Box Set, 6CD, Remastered
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'The Doors announced themselves to the world with a near-perfect debut album,' writes veteran rock journalist Ben Fong-Torres in his notes for this unprecedented box. Indeed, The Doors' self-titled 1967 debut recorded in late '66 struck awe in fans and critics alike, and heralded the arrival of the one the most original and daring bands ever. Through five more studio albums, The Doors were fronted by the legendary Jim Morrison, and continually pushed the boundaries of contemporary music and popular culture. To mark the band's 40th anniversary, Rhino salutes their legacy with a 12-disc box housing remastered & expanded CD/DVD editions of these six album masterpieces. Introducing a wealth of previously unreleased sonic treasures, bonus videoclips, 5.1 mixes, and more, Perception opens up The Doors' classic material to a new level of exploration that's truly worthy of the exalted place these landmark albums hold in rock music history. 12-disc deluxe boxed set presenting CD + DVD reissues of The Doors' six studio albums recorded with Jim Morrison (before his '71 death). Produced in cooperation with surviving Doors John Densmore, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek, and members of Jim Morrison's family with the band's longtime engineer Bruce Botnick producing.
For years, the recording industry has asked fans to purchase the same music from the 1960s and '70s over and over again, via remasterings, repackagings, and, of course, reformattings. The Doors' box Perception (get it?), cleverly packaged as... a door, does hold some astonishing music, but the thing itself is a weird hybrid beast with multiple formats for every release. Each of the group's six albums has not only been re-remastered (this time by the remaining band members plus original engineer Bruce Botnick as the "40th anniversary mix"), but loaded up with a bevy of previously unreleased bonus tracks. But that's not it--for each album, there's a companion DVD, which includes a whole new 5.1 surround sound mix with more tracks, as well as the usual DVD extras, i.e., photo galleries, lyrics, and videos. That makes 12 discs, much of it essentially redundant. If you're cool with that, you're in for a treat. From the spookier, unissued version of "Indian Summer" to the entirely new tune "Push Push" and some super-rad footage of the band rehearsing L.A. Woman, it's easy to fall in love with this swirling, highly sexualized, and often brilliant band all over again. --Mike McGonigal
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The DVDs are far superior to the CDs especially the bass sounds.
The bonus tracks are good but there could have been a few more added to the DVDs as there are a few tracks I did not see such as Rock and Roll Is Dead.
The packaging is a bit strange. Huge box for the discs, waste of space. There also could have been more info on the recording sessions and re-mixing process.
Well worth getting if you are a fan of the doors.
As for the content the ONLY thing is they did not include the original masters on the DVDA in high-res stereo at least though it looks like they had space to. Not a big deal as I doubt there was much more detail in those to be had. The do however include them in pristine CD quality on 6 of the discs. Pretty sure they are the old remasters which sounded great to my ears.
Of course some people are not going to like the remixing and some of the added parts. I say HMPH to you. This is truly the best way to hear the band. Since the debut had a lot of reverb and studio trickery it can sound a bit pedestrian but it truly is still a great listen on the DVDA and sounds exactly how you would expect them too in crystal clear audio quality. The surround mixes are also fantastic and have a lot of nice separation and detail though I don't listen to them as much.
Anyway you have it this boxset rocks. Don't listen to the haters The Doors have never sounded better.
So this appears to be the umpteenth re-mastering cash grab by the Doors of their back catalog...Anyway, the DVD-A's sound great! There is a fullness and clarity to their songs I have not heard before, in particular the use of the echo chamber employed on Morrison's vocals for the Strange Days album. However, the resolution is not as breath-taking as I have heard of other older bands who had their work butchered being translated over to cd.
The DVD-A surround mix is limited by the primitive technology they had available to them (The 1st album is more of a 3.0 mix. I say 3.0 as opposed to 3.1 as there is very little sub-woofer output for the entire box set) and really the surround mix does not really start to become noticeable until their third album Waiting for the Sun. Even then things are mixed on the conservative side although going in people should not expect some sort of Flaming Lips or NIN type mixing wizardry. There is impressive separation of the instruments and some of the music has changed (new intro. on "L.A. woman," additional lyric on "Break on Through" and the odd Morrison joke before or after a track).
I was impressed with the bonus videos and music. In fact, I wish they would have included another DVD of a live concert (Hollywood Bowl?). Also fans should know that the album: Absolutely Live is NOT included in this box. The bonus music is also DVD-A, 5.1.
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The First disappointment was both the stereo and 5.1 mixes on the DVDs are the same.Read more