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The Doors



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4 stars Magnific live album!

So, i continue reviewing the Doors albums, after having finished all their studio, itīs time to review their Live and Compilation albums, since they are one of my favorite bands, i am able to review them all without a problem.

After their weaker record "Morrison Hotel", Elektra made a decision, they were not as succesful as earlier, since The Soft Parade, Elektra as a label had to looking for a new gate in order to recover some of the lost earnings, so they decided to release for the very first time, a Live album. Five albums had passed, and one more to come before Jimīs death when Absolutely Live was released in 1970.

We can remember that hilarious incident in a previous concert in Miami (hilarious because Jimīs behaviour was hilarious for me in some ways), so here first of all we can notice a state of calm and a kind of good behaviour, in order not to repeat the previous incident. This live album has 21 songs, which actually are 15 if we cut all the fragments of "Celebration of the Lizard", here we have almost 80 minutes of excellent Doorsīmusic, a rockier album with a bluesy feel, besides the psychedelic orientation of some of the songs, and the progressiveness of other of them.

This is NOT a hits live album, actually if we count here we will find only "Break on Through" as one of their singles, but actually this is an alternative version, so donīt expect much of ballads or songs to sing, this is a different and exciting trip through their music.

Songs like "Who do you Love", "Bakc Door Man - Love Hides - Five to One", "Close to You" or "Universal Mind" are a very nice example of what the album is offering to us, so pyschedelic and bluesy in several ways, but if you want something proggier, then you can fin "When the Musicīs Over" as usual in a concert, the song is longer than the studio one, and itīs an excellent performance.

But, what really takes the album, is the whole performance of "The Celebration of the Lizard" fans know that only "Not to Touch the Earth" was released as a single song in any studio album, it is part of course of the poem, and it is performed here this whole"poem/song" is worthy of listening, i would say a must listening indeed. Through this song, your mind and boy may be in other galaxy, itīs marvelous trhe power of this song, i would not say is a beautiful song, but almost!

So i think this album should be listened by any Doors fan, and i will recommend it to any prog fan, is excellent!

memowakeman | 4/5 |


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