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UN FILM D'OLIVER STONE (CD in paper cover)
MAX CD 01, France 1991
1.Light My Fire/ 2.Touch Me/ 3.L.A.Woman/ 4.Moonlight Drive/ 5.The End
Sources: Official video A Tribute To Jim Morrison.
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This was sponsored by Carolco International and Tri-Star Pictures. So it is not really what you would call a bootleg. But there are live versions on it, so just check your copy of A Tribute To Jim Morrison. The CD was a supplement for the French magazine Max, but dealers now sell it individually for a lot of money.



FIRST FLASH OF EDEN (CD)
Tangie Town Records TTR 9002, Germany/Luxembourg 1995
1.Back Door Man/ 2.Break On Through/ 3.When The Music's Over/ 4.Ship Of Fools/ 5.Light My Fire/ 6.The End-Across The Sea-Away In India-Crossroads-Wake Up-The End (not the complete concert. The encore Roadhouse Blues was not taped)/ 7.Light My Fire
Sources: Isle Of Wight Popfestival, Isle Of Wight, England, August 29th, 1970; track 7=Denver University Memorial Union, Denver, September 28th, 1967.


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The original vinyl version is a first grade collectors' item. And so will be the CD which came out in a limited edition. For the CD the producers used the same photo and artwork but this time in colour. Great picture! My favourite record cover of all times! The sound is much better than on Freedom Man (Banzai Records BZBX 036/37/38) and - of course - this was a good concert. I still cannot understand why the biography No One Here Gets Out Alive says it was a bad one! Notice the unusual medley during The End. I can't remember any other version of The End featuring Wake Up. The CD is different from the vinyl: All that guitar tuning and all those audience noises are included this time. Both the vinyl and the CD miss the encore, which was Roadhouse Blues. Instead of that on the CD there is a bonus track from Denver 1967 which has not been published before. The song sounds as if this was taped miles away from the stage, but it is truly a fantastic mindblowing version of Light My Fire and totally new to everybody. Absolutely: Recommended!



FOUR CLOSED DOORS (CD)
World Productions Of Compact Music WPOCM 1288DO13-2, Italy 1988
1.Alabama Song-Back Door Man/ 2.Texas Radio & The Big Beat (cover says The WASP)/ 3.Love Me Two Times/ 4.The Unknown Soldier/ 5.When The Music's Over/ 6.The End/ 7.Wild Child/ 8.Touch Me/ 9.Light My Fire
Sources: 1-5=Copenhagen TV Studio, Copenhagen, Denmark, September 17th, 1968); 6=Now Explosion, CBC TV Show, O'Keefe Centre, Toronto, Canada, August 8th, 1967; 7+8=Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, Los Angeles, December 4th, 1968; 9= Ed Sullivan Show, New York, September 17th, 1967. All taken from bad video copies.


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The cover is nice, showing a collage of the four group members in front of doors. That's the only good thing about this CD. The sound of the Copenhagen performance is just horrible. Nobody would recommend this CD.



FREEDOM MAN (3 CD Box)
Banzai Records BZBX 036/37/38, Italy 1994
Disc 1: 1.Roadhouse Blues/ 2.Ship Of Fools/ 3.Break On Through/ 4.Univer- sal Mind/ 5.Alabama Song-Back Door Man-Five To One/ 6.Moonlight Drive-Hor- se Latitudes-Moonlight Drive (cover just mentions Moonlight Drive)/ 7.Who Do You Love/ 8.Money/ 9.Light My Fire/ 10.When The Music's Over
Disc 2: 1.The Spy/ 2.Break On Through/ 3.Peace Frog/ 4.Blue Sunday/ 5.Light My Fire-Summertime-Fever-Light My Fire (cover just says Light My Fire)/ 6.Soul Kitchen/ 7.Love Me Two Times/ 8.Maggie M'Gill/ 9.Roadhouse Blues/ 10.Alabama Song-Back Door Man-Five To One/ 11.Ship Of Fools
Disc 3: 1.When The Music's Over/ 2.Back Door Man/ 3.Break On Through/ 4.When The Music's Over/ 5.Ship Of Fools/ 6.Light My Fire/ 7.The End-Across The Sea-Away In India-Crossroads-Wake Up-The End (cover just mentions The End)
Sources: Disc One= Felt Forum, New York, January 18th, 1970, entire first show.
Disc Two= Long Beach Sports Arena, Long Beach, February 7th, 1970 (not the entire show, misdated as February 2nd, 1970).
Disc Three= Track 1 same as Disc 2; tracks 2-7 Isle Of Wight Festival, Isle Of Wight, England, August 29th, 1970 (not the entire show).


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Except for a few song segments during The End and Moonlight Drive and the version of When The Music's Over on disc 3, track 1, the "normal" collector does not have the material published in this box. The three CDs are recommended for the collector who is not interested in bootleg compilation CDs. The Felt Forum concert is the only complete recording of one single Felt Forum concert which is around (on all other previously published CDs the tracks are compiled from three different shows, as I've recently found out. By the way, until now no recording of the first Felt Forum show on January 17th, 1970 has shown up). Interesting enough, the version of Moonlight Drive was used for Alive She Cried (later on In Concert), and Universal Mind was used for Absolutely Live (later used for In Concert as well), but on this CD you have the complete version including a fantastic organ solo by Ray Manzarek. I can't believe Paul Rothchild cut this out while putting Absolutely Live together! In general, a fine show, although Jim says before Light My Fire, "I thank you all for being so patient with us tonight. It usually takes an hour or so to get warmed up, so I don't plan the rest to go any but for a while ... what if we'll do a famous radio song?" But - a very boring version of Light My Fire follows, unfortunately. When The Music's Over is slightly better, and if you listen carefully you'll notice that this Felt Forum version was used as the basic track for the one on Absolutely Live with a few overdubs here and there - especially the Shut Up! phrase, which has definitely been cut into the Felt Forum version of January 18th, first show. The original tape runs too slowly, by the way. The bootleggers didn't bother to correct the speed, unfortunately ...
The second CD in this box has got songs from The Doors' Long Beach concert on it. Unfortunately the quality is very bad (the master tape seems to have being recorded 200 meters away from the stage), and half of the concert is not on this CD - I miss Universal Mind, Crystal Ship, Touch Me and The End. But The Doors and their audience are in the best mood ever, Jim is giving a good rap to the audience, and if not for its historical importance this concert represents one of the better shows the band gave to a big audience (remember the disastrous Seattle concert?). Music's Over (17'32" long!) is much much better than the version from the first CD of this box, but it's very hard to get what Jim is telling the audience - the quality of the recording is awful. The order of the songs on the CD is not as The Doors played them - they started with Roadhouse Blues. Blue Sunday is the only live version of this lovely tune available, nice one, Jim! The third CD starts with Music's Over from Long Beach, then it fades into The Doors' Isle Of Wight performance. I'm shocked the quality is so bad; it really sucks - there are much better tapes around, and if you have the bootleg LP or CD First Flash Of Eden on Tangie Town Records - good, the quality is best on that one.
The box contains an excellent 52-page (!) booklet with many color photos (most of them taken by Frank Lisciandro), an interesting but jerkily written article about the last year of Doors concerts (1970) plus a few snippets of Morrison-poetry. Probably the best booklet ever produced for a bootleg box.
This box is recommended because of the rarity of the material and the beautiness of the cover and the booklet, but certainly not for the sound quality.



FROM THE INSIDE - LIVE AND UNRELEASED (CD)
Manic Depression CD 017, Italy 1990
1.The End (cover says Mother)/ 2.The Unknown Soldier/ 3.Yes, The River Knows (cover says The River Knows)/ 4.Gloria/ 5.Five To One/ 6.Do It (cover says Let It Bleed)/ 7.Who Do You Love/ 8.Money/ 9.The Soft Parade Intro (cover says Petition The Lord With Prayer)/ 10.Someday Soon (cover says Sunday Soon)/ 11.Jim Morrison Interview/ 12.Rock Is Dead/Poetry Session (cover just mentiones Jim Morrison Interview)/ 13.When The Music's Over/ 14.Alabama Song-Back Door Man-Five To One/ 15.The Unknown Soldier/ 16.Moonlight Drive-Horse Latitudes/ 17.The End/ 18.Light My Fire
Sources: 1+7=Pacific National Exhibition Coliseum, Vancouver, Canada, June 6th, 1970 (excerpts only), cover says Wiskey a Go/Go (sic); 2+3=from official album Waiting For The Sun, cover says Fillmore East 1968 for #2 and From Demo 1967 for #3; 4=from official CD Alive She Cried, later In Concert, cover says From Demo 1967; 5+8=Konserthuset, Stockholm, Sweden, September 20th, 1968, early show, cover says Fillmore East 1968 for #5 and Venue 1968 for #8; 6+9=from official album The Soft Parade, cover says Demo 1968 for #6 and Miami 1969 for #9; 10=Center Coliseum, Seattle, June 5th, 1970 (short version), cover says From Acetate 1967; 11=excerpt from Howard Smith Interview, Doors office, Los Angeles, November 1969, cover says Iterview (sic); 12=session for the album The Soft Parade, Elektra Sound Studios, Los Angeles, February 25th, 1969/ Jim Morrison poetry session, Elektra Sound Studios, Los Angeles, March 1969, cover says Miami 1969; 13-17=Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, July 5th, 1968, from official video Live At The Hollywood Bowl; 18=Jonathan Winters TV Show, CBS Studios, Los Angeles, December 27th, 1967. # 13-18 are the only tracks labeled correctly, all other sources are labeled intentionally incorrect!


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I still get a manic depression when I notice how the bootleggers mistitled and mislabeled most of the tracks. Almost all tracks were taken from a tape copy of the radio show The Doors From The Inside, a famous and absolutely amazing show done in 1988 by Jac Holzman, former president of Elektra Records. The rest of the songs is known from some of the official videos. But telling people on the cover that The Doors are performing songs like Mother and Let It Bleed is absolutely bad and done just to raise the sales of this unbearable CD. You should watch your Dance On Fire and Live At The Hollywood Bowl videos, listen to your original CDs and the recommended CD boots in this book, then you have got all things which are on this CD and the soundquality is very much better. This Italian release is nothing but a rip off. Unfortunately From The Inside - Live And Unreleased was the source many other bootleggers copied their rip offs from - without questioning the correctness of titles and sources. Damn it!



FURTHER ADVENTURES WITH THE MOJO WIRE (CD)
RHP 456, Slovakia 1995
1.Moonlight Drive/ 2.Get Off My Life (cover says Get Out Of My Life)/ 3.I'm A King Bee/ 4.Back Door Man/ 5.Me And The Devil Blues-Sittin' Here Thinkin'-Rock Me Baby (cover says Sittin' And Thinkin')/ 6.Me And The Devil Blues/ 7.Queen Of The Magazines (cover says Love In Vain)/ 8.Excerpt from Rock Is Dead (cover says Love Me)/ 9.Excerpt from Rock Is Dead (cover says Rock Is Dead)/ 10.Someday Soon/ 11. The End
Sources: 1-5=Matrix Club, San Francisco, March 7th and 10th, 1967; 6-9=Recording Session for the album The Soft Parade, early 1969 (not complete); 10=Center Coliseum, Seattle, June 5th, 1970 (not complete); 11=Now Explosion CBC TV Show, O'Keefe Centre, Toronto, Canada, August 8th, 1967 (cover says Copenhagen, Danish TV Show, September 1968 which is not true). Tracks 1-10 are labeled as Rehearsals, which is not true.
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Another rip off, containing intentionally mislabeled material. Don't let this bootlegger fool you - this is material almost every serious fan already has. Despite the nice cover, this CD is not worth your money. It was made in Slovakia, the only country in Europe that still was pressing bootlegs during the autumn and winter 1995. So this is not really a true Slovakian release, it was just made there (check the carefully wiped-off registration number on the disc). Never before released is written on the cover - never believe this when you see a bootleg!



FUTURE IS MURDER (CD)
Alien Records 006, Germany 1994
1.Crawling King Snake (cover says Jake)/ 2.Away In India (cover says Lament Of An Indian)/ 3.Peace Frog/ 4.Money/ 5.Poem: Frozen Moment By A Lake (cover says The Chant Movement/Five To One, but there's no Five To One at all!)/ 6.Mystery Train (cover says A Train Arrives)/ 7.Horse Latitudes-Hitler/ 8.Orange County Suite/ 9.Rock Is Dead (cover says Rock Is Dead/A Train Arrives)/ 10.Rock Me Baby/ 11.Someday Soon/ 12.Touch Me/ 13.Do It/ 14.Wild Child/ 15.Wishful Sinful/ 16.The Soft Para- de
Sources: 1= Felt Forum, New York, January 17th, 1970, late show; 2= a short part of The End from State Fair Music Hall, Dallas, December 11th, 70; 3= same as 1 (cover says New York 4/5/70); 4= Pacific National Exhibition Coliseum, Vancouver, Canada, June 6th, 1970; 5= from Jim's poetry session March 1969 (cover says New Orleans 12/12/70); 6= Center Coliseum, Seattle, June 5th, 1970; 7= original LP-version, early fade-out; Hitler from Rock Is Dead bootleg LP; 8= cut version from Jim's poetry session March 1969; 9= incomplete cut version from bootleg Rock Is Dead, (cover says San Diego, 22/8/70); 10= same as 4; 11= same as 6, cut version; 12= Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, December 4th, 1968, from video Dance On Fire; 13= original LP-version (cover says L.A.4/4/68); 14-16= from official video The Soft Parade (cover says New York 23/5/69), but 15+16 were recorded in New York on May 13th, 1969. Same CD as The Future Is Murder but in a black box with color stickers
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After everybody had read in The Doors Quarterly #29 the first issue from 1993 was pure shit, the news got around and nobody bought it anymore. So the bootlegger used another dirty trick: He threw away the old digi-packs, bought new black jewel boxes, had three colorful stickers printed and stuck them onto the box. He left out the "The" from the previous title (The Future Is Murder) and is now hoping that the fans will buy his shabby CD another time. No, we won't, Mr. German Records, alias Mr. Alien Records, alias Mr. Fun Factory, and we won't even buy another repackage of your awful Replica Blues-shit and your horrible Archangel-rubbish. I do not need to mention that this CD too features songs labeled Live In New Orleans (see other CDs mentioning this source). How many synonyms do you know for excrements, dear readers? Well, use them all for Future Is Murder!



THE FUTURE IS MURDER (CD)
Alien Records 006, Germany 1993
1.Crawling King Snake (cover says Jake)/ 2.Away In India (cover says Lament Of An Indian)/ 3.Peace Frog/ 4.Money/ 5.Poem: Frozen Moment By A Lake (cover says The Chant Movement/Five To One, but there's no Five To One at all!)/ 6.Mystery Train (cover says A Train Arrives)/ 7.Horse Latitudes-Hitler/ 8.Orange County Suite/ 9.Rock Is Dead (cover says Rock Is Dead/A Train Arrives)/ 10.Rock Me Baby/ 11.Someday Soon/ 12.Touch Me/ 13.Do It/ 14.Wild Child/ 15.Wishful Sinful/ 16.The Soft Parade
Sources: 1= Felt Forum, New York, January 17th, 1970, late show; 2= a short part of The End from State Fair Music Hall, Dallas, December 11th, 70; 3= same as 1 (cover says New York 4/5/70); 4= Pacific National Exhibition Coliseum, Vancouver, Canada, June 6th, 1970; 5= from Jim's poetry session March 1969 (cover says New Orleans 12/12/70); 6= Center Coliseum, Seattle, June 5th, 1970; 7= original LP-version, early fade-out; Hitler from Rock Is Dead bootleg LP; 8= cut version from Jim's poetry session March 1969; 9= incomplete cut version from bootleg Rock Is Dead, (cover says San Diego, 22/8/70); 10= same as 4; 11= same as 6, cut version; 12= Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, December 4th, 1968, from video Dance On Fire; 13= original LP-version (cover says L.A.4/4/68); 14-16= from official video The Soft Parade (cover says New York 23/5/69), but 15+16 were recorded in New York on May 13th, 1969.
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One of the worst CDs in the world. As you can see in this huge list above, this German bootleg CD is a total rip-off, trying to pretend to have good and unusual material on it. But there isn't any note on it which hasn't been published before on countless other bootleg records and CDs. Using songs from official Doors albums and videos, adding some audience noises and Morrison poems don't neccessarily make a good bootleg album. Even worse: Telling people some of the stuff was recorded in New Orleans (which was last Doors concert with Jim Morrison). Well, it is just a poem from the well-known Rock Is Dead album/the well-known Orange County Suite CD (Document Records DR 019). Most of the poetry' intercuts and overdubs run too slow! A few songs are cut: the bootlegger made his own short versions. Collectors might be interested in getting one of the first digipacks in bootleg CD history, but I hope nobody is going to buy this shit. The material was intentionally falsified and mislabeled to make fans think they have bought some rare stuff. Absolutely not worth the money! Avoid it! See Future Is Murder, Archangel and Replica Blues. For shit like these CDs they cut down rainforests and pollute our environment with plastic!


1998 Rainer Moddemann, The Doors Quarterly Magazine. This guide may not be distributed in any other context or media.