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MATRIX (CD)
Archivio ARC CD 027, Italy 1995
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 (Back Trax CD 04-88004), but digitally remastered and in better soundquality.
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This 1995 CD has got a nice cover showing a couple of Morrison photos taken by Joel Brodsky, one picture of the band during their ICA Gallery interview in London, and one taken by Michelle Campbell of Jim's grave (previously published in Dylan Jones' horrible Dark Star book). What else? Oh yes, the songs: Another Matrix release. We all have those songs already!



THE MATRIX TAPES (2 CD Box)
The Swingin' Pig Records TSP-CD-047-2, Luxembourg 1990
Disc One: 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
Disc Two: 1.Back Door Man/ 2.Alabama Song/ 3.Light My Fire/ 4.The End/ 5.Get Off My Life/ 6.Close To You/ 7.Crawling King Snake/ 8.The Crystal Ship/ 9.Twentieth Century Fox/ 10.Unhappy Girl/ 11.Rock Me Baby
Sources: Disc One - Matrix Club, San Francisco, March 10th, 1967 Disc Two - 1-4=Matrix Club, San Francisco, March 10th, 1967; 5-11=Matrix Club, San Francisco, March 7th, 1967


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Another release of the Matrix concerts, but this time in better quality than the first bootleg LP version Moonlight Drive - The Scream Of The Butterfly. The Swingin' Pigs used the new "Nonoise" computer based digital noise reduction system. This drastically reduces all unwanted noises on older recordings but cuts off the high frequencies. It's true: no surface noise, and the soundquality is a lot better than on all other Matrix bootlegs, with the exception of the 4 CD Box The Complete Matrix Club Tapes (Kiss The Stone KTS BX 009), which I prefer to the Swingin' Pig release because of better quality and a couple of extra songs. This - in fact - is a big minus for The Matrix Tapes: each song is just once on them, which means songs they played twice during different sets were omitted. There were two pressings of this box - the first came in a double CD box, the second got released in a slim box carrying a white tray. The second pressing was sold as a cheap mid-price box and got widely distributed.



MISSING LINKS (CD)
Memorial Records, Memorec 403, Europe (Germany?) 1994
1.Whiskey, Mystics And Men #1/ 2.The Soft Parade Intro #1/ 3.The Soft Parade Intro #2/ 4.Whiskey, Mystics And Men #2/ 5.Love Me Tender/ 6.Rock Is Dead #1/ 7.Me And The Devil Blues/ 8.Rock Is Dead #2/ 9.Queen Of The Magazines/ 10.Pipeline (instrumental)/ 11.Rock Is Dead #3/ 12.Rock Me Baby/ 13.Mystery Train/ 14.Rock Is Dead #4
Sources: 1=Elektra Recorders Studios, Los Angeles. Unpublished final studio version, which never got on the album The Soft Parade, date unknown, probably early 1969; 2-3=Elektra Recorders Studios, Los Angeles. Studio Session for the album The Soft Parade, date unknown, probably early 1969; 4-14=Elektra Recorders Studio, Los Angeles, February 25th, 1969. Studio Session for The Soft Parade.


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This CD is a MUST for everyone who is interested in The Doors. I really do not know how I could live without a recording of this session, which I consider as the very missing link between Waiting For The Sun, The Soft Parade and Morrison Hotel. You know there was the bootleg LP Rock Is Dead (Tangie Town Records) and there was the bootleg Orange County Suite (Document Records DR 019), which were absolutely fantastic at the time of their release, but now there is Missing Links. Unfortunately the soundquality is not as good as the latter ones, but Missing Links contains the COMPLETE Rock Is Dead session, and one will be wondering how perfectly Paul Rothchild cut the session down to what became the well-known Rock Is Dead (and Orange County Suite) bootleg, and how all the cut-outs sound like. He even put parts of the session together, which were not intended being put together (but they fit!). If you own one of the previous bootlegs, it's like a puzzle finding out what was cut out. A very new experience, even for me. Finally released after about two years of waiting for it I still get a thrill listening to Queen Of The Magazines (I still don't know who wrote the song; it sounds a bit like Love In Vain by Robert Johnson, to which Jim Morrison improvises some of his own lyrics; to tell you the truth: I got tears in my eyes when I first heard it a couple of years ago and it is still very very touching me). Robert Johnson's Me And The Devil Blues (with some spontaneous Morrison improvisations) still is a perfect moody blues song. Jim's rap about his parents at the beginning of the session gets a totally new meaning compared to what was published on previous bootlegs. I wonder why the bootlegger didn't cut out the short break in (what he called) Rock Is Dead #2 (if you put this disc on tape for your car stereo try to cut the break off, it's easy!). There is another break in Rock Me Baby, which would have been easy to cut off the disc, but -unfortunately- it's on your CD as well. On the Missing Links version I have the disc index stops after track 10, so my CD player doesn't count track 11-14, but you shouldn't worry: It seems the bootlegger just forgot to put a disc memory on the following tracks, so track 10 really is track 10-14. On the first preview tape I got of this session (which never came out on bootleg) there were no breaks at all, and there was some additional poetry, but no Whiskey, Mystics And Men #1. I enjoy the liner notes for this CD, they even mention what Jim told Jerry Hopkins during the well known interview for Rolling Stone about this session: "We needed another song for The Soft Parade. We were racking our brains trying to think what song. We were in the studio and so we started throwing out all those old songs. Blues trips. Rock Classics. Finally we just started playing and we played for about an hour, and we went through the whole history of rock music - starting with blues, going through rock and roll, surf music, latin, the whole thing. I call it `Rock Is Dead'. I doubt if anybody'll ever hear it." Jim was wrong. Rock Is Dead was one of the hottest bootlegs in town (once a discjockey from L.A. told his audience), but now there is Missing Links, even hotter. Well written linernotes, by the way. One of the hottest bootleg CDs in town ever! Absolutely recommended.



MISSING LINKS (CD)
Memorial Records, Memorec 403, Czech 1996
1.Whiskey, Mystics And Men #1/ 2.The Soft Parade Intro #1/ 3.The Soft Parade Intro #2/ 4.Whiskey, Mystics And Men #2/ 5.Love Me Tender/ 6.Rock Is Dead #1/ 7.Me And The Devil Blues/ 8.Rock Is Dead #2/ 9.Queen Of The Magazines/ 10.Pipeline (instrumental)/ 11.Rock Is Dead #3/ 12.Rock Me Baby/ 13.Mystery Train/ 14.Rock Is Dead #4/ 15.Someday Soon/ 16.Wintertime Love/ 17.Roadhouse Blues (vocals only, not complete)
Sources: 1=Elektra Recorders Studios, Los Angeles. Unpublished final studio version, which never got on the album The Soft Parade, date unknown, probably early 1969; 2-3=Elektra Recorders Studios, West Hollywood. Studio Session for the album The Soft Parade, date unknown, probably early 1969; 4-14=Elektra Recorders Studio, West Hollywood, February 25th, 1969. Studio Session for The Soft Parade. 15= Center Coliseum, Seattle, June 5th, 1970; 16=original one-vocal-track version from digitally remastered Elektra CD Waiting For the Sun (9 74024-2); 17=Elektra Recorders Studios, West Hollywood, early 1969.


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This CD is a remake of the 1994 Missing Links CD and it looks exactly the same but has got 3 bonus tracks which are not mentioned on the cover or on the CD (track 15-17). To distinguish both versions check the CD: this new version has got the OSA sign while the 1994 version without bonus tracks has got GEMA on the CD. The soundquality is exactly the same. For review, please check The Doors Quarterly #30.



MISSING TAPES (CD)
Live Storm LSCD 51594, Italy 1994
1.Whiskey, Mystics And Men #1/ 2.The Soft Parade Intro #1/ 3.The Soft Parade Intro #2/ 4.Whiskey, Mystics And Men #2/ 5.Love Me Tender/ 6.Rock Is Dead #1/ 7.Me And The Devil Blues/ 8.Rock Is Dead #2/ 9.Queen Of The Magazines/ 10.Pipeline (instrumental)/ 11.Rock Is Dead #3/ 12.Rock Me Baby/ 13.Mystery Train/ 14.Rock Is Dead #4
Sources: 1= Unpublished final studio version, which never got on the album The Soft Parade, date unknown, probably early 1969; 2-3= Studio Session for the album The Soft Parade, date unknown, probably early 1969; 4-14= Studio Session for The Soft Parade, February 25th, 1969. A copy of Missing Links, Memorial Records (Memorec 403).


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Needless to say, that everybody who owns a copy of Missing Links does not need this Italian disc. The sound is worse, and the Italians even copied the liner notes from Missing Links (they just erased the words Missing Links and also the name of the guy who wrote the notes, some Philippe Auguste). So this is a copy of a bootleg. Nice New York '68 photo of Jim on the cover, though.



MOONLIGHT DRIVE (CD)
Oil Well RSC CD 115, Italy 1995
1.Twentieth Century Fox/ 2.Moonlight Drive/ 3.Summer's Almost Gone/ 4.Unhappy Girl/ 5.Me And The Devil Blues-Sittin' Here Thinkin'-Rock Me Baby (cover says Woman)/ 6.Break On Through/ 7.Light My Fire/ 8.The End
Sources: Complete recording of set three plus a part of set two at the Matrix Club, San Francisco, March 7th, 1967. A copy of disc #2 (KTS 3014) of The Complete Matrix Club Tapes (KTS BX 009).
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If you own the box The Complete Matrix Club Tapes (KTS BX 009) you should be aware that this mid-price CD is a copy of disc #2 from the box. Fine cover, fine quality. Limited to 200 copies only.



MORE MISSING LINKS (CD)
On The Air OTA-002, Japan 1995
1.Soul Train/ 2.Geraldine/ 3.Henrietta/ 4.Just For You/ 5.Big Bucket "T"/ 6.Rampage/ 7.Wintertime Love/ 8.We Could Be So Good Together/ 9.The Unknown Soldier/ 10.Love Me Two Times/ 11.Light My Fire/ 12.Who Do You Love (not complete)/ 13.Someday Soon (not complete)/ 14.Who Scared You/ 15.You Need Meat (Don't Go No Further)/ 16.Treetrunk/ 17.The End/ 18.Yes, The River Knows (cover says The River Flows)/ 19.Gloria/ 20.Do It (cover says Let It Bleed)/ 21.unidentified track, definitely no Doors (not complete).
Sources: 1-6=Rick And The Ravens 7" singles; 1+2=Aura Records 4511, 1965; 3+4=Aura Records 4506, 1965; 5+6=Posae Records 101, 1965; 7=from digitally remastered US-CD Waiting for The Sun; 8+9=from US 7" single Elektra EK-45628; 10=from a Demo Acetate; 11=from US 7" single Spun Gold Elektra-45051; 12.Pacific National Exhibition Coliseum, Vancouver, Canada, June 6th, 1970 (cover says this was from Matrix 10.3.1967, which is not true); 13.Center Coliseum, Seattle, June 5th, 1970 (cover says this was a studio track from The Soft Parade sessions, which is not true); 14=flip side of US 7" single Elektra EK-45656; 15=flip side of US 7" single Elektra EKS-45726; 16.flip side of US single Elektra EKS-45793 (1972, no Morrison track); 17=from Apocalypse Now soundtrack; 18=from official album Waiting For The Sun; 19=from official album Alive She Cried, later on In Concert; 20=from official album The Soft Parade; 21=the hell knows what this is!
Tracks 1-13+16 copied from the vinyl bootleg Someday Soon (Do It Records 004), also the informations about those tracks; 20 copied from CD bootleg Go Insane (Aulica A 112.10.2); all others from official sources.


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Most of the songs on this CD were taken from the bootleg LP Someday Soon (Do It Records) released in 1989 in Germany, which was a great album at the time. When I got More Missing Links I first thought this CD was made by a Doors fan, but then the track Let It Bleed told me it wasn't. No Doors fan would call Do It from the album The Soft Parade "Let It Bleed". When the hell does this nonsense stop? Some tracks on More Missing Links are rare, such as the acetate and the Rick And The Ravens singles, but those songs will be in better quality (not that many crackles!) on the Italian box Stages. So this CD, which was definitely not made by the people who did the original Missing Links (Memorial Records Memorec 403), is nothing but a mediocre compilation and not worth the money. The disc was made in Japan and - astonishingly - got distributed from Holland.



MORRISON (CD)
Never End M.I.A. Act*6, Italy 1992
1.Do It (cover says Let It Bleed)/ 2.I'm A King Bee/ 3.Insane (cover says Go Insane)/ 4.Gloria/ 5.Summertime (cover says No Limits No Laws)/ 6.Someday Soon (cover says Sunday Soon)/ 7.Money/ 8.Moonlight Drive/ 9.Hello I Love You/ 10.Summer's Almost Gone/ 11.My Eyes Have Seen You/ 12. End Of The Night
Sources: 1=original LP version; 2=Matrix Club, San Francisco, March 10th, 1967; 3=Demo Acetate, World Pacific Studios, Los Angeles, September 2nd, 1965; 4=original version from Alive She Cried LP; 5=same as 2; 6=Center Coliseum, Seattle, June 5th, 1970; 7=Konserthuset, Stockholm, Sweden, September 20th, 1968, first show; 8-12=same as 3. All tracks taken from the previously published bootleg double set Go Insane (Aulica, Italy, A112.10.1 and A112.10.2). Compared to this, the soundquality is worse on Morrison. This CD is also known as Missing In Action Act*6, which is a kind of headline for a whole series of compact discs.
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The CD looks like a star on Hollywood Boulevard, and it is gold plated. Hmmm. Although it was the first gold plated Doors bootleg CD, all the material on it had been heard before in much better quality, and the people from Missing In Action are as silly as the Aulica guys. Songs are mislabelled, songs are cut drastically, fade-ins, fade-outs, as usual. Definitely not an essential bootleg, not at all. Tasteful design, though. The booklet shows an unpublished colour photo from the Roundhouse, London, 1968. But the whole thing is no must for any collector.



MR. MOJO RISIN' AGAIN THE LIVE PERFORMANCE '93 AND MORE (CD)
Montana MO 10015, Germany, 1993
1.Roadhouse Blues/ 2.Break On Through/ 3.Light My Fire/ 4.Five To One/ 5.Little Red Rooster/ 6.Who Do You Love/ 7.Go Insane/ 8.The Hill Dwellers/ 9.People Are Strange/ 10.Love Street/ 11.Love Me Two Times/ 12.The Soft Parade/ 13.Summer's Almost Gone/ 14.Manish Boy
Sources: 1-3= Rock'n'Roll Hall Of Fame Awards, Century Plaza Hotel, Los Angeles, January 12th, 1993 (with Eddie Vedder on vocals); 4= Center Coliseum, Seattle, June 5th, 1970; 5-6= Pacific National Exhibition Coliseum, Vancouver, Canada, June 6th, 1970; 7-8= Konserthuset, Stockholm, September 20th, 1968, second show; 9= Matrix Club, San Francisco, March 7th, 1967; 10-11= same as 7+8; 12= Critique Show, PBS TV, WNET, New York, May 13th, 1969; 13= same as 9; 14= Winterland, San Francisco, December 26th, 1967.


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The cover of this CD doesn't give you any dates or venues, so this list is pretty useful. It doesn't even mention Eddie Vedder's name as the singer for the Doors at their Hall Of Fame concert. The quality is OK, the '93 stuff even is in stereo, and forget the rest of it, which has been published many times before. There are a few Doors bootlegs featuring this special performance, but I prefer one of the countless Pearl Jam boots like Eddie Sings The Doors and all this crap. This CD was one of the first presented in a clear box (the tray was made of clear plastic), really fashionable. At least that was something new. Short comment on the performance: the group sounds like a second-hand tribute band.



MYSTERY TRAIN (CD)
Oil Well RSC CD 097, Italy 1995
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 Infirma- ry-Light My Fire (cover says Light My Fire #1-Fever-Light My Fire #2)/ 6.Build Me A Woman/ 7.When The Music's Over
Sources: 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), which was also disc two in the double CD set The Last Farewell (Vivid Sound Productions VSP 51001/2).
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MYSTIC MAN (CD)
On The Air OTA 005, Japan 1995
1.Whiskey, Mystics And Men #1/ 2.The Soft Parade Intro #1/ 3.The Soft Parade Intro #2/ 4.Whiskey, Mystics And Men #2/ 5.Love Me Tender/ 6.Rock Is Dead #1/ 7.Me And The Devil Blues/ 8.Rock Is Dead #2/ 9.Queen Of The Magazines/ 10.Pipeline/ 11.Rock Is Dead #3/ 12.Rock Me Baby/ 13.Mystery Train/ 14.Rock Is Dead #4/ 15.Someday Soon/ 16.Orange County Suite (short version)
Sources: 1=Elektra Recorders Studios, Los Angeles, unpublished final studio version, which never got on the album The Soft Parade, date unknown, probably early 1969; 2-3=Elektra Recorders Studios, Los Angeles. Studio Session for the album The Soft Parade, date unknown, probably early 1969; 4-14=Elektra Recorders Studios, Los Angeles, February 25th, 1969. Studio Session for The Soft Parade; 15=Center Coliseum, Seattle, June 5th, 1970; 16=Poetry session, Elektra Recorders, Los Angeles, March 1969 (Jim Morrison only).


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This Japanese disc (distributed from Holland) was copied from Missing Links (Memorial Records, Memorec 403), but this time featuring bonus tracks which everybody already knows. If you own Missing Links, you certainly do not need this one.


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