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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music!,
This review is from: Best of the Doors, the (2cd) (Audio CD)This new edition of "The Best Of The Doors" is undeniably superior to the previous 1985 release. This is the best Doors compilation set out and a great introduction to their music and sound. The famous classics like "Light My Fire" (with it's immortal organ intro) are here but I also appreciated this set because it also has the unique, fan-favorite gems and rare numbers like "No Me Moleste Mosquito," which is funny and fun. Among the highlights: "People Are Strange" remains an alluring, rich cabaret-styled number that has a memorable melodic sound. I was happy that "Moonlight Drive" was included because it is one of the most romantic, dreamy and alluring of The Doors songs, with the poetic lyrics and dreamy slide guitar. "Summer's Almost Gone" has some of Robby Krieger's most elegant slide guitar-playing. "The WASP (Texas Radio)" is a cool, driven poetic number with a western feel. "L.A. Woman" is still a fun and alive song. "Love Me Two Times" is a nice, radio-friendly tune while "When The Music's Over" remains an epic, provocative, sometimes visceral song. CD 2 is a bit more rich, starting with the ghostly, jazzy "Riders On The Storm" which also has deep lyrics. "Break On Through" remains a great revolutionary song while "Roadhouse Blues" is an exhilarating, fun ride. It is great that here we find "Backdoor Man," which is one of the greatest of all Doors songs, and one of the most popular, I thought it was a shame it wasn't in the first edition, and was puzzled why, but here it's included and sounds as fresh as it ever has. It's blues mixed in a haze of driven rock. "Love Street" is a lovely song while "The Spy" is a 007ish love ballad. "The Crystal Ship" is still hypnotic, poetic and alluring like few songs I've heard. "Five To One" is still hard-pounding and edgy. But the masterpiece remains "The End," with it's hypnotic, Eastern sound, poetic lyrics and a climax which ends in a violent haze of Oedipal sex. There are some other great songs here, and any big of The Doors should get this set. It is the best showcasing of their music and flips in and out of all the musical genres they covered. And no matter how many good covers other bands like The Cult, Creed and Stone Temple Pilots do, it is always the best to hear Doors songs with the deep, haunting voice of Jim Morrison. A gem for any enthusiast of classic rock and modern music.
5.0 out of 5 stars The doors of perception are indeed open...,
This review is from: Best of the Doors, the (2cd) (Audio CD)Although some people may consider this collection as surperfluous amid the sea of Doors material which, is to say the least, alot. I believe that opinion is a disservice to this compilation. Not only is the sound quality peerless (as were the group themselves) but careful consideration was used in track selection. Not merely re-releasing the old best of from the 80's with hipper packaging, the songs chosen gave a very clear overview of the groups career, not just the hits but a decent sampling from all the albums, particularily their first. What I was most amazed at (and what prompted me to write this review) was the versions of "Break On Through" and "The End" and that no other reviews mention this; Restored to their original glory, with complete lyrics re mixed at audible levels (the Oedipal section in "The End" which was used in "Apocalypse Now" and included on the cd re-issue of the "Greatest Hits") and uncensoring of "Break On Through (To The Other Side)", restoring the orignal lyric "everybody loves my baby, she gets high, she gets high" from the ridiculous "she gets, she gets". Anyway, worth getting if you're on a budget & don't own any Doors material, or if you want upgraded sound on these classic tracks. Just bloody phantastic!
5.0 out of 5 stars A Best of The Door's Best,
This review is from: Best of the Doors, the (2cd) (Audio CD)As a Canadian writing this at the end of Bertuzzi's embarrassing weeklong sucker punch issue, one thing I always could count on Jim and The Doors is never going into the studio recording the cheap single shot. Didn't matter Morrison had his dilemma with heroin, unlike the Shtodster never did he intend to carry that burden over in any erratic way to affect his group's all round unity and/or musical talent. Only an unfortunate turn of events played a bad role in his destiny. This Double CD Best Of makes available none other than the greatest tracks the band had to offer. Most every superior hit including Light My Fire, Roadhouse Blues, Hello, I love You, L.A. Woman, Riders On The Storm, Love Me Two Times, Break On Through, Love Her Madly, People Are Strange, Touch Me and the classic The End all give fans old or young the feeling this band knew how to please its listeners without sacrificing inspirations to boot. With Soul Kitchen and The Unknown Soldier also given attention among other unique tracks plus quality concert footage added, this digital compilation does nothin' but give standard lively parties everything they can hope for from favorite rock days gone past...
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Doors CD !!!!!,
This review is from: Best of the Doors, the (2cd) (Audio CD)The Doors are another band that you love to listen to. I have came across many of their CDs like MORRISON HOTEL which is a classic. This CD covers almost all their hits. I loved this CD alot but the remastered sound was really something else I never heard the doors sound better than this. This includes the full versions of all the songs. This also includes a live recording that any doors fan will love titled Roadhouse Blues (LIVE). This includes a booklet filled with pictures of Jim Morrison, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek, and John Densmore. This is the best greatest hits album of The Doors. Enjoy!
5.0 out of 5 stars O Great Creator of Being, grant us one more hour to perform,
This review is from: Best of the Doors, the (2cd) (Audio CD)The Doors, founded in 1965 and disbanded in 1973, were a Los Angeles area rock band that incessantly recreated itself--for a generation and longer--through mystique and myth, which was shaped and preserved by the psyche of their cult following.
The band acquired its sobriquet from their perusal of the writings of psychedelic visionary Aldous Huxley, who fell under the spell of literary visionary, William Blake. The latter once asseverated, "If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite." Many believed the Doors, through their music, opened these "doors of perception." After over three decades since the demise of their lead singer--"The Lizard King"--Jim Morrison, in a Paris bathtub, what is it we have seen and experienced, from their recordings, we didn't before?
To answer the above query, we should describe who the Doors were. Foremost we recall Jim, a Gothic poet, social philosopher, ophidiophile, thanatophile and leather-clad, sensual instigator. His sculpted, brooding looks and rumbling vocals, not to mention on stage antics, was the focal point of his band's theatrical, live performances which, as legend has it, was raw electricity. There was Ray Manzarek, the coy, deeply absorbed organist (and pianist trained in Classical forms) with talent commensurate with, say, a Mike Pinder or a Patrick Moraz, both of Moody Blues fame. Complement this with Robbie Krieger, a nonchalant maestro of the guitar who seemed capable of mastering anything--from hard rock and bottle-neck blues to flamenco and semi-classical. Yes, he could make his instrument evoke any emotion in a haunting sort of way--as if the fingerboard was bereft of frets--with the howling intricacy and adroitness of, perhaps, a Clarence White of Byrds renown. Lastly, there was John Densmore, a typically accomplished, jazzy drummer who smiled now and then, but remained in the background. Throw in the odd session musician or roadie, as needed, and voila, we have the ignition to the vehicle that would drive us through those doors of perception. The Doors, actually a rhythm and blues oriented rock band, had to have a more complex vocabulary than, for instance, their counterparts the Animals and Rolling Stones, to accomplish this metaphysical feat. Enter then, poetry and drama. The lyricism the four musical spirits of the Doors composed suggested they probably lived as hedonists and outlaws, or at least as outcasts (the underground welcomed, with alacrity, their intellectual contributions to rock). The profundity of the primal and taboo questions they dared to ask was, at the time, provocative. They played and sang of the world they lived in--war, easy drugs, free love, death, murder, alienation, rejection--and created a mental revolution that sometimes degenerated into riots at their concerts. Nevertheless, throughout the spawning of their rogue mystique, they often maintained a tongue-in-cheek attitude, encouraging fans to have their fun before "THE END," when it all "goes up in flames," based on their eschatological view of our present socioculturalpolitical system. It's time to listen again and reexperience.
The unparalleled, double CD WEA Canadian collection, entitled "The Best Of The Doors," is a compendium ideally suited to newcomers of the Doors' music. It, therefore, cannot possibly fulfill all of the expectations alluded to above. You'd have to purchase the entire Doors canon to garner a munificent grasp of what the band was totally about, psychologically. In any event, all of the 37 priceless selections--which include their hits, singles, best album cuts--speak for themselves on this delightful sounding, enhanced and digitally remastered two CD set. This is because each work has the elan of an exciting pop song: catchy, repeatable phrasing, and, expressly with the Doors, cerebral lyrics that makes us ponder. Even if a song's theme was pedestrian, the way it was ineffably played always made it sound so penetrating. So there is much here to give ecstasy to our ears. However, no "Best Of" can ever be perfect because, if one scans the track listing from, for example, the "Band Favorites" (which the three surviving Doors selected) CD on "The Doors Box Set," they'll discover that five of the 15 tunes adumbrated on said are missing from the compilation I'm here reviewing. Anyway, my favourite songs on "The Best Of The Doors" are: "Wishful Sinful," a feverish piece with vivid, aquatic imagery; "The Crystal Ship," which is romantic, ariose poetry recited by minstrels; and "You're Lost Little Girl," featuring spooky crescendos, achieved by superlative instrumental harmonies, that enchant me.
To sum up, myth and mystique have existed for millennia, enabling mankind, with his creeds, to explain the essence of our infinite civilization. The Doors emerged as visionaries in a tumultuous place and time, America in the 60s. They confronted the pop culture of their day with their book(s) of evocations--record albums--which we found cryptic, but somehow feeling more perfectly whole. As we listened to them we could at least try to make sense of all the chaos going on in our adolescence and the world. Please consider this offering, "The Best Of The Doors," and open your awareness just a crack--for an hour or two--so that you can be cleansed and say, as Jim did, "O Great Creator of Being, grant us one more hour to perform our art and perfect our lives."
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the BEST "greatest hits" packages EVER!!!,
This review is from: Best of the Doors, the (2cd) (Audio CD)Whether you're a casual or die-hard DOORS fan, you owe it to yourself to order this latest "greatest hits" compliation RIGHT NOW! I was lucky enough to spot this selling for only [$$$] at a local used music shop, and it was brand-new, to boot. Just about every song here is essential, even the post-Morrison tune, "No Me Moleste Mosquito," which is great fun to listen to, and has even made me contemplate purchasing some of the Doors' post-'71 output. Every other review besides mine hits the nail on the head: You CANNOT GO WRONG with this collection! Thumbs up, 5 stars, AAA+++!
5.0 out of 5 stars The Doors, utimate collection,
This review is from: Best of the Doors, the (2cd) (Audio CD)38 songs (including the CD Rom track), I think no one could resist this collection of the Doors masterpiece. In Hong Kong, it costs about US$20 only, it's from WEA Gerrmany. Great value for money.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Songs And A Great Compilation,
This review is from: Best of the Doors, the (2cd) (Audio CD)I have been looking for a thorough Doors anthology for a number of years and this is the one! This 2 cd Canadian import set is the best Doors compilation currently available. The set is remastered and contains a few bonuses like the songs "No Me Moleste Mosquito" sans Morrison, the great b-side "Who Sacred You" and enhanced cd footage. There have been many so-called "Best Of The Doors" and "Greatest Hits" compilations over the years but this import set has the best song selection for the budget minded. The sound is excellent and the only omission I regret is "Twentieth Century Fox".
The set contains all the usual radio hits like "Light My Fire", "Break On Through", "Riders On The Storm", "Roadhouse Blues", "LA Woman", "The End", etc. However, the greatest benefit of the set is it includes lost classics and concert favorites like "Moonlight Drive", "The Wasp", "When The Music's Over", "Soul Kitchen", "Love Her Madly", "Peace Frog", "Waiting For The Sun", "Back Door Man", "Five To One" and "Universal Soldier". The set is great for the person who is only familiar with the hits because it contains many more great songs the casual fan would not be familiar with. The music for the unfamiliar is a combination of Morrison's psychedelic musings, Ray Manzerek's organ tones and Robby Krieger's guitar playing. This is essential for fans of sixties and psychedelic music and those who thought the box set contains too many rarities and not enough of the hits. Pick this up before it goes out of print. It is doubtful this 2 cd set can be bettered by yet another anthology.
5.0 out of 5 stars Cant beat it,
This review is from: Best of the Doors, the (2cd) (Audio CD)This is a very good selection of newly remastered Doors classics. It flows well from one song to another and really jams along in a great montage of THE DOORS best works.
Unlike the older 2 Disc best of set (which is also good, of course) since this is all on one CD it is more convenient when listening to the Doors in the car or on a walkman.
A great buy; all Doors fans should own it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Better Than the Box Set,
This review is from: Best of the Doors, the (2cd) (Audio CD)If your collection has room for only one Doors album, this Canadian 2-CD set wins hands down. Rhino released The Very Best of the Doors a couple months ago with the same cover art, but it is only one disc and contains only half the songs--although it adds "Twentieth Century Fox" not found here. The 1985 two-disc set with the same title had a running time of only 90 minutes and contained only 19 songs--and they are all included here.
The 37 tracks found here (plus the multi-media track "Roadhouse Blues") covers all of the studio albums with Jim Morrison, plus a couple of rarities: "Who Scared You" and "Whiskey, Mystics and Men." For good measure they even throw in a track from one of the two post-Morrison Doors albums. "No Me Moleste Mosquito" (aka "The Mosquito") is from 1972's Full Circle. The Doors were solid musicians, but with Krieger and Manzarek taking over vocal duties the single peaked at a disappointing No. 85.
Granted, the inclusion of that song won't be enough to lure the die-hard fan. However, if you're a casual fan but still looking for a comprehensive look into this influential band, this is well worth owning. In fact, about the only essential songs missing are "Ship of Fools" from Morrison Hotel and "Crawling King Snake" from L.A. Woman. But with a playing time of just under two and a half hours, this is a winner. It even beats 1997's box set since many of those tracks were live versions. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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