Doors’ Live at the Bowl ’68 arrives on blu ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 1.78:1 encode. The entire concert was carefully restored from the original camera negatives to include lost performances of “Hello, I Love You”, “The WASP (Texas Radio and the Big Beat) and “Spanish Caravan”, bringing you the only complete concert film from the legendary band from Venice. This new cut has footage we've never seen before, and there are issues with camera placement, focus and various people (audience and band) blocking shots at times. But compared to previous home video releases, like The Doors Live at the Hollywood Bowl, this is a quantum leap forward in terms of colour, black levels and general clarity. There does appear to have been some digital scrubbing (DNR) applied to this release. However, despite the scrubbed appearance, it must be noted that there is still fine object detail firmly on display, especially in the many close-ups, where everything from Morrison's bruised fingernail to sweat pouring off of Robby Krieger's face are clearly apparent. (3.5/5)
Doors’ Live at the Bowl ’68 comes with DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio at 24-bit/96kHz, plus LPCM Stereo track. Bruce Botnick, who recorded this concert the night of the performance, has digitally inserted snippets from other concerts in order to recreate several moments that had previously been lost to microphone issues. Morrison's sudden shouting and weird volume changes mean there is some occasional, albeit fairly minor, distortion that no amount of digital tweaking could overcome. But, overall, the sound has good fidelity and clarity. Considering the age and the amount of damage to the original audio, this final restoration is quite remarkable. (4/5)
01 Show Start/Intro
02 When the Music’s Over (from the album, Strange Days, 1967)
03 Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)(from the album, The Doors, 1967)
04 Back Door Man (from the album, The Doors, 1967)
05 Five To One (from the album, Waiting for the Sun, 1968)
06 Back Door Man (reprise)
07 The WASP (Taxas Radio and the Big Beat)(1971)
08 Hello, I Love You (1(2)/1968)(from album Waiting for the Sun, 1968)
09 Moonlight Drive (b-side to Love Me Two Times; from album Strange Days, 1967)
10 Horse Latitudes (from the album, Strange Days, 1967)
11 A Little Game (from the album, Absolutely Live, 1970)
12 The Hill Dwellers (from the album, Absolutely Live, 1970)
13 Spanish Caravan (from the album, Waiting for the Sun, 1968)
14 Hey, What Would You Guys Like To Hear?
15 Wake Up (from the album, Absolutely Live, 1970)
16 Light My Fire (1(3)/1967; from the album, The Doors, 1967)
17 Light My Fire (segue)
18 The Unknown Soldier (39/1968; from the album Waiting for the Sun)
19 The End (segue)
20 The End (from the album, the Doors, 1967; R&R Hall of Fame)
21 Wild Child (from the Smothers Brothers Show)
22 Light My Fire (from the Jonathan Winters Show)
23 Gloria – music video.
I still treasure the Doors’ appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, singing Light My Fire from my treasured Ed Sullivan Rock N Roll Classics box set, and the Doors singing People Are Strange in the Casey Kasem’s Rock N Roll Goldmine box set.
The Doors consisted of Jim Morrison (who died from heart failure in Paris in 1971 at age 27), Ray Manzarek (keyboards), Robby Krieger (guitar) and John Densmore (drums). Controversial on-stage performances by Morrison caused several arrests and cancellations. Unlike recent releases by artists way over their prime, here, the Doors were at their rawest best. Eagle Rock has done another great job in restoring this rare concert by the Doors, and it is highly recommended.
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