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UNKNOWN SOLDIERS (CD)
Sugercane Records SC 52007, Italy 1993
1.Back Door Man/ 2.Break On Through/ 3.When The Music's Over/ 4.Close To You (the band stops half way through the song)/ 5.Manish Boy/ 6.Light My Fire/ 7.The Soft Parade
Sources: 1-6= Live at the Winterland, San Francisco, December 26th, 1967 (cover says Live at Monterey, December 12th, 1967, which is not true); 7= Critique Show, PBS TV, WNET, New York, May 13th, 1969 (cover says May 23rd, 1969, which was the date of the broadcast, not of the recording), taken from the unofficial video Critique.


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Finally a good bootleg CD for the collectors. This tape hasn't been published before (except some excerpts on the rare vinyl LP Singing The Blues Vol.II, and of course The Soft Parade on some bad Critique LPs and CDs), and I really like it. Well, the quality isn't that good, but it doesn't matter that much. After all those rip-offs, there's a CD with (for collectors) new material on, and although this Winterland concert (the cover says it was taped in Monterey, which is not true, but there are some tape copies around labeled Monterey; most likely the CD was made from one of those) wasn't one of The Doors' best concerts, it is a perfect example how the band sounded on a pretty normal night. I like how Ray interrupted the ill-fated Close To You (dead from the beginning) "We lost it, we lost it...", and how he started the next song, a mindblowing version of Manish Boy. Yes, guys, it's Jim in the background, but it's Ray's song, his old Screaming Ray Daniels' song, the one he did many times with Rick And The Ravens at the Turkey Joint West in Santa Monica. A great and powerful version. The addition of the song The Soft Parade wasn't really necessary at all, and its quality is better on the official video. Summary: A nice CD (if you don't expect the best sound), nice cover, and - a never before published (bootlegged) Doors concert. A very rare and hard to get bootleg CD.



US-CONCERTS (CD)
P 910092, Germany 1994
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.A Little Game (cover says 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 Induction concert with Eddie Vedder on vocals, Century Plaza Hotel, Los Angeles, January 12th, 1993; 4=Center Coliseum, Seattle, June 5th, 1970; 5+6=Pacific National Exhibition Coliseum, Vancouver, Canada, June 6th, 1970; 7,8,10+11=Konserthuset, Stockholm, Sweden, September 20th, 1968, second show; 9+13=Matrix Club, San Francisco, March 7th, 1967; 12=Critique Show, PBS TV, WNET, New York, May 13th, 1969; 14=Winterland, San Francisco, December 26th, 1967.


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Telling people the tracks were taped in the USA (but half of the CD's songs weren't!), mixing one track into another, using an official album photo for the cover (the fold-out photo of Morrison Hotel) and giving Eddie Vedder the first tracks of a Doors bootleg without mentioning him on the cover leads to the following short comment: Don't buy this rip-off product.


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