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THE LAST FAREWELL (Double CD) Vivid Sound Productions VSP 51001/2, Italy 1994
Disc One: 1.Roadhouse Blues/ 2.Little Red Rooster/ 3.Soul Kitchen/ 4.Break On Through/ 5.Mystery Train/ 6.Money/ 7.Rock Me Baby/ 8.Ship Of Fools/ 9.Crawling King Snake/ 10.The End
Disc Two: 1.Who Do You Love/ 2.Someday Soon/ 3.Peace Frog/ 4.Alabama Song-Back Door Man- Five To One/ 5.Light My Fire-Fever-Summertime-St.James Infirmary-Light My Fire/ 6.Build Me A Woman/ 7.When The Music's Over
Sources: Disc One: 1=Pacific National Exhibition Coliseum, Vancouver, Canada, June 6th, 1970; 2= Center Coliseum, Seattle, June 5th, 1970; 3= Felt Forum, New York, January 18th, 1970, late show; 4=Felt Forum, New York, January 18th, 1970, early show; 5= same as #2; 6-7= same as #1; 8-9= same as 3&4 10= same as 1. A copy of Rarities And Few (IBR 2325); Disc Two: 1= Pacific National Exhibition Coliseum, Vancouver, June 6th, 1970; 2= Center Coliseum, Seattle, June 5th, 1970; 3-4= Felt Forum, New York, January 18th, 1970, late show; 5=same as 1; 6=same as 3-4; 7=same as 1. A copy of Collectors Items (IBR 2395).
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Great Jim Morrison photo on the cover. As I've said, it's good to hear just 1970's concerts on it. Although the labels are different, the double set was probably made by the same bootlegger. Congratulations to the bootleggers: this is the double live box I will have with me on holidays, along with the official In Concert and my Discman. The box certainly is one of the best compilations available. Recommended.



LIBERATION (CD)
Strange Days Records SDCD 001, Germany 1995
1.Build Me A Woman/ 2.Wild Child/ 3.Wintertime Love/ 4.Wishful Sinful/ 5.The Soft Parade/ 6.Texas Radio And The Big Beat (cover says The WASP)/ 7.Love Me Two Times/ 8.Alabama Song/ 9.When The Music's Over/ 10.The Unknown Soldier/ 11.Mystery Train/ 12.Someday Soon/ 13.Frederick/ 14.Insane (cover says Not To Touch The Earth)/ 15.The End
Sources: 1,4+5=Critique, PBS TV Show, WNET, New York, May 13th, 1969; 2=recording session, spring 1968 (exact date unknown); 3=official CD Waiting For The Sun, digitally remastered version with just one vocal track; 6-9=Copenhagen TV Studio, Copenhagen, Denmark, September 17th, 1968; 10=from the official album Waiting For The Sun; 11+12=Center Coliseum, Seattle, June 5th, 1970; 13=Feast Of Friends movie, 1968; 14=Demo Acetate, World Pacific Studios, Los Angeles, September 2nd, 1965; 15=Now Explosion CBC TV Show, O'Keefe Centre, Toronto, Canada, August 8th, 1967. Tracks 1,2,4,5,10+13 were copied from the official video The Soft Parade; track 6+7 are from the official albums Alive She Cried and/or In Concert; all other tracks copied from other bootlegs.


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A professional design and a good sound does not necessarily mean an interesting content. The material on this CD has been published before, and for a bootleg there's too much official stuff included. Far too much! All fans have In Concert, and most fans have the video The Soft Parade. That's why (of course) the guys from Strange Days Records intentionally did not mention the sources. Pity! I know that many of you have bought the CD because of the nice design. It looks interesting, indeed.



LIGHT MY FIRE/LIVE 1968 (CD)
On Stage Records CD/ON 2299, Italy 1994
1.Five To One/ 2.Mack The Knife-Alabama Song/ 3.Back Door Man/ 4.You're Lost Little Girl/ 5.Love Me Two Times/ 6.When The Music's Over/ 7.Wild Child/ 8.Money/ 9.Wake Up-.Light My Fire/ 10.The End/ 11.The Unknown Soldier
Sources: Tracks 1-10= Konserthuset, Stockholm, September 20th, 1968, entire second show; track 10= same as 1-9, but taken from the first show. A copy of Apocalypse Now (Kiss The Stone KTS 267).
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This release has a different cover than Apocalypse Now using two of Frank Lisciandro's photos. The soundquality is absolutely the same. So get either this or that one.



LIGHT MY FIRE (3 CD Box)
Starlife ST 3606, Luxembourg/Germany 1991
Disc One (THE DOORS): 1.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
Disc Two (LIVE IN LOS ANGELES): 1.Moonlight Drive/ 2.Alabama Song/ 3.Horse Latitudes/ 4.The Unknown Soldier/ 5.When The Music's Over/ 6.Five To One/ 7.Back Door Man/ 8.The End/ 9.Moonlight Drive/ 10.Light My Fire
Disc Three (THE DOORS OF HEAVEN): 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
Sources: Disc One - a copy of The Doors (Sakkaris Records Ltd., History Of Records HR 52016).
Disc Two - 1-8=Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, July 5th, 1968, from official video Live At The Hollywood Bowl; 9+10=Jonathan Winters TV Show, CBS Studios, Los Angeles, December 27th, 1967. Disc Three - from the official CDs The Doors and Strange Days.
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The three CDs are presented in a midprice hardbox containing 3 CDs with individual covers. All 3 CDs are also available individually as "nice price releases". Because of high quality sources the soundquality of the complete box is excellent. I would recommend this box only for hard core fans, who have got to have everything. All you others out there should better save your money for something else. By the way, just a few copies were given away in the box. Dealers took the box off, in order to make more money on the individual CDs. That's business.



LIGHT MY FIRE (CD)
Alegra (Sarabandas srl), CD 9003, Italy 1995
1.Light My Fire/ 2.Dead Cats, Dead Rats-Break On Through #2/ 3.Build Me A Woman/ 4.Alabama Song-Back Door Man-Five To One/ 5.Roadhouse Blues/ 6.When The Music's Over/ 7.Love Me Two Times/ 8.The Unknown Soldier
Sources: 1-4=official album In Concert; 5=Felt Forum, New York, January 17th, 1970, late show; 6+8=official video Live At The Hollywood Bowl; 7=Konserthuset, Stockholm, Sweden, September 20th, 1968, early show.
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Hey guys, that's Val Kilmer on the cover, not Jim Morrison. Do they want to make us believe Val sang all those songs? If that wasn't enough, this uninteresting CD presents very known material. Another compilation everybody should forget very quickly.



LIGHT MY FIRE (CD)
I Miti Del Rock Live, MRL 014, Italy 1993
1. Soul Kitchen/ 2. Gloria/ 3.Light My Fire-Fever-Summertime/St.James Infirmary-Light My Fire/ 4. Little Red Rooster/ 5. Who Do You Love/ 6. Rock Me Baby/ 7. Moonlight Drive
Sources: 1,2+7= Matrix Club, San Francisco, March 10th, 1967; 3-6= Pacific National Exhibition Coliseum, Vancouver, Canada, June 6th, 1970.
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This free CD (or cassette) gets into collector's hands only when you buy the Italian magazine I Miti Del Rock, which is a kind of encyclopedia in God-Knows-How-Many parts. Well, issue #14 comes in a clear plastic bag, looks very psychedelic, contains this CD and a 4-page Jim Morrison special called Il Re Lucertola (The Lizard King). Check your Italian connections: for just 10.900 Lira (CD version; about $7) or 6.900 Lira for the cassette version it is worth to get, although the tracks on this bootleg CD are nothing special at all. It just looks nice, and it's cheap.



LIGHT MY FIRE (CD)
Sarabandas CD 12015, Italy 1992
1.Roadhouse Blues/ 2.Light My Fire-Graveyard Poem/ 3.Love Me Two Times/ 4.Moonlight Drive-Horse Latitudes)/ 5.You Make Me Real/ 6.The Unknown Soldier/ 7.Gloria/ 8.Little Red Rooster/ 9.The End
Sources: Official CD In Concert
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Another CD called Light My Fire! But the sound is excellent - no wonder! This is nothing else but an Italian compilation from the official Elektra double CD In Concert, and it has got an ugly drawing of Jim on the cover sheet. And of course, this is just another Italian rip-off. URGH!



LIGHT MY FIRE (Double CD)
THE EASY RIDER GENERATION IN CONCERT
The Easy Rider Years 930165, Italy 1993
Disc One: 1.Light My Fire-Graveyard Poem-Light my Fire (cover just says Light My Fire)/ 2.Break On Through #2/ 3.Build Me A Woman/ 4.Roadhouse Blues/ 5.When The Music's Over/ 6.Love Me Two Times/ 7.The End.
Disc Two: 1.Who Do You Love/ 2.Soul Kitchen/ 3.Alabama Song/Back Door Man/ Five To One/ 4.Unknown Soldier/ 5.Moonlight Drive/ 6.Wild Child/ 7.Love Street/ 8.The Celebration Of The Lizard
Sources: Disc One - 1= first published on the official album Alive She Cried, later on In Concert; 2-3= first published on the official album Absolutely Live, later on In Concert; 4= from a bad tape copy of The Doors' Felt Forum concert, January 17th, 1970, late show; 5= from the official album Live At The Hollywood Bowl; 6= from bootleg CD The Stockholm Tapes (Document Records DR 010), Konserthuset, Stockholm, Sweden, September20th 1968; 7= from the official video Live At The Hollywood Bowl, later on In Concert.
Disc Two - 1-2= first published on the official album Absolutely Live, later on In Concert; 3= Medley from the video Live At The Hollywood Bowl, on jacket labelled as 3 individual songs; 4= same as 3; 5= from official album Alive She Cried, later on In Concert; 6-7= from bootleg CD The Stockholm Tapes (Document Records DR 010), Konserthuset, Stockholm, Sweden, September 20th, 1968; 8= from a bad tape copy of The Doors' Felt Forum concert, New York, January 18th, 1970, late show.
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Welcome back to the selection of needless bootlegs. A serious fan already has the official live albums and videos, and, if you own the New York Blues bootleg CD (Document Records DR 033), you already have the Felt Forum tracks in better quality. Above all, ALL songs on this double CD-set are in MONO (label says stereo!), although perfect stereo sources are available, even for Italian bootleggers. So what? The cover looks interesting and professional, but is also available with other artists, and the set is sold in big supermarkets over here for just a mere $8. If it's not for your own collection, have the thing recycled for some better results.



LION TAVERN (CD)
International Broadcasting Recording IBR 2245, Italy 1993
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/ 6.The End
Sources: Pacific National Exhibition Coliseum, Vancouver, Canada, June 6th, 1970; original source is a Westwood One radio show. A copy of Feel The Blues (American Concert Series ACS 024).
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Fade in, fade out. Thanks, bootleggers, for this bootleg copy of the horrible bootleg CD Feel The Blues (American Concert Series ACS 024). If you want to have the best quality of the same material, get Live In Vancouver (Sounds Alive SA 24.020). Avoid Lion Tavern and you'll be even more happy because you miss its ugly cover. A rip-off. Fade out.



LIQUID NIGHT (CD)
Screaming Butterfly Records SBR 3169, 1996
1.Back Door Man-Five To One/ (cover adds "Fun Rap" between track 1 and 2)/ 2.Touch Me (cover says "Touch Me attempt")/ 3.Love Me Two Times/ 4.When The Music's Over/ 5.Wake Up-Light My Fire/ 6.Who Scared You/ 7.Spanish Caravan/ 8.Spanish Caravan/ 9.Wild Child/ 10.Touch Me/ 11.The Unknown Soldier
Sources: 1-5=Dinner Key Auditorium, Miami, March l, 1969 (complete performance, audience recording), copied from Live in Miami (RTW Records 004); 6-10= Los Angeles Forum, Inglewood, CA, December 14, 1968 (audience recording); 11=Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, CA, July 5, 1968 (audience recording!). Cover says track 11 was from the L.A.Forum concert which is not true.


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Nobody really knows where this CD comes from. Let's assume it was from Czech. But that really doesn't matter. Although many fans already might own a copy of the famous Live In Miami CD (RTW Records 004) which is now deleted - I rarely see a copy of it on record fairs - (check the review of the Live In Miami CD in The Doors Quarterly Magazine #28) this CD is recommended. Just notice that there are 5 track that were never before published on a record. Also - up till now (with the exception of Spanish Caravan on the Stages 4-CD-Box) there is no audience recording available on record which was taped at the Hollywood Bowl concert.
I think it was a good idea to put another live version of Touch Me on this CD to check how the song sounded live in concert - remember: in Miami Jim cut singing the song at the very beginning and started to do his rap (re-read The Doors Quarterly 32 for the complete transcript of the tape). The version from the L.A.Forum concert is at full speed, full power. Unfortunately, "stronger than dirt" is almost inaudible. I love Jim's intonation of the final line in Wild Child, which is as strong as ever: "DO YOU REMEMBER WHEN WE WERE IN AFRICA?" Above all, on this CD there's a superrare live version of Who Scared You, a song which is - up to this date - never even published on an official Elektra CD. Great song! The CD has got a couple of rare Miami photos in the booklet, the a copy of the liner notes from Live In Miami plus - under the clear tray - some more tear-out pictures, obviously inspired from the inner cover of the original Soft Parade vinyl LP from the USA. Recommended!



LIVE 1968-1969 (CD)
Ricordi International CDOR 9131, Italy 1991
1.Light My Fire/ 2.Little Red Rooster/ 3.The Unknown Soldier (cover says Unknow Soldier)/ 4.Moonlight Drive-Horse Latitudes (cover says ...& Latitudes)/ 5.Spanish Caravan/ 6.You Make Me Real
Sources: The Doors' official (deleted) CDs Alive She Cried (Tracks 2,4 and 6) and Live At The Hollywood Bowl (Tracks 1,3 and 5), later on the official album In Concert. A copy of The Doors (Sakkaris Records Ltd., History Of Records HR 52016).
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A very rare, but just 28 minutes long Italian compilation bootleg from official CDs. If you are a collector, it might take you years to get a copy of this CD. If you have In Concert on CD, you certainly do not need to look for this one. Originally this was a copy of a Targa Records LP from Italy, which got copied by Sakkaris Records first on CD, afterwards on CD. It got heavily distributed by Starlife, who copied the Sakkaris Record in cover and disc. What a mess!



LIVE (CD)
Rainbow CDRBW 3249, Italy 1993
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, September 20th, 1968, late show. A copy of Jim Morrison's Doors (Rockstars In Concert 6127062).
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It is easy to copy an existing bootleg, wrap a different cover aroud it and distribute it among fans as it was a new release. After reading this book no fan can be fooled again by a silly bootlegger. Simply avoid this release by Rainbow.



LIVE (CD)
The Music's Over Lizard-333-TMO, Japan 1995
1.Soul Kitchen/ 2.Back Door Man/ 3.Five To One/ 4.Break On Through/ 5.The Crystal Ship/ 6.Texas Radio & The Big Beat/ 7.Hello I Love You/ 8.Moon- light Drive/ 9.Money/ 10.When The Music's Over/ 11.Wake Up/ 12.Light My Fire/ 13.Who Scared You/ 14.(You Need Meat) Don't Go No Further
Sources: 1-11= Memorial Coliseum, Dallas, Texas, July 9, 1968; 12+13 were taken from the official Elektra album Weird Scenes Inside The Goldmine.
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In 1968 The Doors gave 73 concerts but only a few were circling among collectors on audience or TV tapes. The concert on this CD was not around for about 27 years but it must have gotten into the hands of a Japanese bootlegger who put it out on CD. Surprisingly enough, there's no mention of the venue, city or date on the CD or the coversheet. When I got a copy of the CD I thought at first glimpse it was the Frankfurt tape plus tracks recorded in Stockholm but it wasn't. In fact, I had never had any notice of the existence of this concert on tape. For the band, it was one of their standard concerts they did in mid 1968 taped just before the release of their third album, Waiting For The Sun (which was put out 3 days later).
Almost all versions of the tunes are similar to the ones published on The Night On Fire and The Stockholm Tapes. But there's one more thing you'll certainly notice: Jim is in a good mood (different in Frankfurt about two months later), his musicians are excellent (as usual), and the concert was full of energy. Just listen to the different ending of Break On Through. Wow - never heard that kind of ending before with any other version. Same energy goes with Hello I Love You. No certain other song variations are to be heard. I never trust singers saying, "So what do you guys wanna hear now?", 'cos every time one of their hits follows, as previously planned by the band. So Jim is not different from any other artist, and his question is followed by a driving version of Light My Fire. Unfortunately there's a fade-out/fade-in in the middle of the organ-solo.
First time on bootleg in excellent recordings - Who Scared You and the bluesy live-in-the-studio version of (You Need Meat) Don't Go No Further, the latter sung by Ray Manzarek with Jim in the background during the L.A.Woman rehearsals. Both songs have been bootlegged before but from scratched vinyl copies of the Weird Scenes Inside The Goldmine double album or radio shows. On this Japanese bootleg both songs are excellent. In total - a good new CD; not really exciting but previously unpublished rare material.



LIVE (CD)
DV More Record CD DV 5835, Italy 1995
1.Build Me A Woman/ 2.Peace Frog/ 3.Crawling King Snake/ 4.The End/ 5.Roadhouse Blues/ 6.Ship Of Fools/ 7.Soul Kitchen/ 8.Alabama Song-Back Door Man-Love Hides-Five To One
Sources: 1-6=Felt Forum, New York, January 17th, 1969, second show; 7-8=official album Absolutely Live, later on In Concert.


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A mediocre Felt Forum CD. Interesting enough: tracks 7-8 were mixed down so that they actually sound like track 1-6. Of course these are the versions Paul Rothchild cut for the official live album. Not interesting at all.



LIVE - VOL.2 (CD)
Mainline Music, SW 51, ?, 1995
1.Touch Me/ 2.Back Door Man/ 3.Light My Fire/ 4.When The Music's Over/ 5.The End/ 6.Money/ 7.Break On Through/ 8.I'm A King Bee/ 9.Rock Me Baby
Sources: 1=Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, Los Angeles, December 4th, 1968; 2,3,6-9=Matrix Club, San Francisco, March 7th and 10th, 1967; 4+5=Holly- wood Bowl, Los Angeles, June 5th, 1968, from the official video Live At The Hollywood Bowl. A copy of When The Music's Over (Great Dane Records GDR CD 9114).
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A copy of a compilation CD. The sound is still okay, but the CD does not come with a nice and informative booklet but with another horrible Unlicensed stamp across Jim's face. This compilation is definitely not worth the money. There is a Vol.1 out, but it was not available for this book. For a CD like this it really doesn't matter.



LIVE AT THE MADISON SQUARE GARDEN NEW YORK CITY; N.Y. ON FEBRUARY 1st, 1970 (CD in paper cover)
Great Dane Records CD 8905, Italy 1989
1.Roadhouse Blues/ 2.Alabama Song-Back Door Man-Five To One
Sources: Felt Forum, January 17th, 1970, second show. Cover says Madison Square Garden, February 1st, 1970, which is not true.


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This CD in a black paper box came with a book called The Bootleg Guide containing almost all Doors vinyl bootleg releases till 1989 including photos of their covers. The book was okay at the time of its release, but the CD wasn't. Wrong date, wrong venue (Well - the Felt Forum was a smaller venue inside Madison Square Garden). That's bad!



LIVE AT THE MATRIX 1967 (CD)
Black Panther BPCD 029, Italy/Japan 1989
1.People are Strange/ 2.Alabama Song/ 3.Crystal Ship/ 4.Twentieth Century Fox/ 5.Moonlight Drive 6.Summer's Almost Gone/ 7.Unhappy Girl/ 8.Back Door Man/ 9.My Eyes Have Seen You/ 10.Soul Kitchen/ 11.Get Off My Life/ 12.Crawling King Snake/ 13.I Can't See Your Face In My Mind
Sources: Matrix Club, San Francisco, March 7th, 1967, first and second set. A copy of Crawling King Snakes (Backtrax 04-88004).
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This CD has the most horrible cover of all live CDs ever! Shivvvvvvvvvver! No further comments. Black Panther was an Italian label that printed their records in Switzerland in the beginning. Those here were made for the Japanese market.



LIVE AT THE SEATTLE POPFESTIVAL 06-07-70 (CD)
Trade Mark Of Quality TMOQ 01, USA 1993
1.Back Door Man-Love Hides-Back Door Man/ 2.Roadhouse Blues/ 3.When The Music's Over/ 4.Mystery Train Jam: People Get Ready-Baby Please Don't Go-Mystery Train-Crossroads (cover says Train Jam)/ 5.Break On Through/ 6.Someday Soon
Sources: Center Coliseum, Seattle, June 5th, 1970. Not the complete concert.
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A jewel box, 2 simple yellow paper sheets (xeroxed) and a simple photo from The Doors' Aquarius concert is not a nice outfit for a good CD like this one (the first version was even more simple: they just put the CD into a little white paper jacket and glued a yellow paper on it), but it's one of the very few and rare US bootlegs. And a good one! No, folks, not the complete concert, but even if you have the Flashback CD June 5th 1970 - Live In Seattle, this one is interesting! Why? Just check the 28 minute (!!) version of Mystery Train. The longest live song ever released on a Doors disc, officially and unofficially! Check When The Music's Over (about 21 minutes long!), which was not on the Flashback version (they had When The Music's Over and The End from Vancouver on their CD, remember?). Unfortunately this CD misses Five To One and the Hitler-Intro. And - they put a wrong date on the cover sheet. But do not worry if you are unable to find this CD on European record fairs, because there is an alternative European version of the Seattle concert called Jim's Alive - The Ultimate Seattle Tapes (Tuff Bites TB 94.1009) which is even better and more complete than this American CD. The producer who calls his company Trade Mark Of Quality has - by the way - nothing to do with the legendary vinyl bootlegger of the early Seventies, who carried the same name.



THE LIVE DOORS (CD)
Black Panther BP-075, Japan 1992
1.My Eyes Have Seen You/ 2.Soul Kitchen/ 3.I Can't See Your Face In My Mind/ 4.Summer's Almost Gone/ 5.Money (cover says I Want Some Money)/ 6.Who Do You Love/ 7.Moonlight Drive/ 8.Alabama Song/ 9.People Are Strange/ 10.I'm A King Bee/ 11.Gloria/ 12.Break On Through/ 13.Summertime/ 14.Back Door Man/ 15.The End (not complete)
Sources: Matrix Club, San Francisco, March 10th, 1967. Two complete sets. The songs are not in the original order. A copy of The Live Doors U.S.A-March 1967 (Crocodile Records BG CD 012) with a different cover.
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Making a bootleg copy of a bootleg CD is quite silly. Let's believe this CD was made for the Japanese market only, right. Nobody needs this disc. All songs are available in much better soundquality on countless other CDs. The Japanese bootleggers produce interesting covers, though.



THE LIVE DOORS U.S.A - MARCH 1967 (CD)
Bulldog Records BG CD 012, Italy 1988
1.My Eyes Have Seen You/ 2.Soul Kitchen/ 3.I Can't See Your Face In My Mind/ 4.Summer's Almost Gone/ 5.Money/ 6.Who Do You Love/ 7.Moonlight Drive/ 8.Alabama Song/ 9.People Are Strange/ 10.I'm A King Bee/ 11.Gloria/ 12.Break On Through/ 13.Summertime/ 14.Back Door Man/ 15.The End (not complete)
Sources: Matrix Club, San Francisco, March 10th, 1967. Two complete sets. The songs are not in the original order.
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THE LIVE DOORS - LIVE IN EUROPE SEPTEMBER 1968 (2 CD Box)
Crocodile Records BGCD 245, Italy 1988
Disc One: 1.Five to one/ 2.Break on through/ 3.When the music's over/ 4.Light My Fire/ 5.The End
Disc Two: 1.Break on through/ 2.Alabama Song-Back Door Man/ 3.The WASP/ 4.Hello I love you/ 5.When the music's over/ 6.Light my fire/ 7.The Unknown Soldier
Sources: Disc One - Roundhouse, London, England, September 7th, 1968, complete early show.
Disc Two - Kongresshalle, Frankfurt, West Germany, September 14th, 1968, complete early show.


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Those of you who have got the bootleg LPs The Lizard King and The Night On Fire don't need this Double CD. The sound is very bad (the vinyl LPs sound much better) and you can hear crackles which makes sure that the CD master was taken from vinyl copies. There's a tiny booklet added, showing a photo of different Doors bootleg LPs and singles.



LIVE IN CONCERT (CD)
Topsound TS-CD 012, Spain (?) 1994
1.Little Red Rooster/ 2.Who Do You Love/ 3.Light My Fire/ 4.The End/ 5.Roadhouse Blues/ 6.Back Door Man-Five To One/ 7.When The Music's Over
Sources: Pacific National Exhibition Coliseum, Vancouver, Canada, June 6th, 1970.
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Considering the fact that the cover mentions Rock Me and Money, which are not on the CD (instead of that there are Light My Fire, The End and When The Music's Over on the CD, which are not mentioned on the cover), one should complain about the fade-ins and the fade-outs and the horrible cover showing another band but not The Doors, which make this bootleg another rip-off fooling the fans. Avoid it!



LIVE IN LOS ANGELES (CD)
Targa Italiana srl Records & Tapes CDOR 9199, Italy 1991
1.Moonlight Drive/ 2.The Unknown Soldier/ 3.When The Music's Over/ 4.Five To One/ 5.Horse Latitudes/ 6.Alabama Song 7.The End/ 8.Back Door Man/ 9.Moonlight Drive/ 10.Light My Fire
Sources: 1-8=Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, July 5th, 1968, from official video Live At The Hollywood Bowl, very strange order of songs, cut off versions of Horse Latitudes and Alabama Song; 9+10=Jonathan Winters TV Show, CBS Studios, Los Angeles, December 27th, 1967.
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LIVE IN MIAMI 1969 (CD)
RTW Records 004, Luxemburg 1993
1.Back Door Man-Five To One/ 2.Touch Me/ 3.Love Me Two Times/ 4.When The Music's Over/ 5.Wake Up-Light My Fire
Sources: Dinner Key Auditorium, Miami, March lst, 1969 (complete performance)


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RTW finally produced the long-awaited Live In Miami CD, which had been postponed since May 1992! The sound is pretty much better than on the tapes which were circulating among collectors. This very true historical document of one of the worst moments in Rock'n'Roll history shows the very fateful turning point the band had to go through, when Jim Morrison all of the sudden got tired of his young lion-image after having seen the Living Theatre performance a night before he stumbled out into the neon lights of the Dinner Key Auditorium in Miami, Florida. On this CD there is the entire concert, as desastrous as it happened. You can hear clearly how forcefully Jim interrupted Touch Me after the first few words, how he was gently speaking to the audience during When The Music's Over, what he repeated from the Living Theatre lyrics and what he made up at the spot. All those interruptions, interjections, raps; all this howling, shouting, barking - a fascinating live experience! The sound is pretty O.K., just think of what was happening around the tape recorder while recording. There is no better recording of this concert available. Live In Miami is one of the few CDs nobody should miss! The cover shows the original artwork of the concert poster. The booklet also contains well-written liner notes. Recommended!



LIVE IN NEW YORK CITY (CD)
Black Panther BP-088, Japan 1993
1.Roadhouse Blues/ 2.Break On Through/ 3.Ship Of Fools/ 4.Crawling King Snake/ 5.Build Me A Woman/ 6.Peace Frog/ 7.The End/ 8.The Celebration Of The Lizard
Sources: Felt Forum, New York, January 17th and 18th, 1970, late shows. Not complete. A copy of New York 1970 (Stentor Sten 91.001).
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THE DOORS 2 - LIVE IN NEW YORK 1970 (CD)
Armando Curcio Editore DIR 46, Italy 1992
1.Build Me A Woman/ 2.Crawling King Snake/ 3.Break On Through/ 4.The Celebration Of The Lizard/ 5.Peace Frog/ 6.Ship Of Fools/ 7.Roadhouse Blues/ 8.The End
Sources: 1-3,6-8=Felt Forum, New York, January 17th, 1970, late show; 4+5=Felt Forum, New York, January 18th, 1970, late show.
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LIVE IN SAN FRANCISCO 1967 (CD)
Golden Stars FBCD 1149, Italy 1991
1.My Eyes Have Seen You/ 2.Soul Kitchen/ 3.I Can't See Your Face In My Mind/ 4.People Are Strange/ 5.When The Music's Over/ 6.Money/ 7.Who Do You Love/ 8.Moonlight Drive/ 9.Summer's Almost Gone/ 10.I'm A King Bee/ 11.Gloria/ 12.Break On Through/ 13.Summertime/ 14.Back Door Man
Sources: Matrix Club, San Francisco, March 10th, 1967.
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LIVE IN SEATTLE (CD)
On Stage Records ON 2364, Italy 1994
1.Roadhouse Blues/ 2.When The Music's Over/ 3.People Get Ready-Baby Please Don't Go-Mystery Train-Crossroads (cover just says Mystery Train)/ 4.Break On Through/ 5.Someday Soon/ 6.Back Door Man/ 7.Little Red Rooster
Sources: 1-6 Center Coliseum, Seattle, June 5th, 1970; 7= Pacific National Exhibition Coliseum, Vancouver, Canada, June 6th, 1970. Not the complete concert. Cover makes the impression track 7 was from Seattle, too.
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Well, this CD got copied soon (Seattle 1970, Live Storm LSCD 51630), and the copy is better! At least it has a better cover. So you should better get the copy if you really need those tracks. Get Jim's Alive - The Ultimate Seattle Tapes (Tuff Bites 94.1009), and you'll have the complete concert.



JUNE 5th 1970 - LIVE IN SEATTLE (CD)
Flashback Worldproductions, 02.92.0170, Luxemburg 1992
1.Intro/ 2.Roadhouse Blues/ 3.Someday Soon/ 4.Mystery Train (incomplete)/ 5.Break On Through/ 6.Five To One-Back Door Man/ 7.The End/ 8.When The Music's Over
Sources: 1-6=Center Coliseum, Seattle, June 5th, 1970; tracks 7+8=Pacific National Exhibition Coliseum, Vancouver, Canada, June 6th, 1970. All songs were taken from a Westwood One radio special. Not the complete show.


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Ray Manzarek sued Westwood One for publishing this tape for a radio-show and he's right: It wasn't one of the best shows of their 1970 tours. In fact - Jim is very unconcentrated, probably pretty drunk, the amplifiers don't work properly (interesting rap at the beginning of the CD). Unfortunately the original radio show featured two songs from The Doors' Vancouver show (The End and When The Music's Over), and the bootleggers were silly enough to feature both songs on this CD as well without checking. Anyway, the soundquality is excellent stereo (thanks to Vince Treanor, former Doors roadmanager, who taped the show and gave it to Sandy Gibson of Westwood One who had nothing else to do than to put it out on disc for radio stations), and it is a perfect example of a bad Doors performance (with the exception of Someday Soon, which unfortunately is incomplete on this CD as well as Mystery Train). The show is carefully remixed (I prefer it to the original radio show!), which means you have the impression of an uncut Doors-concert. It also has a very nice fold-out cover. But of course, check Jim's Alive - The Ultimate Seattle Tapes (Tuff Bites T.B.941009), on this you'll find the complete performance with the complete versions of all songs!



LIVE IN STOCKHOLM 1968 (Double CD)
The Swinging Pig Records TSP-CD-004-2, Luxembourg 1988
Disc 1: 1.Five To One/ 2.Love Street/ 3.Love Me Two Times/ 4.When The Music's Over/ 5.A Little Game/The Hill Dwellers/ 6.Light My Fire./ 7.The Unknown Soldier
Disc two: 1.Five To One/ 2.Mack The Knife-Alabama Song-Back Door Man/ 3.You're Lost Little Girl/ 4.Love Me Two Times/ 5.When The Music's Over/ 6.Wild Child/ 7.Money/ 8.Wake Up-Light My Fire/ 9.The End
Sources: Konserthuset, Stockholm, Sweden, September 20th, 1968. CD one has the complete second show (The End was recorded as the encore for this second show but is on CD two). CD two has the complete first show.


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This double CD box was made in Germany, has got a Luxembourg address on it and was distributed by mail order first. Later it appeared on record fairs and became a massive seller. The box has a really nice cover: a colour shot from their Roundhouse concert. Both concerts were taped in their entirety and broadcasted three times in Sweden over the radio. So this CDs contain both uncut Stockholm concerts, more than 130 minutes of music. Unfortunately both CDs have got not the same soundquality as the bootleg triple LP box with the same name (Swinging Pig Records). The soundquality of The Stockholm Tapes CD (Document Records DR 010) is better, but this one has just got the best tracks of both concerts. Anyway, forget the loss of some heights in the sound and some bubbles in the bass: the Live In Stockholm box is another item for the record collection of each Doors fan. Robby Krieger of The Doors sued Swinging Pig Records for this box. As a result it had to disappear from the markets, but appeared again in 1994 with the same cover but in a slim box.



LIVE IN STOCKHOLM (2 CD set in different boxes)
Black Panther BPCD 030 and BPCD 031, Italy/Japan 1989
Disc One: 1.Five To One/ 2.Mack The Knife-Alabama Song-Back Door Man/ 3.You're Lost Little Girl/ 4.Love Me Two Times/ 5.When The Music's Over/ 6.Wild Child/ 7.Money/ 8.Wake Up-Light My Fire/ 9.The End
Disc Two: 1.Five To One/ 2.Love Street/ 3.Love Me Two Times/ 4.When The Music's Over/ 5.A Little Game/The Hill Dwellers/ 6.Light My Fire./ 7.The Unknown Soldier
Sources: Konserthuset, Stockholm, Sweden, September 20th, 1968. Volume two has the complete second show (The End was recorded as the encore for this second show but is on volume one). Volume one has the complete first show. Copies of Live In Stockholm 1968 (Double CD, The Swinging Pig Records TSP-CD-004-2)


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LIVE IN STOCKHOLM 1968 (CD)
Armando Curcio Editore DIR-04, Italy 1991
1.Light My Fire/ 2.Mack The Knife-Alabama Song/ 3.Back Door Man/ 4.You're Lost Little Girl/ 5.Love Me Two Times/ 6.When The Music's Over/ 7.The End
Sources: Konserthuset, Stockholm, Sweden, September 20th, 1968, first show.
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Another Stockholm CD with a nice cover, but some sloppy cuts between the songs. It's not the complete concert, and it was published as an accompanying CD for an Italian Dictionary Of Rock (good idea). What else? Yes, you surely have all these tracks. For the hard-core collector only - or for the ones who like collecting nice covers. I've seen designs like this done with airbrush on American T-shirts sold in Venice , California ...



LIVE IN VANCOUVER (CD)
Sounds Alive SA 24.020, Germany 1994
1.Roadhouse Blues/ 2.Back Door Man-Five To One/ 3.When The Music's Over/ 4.Little Red Rooster/ 5.Who Do You Love/ 6.Soft Parade Intro-Light My Fire (cover just says Light My Fire)/ 7.The End
Sources: Pacific National Exhibition Coliseum, Vancouver, Canada, June 6th, 1970 (cover says 05/06/1970)
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Many of you have Vancouver 70 or Canadian Nights, for those this CD is nothing new. The bootleggers packed the best songs of this glorious concert (with Albert King) together for this CD, carefully cutting the audience noises between the songs to make the impression of a complete concert. It works, and this CD sounds great. A good alternative compared to all those other inferior Vancouver bootlegs (except the two mentioned above). Unfortunately this isn't the complete concert, and I wish someone would produce the songs which were not broadcasted (Alabama Song, Love Me Two Times) add the songs from the broadcast left off on this Sounds Alive CD (Money, Rock Me Baby) and do something good to our heads with a complete Vancouver CD. For beginners of bootleg CD collecting, this CD (almost 76 minutes long!) is a fine intro for a mid-price.



LIVE RECORDINGS (2 CD in two different covers)
Vol.1 (DVCD 0092) and Vol.2 (DVCD 0093)
DV MORERECORD, Italy 1991
Vol.1: 1. Universal Mind/ 2.Unknown Soldier/ 3.Spanish Caravan/ 4.The Celebration Of The Lizard/ 5.Close To You/ 6.You Make Me Real/ 7.Wake Up/ 8.When The Music's Over.
Vol.2: 1.Little Red Rooster/ 2.Build Me A Woman/ 3.A Little Game/The Hill Dwellers/ 4.Light My Fire-Graveyard Poem-Light My Fire/ 5.Moonlight Drive-Horse Latitudes/ 6.Soul Kitchen/ 7.Who Do You Love/ 8.Break On Thru #2
Sources: Vol. One - 1,4,5+8 = taken from a tape copy of the official album Absolutely Live; 2,3+7 taken from a tape copy of the official album Live At The Hollywood Bowl; 6 = taken from a tape copy of the official album Alive She Cried.
Vol. Two - 1+4 = taken from a tape copy of the official album Alive She Cried; 2,6,7+8 = taken from a tape copy of the official album Absolutely Live; 3+5 = taken from a tape copy of the official album Live At The Hollywood Bowl.
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Your stomach will start bleeding, men will lose their balls, your heart will suffer an attack and your teeth will fall out, if you listen to these two CDs. They are from Italy, and all material on them stems from original Doors Live-albums, but the sound is horrible. A constant pumping is recognizable throughout the tracks ... simply avoid these discs and buy the original albums. The covers show original Doors concert posters (Cow Palace and Santa Clara Fair Grounds) copied from bad postcards. These two discs are absolutely not worth the money.



LIVE USA (CD)
Imtrat (imt 900.055) Germany 1991
1.Light My Fire/ 2.Touch Me/ 3.When The Music's Over/ 4.The End/ 5.Moonlight Drive/ 6.Light My Fire
Sources: All songs (except track 1 which was copied from the CD Orange County Suite, Document Records) were copied from the bootleg CD Celebrati- on (Swinging Pig Records). All are available on other CDs in better soundquality.
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LIZARD KING (CD)
Crocodile Beat CB 53009, Germany 1993
1.Roadhouse Blues/ 2.Someday Soon (Cover says Someday Soon/ Harvest Moon)/ 3.Mystery Train (Cover says Train Coming Round The Bend)/ 4.Break On Through/ 5.Five To One/ 6.Back Door Man/ 7.The End/ 8.When The Music's Over
Sources: Center Coliseum, Seattle, June 5th, 1970.
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THE LIZARD KING (CD)
Vulture Records 002, Italy 1990
1.Five To One/ 2.Mack The Knife-Alabama Song-Back Door Man/ 3.You're Lost Little Girl/ 4.Love Me Two Times/ 5.When The Music's Over/ 6.Wild Child/ 7.Money/ 8.Wake Up-Light My Fire/ 9.The End/ 10.Love Street/ 11.A Little Game-The Hill Dwellers
Sources: 1-8=Konserthuset, Stockholm, Sweden, complete early show; 9-11=Konserthuset, Stockholm, Sweden, late show (not complete).
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By the time of this release it seemed that both Doors performances at Stockholm's Konserthuset were the most bootlegged Doors concerts along with the Matrix concerts. So be sure that most of you readers have got both Stockholm shows from September 20th, 1968, on vinyl or CD. Hard core collectors might be looking for this expensive CD just because of the nice psychedelic cover. The quality of the recording is better on other releases.



THE LIZARD KING (VOL.1) (CD)
Apple House Music/ Banana BAN-011-A, Australia 1993
1.Alabama Song-Back Door Man-Five To One/ 2.I Can't See Your Face In My Mind/ 3.People Are Strange/ 4.Money/ 5.Who Do You Love/ 6.Summer's Almost Gone/ 7.I'm A King Bee/ 8.Gloria/ 9.Summertime/ 10.Close To You/ 11.Rock Me Baby/ 12.The Hill Dwellers/ 13.Light My Fire
Sources: 1=Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, July 5th, 1968, from official video Live At The Hollywood Bowl; 2-11=Matrix Club, San Francisco, March 7th and 10th, 1967; 12.Konserthuset, Stockholm, Sweden, September 20th, 1968, late show; 13=Matrix Club, San Francisco, March 7th, 1967.
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Needless to say (if you look at the tracklist) this another attempt to sell standard material. This disc looks like a Japanese release but it isn't. Also available in a different cover: There is a big red stamp across Jim's picture saying Unauthorised, and they call the series The Unauthorised Recordings. The content is exactly the same. And even more: These The Unauthorised Recordings are available from another company called Joker Productions - with the same design but different photos (The Doors - Live Vol.1, Joker Productions JOK-004-A). I also found a copy of the latter - this time made by Grapefruit Productions (why not strawberries or any other fruit?) with the same design but called Light My Fire (Grapefruit Productions GRA-050-A).



THE LIZARD KING (VOL.2) (CD)
Apple House Music/ Banana BAN-011-B, Australia 1993
1.Moonlight Drive/ 2.Break On Through/ 3.The Crystal Ship/ 4.Twentieth Century Fox/ 5.Unhappy Girl/ 6.Love Street/ 7.Love Me Two Times/ 8.The Unknown Soldier/ 9.You're Lost Little Girl/ 10.Wild Child/ 11.Wake Up/ 12.Five To One/ 13.The End/ 14.Touch Me/ 15.Moonlight Drive/ 16.Light My Fire
Sources: 1-5=Matrix Club, San Francisco, March 7th, 1967; 6-8=Konserthu- set, Stockholm, Sweden, September 20th, 1968, late show; 9-11=Konserthu- set, Stockholm, Sweden, September 20th, 1968, early show; 12-13=Pacific National Exhibition Coliseum, Vancouver, Canada, June 6th, 1970; 14= Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, Los Angeles, December 4th, 1968, from official video Dance On Fire; 15-16= Jonathan Winters TV Show, CBS Studios, Los Angeles, December 27th, 1967.
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Needless to say (if you look at the tracklist) this another attempt to sell standard material. This disc looks like a Japanese release but it isn't. Also available in a different cover: There is a big red stamp across Jim's picture saying Unauthorised, and they call the series The Unauthorised Recordings. The content is exactly the same. And even more: These The Unauthorised Recordings are available from another company called Joker Productions - with the same design but different photos (The Doors - Live Vol.2, Joker Productions JOK-004-B). I also found a copy of the latter - this time made by Grapefruit Productions (why not raspberries or any other fruit?) with the same design but called Touch Me (Grapefruit Productions GRA-050-B).



THE LIZARD KING (VOL.3) (CD)
Apple House Music/Banana BAN-011-C, Australia 1993
1.Roadhouse Blues/ 2.Backdoor Man-Five To One/ 3.Money/ 4.Rock Me Baby/ 5.Little Red Rooster/ 6.Who Do You Love/ 7.Light My Fire-Fever-Summertime-St.James Infirmary-Light My Fire/ 8.The End
Sources: Pacific National Exhibition Coliseum, Vancouver, Canada, June 6th, 1970. Not the complete show. A copy of Vancouver 70 (Skeleton SKCD 1066).
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THE LIZARD KING (VOL.4) (CD)
Apple House Music/Banana BAN-011-D, Australia 1993
1.Back Door Man/ 2.Roadhouse Blues/ 3.When The Music's Over/ 3.People Get Ready-Baby Please Don't Go-Mystery Train-Crossroads (cover says People Get Ready/Train I Ride Part 1/Baby Please Don't Go/Train I Ride Part2/Bullfrog Blues)/ 4.Break On Through/ 5.Someday Soon
Sources: 1-2=Pacific National Exhibition Coliseum, Vancouver, Canada, June 6th, 1970; 3-5=Center Coliseum, Seattle, June 5th, 1970. Cover says all tracks were recorded in Canada which is not true. Cover also mentiones Tyson as the author of Someday Soon, but this song was written by Jim Morrison.
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Another part of the famous Vancouver concert plus tracks from Seattle, intentionally mislabeled. If you have any of the other CDs with the same material you certainly don't need this. The CD looks like a Japanese release but it isn't. Also available in a different cover: There is a big red stamp across Jim's picture saying Unauthorised, and they call the series The Unauthorised Recordings. The content is exactly the same. And even more: These The Unauthorised Recordings are available from another company called Joker Productions - with the same design but different photos (The Doors - Live Vol.4, Joker Productions JOK-004-D). Be sure there is also a Grapefruit edition of this CD (GRA-050-D), but it was not available at the deadline for this book.



THE LOOK BEHIND COLLECTION (2 CD)
LB-016, Germany 1996 (no record company mentioned)
Disc One: 1.Light My Fire/ 2.Break On Through/ 3.Soul Kitchen/ 4.The Crystal Ship/ 5.Twentieth Century Fox/ 6.Alabama Song/ 7.Back Door Man/ 8.I Looked At You/ 9.End Of The Night/ 10.Take It As It Comes/ 11.The End
Disc Two: 1.Hello I Love You/ 2.People Are Strange/ 3.The Unknown Soldier/ 4.My Wild Love/ 5.Summer's Almost Gone/ 6.Five To One/ 7.Strange Days/ 8.Horse Latitudes/ 9.Love Me Two Times/ 10.Moonlight Drive/ 11.My Eyes Have Seen You/ 12.Wintertime Love/ 13.Spanish Caravan/ 14.You're Lost Little Girl/ 15.Not To Touch The Earth/ 16.We Could Be So Good Together
Sources: The official first three Doors albums on Elektra Records, The Doors, Strange Days and Waiting For The Sun


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THE LOST PARIS TAPES (CD)
The Private Tapes Of James Douglas Morrison (March 1969 and June 1971) Jomo 3.5471.1, Canada 1994
I.: JIM MORRISON POETRY SESSION: FAR ARDEN: Radio Dark Night (Take 1)/ Radio Dark Night (Take Two)/ A Vast Radiant Beach (Awake)/ Moonshine Night/ Frozen Moment By A Lake/ Bird Of Prey/ Dawn's HWY/ Under Waterfall/ The Hitchhiker/ Winter Photography/ Whiskey, Mystics And Men/ Orange County Suite/ All Hail The American Night/ Far Arden Poem/ Texas Radio & The Big Beat #1 (Letter From Shirley)/ TALES FROM THE AMERICAN NIGHT: The American Night/ The Holy Sha/ Hitler/ Latino Chrome/ To Come Of Age - Black Polished Chrome/ Search On, Man/ Indian, Indian (Sirens And Horns Honking)/ Woman In The Window/ A Vision Of America: From The Book Of Days - A Vision Of America - Motel, Money, Murder, Madness/ Earth, Air, Fire, Water/ Discovery (Angels & Sailors)/ Now Listen To This (Texas Radio & The Big Beat #2)/ Stoned Immaculate/ White Blind Light (Thank You, O Lord)
II.: LAST RECORDING SESSION: Guitar Tuning & Chats/ Orange County Suite
Sources: I.: Jim Morrison's first poetry session, Los Angeles, Elektra Sound Studios, March 1969 and II.: Jim Morrison's (presumably) last recording session recorded at a professional recording studio, Paris, mid-June 1971, with two unknown street musicians.


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The real must for everybody who is a fan and lover of Jim Morrison's poetry. This CD contains Jim Morrison's complete first poetry session before Paul Rothchild cut it up into little pieces to see what could be used for the Elektra release An American Prayer ( this Rothchild version was stolen from his desk and used for many bootlegs, including the LP Rock Is Dead (Tangie Town Records), and Orange County Suite (Document Records DR 019), to name the best ones) and also the complete tape Jim recorded in Paris with two unknown street musicians (see The Doors Quarterly #32 for the complete transcript). The content of both tapes was - as rumors go - taken via DAT recorder from the original master Jim had with him in Paris (see The Doors Quarterly #31 for the complete story of The Lost Paris Tapes). I had the chance to listen to the original reel-to-reels before they were sold to a collector in Germany and I compared the length of the reel tape to the one on the CD - no difference.
When I say complete, I mean uncut. And this is the most important thing about this CD - sure: some of the poems have been published on countless bootlegs before, but in worse quality and - cut. On this CD you can hear Jim pouring some liquid (I guess it wasn't mineral water) into a glass, you hear him turning pages, lightening matches, asking how much time was left and so on and on. On Radio Dark Night (Take 1) the engineer (John Haeny) made a mistake (he recorded it using a filter) so this track had to be recorded twice (I'm surprised he didn't rewind the tape). The biggest surprise on this CD is the uncut version of Orange County Suite which Jim did during the poetry session. We all know from previous releases the first part of this swan song to Pamela Courson, but nobody ever heard the complete recording like it was printed in Jim's poetry collection Wilderness. It's fun to check Wilderness and The American Night for the poems featured on this CD. It's no fun to check what parts of the poems had been cut out for An American Prayer, what great material hadn't been used and what poems had been cut together. This CD is an ideal source to see how Jim really worked, how he intended his poetry to be cut on tape, carefully choosing word for word, intonation and volume of his voice. This is the real thing, fans, in excellent quality, and the perfect addition to the recently released official poetry album An American Prayer.
Well, the 14-minute Paris session is a real tough one! Undoubtedly, the band named Jomo And The Smoothies were drunk. Or they were on another substance, nobody knows. And they were bad! As bad as any other amateur band being drunk in a studio. I don't know what kind of instrument one of the guys has, certainly one using strings to produce a sound - but he's not even able to tune it! (Jim seems to be amused ...)
Every song the "guitarist" suggests fails - Jim doesn't know them (I'm the singer ...). So finally, after some funny chats, they stumble into a weird version of Orange County Suite (compare it to the version taped during the poetry session!). Jim forgets the words, shouts out loud the ones he remembers, mixes them up - booze ...
So - what's so interesting about those 14 minutes? Well, this is most likely the last thing Jim ever recorded, and it is probably the only thing he recorded while being in Paris. A true document from his last days - remember, the man died 2 weeks later! And - it wasn't a planned thing - it was done on the spot using a pseudonym (Jomo And The Smoothies). And - this CD was made from the original tape (as the liner notes say), so it is in the best quality you could imagine. And - it's new! Finally a new, totally unpublished recording that might survive as a piece of history in Jim Morrison's story, presented on this CD in superb sound quality. The first pressing came with a colour picture CD, the second pressing came with a black and white CD. The soundquality is the same.
As the liner notes from the booklet say - this is Jim Morrison's one and only solo album, and it's right - no other bootleg album is better and more intense than The Lost Paris Tapes. A nice booklet using some of Alain Ronay's photos from a village near Chantilly (taken a few days before Jim died) is included, and this one also features two photos of the original boxes which preserved the two tapes.
In general - this CD is an absolute MUST for each fan, and it is highly RECOMMENDED!



THE LOST PARIS TAPES (CD)
The Private Tapes Of James Douglas Morrison (March 1969 and June 1971)
Jomo 3.5471.1, Canada 1994
I.: JIM MORRISON POETRY SESSION: FAR ARDEN: Radio Dark Night (Take 1)/ Radio Dark Night (Take Two)/ A Vast Radiant Beach (Awake)/ Moonshine Night/ Frozen Moment By A Lake/ Bird Of Prey/ Dawn's HWY/ Under Waterfall/ The Hitchhiker/ Winter Photography/ Whiskey, Mystics And Men/ Orange County Suite/ All Hail The American Night/ Far Arden Poem/ Texas Radio & The Big Beat #1 (Letter From Shirley)/ TALES FROM THE AMERICAN NIGHT: The American Night/ The Holy Sha/ Hitler/ Latino Chrome/ To Come Of Age - Black Polished Chrome/ Search On, Man/ Indian, Indian (Sirens And Horns Honking)/ Woman In The Window/ A Vision Of America: From The Book Of Days - A Vision Of America - Motel, Money, Murder, Madness/ Earth, Air, Fire, Water/ Discovery (Angels & Sailors)/ Now Listen To This (Texas Radio & The Big Beat #2)/ Stoned Immaculate/ White Blind Light (Thank You, O Lord)
II.: LAST RECORDING SESSION: Guitar Tuning & Chats/ Orange County Suite
Sources: I.: Jim Morrison's first poetry session, Los Angeles, Elektra Sound Studios, March 1969 and II.: Jim Morrison's (presumably) last recording session recorded at a professional recording studio, Paris, mid-June 1971, with two unknown street musicians.


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A reissue of the gorgeous 1994 release. To distinguish the original from the reissue just check the CD: if you have a black&white CD with no writing on it's the reissue. The original was in color saying Made In Canada. The soundquality is absolutely the same. For review, check The Doors Quarterly Magazine #32. Of course, this still is an essential recording and still a must for each serious collector.



LOVE ME TENDER (CD)
X Extremly Rare Records ExR 001, Germany 1993
1.Roadhouse Blues (vocal rehearsal)/ 2.Intro for The Soft Parade (vocal rehearsal)/ 3.Whiskey, Mystics And Men/ 4.Love Me Tender/ 5-10. Rock Is Dead/ 11.Someday Soon/ 12.Orange County Suite/ 13.Wintertime Love
Sources: 1= outtake from Morrison Hotel sessions; 2-10= outtakes from The Soft Parade sessions; 11= Center Coliseum, Seattle, June 5th, 1970, taken from bootleg LP Someday Soon, incomplete with crackles; 12= from Jim's poetry session, Sunset Sound Studios, March 1969, copied from bootleg CD Orange County Suite (Document Records DR 019), incomplete; 13= from digitally remastered US CD Waiting For The Sun, incomplete.
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What a CD this could have been! But greedy bootleggers took the first available tape copy of the circulating complete Rock Is Dead tape, added some stuff they thought was rare and put this out in a hurry. Well, better than nothing, of course, but Missing Links (Memorial Records, Memorec 403) has the same material plus more in much better sound quality. Just check the comments for Missing Links. So I guess, dear readers, you should better try to get Missing Links, although the material on Love Me Tender looks pretty interesting. I like the cover, by the way. Looks like being an oil-painting of Jim Morrison with the same colors Rembrandt (the Dutch painter) used ages ago.



LOVE ME TWO TIMES (CD)
Starlite CDS 51149, Italy 1993
1.Roadhouse Blues/ 2.Love Me Two Times/ 3.Light My Fire (including Graveyard Poem)/ 4.Gloria/ 5.Little Red Rooster/ 6.Moonlight Drive (including Horse Latitudes)/ 7.You Make Me Real/ 8.The Unknown Soldier
Sources: Official Elektra CD In Concert.
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Well, to tell you the truth - I bought this CD just for the cover, which shows a beautiful 1968 photo of Jim taken in London. We all know the tracks well. Starlite, by the way, is a low-price label from Italy, and many supermarkets offer CDs made by this bootlegger. I found my copy in France, in a shop at the freeway for a mere 40 Francs, less than $10.


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