THE DOORS Live Buyer’s Guide (Over 32 Hours, 32 Discs, All Official, NO Boots)

RayThis page is getting a lot of hits in the wake of Ray Manzarek’s passing. So, I thought I’d just move it up top for everybody. Thanks for everything, Ray.

A collection of live Doors discs, covering almost all of the band’s officially released live albums. One release we didn’t bother with is Boot Yer Butt, an expansive 4CD collection of Doors bootlegs put together by drummer John Densmore. The source material is shoddy and was designed – I’m guessing – to neuter bootleg sales… like back when Frank Zappa started releasing the bootlegger’s actual audience recordings and artwork himself. I’ve never even been able to listen to it all, so I can’t tell you much about it, except, you should be listening to all of the ones posted here before you even bother with it. We’ve also got our Doors archive up and running again; The Doors (Remixed/Proper Speed), Live At The Isle Of Wight 1970, Perception Bonus Tracks, and More Studio Bonus Tracks.

 

Alive She Cried (1983)

The first posthumous live Doors LP was most welcomed back in 1983. The random gathering of odds & ends didn’t have much rhyme or reason, but anemic long-time fans weren’t picky. The band doctored the tapes with some overdubs, since they already had to edit Morrison’s x-rated ad-libs from this LP’s highlight – a killer version of Van Morrison’s “Gloria.” It’s hard to believe we were all so innocent we couldn’t hear the unedited tapes until 1997’s The Doors Box Set. When the CD era finally arrived, Alive She Cried was packaged with Absolutely Live for the 2CD release, In Concert. At Amazon, HERE.

Live At The Hollywood Bowl (1987)

A short, barely 23-minute LP (and that’s including the odd single edit of “Light My Fire,” taken from the same full-length version that’s already on the album). The purpose behind the release was to co-promote the new VHS video of the same name. Why the unnecessary brevity of the LP is anyone’s guess. Despite what virtually every review for this LP says, only two of the Hollywood Bowl recordings (“Light My Fire” & “Unknown Soldier”) wound up on the 1991 live comp, In Concert. The Hollywood Bowl show would eventually get a proper release in 2012 (below). At Amazon, HERE.

In Concert (1991)

A 2CD compilation pulling together all of the tracks from The Doors’ only official live albums, Absolutely Live (1970) and Alive She Cried, as well as two cuts from Live At The Hollywood Bowl. To spur sales of the newfangled invention called the CD (featuring music any Doors fan already had), a then-unreleased version of “The End” was added. All tracks were recorded in Los Angeles, Boston, New York, Philly, Pittsburgh, Detroit and Copenhagen, so – except for Copenhagen – virtually all of this material has been included on later, full show releases (in unedited or undubbed form). Absolutely Live (HERE) was eventually issued independently, also. At Amazon, HERE.

The Doors Box Set (1997)
Without A Safety Net

The first of many Doors box sets included three discs of live music. Without A Safety Net is a random selection of live tracks, most of which would appear the following century on the full concert issues on Bright Midnight/Rhino. So, there’s going to be a lot of duplication here if you’ve already got the rest. Check comments for the track listings to see where these tracks were recorded. HERE.

The Doors Box Set (1997)
The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be

It’s the same deal as above. As The Doors Box Set was the first opportunity for the band to dip into their archived tapes, here’s another varied collection of live tracks, interspersed with a few of the World Pacific demos and TV appearances. Check comments for where these tracks are sourced from. At Amazon, HERE.

 

The Doors Box Set (1997)
Live In New York

The third live disc from the box set would become obsolete with the release of 2006’s 6CD box, Live In New York, where most of this material comes from. Regardless of that, this was one spectacular single disc collection when it came out. With a 17-minute “Celebration Of The Lizard” and an 18-minute “The End,” Live In New York boasted some serious heft. And, for the first time, we finally got to hear Jim’s x-rated ramblings in “Gloria” (first hinted at on Alive She Cried). Of course, “Gloria” wasn’t recorded in New York, but who cared? (I’ve read that a few other tracks may be from other venues, also.) A fantastic stand alone live Doors disc… just ignore the accuracy of the title. At Amazon, HERE.

Live In Detroit (2000)

The first of the 21st century Doors albums, coming with the union between The Doors’ own label, Bright Midnight, and the exclusive Limited Edition mavens, Rhino Handmade. As a result, the 2CD Live In Detroit (May 8, 1970 @ Cobo Hall) is no longer officially available, having exhausted its limited run. The band was recording L.A. Woman at the time of this show – a unique one as Morrison extended the set list to include a bunch of standards and blues numbers, in what manager Danny Sugarman says is “easily, the longest Doors set ever performed.” (whether that’s actually true or not.) At Amazon, HERE.

Live At The Aquarius Theatre:
The First Performance (2001)

The first of three amazing 2CD sets that capture the band’s 24 hour residency at The Aquarius Theatre in Los Angeles. At the time, Elektra wanted more live material, but The Doors had a problem. Since Jim Morrison’s Miami bust for indecent exposure in March, ’69, the band’s live dates were mostly canceled and they couldn’t book a tour. (Funny, these days that controversy would only make them more in-demand.) So the idea was hatched to play a small L.A. venue (July 21, 1969), and these tapes were born. Another Rhino Handmade release that’s officially out of print. At Amazon, HERE.

Live At The Aquarius Theatre:
The Second Performance (2001)

The Second Performance is nearly an hour longer than the first matinée show (and about as long as the Detroit show), and finds the band in fine form. There’s a lot of variety here, too, as the guys seem intent on offering up some (previously unreleased) live titles, like “Five To One,” “Blue Sunday,”, “Touch Me,” “Gloria” and others. Because of the venue’s intimacy, there’s plenty of chatter between Morrison and the crowd, but Jimbo appears sober so there’s not much in the way of outrageous pronouncements. Another dead Rhino. At Amazon, HERE.

Backstage And Dangerous:
The Private Rehearsal (2002)

Always thinking, producer Paul Rothchild figured that since everything was already set up, why not record a morning/afternoon performance (July 22, 1969) – without an audience – before everything was torn down for the Aquarius’ evening performance of Hair. Smart thinking. Except that Jim didn’t really want to be there… and you can tell. But, this is such a different kind of show for the band, it remains a must-hear. Since Morrison thrived on audiences, he seems a bit lost for inspiration in the empty venue. After the first half of the recording, his disinterest spins him towards raunchier material. This show is the source of the original, x-rated live version of “Gloria,” found on Alive She Cried and Live In New York. At Amazon, HERE.

Live In Philadelphia ’70 (2006)

If I’d spent any time with this, I’d tell you all about it. This was the last of The Doors’ live discs to be issued in a limited run by Rhino Handmade. As a result, it’s out of print and very expensive at Amazon, HERE.

 

 

Live In Boston (2007)

Live In Boston features two complete shows, an abbreviated matinée and an extended evening show. And Morrison’s bombed for both, slurring his words, not bothering with some lyrics and, by the end of the second show, seemingly pretty disinterested in what’s going on. Unfortunately, these shows are also sonically challenged, so it’s a difficult listen unless you’re the type accustomed to bootleg atmospherics. It’s really not that bad, just not grade-A like previous Bright Midnights. As a result, however, I haven’t spent much time with this one either. 3CDs at Amazon, HERE.

Live At The Matrix (2008)

The famed Matrix tapes (March 7 & 10, 1967), the first unofficial live recordings of The Doors, finally available after decades of abusive mixes have littered the web. This isn’t all the material recorded, so it’s more of a best-of The Matrix, with somewhat improved sound quality. This is Morrison & Co. before the adulation (“Light My Fire” wasn’t a hit yet) and the audience, when you can even hear them, seems barely interested. Which might explain why bands get so weird when they get big. Here’s Morrison busting his balls to make an impression… and no one cares. Two years later he’s showing up so drunk he can barely sing… and he’s treated like a god. What message would your fragile rock star ego take from that? Especially when it’s reinforced night after night? At Amazon, HERE.

Live In Pittsburgh (2008)

An abbreviated show from Pittsburgh (May, 2, 1970). Besides the less than spectacular sound (a touch muddy, not bad, not great), Live In Pittsburgh‘s few audio issues are forgivable for the performances, which are solid throughout. The band sounds nimble and attentive, while Morrison is pretty alert and on his game… two months after his drunken fiasco in Miami. This show was recorded for possible inclusion on Absolutely Live, but nary a track was used. This release – short enough to fit on a single disc – might be better suited to the hard-core. I haven’t spent much time on this one, but… your mileage may vary. At Amazon, HERE.

Live In New York (2009)

The complete run of the band’s four sets over two nights at the Felt Forum/Madison Square Garden (January 17-18, 1970) on 6 CDs. If you want to study the Doors live, this is where you go, as it covers a lot of ground with exceptional sound quality. These reels were the source of many performances found on Absolutely Live, so you already know some highlights. Enough can’t be said, really. There is an overdub you should know about… when guest John Sebastian came out for an encore, his harmonica was off-mic. So, for this release, Sebastian came into the studio in 2009 and replicated his performance. Before you cry foul, however, the band posted the original versions on the Rhino website for buyers to download. Those version are included here. As cheap as $40… for their best live work at Amazon, HERE.

Live In Vancouver 1970 (2011)

The newest of the live series is this 2CD set recorded in Canada. Another whose sonics are not perfect, but are not awful. I, however, haven’t seriously listened to it in detail yet… sorry. Some guide, huh? At Amazon, HERE.

 

 

Live At The Bowl ’68 (2012)

Finally… a refurbished, complete recording from The Hollywood Bowl. There’s a new video, too, if you follow the links and poke around at Amazon.

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    Willard
    December 30, 2011 - 09:53 | Permalink

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    Alive She Cried
    Gloria (6:19)
    Light My Fire (9:50)
    You Make Me Real (3:04)
    Texas Radio & The Big Beat (1:53)
    Love Me Two Times (3:18)
    Little Red Rooster (7:05)
    Moonlight Drive (5:32)

    Live At The Hollywood Bowl
    Wake Up (1:40)
    Light My Fire (8:52)
    Unknown Soldier (4:29)
    A Little Game (1:20)
    The Hill Dwellers (2:21)
    Spanish Caravan (1:22)
    Light My Fire (Edit Of Live Version) (3:24)

    In Concert (Absolutely Live/Alive She Cried)
    House Announcer (2:40)
    Who Do You Love (6:03)
    Alabama Song (1:51)
    Back Door Man (2:22)
    Love Hides (1:49)
    Five To One (4:35)
    Build Me A Woman (3:34)
    When The Music’s Over (14:50)
    Universal Mind (4:55)
    Petition The Lord With Prayer (0:53)
    Dead Cats, Dead Rats (1:53)
    Break On Through (4:42)
    Lions In The Street (1:14)
    Wake Up (1:24)
    A Little Game (1:10)
    The Hill Dwellers (2:40)
    Not To Touch The Earth (4:14)
    Names Of The Kingdom (1:25)
    The Palace Of Exile (2:21)
    Soul Kitchen (7:15)
    Roadhouse Blues (6:14)
    Gloria (6:19)
    Light My Fire (9:54)
    You Make Me Real (3:04)
    Texas Radio & The Big Beat (1:53)
    Love Me Two Times (3:18)
    Little Red Rooster (7:05)
    Moonlight Drive (5:33)
    Close To You (5:27)
    Unknown Soldier (4:25)
    The End (15:43)

    The Doors Box Set –
    Without A Safety Net (Disc 1)

    Five To One (7:30) (Live at the Dinner Key Auditorium, Miami, FL 1969)
    Queen Of The Highway (3:33) (Recorded at Elektra Studios, Los Angeles, CA, 1969)
    Hyacinth House (2:42) (Demo Recorded At Robby Krieger’s Home Studio, 1969)
    My Eyes Have Seen You (2:04) (Demo recorded at World Pacific Studios, Los Angeles, CA, 1965)
    Who Scared You (3:19) (Recorded at Elektra Studios, Los Angeles, CA, 1969)
    Black Train Song (12:26) (Live at the Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA, 1970)
    End Of The Night (3:02)(Demo recorded at World Pacific Studios, Los Angeles, CA, 1965)
    Whiskey, Mystics And Men (2:22) (Recorded at Elektra Studios, Los Angeles, CA, 1969)
    I Will Never Be Untrue (3:59) (Live at the Aquarius Theater, Hollywood, CA 1970)
    Moonlight Drive (2:32) (Demo recorded at World Pacific Studios, Los Angeles, CA, 1965)
    Moonlight Drive (2:44) (Recorded at Sunset Sound Studios, Los Angeles, CA, 1966)
    Rock Is Dead (16:39) (Recorded at Elektra Studios, Los Angeles, CA, 1969)
    Albinoni’s Adagio In G Minor (4:39) (Recorded at TTG Studios, Hollywood, CA, 1968)
    Live In New York (Disc 2)
    Road House Blues (4:19) (Felt Forum 1/17/70 late show)
    Ship Of Fools (5:20) (Felt Forum 1/17/70 early show)
    Peace Frog (3:15) (Felt Forum 1/17/70 early show)
    Blue Sunday (2:33) (Felt Forum 1/17/70 early show)
    Celebration Of The Lizard (17:18) (Felt Forum 1/18/70 late show)
    Gloria (7:14) (Aquarius Theater, Hollywood, 7/22/1969 & Felt Forum 1/18/70 late show)
    Crawling King Snake (6:12) (Felt Forum 1/17/70 late show)
    Money (2:49) (Felt Forum 1/17/70 early show)
    Poontang Blues/Build Me A Woman/Sunday Trucker (3:35) (Felt Forum 1/18/70 late show)
    The End (17:58) (Felt Forum 1/17/70 late show)
    The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be (Disc 3)
    Hello to the Cities (0:56) (Live on the Ed Sullivan Show, 1967 and at Cobo Hall, Detroit, 1970)
    Break On Through (To the Other Side) (4:32) (Live at the Isle of Wight Festival, England, Aug. 29, 1970)
    Rock Me (6:36) (Live at The PNE Coliseum, Vancouver, BC, Jun. 6, 1970)
    Money (2:59) (Live at The PNE Coliseum, Vancouver, BC, Jun. 6, 1970)
    Someday Soon (3:41) (Live at the Seattle Center, Seattle, WA, Jun. 5, 1970)
    Go Insane (2:30) (Demo recorded at World Pacific Studios, Los Angeles, CA, Sep. 2, 1965)
    Mental Floss (3:38) (Live at the Aquarius Theater, Hollywood, CA 1969)
    Summer’s Almost Gone (2:17) (Demo recorded at World Pacific Studios, Los Angeles, CA, Sep. 2, 1965)
    Adolph Hitler (0:12) (Live at Boston Gardens, Boston, MA, Apr. 10, 1970, late show)
    Hello, I Love You (2:28) (Demo recorded at World Pacific Studios, Los Angeles, CA, Sep. 2, 1965)
    The Crystal Ship (2:55) (Live at The Matrix, San Francisco, CA, Mar. 7, 1967)
    I Can’t See Your Face In My Mind (3:16) (Live at The Matrix, San Francisco, CA, Mar. 7, 1967)
    The Soft Parade (10:03) (Live on PBS Television, New York, NY, Apr. 28, 1969)
    Tightrope Ride (4:17) (The Doors Workshop, Los Angeles, 1971)
    Orange County Suite (5:27) (Recorded at Elektra Studios, Los Angeles, CA, 1970)
    Band Favorites (Disc 4)
    (All Studio Material)

    Live In Detroit
    Tuning (1:35)
    Roadhouse Vamp (1:31)
    Hello To The Cities (1:16)
    Dead Cats, Dead Rats (1:54)
    Break On Through (To The Other Side) (4:46)
    Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar) (1:55)
    Back Door Man (2:24)
    Five To One (6:44)
    Roadhouse Blues (6:44)
    You Make Me Real (2:57)
    Ship Of Fools (7:23)
    When The Music’s Over (17:41)
    People Get Ready (0:36)
    Mystery Train (7:03)
    Away In India (2:07)
    Crossroads (4:01)
    Tuning (1:59)
    Carol (1:50)
    Light My Fire (19:39)
    Been Down So Long (9:07)
    Love Hides (1:45)
    Mean Mustard Blues (3:47)
    Carol (Reprise) (0:44)
    Close To You (1:38)
    I’m A King Bee (2:37)
    Rock Me Baby/Heartbreak Hotel (5:40)
    The End (17:35)

    Live At The Aquarius Theatre: The First Performance
    Tuning (1:10)
    Jim’s Introduction (0:55)
    Back Door Man (5:39)
    Break On Through (To The Other Side) (4:49)
    What Do We Do Next? (0:19)
    Soul Kitchen (4:45)
    You Make Me Real (3:12)
    Tuning (1:10)
    I Will Never Be Untrue (3:51)
    The Crowd Humbly Requests (1:00)
    When The Music’s Over (11:33)
    Universal Mind (4:39)
    The Crowd Requests Their Favorites And Tuning (1:20)
    Mystery Train/Crossroads (6:46)
    Build Me A Woman (5:36)
    Tuning (0:38)
    Who Do You Love (False Start) (0:38)
    Who Do You Love (6:40)
    Light My Fire (10:54)
    The Crowd Requests More (1:15)
    The Celebration Of The Lizard (15:29)

    Live At The Aquarius Theatre: The Second Performance
    Concert Introduction And Tuning (2:07)
    Jim’s Introduction (0:11)
    Back Door Man (4:36)
    Break On Through (To The Other Side) (3:53)
    When The Music’s Over (12:07)
    Tuning (0:58)
    You Make Me Real (3:06)
    Tuning (0:25)
    Universal Mind (4:42)
    The Crowd Humbly Requests (2:16)
    Mystery Train/Crossroads (5:59)
    The Crowd Again Requests (0:12)
    Little Red Rooster (6:29)
    Tuning (0:49)
    Gloria (10:03)
    Tuning (0:52)
    Touch Me (3:29)
    The Crystal Ship (3:27)
    Tuning (0:49)
    Light My Fire (13:53)
    The Crowd Requests Their Favorites (0:58)
    The Celebration Of The Lizard (14:59)
    A Request Of The Management (6:46)
    Soul Kitchen (6:51)
    Jim Introduces Ray (1:02)
    Close To You (4:29)
    A Conversation With The Crowd (2:12)
    Peace Frog (Instrumental) (2:36)
    Blue Sunday (2:38)
    Five To One (5:48)
    The Crowd Again Requests Their Favorites (0:44)
    Jim Introduces The Movie (1:06)
    Rock Me Baby (7:39)

    Backstage And Dangerous: The Private Rehearsal
    We’re Rolling (0:08)
    I Will Never Be Untrue (5:57)
    Peace Frog (Instrumental) (2:50)
    Blue Sunday (4:09)
    Maggie McGill (4:48)
    Arranging (You Need Meat) Don’t Go No Further (1:16)
    (You Need Meat) Don’t Go No Further (3:53)
    Arranging Close To You (0:21)
    Close To You (3:47)
    Arranging Gloria (0:57)
    Gloria (8:58)
    Mystery Train Rehearsal (4:43)
    Mystery Train/Crossroads (9:48)
    Continued (0:16)
    Thousands Of Dollars Rest Upon This Day (0:22)
    I’m Your Doctor (2:38)
    Hyper Yachting (0:31)
    Build Me A Woman (6:56)
    Yachting (3:59)
    Cars Hiss By My Window (10:08)
    Money Beats Soul (0:47)
    Mental Floss (5:20)
    Jazzy Maggie McGill (Instrumental) (2:05)
    Jazzy Maggie McGill (4:49)

    Live in Philadelphia ’70
    Announcer “Sit Down” (5:20)
    Tuning (1:26)
    Roadhouse Blues (4:40)
    Break On Through (5:12)
    Back Door Man/Love Hides (6:51)
    Ship Of Fools (6:55)
    Universal Mind (4:32)
    When The Music’s Over (14:28)
    Mystery Train (13:22)
    Wake Up! (1:47)
    Light My Fire (11:47)
    The Concert Continues (0:41)
    Maggie M‘Gill (5:50)
    Roadhouse Blues (Reprise) (2:40)
    Been Down So Long/Rock Me Baby (9:31)
    The Music Captial Of The World, Philadelphia (0:30)
    Carol (1:49)
    Soul Kitchen (6:16)

    Live in Boston
    FIRST SHOW
    Start (0:07)
    All Right, All Right, All Right (0:11)
    Roadhouse Moan (1:33)
    Roadhouse Blues (4:56)
    Ship Of Fools (6:27)
    Alabama Song (Whisky Bar) (2:02)
    Back Door Man (2:17)
    Five To One (9:09)
    When The Music’s Over (14:45)
    Rock Me (7:14)
    Mystery Train (7:18)
    Away In India (1:54)
    Crossroads (5:15)
    Prelude To Wake Up! (0:49)
    Wake Up! (1:33)
    Light My Fire (12:32)
    SECOND SHOW
    Start (1:22)
    Break On Through (8:13)
    I Believe In Democracy (0:33)
    When The Music’s Over (14:19)
    Roadhouse Blues (5:53)
    The Spy (5:43)
    Alabama Song (Whisky Bar) (1:40)
    Back Door Man (2:27)
    Five To One (7:06)
    Astrology Rap (0:45)
    Build Me A Woman (3:57)
    You Make Me Real (3:26)
    Wait A Minute (0:44)
    Mystery Train (7:53)
    Away In India (2:52)
    Crossroads (3:31)
    Band Intros (0:35)
    Adolf Hitler (0:23)
    Light My Fire (5:47)
    Fever (0:23)
    Summertime (7:29)
    St James Infirmary Blues (0:46)
    Graveyard Poem (1:13)
    Light My Fire (Reprise) (2:11)
    More More More (0:19)
    Ladies And Gentlemen (0:13)
    We Can’t Instigate (0:13)
    They Want More (1:16)
    Been Down So Long (6:13)
    Power Turned Off (9:15)

    Live At The Matrix
    Break On Through (To The Other Side) (3:47)
    Soul Kitchen (5:52)
    Money (3:07)
    The Crystal Ship (2:51)
    Twentieth Century Fox (2:53)
    I’m A King Bee (3:49)
    Alabama Song (Whisky Bar) (3:16)
    Summer’s Almost Gone (3:47)
    Light My Fire (8:14)
    Get Out Of My Life, Woman (3:59)
    Back Door Man (5:14)
    Who Do You Love (4:46)
    The End (13:54)
    Unhappy Girl (3:57)
    Moonlight Drive (5:40)
    The Woman Is A Devil/Rock Me (8:09)
    People Are Strange (2:15)
    Close To You (2:57)
    My Eyes Have Seen You (2:57)
    Crawling King Snake (5:10)
    I Can’t See Your Face In My Mind (3:07)
    Summertime (8:30)
    When The Music’s Over (11:11)
    Gloria (5:36)

    Live In Pittsburgh
    Back Door Man (2:51)
    Love Hides (2:24)
    Five To One (5:19)
    Roadhouse Blues (7:01)
    Mystery Train (7:54)
    Away In India (3:09)
    Crossroads Blues (3:26)
    Universal Mind (4:31)
    Someday Soon (3:51)
    When The Music’s Over (16:55)
    Break On Through (0:54)
    Push Push (0:24)
    Soft Parade Vamp (4:37)
    Tonight You’re In For A Special Treat (1:29)
    Close To You (3:50)
    Light My Fire (11:19)

    Live In New York
    1
    Start Of Show (4:27)
    Roadhouse Blues (4:22)
    Ship Of Fools (6:29)
    Break On Through (To The Other Side) (4:24)
    Tuning/Breather (2:03)
    Peace Frog (3:15)
    Blue Sunday (2:27)
    Alabama Song (Whisky Bar) (1:51)
    Back Door Man (2:28)
    Love Hides (0:32)
    Five To One (5:07)
    Tuning/Breather (1:25)
    Who Do You Love (5:54)
    Little Red Rooster (6:24)
    Money (3:18)
    Tuning/Breather (1:35)
    Light My Fire (8:45)
    More, More, More (1:59)
    Soul Kitchen (6:34)
    End Of Show (1:02)
    2
    Start Show 2 (2:10)
    Jim “How Ya Doing?” (0:49)
    Roadhouse Blues (6:18)
    Break On Through (To The Other Side) (4:52)
    Ship Of Fools (6:55)
    Crawling King Snake (5:19)
    Alabama Song (Whisky Bar) (1:50)
    Back Door Man (3:51)
    Five To One (5:38)
    Pretty Neat, Pretty Good (0:11)
    Build Me A Woman (4:06)
    Tuning/Breather (1:15)
    Who Do You Love (9:36)
    3
    Tuning/Breather (2:08)
    Wild Child (1:44)
    Cheering/Tuning (1:00)
    When The Music’s Over (15:09)
    Tuning/Breather (2:22)
    Light My Fire (9:41)
    Hey, Mr. Light Man! (2:05)
    Soul Kitchen (6:38)
    Jim’s Fish Joke (1:11)
    The End (19:51)
    End Of Show (1:38)
    4
    Start Show (1:02)
    Roadhouse Blues (4:29)
    Ship Of Fools (6:08)
    Break On Through (To The Other Side) (4:40)
    Tuning/Breather (0:48)
    Universal Mind (4:54)
    Alabama Song (Whisky Bar) (False Start) (1:24)
    Alabama Song (Whisky Bar) (1:59)
    Back Door Man (3:14)
    Five To One (6:04)
    Tuning/Breather (1:22)
    Moonlight Drive (5:55)
    Who Do You Love (7:25)
    Calling Out For Songs (0:26)
    Money (3:14)
    Tuning/Breather (1:23)
    Light My Fire (10:12)
    More, More, More (2:06)
    When The Music’s Over (12:10)
    Good Night-End Show (0:34)
    5
    Start Show (1:51)
    Roadhouse Blues (5:42)
    Peace Frog (3:45)
    Alabama Song (Whisky Bar) (2:01)
    Back Door Man (2:22)
    Five To One (6:23)
    We Have A Special Treat (3:33)
    Celebration Of The Lizard (16:47)
    Alright Let’s Boogie (0:07)
    Build Me A Woman (3:30)
    When The Music’s Over (12:37)
    More, More, More (1:59)
    6
    Soul Kitchen (7:54)
    For Fear Of Getting Too Patriotic (1:13)
    Petition The Lord with Prayer (0:48)
    Light My Fire (11:28)
    Only When The Moon Comes Out (1:23)
    Close to You (4:03)
    Encore Begins (5:03)
    Rock Me (6:02)
    What To Do Next? (5:53)
    Going To N.Y. Blues (4:42)
    Tuning/Breather (0:49)
    Maggie M’Gill (7:33)
    Tuning/Breather (0:29)
    Gloria/End of Show (13:01)
    Live In New York Alternate Tracks
    Going To N.Y. Blues (Alternate/Sans Sebastian) (4:46)
    Maggie M’Gill (Alternate/Sans Sebastian) (7:35)
    Rock With Me (Alternate/Sans Sebastian) (6:13)

    Live In Vancouver 1970
    Start Of Show (5:05)
    Roadhouse Blues (5:55)
    Alabama Song (2:02)
    Back Door Man (2:31)
    Five To One (6:14)
    When The Music’s Over (13:46)
    Applause/Jim Talk (1:30)
    Love Me Two Times (4:15)
    Applause/Jim Talk (5:06)
    Little Red Rooster (6:24)
    Tuning (0:25)
    Money (3:06)
    Tuning (1:18)
    Rock Me (6:39)
    Tuning (0:42)
    Who Do You Love (8:06)
    Tuning (0:52)
    Petition The Lord With Prayer (0:39)
    Light My Fire (17:55)
    Tuning (1:46)
    The End (17:58)
    Thank You & Good Night (2:12)

    Live At The Bowl ’68
    Show Start/Intro (0:19)
    When The Music’s Over (12:52)
    Alabama Song (Whisky Bar) (1:33)
    Back Door Man (2:33)
    Five To One (1:29)
    Back Door Man (Reprise) (1:22)
    The Wasp (Texas Radio And The Big Beat) (1:52)
    Hello, I Love You (2:14)
    Moonlight Drive (3:21)
    Horse Latitudes (1:08)
    A Little Game (1:20)
    The Hill Dwellers (2:22)
    Spanish Caravan (3:04)
    “Hey, What Would You Guys Like To Hear?” (0:40)
    Wake Up! (1:30)
    Light My Fire (Segue) (0:38)
    Light My Fire (9:32)
    The Unknown Soldier (4:43)
    The End (Segue) (1:02)
    The End (17:31)

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    mauijim
    December 30, 2011 - 13:17 | Permalink

    Thank you very much Willard. Am a big Doors fan, having BOUGHT all these outside the Pittsburgh show since I HATED the Boston and Matrix releases. All was forgiven with NYC release though. I love how they have followed the Dead blueprint and so wish Page would do the same with Zep since it has become clear how many soundboards are out there. Cheers and Mahalo !

  • 3
    fabgear5
    December 30, 2011 - 13:18 | Permalink

    I’m looking forward to hearing some live Doors. Thank you for the reviews. A great help to choose what I’m interested in hearing. What a fantastic site you have here!

  • 4
    Art Ducko
    December 30, 2011 - 13:40 | Permalink

    Thanks, bud, for a nice way to wrap up a very Doorsy year. Hippie Gnu Ear!

  • 5
    Anonymous
    December 30, 2011 - 14:02 | Permalink

    Thanks for this labour of love.

  • 6
    Anonymous
    December 30, 2011 - 21:57 | Permalink

    Thank you! Great way to top off a great year full of Wormholes. Have a happy, healthy New Year!

  • 7
    Ian of Cornwall
    December 31, 2011 - 10:44 | Permalink

    Agreed. Great way to end the year. In my top 10 bands ever. Love ‘em. I need some of these so me well happy. Might even get the lot n replace… coz I know they’re top banana from ya’s. Thanks for another great year, Willard. Happy New Year to you, Art n all who hang out here. CHEERS! Peace.

    • 8
      Willard
      December 31, 2011 - 11:30 | Permalink

      Thanks for the kind words, Ian. And… all the participation and support. Cheers

  • 9
    Ignacio Esteban
    December 31, 2011 - 23:28 | Permalink

    Hola Capitán, muchas gracias por todos tus aportes e informacíon, los mejores deseos para ti y los tuyos, feliz año nuevo.
    Esteban

    • 10
      Willard
      January 1, 2012 - 01:41 | Permalink

      Muchas gracias.

  • 11
    Magoo
    January 1, 2012 - 06:39 | Permalink

    Thanks Willard. Great stuff as always. Thanks for your effort. Happy New Year.

  • 12
    pete
    January 1, 2012 - 12:43 | Permalink

    Thanks! I go away for a couple of days, and … oh my. Side issue: Anyone looked at Greil Marcus’s Doors book? I basically gave up on Marcus years ago (a huge Dylan fan, I cannot get through his Bobstuff), but I’d give it a try if anyone else thought it was worth it.

    • 13
      Visions
      January 2, 2012 - 22:09 | Permalink

      Marcus wrote two great books, Mystery Train (1975) and Lipstick Traces (1989). In all the other books of his that I have tried to read, including his Dylan books, he appears to be unable to write in coherent related sentences. With those two notable exceptions, I think he’s awful. That’s my opinion, W.

      • 14
        Willard
        January 3, 2012 - 10:16 | Permalink

        Read Mystery Train eons ago but, naturally, don’t remember a word of it. Thanks for the book report.

  • 15
    Lou Bear
    January 1, 2012 - 12:45 | Permalink

    thank you AWESOME

  • 16
    Lou Bear
    January 1, 2012 - 17:26 | Permalink

    these are incredible , rekindled my love for the Doors, thanks I love your site and your posts.
    Have a good New Year . You never fail to amaze Lou

  • 17
    Art Ducko
    January 2, 2012 - 01:04 | Permalink

    Hopi Nude Beer to Ian!

    Pete – I checked out the Greil Marcus book today at a bookstore funnily, enough. Looks interesting, so I may go back for it.

    Willard – The Vancouver show is not bad. It features a visit from Albert King who sits in on four tunes. Well worth checking out. Thanks again for posting these. Weird scenes inside the goldmine, indeed.

    • 18
      Willard
      January 2, 2012 - 09:19 | Permalink

      Thanks. I was close to getting through most of the music I wasn’t familiar with with I embarqed on a Harry upgrade. Thanks for the heads up on this one.

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    January 2, 2012 - 04:14 | Permalink

    Great post Willard. There’s also a “Bright Midnight: Live In America” compilation if you would like it to [I think] complete their live stuff. It’s not an entire show, but a compilation drawing from many of the shows listed here. Just let me know if you want it. I wouldn’t call it essential, but it does scratch that pesky completist itch.

    • 20
      Willard
      January 2, 2012 - 09:17 | Permalink

      Thanks for the offer, Reg (as always). I’ll pass on it, thanks… for the same reason I passed on it when they were selling it. It’s all already here. But, I think it satisfies more of a sales itch for Bright Midnight than a completist inch in me.

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    r
    January 2, 2012 - 05:29 | Permalink

    Thanks for these offerings. Owned Absolutely Live back in 71 or so, always sort of regretted swapping it for something (can’t remember what, which says something about my memory, or about what I swapped for – maybe it was some Yes – bad move). Anyway, bought and enjoyed Alive she cried on vinyl. So having it all digital vs real poppy crackly vinyl is a real plus – I tend to believe that if I bought it once, I’m entitled to upgrades of format, which is what you provide. So thanks.

    • 22
      Willard
      January 2, 2012 - 09:15 | Permalink

      Yeah, I was an Absolutely Live disciple, myself. And… I hope the argument holds up in court.

  • 23
    bsk
    January 2, 2012 - 13:05 | Permalink

    “I, however, haven’t seriously listened to it in detail yet… sorry. Some guide, huh?”

    I’m sure you wrote that with your tongue firmly in your cheek, but you do go well beyond the call of duty most of the time so the odd unlistened to offering is easily forgiven. Thanks for all of this and the years of first rate service. Have a good new year.

  • 25
    Tom - The Big Snake
    January 2, 2012 - 21:15 | Permalink

    At this point, probably redundant, but thank you so much for your endless generosity and exquisite taste – looking forward to all 2012 has to offer!

    • 26
      Willard
      January 3, 2012 - 10:16 | Permalink

      That’s kind, many thanks.

  • 27
    January 3, 2012 - 06:55 | Permalink

    Hey Willard …Happy 2012! Thanks again for another great year of musical hoo-hah!

    • 28
      Willard
      January 3, 2012 - 10:15 | Permalink

      Same to you JP.

  • 29
    January 3, 2012 - 21:18 | Permalink

    Willard- Jeez, you really know how to get me to fill-up the old hard drive. Again. It was your post of the Doors bonus tracks that re-kindled my interest after being turned off for years by the endless opportunism of Ray “Man”zerik and company. Thanks so much for your service in the cause!

  • 31
    Goose
    January 6, 2012 - 18:24 | Permalink

    Thanks Cap! This is great… Happy New Beer! :)

  • 32
    January 12, 2012 - 15:15 | Permalink

    Nice. A grand blitz of Morrisonmania………

  • 33
    timo
    August 14, 2012 - 02:41 | Permalink

    Thank You so much! For everything,my life is better thanx to all your hard work!The friday movies are a gas!!!Peace

  • 34
    keef
    January 20, 2013 - 18:04 | Permalink

    Great. Thank you.

  • 35
    Doomcan
    February 3, 2013 - 10:24 | Permalink

    Capt. Willard, Sir,

    It appears links #2 and #3 ffrom the Live In New York set have met the DF 25 second death knoll. Any chance for a re-up? The rest of the links are fine.

    This live stuff is fabulous…

    Thank you, Sir!

    – DC

    • 36
      Willard
      February 3, 2013 - 13:16 | Permalink

      New links up. Thanks for the note.

  • 37
    Doomcan
    February 4, 2013 - 21:24 | Permalink

    Thanks Willard,

    The new links have proven to be most effective. Tip O’ The Hat, My Captain.

    Gratitude for all you do, man!

    – DC

  • 38
    collectedpoems
    April 10, 2013 - 09:59 | Permalink

    thank you! much appreciated.

  • 39
    madagascar
    May 20, 2013 - 17:51 | Permalink

    Dear Willard,

    I just heard about the death of Ray Manzarek. This is really sad, anyway his music and the Doors will live forever. THANK YOU very much for the great Doors collection.

    God bless you.
    Madagascar

  • 41
    May 22, 2013 - 15:09 | Permalink

    God bless Ray

    • 42
      Willard
      May 22, 2013 - 17:00 | Permalink

      He always struck me as the proverbial “good guy.” He had the demeanor to be able to put up with that drunk on a daily basis, anyway.

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    Andy D
    June 10, 2013 - 10:35 | Permalink

    Thank you.

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  • 45
    dandor
    March 24, 2014 - 12:41 | Permalink

    Thank You Willard for this comprehensive (mostly) live Doors extravaganza!!!
    I used to consider them much more of a *studio band* than a proficient live act (Morrison’s ramblings side-tracking the instrumentalists, perhaps). But i always thought Ray, Robbie and John were extremely underrated as musicians. So thanks to your postings of these OOP live CDs i am able to really get a feel for the live Doors. Shame that there is so little live material released pre-Miami bust, when they were still more (pop) R&B, & psychedelic influenced rather than the later heavily blues sounds in 1969/70. But it is great to hear Densmore clearly–one of my favorite drummers of all-time from that era, especially on the two Aquarium Theatre concerts and the afternoon taping the day afterwards (“Dangerous”).

    But here is a glaring production error that i can’t fathom how it got by the remaining members at the time of their releases–who i’m sure must have listened to and approved of these releases: ALL of the archival live concerts, from the early Matrix CD to the later last-stand 1970 concert CDs run too slowly in terms of their speed/pitch!!!!! Maybe after the fiasco of the wrong-speed issue of the debut album(?) BUT all these “Handmade” live CDs run too slow!! They all need an increase in pitch by +3.0% to sound correct! How could such a glaring error be made on all these releases!?! The way these CDs sound, at an incorrect too slow pitch, make the tempos extremely sluggish sounding, and make Densmore sound like an amateurish, unskilled drummer, which he obviously was not! These off-speed CDs render Morrison sounding even more lathargic (*drunk*) than he actually really was! (And his voice becomes even more of a rumbling baritone than it actually was, which might sound good to some (On these releases he sounds like he stands at the height of Albert King, when actually he was not a large man–well in height anyway, certainly in weight post-1968! ;-)) Sorry for this ramble but this major error in these CD releases is inexcusable to me, and i can certainly understand why they are all OOP now: they just don’t sound right–they all run too slow pitch/speedwise!!!! (Maybe it was a production error, maybe the original reels run slow, maybe the analog to digital transfer process was compromised somehow, but the fact is these are not at the correct speed/pitch! For those at home who know how to do pitch correction, increase the pitch by +3.0% and you will amazed at the difference and hear this fine band (of instrumentalists) the way they REALLY sounded like in concert!!!!)

    sorry for the lengthy rant/ramble, but i just don’t see how such an important flaw could have occurred in the first place, and not have been corrected before the release of all these CDs!!!!! (Luckily thanks to Willard we can hear them free-of-charge; i feel awful for those who paid money for CDs that run too slowly, off-pitch–inexcusable!!!) Enough!

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    Andy T.
    April 3, 2014 - 16:28 | Permalink

    @Willard. I am having trouble with some of the downloads, the ones that are on Mega I am unable to use. Is there any chance of a different upload. Thanks, Andy

    • 47
      Willard
      April 3, 2014 - 16:33 | Permalink

      Sorry, no. You need to use a different browser. MEGA only works with certain browsers, like Opera, Chrome and a few others. Safari, Explorer and a few others usually don’t work. Time to upgrade.

  • 48
    Andy T.
    April 3, 2014 - 17:30 | Permalink

    Sorry, I have tried to do it, but I can’t do that without buying another computer, which I can’t afford to do. Thanks anyway

  • 49
    Willard
    April 3, 2014 - 17:52 | Permalink

    Understood. But, I’ve got over 1,300 posts and have to maintain uploads that go down constantly from neglect and deletions. I can’t make special uploads tailored to individual computers. Make sure you explore ALL your options, because there are plenty.

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