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JIM MORRISON LIVE FEATURING ALBERT KING (1CD)
ITM 960023, Germany 1998
1.Roadhouse Blues/ 2.Back Door Man-Five To One/ 3.When The Music's Over/ 4.Who Do You Love/ 5.Light My Fire-Fever-Summertime-St.James Infirmary-Light My Fire (cover just says 6.Light My Fire and 7.Fever)/ 6.The End
Sources: Pacific National Exhibition Coliseum, Vancouver, Canada, June 6, 1970.
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A widely distributed copy of The Doors featuring Albert King - Feel The Blues (American Concert Series ACS 024, Italy 1992), amazingly enough there are much better bootlegs of this concert around (for example Tuff Bites' One Hundred Minutes), but they used that fade-in, fade-out version that nobody liked. To my surprise this CD is available at amazon.com in the USA; they probably did not realise this was a bootleg. The cover shows Val Kilmer as Jim Morrison and the design is not bad at all, but - huh - the sound is awful!



JIM MORRISON - SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION (2 CD Box)
Starlife ST 2905, Luxembourg/Germany 1994
Disc One: 1.People Are Strange/ 2.Light My Fire/ 3.Take It As It Comes/ 4.Alabama Song/ 5.Love Me Two Times/ 6.Break On Through/ 7.End Of The Night/ 8.Moonlight Drive/ 9.I Looked At You/ 10.Twentieth Century Fox/ 11.Soul Kitchen/ 12.Back Door Man/ 13.The Crystal Ship/ 14.Unhappy Girl
Disc Two: 1.Light My Fire-Graveyard Poem-Light My Fire (cover just says Light My Fire)/ 2.Little Red Rooster/ 3.The Unknown Soldier (cover says Unknow Soldier - sic)/ 4.Moonlight Drive-Horse Latitudes (cover says Moonlight Drive A Horse Latitudes); 5.Spanish Caravan/ 6.You Make Me Real
Sources: Disc One - From the official albums The Doors and Strange Days. Same as The Doors Of Heaven (Starlife HRCD 52044)
Disc Two - From the official CDs Alive She Cried and Live At The Hollywood Bowl, both later on In Concert. Same as The Doors (Sakkaris Records Ltd., History Of Records HR 52016)
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Another repackage of Starlife CDs. Not worth to mention. Thanks God - it is a midprice box.



JIM MORRISON'S DOORS (CD)
Rockstars In Concert 6127062, Holland 1992
1.Roadhouse Blues/ 2.Break On Through/ 3.Love Me Two Times/ 4.When The Music's Over/ 5.Light My Fire/ 6.The End
Sources: 1,2,6= Felt Forum, New York, January 17th, 1970, late show; 3,4,5= Konserthuset, Stockholm, Sweden, September20th, 1968, late show.
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Another compilation CD, for the first time from Holland. The bootleggers used fairly good tape-material, but as both shows are already out on CD in pretty much better quality, this compilation should be considered as not worth to be considered seriously. Talking about the good, the bad and the ugly covers, this CD has got an awful one. And the title of the CD (Jim Morrison's Doors) would make Jim rotate in his grave, if he only see this ...



JIM'S ALIVE - THE ULTIMATE SEATTLE TAPES (CD)
Tuff Bites T.B.94.1009, Luxembourg 1994
1.Hitler (Poem)/ 2.Roadhouse Blues/ 3.Back Door Man/ 4.When The Music's Over/ 5.Someday Soon/ 6.People Get Ready-Baby Please Don't Go-Mystery Train-Crossroads (Cover says Train Jam I and II as tracks 6 and 7)/ 7.Five To One/ 8.Break On Through.
Sources: Center Coliseum, Seattle, June 5th, 1970.


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"Remember Miami"
, somebody shouts from the audience. "What was that?" Jim asks, because he did not get what the girl had shouted. But nobody responds. Instead of that, squeaking noises from Ray's keyboard bother Jim. "That's a terrible sound", he says. What a horrible start for one of the worst Doors concerts ever taped. Now on this European bootleg you can hear the entire show in excellent stereo quality, just Light My Fire is missed, they say this song was not taped by Vince Treanor, former Doors roadmanager, who recorded the show. Jim sounds tired, not to say bored; his singing is sloppy. "Get the singer some", he says after Back Door Man as an excuse, and also: "Thank you for your patience, you know, it takes a ... - it takes a few songs to get warmed up, you know what I'm talking about? Alright!" Jim was aware of the fact this would be a concert people could have easily missed. Talking about bad versions: When The Music's Over from Seattle is probably the worst version of the song that ever came out on bootleg. I do not mean all the feedback coming through the speakers, but Jim Morrison himself, who seems to be at his worst during that particular song. His imitating of guitar- and mike-feedback with his voice, which (for the audience) is more or less just boring, is painfully ridiculous. But Jim gets some applause for all those funny noises. What an audience! And the other three Doors should have hidden Jim's maracas, if you know what I mean: just listen to his rhythm. Twenty minutes of nothing but embarrassment. But on this CD you'll find the complete version of Someday Soon, with all the guitar chords at the beginning plus the long ending. The 28-minute-version (!) of Mystery Train will blow your mind away. This jam definitely is absolutely worth buying this CD and features nice covers of Curtis Mayfield's People Get Ready (have you heard Rod Stewart's soap version?), Baby Please Don't Go (an Animals classic) and also Robert Johnson's Crossroads. Five To One is somewhat uninspired, and if there wasn't Ray's organ, Break On Through would be a very boring song. The liner notes talk about previous versions of the Seattle concert having two songs from The Doors' Toronto Show on, and it was the complete show minus Light My Fire. The bootlegger is right, except the fact that those two songs on the other boots were from Vancouver. On Jim's Alive - The Ultimative Seattle Tapes you have the right tracks.
Okay, people, here's a Doors concert with some highlights, but also bad versions. The soundquality is perfect stereo, and the CD is 78 minutes (!!!) long. Recommended and a definitive must for each collection, not only for the songs but definitely for the fine cover, too!


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