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PALACE OF EXILE (CD)
Colosseum 97-C-013, USA 1997
1.Back Door Man/ 2.Break On Through/ 3.When The Music's Over/ 4.Ship Of Fools/ 5.Roadhouse Blues/ 6.Light My Fire/ 7.The End-Across The Sea-Away In India-Crossroads-Wake Up-The End
Sources: Isle Of Wight Festival, Isle Of Wight, England, August 29th, 1970 (despite a nasty cut during The End it is the complete concert). Most probably copied from a complete soundboard recording, done by the film company.


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If there wasn't a nasty cut during The End at 7 minutes 25 seconds (about 5 minutes of instrumental solos got cut out for no obvious reasons), this US bootleg CD would be absolutely perfect. The whole thing looks marvellous: a perfect fold-out cover plus a nicely designed inlay featuring photos from the official Isle Of Wight video. The disc is in hifi stereo and features the entire concert including the complete announcement and the song Roadhouse Blues, which many people attending that festival remembered but stayed unpublished on all previous bootleg releases of that concert. It is - as usual for this song - a powerful, driving version featuring Robby's great guitar solo, which I like better than on the studio version. Jim does his "cha-cha-luga-rap" in the middle break, like on the version published on In Concert. Unfortunately Palace Of Exile is a very rare disc, just available in the States, and it is very expensive. Despite that, it is a very recommended new release (compare it to the Tangie Town release called First Flash Of Eden TTR 9002, as reviewed in DQ 33, pages 15 and 16).



 

PERCEPTION (1CD)
A Priori CD 791321, Czech Republic 1995 (?)
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: All songs copied from official Doors albums.
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Sometimes I think it's a crime throwing all those great songs together, putting them out of their original context of their original releases. The same goes for Greatest Hits - compilations. But anyway, another A Priori release with a nice cover, containing songs everybody already has. This is a low price CD, widely distributed in Germany.



POEMS, LYRICS AND STORIES BY JAMES DOUGLAS MORRISON (CD)
Men At Work 5511.2, Italy 1990
1. Back Door Man/ 2.My Eyes Have Seen You/ 3.Soul Kitchen/ 4.Get Off My Life/ 5.Crawling King Snakes/ 6.People Are Strange/ 7.Alabama Song/ 8.The Crystal Ship/ 9.Unhappy Girl/ 10.Moonlight Drive/ 11.Summer's Almost Gone (tracklist on the cover is not in the correct order)
Sources: Matrix Club, San Francisco, March 7th, 1967
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Forget this one. Same quality and same cover as the original vinyl version. Not worth a penny although it is pretty rare by now. The songorder is absolutely incorrect and the cover photos were taken from postcards showing Jim Morrison.



POEMS, LYRICS AND STORIES BY JAMES DOUGLAS MORRISON (CD)
On Stage Records CD/ON 2328, Italy 1994
1. Back Door Man/ 2.My Eyes Have Seen You/ 3.Soul Kitchen/ 4.Get Off My Life/ 5.Crawling King Snakes/ 6.People Are Strange/ 7.Alabama Song/ 8.The Crystal Ship/ 9.Unhappy Girl/ 10.Moonlight Drive/ 11.Summer's Almost Gone (tracklist on the cover is not in the correct order)
Sources: Matrix Club, San Francisco, March 7th, 1967
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Forget this one, too. Same quality and same cover as the Men At Work CD, which was copied from the original vinyl version. Not worth a penny. The songorder is still absolutely incorrect and the cover photos were still taken from postcards showing Jim Morrison. One notable difference is the addition of Super Value on the cover of the reprint.



PURE EXPRESSION OF JOY (CD)
Cool Daddy Productions 00626-A, USA 1997
1.Pure Expression Of Joy/ 2.Wishful Sinful/ 3.Wild Child/ 4.Gloria/ 5.Frederick/ 6.Build Me A Woman/ 7.The Soft Parade/ 8.Spanish Caravan/ 9.Back Door Man/ 10.Wake Up-Light My Fire/ 11.The Unknown Soldier/ 12.People Are Strange #1/ 13.People Are Strange #2/ 14.People Are Strange #3/ 15.People Are Strange #4/ 16.People Are Strange #5/ 17."Directing The Doors"/ 18.Hello I Love You
Sources: 1= Jim Morrison-Interview from official video The Doors Are Open; 2, 6+7= Critique, PBS TV, WNET, New York, May 13th, 1969, as remixed for the official video The Soft Parade; 3= Recording Session of the song Wild Child from official video The Soft Parade; 4= from official CD In Concert (mixed down to mono); 5= from bootleg video version of Feast Of Friends; 8,9,10+11= Roundhouse, London, England, September 7th, 1968, second show, from official video The Doors Are Open; 12-17= Murray The K. T.V.Show Outtakes, Battery Park, New York, September 22nd, 1967, taken from a bootleg video; 18= from The Doors' Demo Acetate, World Pacific Studios, Los Angeles, September 2nd, 1965, most probably taken from a good tape copy.
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Although the cover of this CD looks very unusual (a "flying" Jim Morrison above a desert; the designer took a GŁnter Zint photo to create it), it contains material that many fans will already know. About half of the tracks are available officially on video or record, the other half is already widely spread among fans. Besides that, this original US disc is pretty expensive in Europe; therefore you might not really need it.


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