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The Doors – Live At The Bowl '68 (2xLP)

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  • When Jim Morrison, John Densmore, Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek entered the Hollywood Bowl stage on July 5, 1968, only one day after the official celebrations of American Independence Day, they set off their very own fireworks. For over an hour, they presented a memorable repertoire that included then-alike classics like When The Music's Over, Back Door Man and Light My Fire, as well as brand-new songs like Hello, I Love You, which entered the US charts number one just a few weeks after the concert

    The legendary performance was filmed and is not only considered to be one of the best performances The Doors have ever delivered - it is also the only Doors concert ever filmed in full length. Nevertheless, the fans had to accept some serious cuts in the later release of the home video, because for technical reasons Hello, I Love You, The W.A.S.P. were not released. (Texas Radio And The Big Beat) and Spanish Caravan not included in the film. The audio CD released in 1987 also contained only 7 of 16 songs, so that one had to be content with half of the actual concert, especially as the order of the songs did not correspond to the performance either. Spanish Caravan was found on the album, but cult performances like When The Music's Over, W.A.S.P., Hello, I love You were still inaccessible. The Doors super hit Light My Fire appeared only in a special edit, which only represented a part of the performance

    This situation, untenable for any fan, has now suddenly changed: With the complete reworking of the film and the audio tracks, the high-end technology ensures that for the first time the entire concert is available in its entirety. Both the concert film and the audio recording were meticulously reworked as authentically as possible using the most modern means. Jeff Jampool used the original negative rolls of the cameras to revise the film footage, which allowed him to greatly improve the visual quality while preserving the original footage

    The audio tracks were restored by Doors producer Bruce Botnik on the basis of the multi-track tapes and bring the listener closer to the band in sound than ever before: "It now sounds as if you are standing on stage right next to Jim Morrison, John Densmore, Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek," says Botnik. Especially for the audio-friend the gain is immense, because the magical musical dramaturgy of the concert can only be grasped in the complete performance, in the original song order and in the differentiated sound image

    Jim Morrison and The Doors begin the concert with an enormously free version of When The Music's Over, which lulls the audience in with long and exciting solo sequences. Alabama Song, Backdoor Man and Five To One merge almost seamlessly into each other and then flow into the Backdoor Man-Reprise. Here the band is finally warmgespielt, and for the bon vivant awaits the newly referenced sequence The W.A.S.P. (Texas Radio And The Big Beat) and Hello, I Love You. As usual from the original film version, Moonlight Drive continues and intensifies with Spanish Caravan (Track 13) to the furious finale with The End. Morrison himself is extraordinarily exalted, the band in his back supports the gifted entertainer with its virtuosic and vital performance

    A concert in which the Doors show themselves at the height of their live abilities, a few months before the disastrous phase of descent begins, which The Doors would end up drowning, but also making immortal

    When Jim Morrison died in a Paris hotel on July 3, 1971, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin were the last musical icons of the late sixties to leave this world. But the legacy of the Doors, successfully represented by Densmore, Krieger and Manzarek for decades, has already survived several musical epochs and fashion trends. Why it is - Live At The Bowl '68 sums it up

    "The Doors' live performances were a shamanistic journey into the darkness of rock'n'roll theatre. A whirling mixture of rock'n'roll heat, poetry, danger, drama and unleashed musical virtuosity. The concert shows The Doors at the height of their magic." - Jeff Jampool, door manager and producer of the movie Live At The Bowl

    When Jim Morrison, John Densmore, Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek entered the Hollywood Bowl stage on July 5, 1968, only one day after the official celebrations of American Independence Day, they set off their very own fireworks. For over an hour, they presented a memorable repertoire that included then-alike classics like When The Music's Over, Back Door Man and Light My Fire, as well as brand-new songs like Hello, I Love You, which entered the US charts number one just a few weeks after the concert

    The legendary performance was filmed and is not only considered to be one of the best performances The Doors have ever delivered - it is also the only Doors concert ever filmed in full length. Nevertheless, the fans had to accept some serious cuts in the later release of the home video, because for technical reasons Hello, I Love You, The W. A.S. P. (Texas Radio And The Big Beat) and Spanish Caravan were not included in the film. The audio CD released in 1987 also contained only 7 of 16 songs, so that one had to be content with half of the actual concert, especially as the order of the songs did not correspond to the performance either. Spanish Caravan was found on the album, but cult performances like When The Music's Over, W. A.S. P., Hello, I love You were still inaccessible. The Doors super hit Light My Fire appeared only in a special edit, which only represented a part of the performance

    This situation, untenable for any fan, has now suddenly changed: With the complete reworking of the film and the audio tracks, the high-end technology ensures that for the first time the entire concert is available in its entirety. Both the concert film and the audio recording were meticulously reworked as authentically as possible using the most modern means. Jeff Jampool used the original negative rolls of the cameras to revise the film footage, which allowed him to greatly improve the visual quality while preserving the original footage

    The audio tracks were restored by Doors producer Bruce Botnik on the basis of the multi-track tapes and bring the listener closer to the band in sound than ever before: "It now sounds as if you are standing on stage right next to Jim Morrison, John Densmore, Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek," says Botnik. Especially for the audio-friend the gain is immense, because the magical musical dramaturgy of the concert can only be grasped in the complete performance, in the original song order and in the differentiated sound image

    Jim Morrison and The Doors begin the concert with an enormously free version of When The Music's Over, which lulls the audience in with long and exciting solo sequences. Alabama Song, Backdoor Man and Five To One merge almost seamlessly into each other and then flow into the Backdoor Man-Reprise. Here the band is finally warmly played, and the epicure awaits the newly referenced sequence The W. A.S. P. (Texas Radio And The Big Beat) and Hello, I Love You. As usual from the original film version, Moonlight Drive continues and intensifies with Spanish Caravan (Track 13) to the furious finale with The End. Morrison himself is extraordinarily exalted, the band in his back supports the gifted entertainer with its virtuosic and vital performance

    A concert in which the Doors show themselves at the height of their live abilities, a few months before the disastrous phase of descent begins, which The Doors would end up drowning, but also making immortal

    When Jim Morrison died in a Paris hotel on July 3, 1971, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin were the last musical icons of the late sixties to leave this world. But the legacy of the Doors, successfully represented by Densmore, Krieger and Manzarek for decades, has already survived several musical epochs and fashion trends. Why it is - Live At The Bowl '68 sums it up.

    Reviews

    In contrast to later European trips, where concerts were often listless and routine, the Doors presented themselves in very good form at the height of their (hit parade) fame (Stereo, December 2012)

    For the first time unabridged: the legendary concert of the high priests of the theatrically gloomy West Coast Rock in the Hollywood Bowl (music express, December 2012)
  • Artist: The Doors
    Label: Elektra
    Format: LP
    Units: 2
    Country: Europe
    Genre: Pop & Rock
  • A1 Start Show/Intro
    A2 When The Music'S Over
    A3 Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar)
    A4 Back Door Man
    A5 Five To One
    A6 Back Door Man (Reprise)
    B1 The Wasp (Texas Radio And The Big Beat)
    B2 Hello, I Love You
    B3 Moonlight Drive
    B4 Horse Latitudes
    B5 A Little Game
    B6 The Hill Dwellers
    B7 Spanish Caravan
    C1 Hey, What Would You Guys Like To Hear?
    C2 Wake Up!
    C3 Light My Fire
    C4 Light My Fire (Segue)
    C5 The Unknown Soldier
    D1 The End (Segue)
    D2 The End