The DOORS – ” Live At The Matrix ” Record Store Day Release 2017

Posted: April 20, 2017 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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The Doors - The Matrix

So long after their explosive heyday The Doors and Jim Morrison retain their gold-standard of cool.
Strip away the fables surrounding Morrison and The Doors . Live at The Matrix in San Francisco March 7th & 10th, 1967, part 1 on vinyl for the first time.
Although these tapes will be well known by hardcore Doors fans, this is the first time they’ve seen the official light of day. Massaged into life by Bruce Botnik (engineer on those original Paul Rothschild produced albums), they offer a glimpse, as Ray Manzarek observes, of the band having fun. Playing a sizable chunk of their first album and half of their follow up record (yet to be laid down in a studio),  Just a few weeks on from the release of their debut, word about the band’s impending canonisation does not appear to have reached the handful of punters who turned up to Marty Balin’s nightclub in San Francisco, The Matrix , who can be heard offering only the politest of applause between numbers.
Without the catalyst of audience reaction and in the face of such indifference, the sparks rarely fly and despite Manzarek’s assertion about the extent to which this meant the band could stretch out and experiment, we have a performance that only occasionally smoulders, never quite ever catching fire.

Die-hard Morrison-ologists will however be cheered by the inclusion of alternate words grasped from his poetic writings and scattered about in songs such as a pulsing cover of the old Them stomper, Gloria and their sinuous classic, The End.
With Kreiger’s blazing guitar solo on When The Music’s Over, and Manzarek’s faux-classical noodling, there’s a lot of potential waiting to be called upon. However, at The Matrix we’re in the company of a somewhat quaint and reserved bar band,  and with it, quite literally in the case of The Doors, the stuff of legend.

Side A: 1. Back Door Man 2. Soul Kitchen 3. Alabama Song (Whisky Bar) 4. Light My Fire

Side B: 1. The Crystal Ship 2. Twentieth Century Fox 3. The End

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