The DOORS – ” Live At The Matrix ” Part Two Record Store Day Release 2018

Posted: April 20, 2018 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Following the success of The Matrix Part I for RSD 2017, the second part – The Doors’ Live At The Matrix: Let’s Feed Ice Cream To The Rats, San Francisco, CA – March 7th & 10th, 1967 will follow for RSD 2018. Originally recorded on March, 1967 in San Francisco. Newly mastered by Bruce Botnick, the historic engineer for The Doors, from recently discovered original master tapes.

Playing a sizable chunk of their first album and half of their follow up record (yet to be laid down in a studio), the rest of the set is upholstered with a few standards.
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, and 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. In truth, ther’’s little evidence here of a group that matches essayist Joan Didion’s description of The Doors as “the Norman Mailers of the Top Forty, missionaries of apocalyptic sex.” Die-hard Morrisonologists 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, prone to stretches of timorous research, rather than anyone dropping their trousers in the face of the establishment. That would all come later and with it, quite literally in the case of The Doors, the stuff of legend.

Following The Doors’ 2017 Record Store Day release Live at The Matrix, Part 2 will be released for Record Store Day 2018 on 180g, individually numbered vinyl. The historic shows were originally recorded in March, 1967 in San Francisco. from recently unearthed, first generation masters. Worldwide run of 13,000.

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