Cleansing THE DOORS of Perception in 2014: Two New Releases…

Posted: April 2, 2014 in (All Things) CULTURE, MUSIC
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Remarkable to think that over 40 years after Jim Morrison‘s death, there are still interesting packages being issued by The Doors, serving even now to add to or enhance his and that extraordinary band’s already legendary reputation.

While some of this over the years has of course been a case of scraping the barrel, in the last few months there have been two pretty interesting releases, one in book form, the other a visual/musical feast in digital. The Doors R-Evolution is a compilation of film footage and videos following the extraordinary sixties band from their earliest TV appearances.

Though not a complete collection – it is immediately evident that the immortal performance of ‘Light My Fire’ on the Ed Sullivan Show, one of the rock’s great moments, is absent – it is nevertheless an interesting tracklisting that charts a journey from an early point where the band no real input into the presentation of their performances to a later stage where they’d gained the fame and stature to exercise much greater control over their own video output.

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There are multiple versions of ‘Light My Fire’ and ‘Break On Through (To The Other Side)’, as well TV performances of such brilliant Doors standards as ‘Unknown Soldier’, ‘The Crystal Ship’, ‘Strange Days’ and ‘Touch Me’. The disc includes a commentary track featuring Robby Krieger, John Densmore, Ray Manzarek, and others. The Doors R-Evolution is available on Amazon or The Doors website.

Meanwhile Jim Morrison: Friends Gathered Together is a book by Morrison’s friend Frank Lisciandro, featuring the unedited, complete interviews that he originally compiled for his early nineties book ‘Feast of Friends‘. Featuring conversations with 14 friends of Morrisson and more than 50 original photographs, the book promises a definitive portrait of one of music’s greatest frontmen and poets and one of culture’s most enduringly iconic figures.

Though he died ten years before I was born, Jim Morrisson is a continual source of fascination to me; an enigmatic, elusive figure adrift in the mists of both time and myth, his inimitable, poetic voice and lyricism nevertheless echoing across my consciousness so much of the time, along with The Doors’ addictive and infectious musical catalogue.

Given four decades’ worth of accumulated distortions, exaggerations, and other nonsense that has been piled on top of Morrisson’s legacy, it seems as good a time as any for someone who knew him personally to try to “cleanse the doors of perception”, so  to speak, and blow away some of that baggage and try to restore a clearer, purer, less-encumbered picture of the man and what he was actually about.

Not as a myth or an icon or an ideal, but as a person.

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  1. Hiiiii…Nice Stuff .. I really like it 😉

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  2. waoo…nice Blog …I like this 🙂

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  3. GPGP Radio says:

    Great stuff but still waiting for the unabridged birthday poetry session, Village Recorder Studio C, on December 8, 1970. Raid the vault!!!

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