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NEW YORK 1970 (CD)
Stentor Sten 91.001, West Germany 1991
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.


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This is the CD-version of the famous US Double-LP-album Roadhouse Blues, fairly good soundquality. I wish the bootleggers would have copied the sound from the European LP album Bring Out Your Dead instead from the US copy. Anyway, if you don't have this blend of two Felt Forum concerts from January 17th and 18th, 1970, on vinyl, this CD is the right choice for you, because it is quite cheap on record fairs.



NEW YORK BLUES (CD)
Document Records DR 033, Germany/Luxembourg 1989
1.Roadhouse Blues/ 2.Peace Frog/ 3.Alabama Song-Back Door Man-Five To One/ 4.The Celebration Of The Lizard/ 5.Soul Kitchen/ 6.Build Me A Woman/ 7.When The Music's Over
Sources: Felt Forum, New York, January 17th and 18th, 1970, late shows. Tracks 1-5 and 7=late show January 18th; track 6=late show January 17th. Cover says the tracks were recorded January 17th, which is just true for track 6.


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A fascinating live CD, almost as good as the official live albums. All tracks are presented in fine quality and you listen to exciting versions of a Doors fan's favourite songs. Document Records used a good quality tape for the CD and fans will thank them for the unusual cover, which shows a bearded Morrison, but he did not have beard at the Felt Forum shows. The picture - by the way - was taken during The Doors' Isle Of Wight performance. New York Blues has not the same tracks as Build Me A Woman (Great Dane Records GDR 8908) or New York 1970 (Stentor Sten 91.001). Somehow somebody put several songs from three shows together and distributed the tape, so usually all Felt Forum CDs are a big mess of songs from three different concerts.



THE NIGHT ON FIRE (CD)
Tangie Town Records TTR CD 9001, Czech 1996
1.Break On Through/ 2.Alabama Song-Back Door Man/ 3.When The Music's Over/ 4.Texas Radio & The Big Beat (cover says The Wasp)/ 5.Hello I Love You/ 6.Light My Fire/ 7.The Unknown Soldier/ 8.Doors interview
Sources: 1-7=Kongresshalle, Frankfurt, Germany, September 14, 1968, complete first show; track 8 was taped at the Pierce College, Oswego, New York, USA, September 15, 1967 (complete recording) with all four Doors.


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Still, after all those years, the Frankfurt concert is an uninspired standard concert of a band that was at the peak of their career. With a best-selling single, Hello I Love You, and a best-selling album, Waiting For The Sun, in the background The Doors began their European tour doing four celebrated concerts in London together with the psychedelic sounds of Jefferson Airplane. In Frankfurt, the next stop, it was all different. There were people attending their two concerts who didn't speak English at all or didn't get what The Doors were doing. There were yelling GIs from the surrounding military stations and patiently listening other Americans. It was hard for the band to get in contact with the audience, especially after the driving boogie of their support band, Canned Heat. The Doors were too different. Jim wasn't feeling well because he had drunk too much Goldener Oktober (a cheap German wine) in the afternoon of the same day. So - that's it. The people left and never came back. They missed the second show which is said to have been much better (read more about the Frankfurt shows and The Doors in Germany in DQ 36). The Night On Fire was a widely distributed German vinyl bootleg in the early 80's (now this album reaches prices at about DM 200). This CD was made from a low-genera- tion tape with no cuts (no crackles and no surface noise can be heard, so I guess it was not taken from a vinyl copy). The sound is better than on the vinyl.
A surprise is the CD's bonus track - an interview conducted by two local DJs from Oswego, New York, Steve Flesser and Mike Lezard. The interview was held before The Doors went on-stage at the Pierce College, September 15, 1967. Steve and Mike are struggling hard to get their standard questions answered. After The Doors (especially Jim and Ray) noticed that the interviewers were not interested in the band's music and their message but in how many copies of the singles and the album were sold, how much money the group gets for a single, how was touring and stuff, they started making fools of both DJs. Here are some examples: "Is there something you can say to all your listeners - what could it be?" "Fuck," is the answer. Jim says: "I'm Steve Flesser, and I'm listening to the Jim Morrison-show". "My name is Jim of the Doors, when I'm in town you'll always listen to the Mike Lizard-show." Ray: "I listen to the Steve Blesser-show, whenever I'm in town - which is rarely!" and "Steve Flesser is what's happening. Mike Lezard is also happening."
The CD cover and booklet has got a nice design inspired by the old vinyl cover using the same pictures and golden letters. The CD itself is gold plated and has got a picture of Jim's bust on it.
Recommended!



THE NIGHT ON FIRE (CD)
Living Legend Records LLR-CD 015, Italy 1988
1.When the music's over/ 2.Alabama Song-Back Door Man-Five to one/ 3.Moonlight Drive-Horse Latitudes/ 4.The End
Sources: Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, July 5th, 1968, from the official video Live At The Hollywood Bowl. Not the complete concert.


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Elektra Records made a big mistake with the release of their Live At The Hollywood Bowl CD in 1987: On this there were just 6 songs from the simultaneously published video. Of course the bootleggers took their chance to produce CDs with the extra tracks. The Night On Fire CD is in absolute Hifi stereo soundquality and shouldn't be mixed up with the rare vinyl LP bearing the same name - on that one was The Doors Frankfurt concert. For people who haven't got the video (or a hifi stereo video player) or the official EP I really recommend this CD. It was made in West Germany, but the copyright problems got cleared in Italy.



NO FUTURE (CD)
Teddy Bear Records TB 24, Italy 1994
1.Roadhouse Blues/ 2.Peace Frog/ 3.Alabama Song-Back Door Man-Five To One/ 4.The Celebration Of The Lizard/ 5.Soul Kitchen/ 6.Light My Fire/ 7.Build Me A Woman/ 8.When The Music's Over.
Sources: 1-6=Felt Forum, New York, January 18th, 1970, late show. Track 7 from January 17th, 1970 at the Felt Forum, late show; 8=Felt Forum, New York, January 18th, early show. Same tracks as Westbury Music Fair (Octopus/Why Not? Octo 003).


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At least they put the date and the place of performance right: January 18th, 1970 at the Felt Forum (except Build Me A Woman which was recorded a day earlier). Out goes the message: if you don't own New York Blues (Document Records DR 033) and Orange County Suite (Document Records DR 019) and if you want to listen to this concert, No Future would be the right choice, and the quality is pretty much better, too.



NO LIMITS (CD)
I Miti Del Rock/ Fabbri Editori MRL 003, Italy 1993
1.When The Music's Over/ 2.Break On Through/ 3.Five To One/ 4.Back Door Man/ 5.Summertime (cover says No Limits No Law)/ 6.Mystery Train (cover says Train Coming Round The Bend, not complete)/ 7.The End
Sources: 1=Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, July 5th, 1968, from official video Live At The Hollywood Bowl; 2-4=Center Coliseum, Seattle, June 5th, 1970; 5=Matrix Club, San Francisco, March 10th, 1967; 6+7=Center Coliseum, Seattle, June 5th, 1970.
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Intentionally falsified titles, fade-ins and -outs and very common material are signatures of a bad CD. At least they got the dates right! The cover says Non in Vendita (Not for sale) - let's hope nobody bought it!



NO LIMITS, NO LAWS (CD)
Aulica A141, Italy 1993
1.I'm A King Bee/ 2.Summertime (cover says Instrumental)/ 3.Summer's Almost Gone/ 4.Money/ 5.Who Do You Love/ 6.Moonlight Drive/ 7.Gloria
Sources: All songs recorded at the Matrix Club, San Francisco, March 10th, 67; copied from the double CD The Matrix Tapes (The Swingin' Pig, TSP-CD-047-2). A copy of the 36-minute long Aulica CD (A 141/S) with the same name but with a different cover.
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Is there really anybody out there who bought this CD that was copied from a scratched vinyl LP and which is absolutely too short for a CD? Well, I did buy it, and I regret it. So please: Keep your hands off this one!


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