Doors’ Final New York Concerts Emerge as Six-Disc Collection

August 27th, 2009 by Daniel Kreps Leave a reply »

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The Doors‘ final four concerts with Jim Morrison in the Big Apple will be released in their entirety November 10th in a six-disc collection called Live in New York. Nearly a third of the set’s 90 tracks were previously unreleased, including performances of “Break on Through,” “Soul Kitchen” and “When The Music’s Over.” The four shows were recorded on January 17th and 18th, 1970, with both days featuring early and late gigs at New York’s Felt Forum (the adjunct venue next to Madison Square Garden now called the WaMu Theatre).

After playing Madison Square Garden in 1969, the Doors opted for the Felt Forum to showcase their then-new album Morrison Hotel. “It was more intimate, and you could feel the audience more,” drummer John Densmore said in a statement. “There was more interaction, and the acoustics were much better, because it was designed for music.”

Keyboardist Ray Manzarek added that the concerts were reminiscent of the Doors’ small-club days in Los Angeles. “We used to do four sets a night at the London Fog, and we only had a small block of songs written up to that time. So we would do other people’s material. And in New York, it was like the same thing,” Manzarek said. “We’ve got four shows to play here, two sets tonight, two sets tomorrow night. Let’s play whatever we want! Let’s just go!”

In addition to the Live in New York collection, Rhino will also rerelease all of the Jim Morrison-era Doors albums on 180-gram vinyl on September 15th.

Live in New York
Disc 1
January 17, 1970 (First Show)
1. Start Of Show
2. “Roadhouse Blues”
3. “Ship Of Fools”
4. “Break On Through (To The Other Side)”

Article Source: Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily


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