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  posted on 2/27/2018 at 10:22 PM
Just released on February 23rd, I pre-ordered and got it on Sunday. Just viewed it for the first time.

I could not be MORE pleased than I am! Just incredible audio and video; someone has really done a great job on this.

This show came at a weird time for The Doors. Jim Morrison's trial in Florida for indecent exposure/public drunkenness/etc, etc. at a concert in early 1969 had just started 12 days prior to the show. Rumors flew that Jim had taken out his penis and shown it to the audience. As a result, the last 20 dates of that 1969 tour had been cancelled. So it had been awhile since The Doors had played live and they were itching to get out there. And their Manager stated in the film that the payment for the show was quite generous.

FYI, Ray Manzarek and Robbie Krieger both state in the film that Jim never showed "it". He certainly threatened to...........saying to the audience things like, "Why are you here? What do you want? Do you want me to show it to you?" Krieger: "There were over 1,000 photographs submitted as evidence. If he HAD taken it out, surely it would have shown up in one of those. It didn't." Manzarek: "I was watching him. He never took it out."

Anyway........off of genitals and back to the music: I honestly can hardly imagine a tighter and more impressive performance. Krieger/Manzarek/Densmore really were a MOST incredible trio of musicians, not that I'm telling anything new to anyone on this website. But it's hard not to rave about them. Really, this was a jazz trio more than anything else, and they certainly were hitting on all cylinders this evening. And they could jam. A 13 minute Light My Fire is one of the highlights. The End Medley which closes things out made me thank the good Lord that someone captured this show for posterity.

Morrison? In printed on screen remarks, Ray Manzarek probably said it best (I quote from memory): "Jim was facing 3-1/2 years in one of the toughest prisons in the nation. He was very focused. Dionysius had been reigned in." Morrison IS extremely focused throughout the entire show. His singing is brilliant, and his improvisational dialogue during The End is spellbinding. To a man, this is just an incredible performance. John Densmore: "You never knew what you were going to get with Jim, which I think was part of what kept it all interesting. Some nights he was very subdued, like he was at Isle of Wight. Other nights he was SO wild that I actually thought he might die onstage."

The package I got came with a companion CD and was originally $21.98 but the price had dropped after I ordered to $20.39 and Amazon refunded the difference. I think it's a great price for this package.

The Doors only did two more shows after Isle of Wight and then Morrison was off to Paris, never to return. This was the last Doors show ever filmed.

THE DOORS LIVE AT ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL 1970

Roadhouse Blues
Back Door Man
Break On Through (To The Other Side)
When The Music's Over
Ship Of Fools
Light My Fire
The End (Medley: Across The Sea/Away In India/Crossroads Blues/Wake Up)
















[Edited on 3/6/2018 by robslob]

 

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  posted on 2/27/2018 at 11:17 PM
Great review - and thanks for the announcement. Strange it took near 50 years for this to come out. Very much looking forward to seeing this. The bootleg audio of this performance is stellar.

 

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  posted on 2/27/2018 at 11:20 PM
Enjoyed this. An hour plus set with three 15 minute songs and people say there were a 3 minute singles band.

[Edited on 2/28/2018 by WarEagleRK]

 

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  posted on 2/28/2018 at 03:06 AM
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Just released on February 23rd, I pre-ordered and got it on Sunday. Just viewed it for the first time.

I could not be MORE pleased than I am! Just incredible audio and video; someone has really done a great job on this.

This show came at a weird time for The Doors. Jim Morrison's trial in Florida for indecent exposure/public drunkenness/etc, etc. at a concert in early 1969 had just started 12 days prior to the show. Rumors flew that Jim had taken out his penis and shown it to the audience. As a result, the last 20 dates of that 1969 tour had been cancelled. So it had been awhile since The Doors had played live and they were itching to get out there. And their Manager stated in the film that the payment for the show was quite generous.

FYI, Ray Manzarek and Robbie Krieger both state in the film that Jim never showed "it". He certainly threatened to...........saying to the audience things like, "Why are you here? What do you want? Do you want me to show it to you?" Krieger: "There were at least 100 photographs submitted as evidence. If he HAD taken it out, surely it would have shown up in one of those. It didn't." Manzarek: "I was watching him. He never took it out."

Anyway........off of genitals and back to the music: I honestly can hardly imagine a tighter and more impressive performance. Krieger/Manzarek/Densmore really were a MOST incredible trio of musicians, not that I'm telling anything new to anyone on this website. But it's hard not to rave about them. Really, this was a jazz trio more than anything else, and they certainly were hitting on all cylinders this evening. And they could jam. A 10 or 12 minute Light My Fire is one of the highlights. The End Medley which closes things out made me thank the good Lord that someone captured this show for posterity.

Morrison? In printed on screen remarks, Ray Manzarek probably said it best (I quote from memory): "Jim was facing 3-1/2 years in one of the toughest prisons in the nation. He was very focused. Dionysius had been reigned in." Morrison IS extremely focused throughout the entire show. His singing is brilliant, and his improvisational dialogue during The End is spellbinding. To a man, this is just an incredible performance. Robbie Krieger: "You never knew what you were going to get with Jim, which I think was part of what kept it all interesting. Some nights he was very, very focused, like he was at Isle of Wight. Other nights he was SO wild that I actually thought he might die onstage."

The package I got came with a companion CD and was originally $21.98 but the price had dropped after I ordered to $20.39 and Amazon refunded the difference. I think it's a great price for this package.

The Doors only did two more shows after Isle of Wight and then Morrison was off to Paris, never to return. This was the last Doors show ever filmed.

THE DOORS LIVE AT ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL 1970

Roadhouse Blues
Back Door Man
Break On Through (To The Other Side)
When The Music's Over
Ship Of Fools
Light My Fire
The End (Medley: Across The Sea/Away In India/Crossroads Blues/Wake Up)








[Edited on 2/28/2018 by robslob]




so you rally enjoyed the modern day guitar overdubs and something done to the drums? the songs out of order and a motorcycle added?

 

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  posted on 2/28/2018 at 09:38 AM
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so you rally enjoyed the modern day guitar overdubs and something done to the drums? the songs out of order and a motorcycle added?


Lots of older shows are cleaned up to correct mistakes or audio deficiencies. Bill Levenson admitted that he did it on The Allman Brothers' Winterland 1973 show which was included in the 2013 Brothers and Sisters deluxe package. Yeah, I prefer to hear a complete show without any flaws. But some will ALWAYS be around to nitpick. You don't like that, don't buy it!! Don't know where the motorcycle reference comes from. I don't remember any motorcycle noise and I've watched it three times now.

 

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  posted on 2/28/2018 at 03:10 PM
I can't wait to check it out!.

 

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  posted on 3/1/2018 at 04:29 PM
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so you rally enjoyed the modern day guitar overdubs and something done to the drums? the songs out of order and a motorcycle added?


Lots of older shows are cleaned up to correct mistakes or audio deficiencies. Bill Levenson admitted that he did it on The Allman Brothers' Winterland 1973 show which was included in the 2013 Brothers and Sisters deluxe package. Yeah, I prefer to hear a complete show without any flaws. But some will ALWAYS be around to nitpick. You don't like that, don't buy it!! Don't know where the motorcycle reference comes from. I don't remember any motorcycle noise and I've watched it three times now.


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-the band didn't film themselves performing "roadhouse blues". since no footage can be used the film starts off with someone riding a motorcycle during the daytime and the first roughly 10 seconds of the "roadhouse blues" intro is covered by a motorcycle sound. the same sound is present on the cd and makes no sense at all. btw the doors performed at night so daytime motorcycle footage is odd

-the songs are out of order even on the cd. "roadhouse blues" is played and then the band is introduced. at least have them in proper order on the cd

-Morrison did an actual interview at the IOW and its filmed and its not used on this set

-kreiger did numerous overdubs within the last 2 years for no reason and you can tell. there is a bootleg of this concert and there was no need. he even plays some things differently than on the bootleg

-a program has been used to beef up densmores drums because they aren't very loud in the mix. yes a drum program. issue is someone messed up a few times and when densmore hits a tom someone used the bass drum sound in the program and its clear when you are watching the dvd

-fake audience noise is added throughout the entire thing. I'm guessing to add "hype" to the performance. the band performed late to a pretty subdued crowd

 

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  posted on 3/2/2018 at 09:07 AM
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-the band didn't film themselves performing "roadhouse blues". since no footage can be used the film starts off with someone riding a motorcycle during the daytime and the first roughly 10 seconds of the "roadhouse blues" intro is covered by a motorcycle sound. the same sound is present on the cd and makes no sense at all. btw the doors performed at night so daytime motorcycle footage is odd

-the songs are out of order even on the cd. "roadhouse blues" is played and then the band is introduced. at least have them in proper order on the cd


Yeah watching it again I did notice the motorcycle noise at the start for about 10 seconds. Agree it makes no sense. And yeah, weird to hear Roadhouse Blues first (coupled with Festival video, not The Doors) after which the band is introduced. Very simple explanation as to why they did this: They probably had no video band footage of Roadhouse Blues for some reason so they stuck that song at the start rather than insert it in the middle of a string of full video of the band. Which makes PERFECT sense to me.

As far as your criticisms of the sound, I never heard the bootleg so I can't comment. All I know is, yeah, I'm sure there were some audio corrections done as there nearly always are on something this old. For me, it all works, and I feel very fortunate to have DVD documentation of one of The Doors very last performances.

 

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  posted on 3/2/2018 at 01:08 PM
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-the band didn't film themselves performing "roadhouse blues". since no footage can be used the film starts off with someone riding a motorcycle during the daytime and the first roughly 10 seconds of the "roadhouse blues" intro is covered by a motorcycle sound. the same sound is present on the cd and makes no sense at all. btw the doors performed at night so daytime motorcycle footage is odd

-the songs are out of order even on the cd. "roadhouse blues" is played and then the band is introduced. at least have them in proper order on the cd


Yeah watching it again I did notice the motorcycle noise at the start for about 10 seconds. Agree it makes no sense. And yeah, weird to hear Roadhouse Blues first (coupled with Festival video, not The Doors) after which the band is introduced. Very simple explanation as to why they did this: They probably had no video band footage of Roadhouse Blues for some reason so they stuck that song at the start rather than insert it in the middle of a string of full video of the band. Which makes PERFECT sense to me.

As far as your criticisms of the sound, I never heard the bootleg so I can't comment. All I know is, yeah, I'm sure there were some audio corrections done as there nearly always are on something this old. For me, it all works, and I feel very fortunate to have DVD documentation of one of The Doors very last performances.



I have no issue with the song being first because no footage exists but the cd should have been the proper order and no need for the motorcycle to be there on the cd

 

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  posted on 3/2/2018 at 02:12 PM
Thanks for the heads up on this Rob!! Looking forward to checking it out.

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  posted on 3/19/2018 at 06:15 PM
It was pretty good!.
 

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  posted on 3/20/2018 at 08:39 PM
Matt is right. I also take issue with the unnecessary tinkering of the original recording. On the CD they should have placed Roadhouse Blues in its correct place. Months before its release date I was aware of this sequence issue and suspected they were fooling around with the recording. A complete bootleg recording I had for years contained the correct t sequence and sounds more natural.

This isn’t the first time it’s happened. Check out the CD version of Jethro Tull’s Isle of Wight 1970. They overdubbed in way too much audience sounds and took away its natural festival ambiance. They severely edited the drum solo in “Dharma For One” and removed most of the stage banter. Us listeners would have liked the actual recording with no edits and no tinkering of the original recording.

I do think the Who’s IOW album was well produced with only minor anamolies.

[Edited on 3/21/2018 by BarrySmith]

 

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  posted on 3/21/2018 at 12:15 PM
Yeah Barry your bootleg was one best vines. My PC doesn't have the RAM and I don't have the time, but a fun pirate project woukd be to sync up this footage with the bootleg.

Have yet to see this, it will be great for what it is. I don't care if Krieger painted a moustache on his Mona Lisa.

 
 


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