tacked on to force people like me (who already own all the Doors albums) to buy this one too. While "Lizard" is a great poem, the line about "a different steeple" being a notable exception, most of the music doesn't work that well, except for "Not to Touch the Earth." The live versions of "Lizard" are equally frustrating, running hot and cold but never having quite the impact the Doors were shooting for. This is clearly still a work in progress; perhaps if the Doors had continued to perform it they would have found a solid groove for it. (Ray Manzarek has said that he was never competely satisfied with live performances of "The End", either; but at least they nailed the studio version.)
IMPORTANT: Both "The End" and "Break on Through" include minor alterations from their original versions. There is some different vocalization by Jim on both songs, some of which you hear on the version of "The End" that was used in the film "Apocalypse Now." There's nothing inherently wrong with offering these alternative mixes but it does detract from the collection's claim to be definitive.
*This compilation has been deleted and replaced by yet another two-disc set, with some different songs.*
Over the past few years, more 2 CD "greatest hits" sets have been coming out in a slimmer package and for lower prices as well.
I thought "Very Best of the Doors" was pretty good, but where that one has 19 songs,"Legacy" has a staggering 34(!), which is half of EVERYTHING they put out on their 6 studio albums.
Unlike "Very Best", this one is in chronological order.
Considering that their debut is their most popular, 8 tracks are pulled from it, "End of the Night", "I Looked at You", and "End of the Night" left off (which I didn't really miss to begin with). The really cool part in this is that "Break on Through" no longer has "She gets...she gets" but "she gets high" (which most radio stations now play, if you were wondering where this version was, now you know..although "The Doors" CD might have also been restored in the newer remastering as well...) and "The End" have been restored the "Mother, I want to..." part. They didn't make a fuss about restoring it, but it's really a shock to the senses when you first hear it after being used to hearing it the same way for years.
Tracks 9-14 is from "Strange Days", which were more or less the songs left off the debut, released later in the year. The strongest tracks made it, although I missed "You're Lost Little Girl". But "Moonlight Drive" made it on here where it didn't make it on "Very Best Of".Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wow I'm there Utah them as they play it's like they are in my house playing my system is a jvc 470 watt so you know I'm in Door heaven. Read morePublished 3 months ago by coolhandluke 19
The Doors was only around for 4 years (1967-1971) and in that short time they made only 6 studio albums. Read morePublished 5 months ago by From the Musician's Pen
One of the the Best collections of the Door's song catalog. I am extremely pleased with my purchase and would highly recommend it to my friends.Published 6 months ago by jgerdfhills
Really good sound quality on here. The bright orange second disc is an awesome mix of doors tracks. I think they did it like that on purpose, in case you got the black light... Read morePublished 6 months ago by d3adf1sh