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Legacy: the Absolute Best [Original recording remastered]

The Doors Audio CD
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With an intoxicating, genre-blending sound, provocative and uncompromising songs, and the mesmerizing power of singer Jim Morrison's poetry and presence, the Doors had a transformative impact not only on popular music but on popular culture.

The Doors' arrival on the rock scene in 1967 marked not only the start of a string of hit singles and albums that would become stone ... Read more in Amazon's The Doors Store

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  • Audio CD (12 Aug 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0000AINOJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 213,021 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Break On Through (To The Other Side)
2. Back Door Man
3. Light My Fire
4. Twentieth Century Fox
5. The Crystal Ship
6. Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar)
7. Soul Kitchen
8. The End
9. Love Me Two Times
10. People Are Strange
See all 19 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Touch Me
2. Wild Child
3. Tell All The People
4. Wishful Sinful
5. Roadhouse Blues
6. Waiting For The Sun
7. You Make Me Real
8. Peace Frog
9. Love Her Madly
10. L.A. Woman
See all 15 tracks on this disc

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PRETTY MUCH PERFECT 11 May 2006
Format:Audio CD
A Doors best Of.

A single disc is going to miss out a lot of important stuff.

A Boxset - well, there's only six albums, so a boxset is just silly. You'd be better off buying the six albums.

Two disc set - good choice. Chronological as well is another plus for me. And lastly, a good choice of tracks. no less than 8 of the 11 tracks from the debut, proportionately less for 'Soft Parade', and a live version of the Lizard Celebration at the end.

And nice cover, booklet, liner notes too. Couldn't be any better.

Either buy this if you like the Doors, or buy all six albums if you love them. Don't buy anything else.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best 20 Jan 2006
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In short, this is without doubt THE best comprehensive overview of the band's work. All the work is chronological with superb liner notes and beautifully presented.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sounds Perfect to me 24 May 2014
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When I was in Australia in May 2005, I went into a record store which was offering this on sale. I paid up there and then, and when I was back home in the UK, I placed it into my stereo and pressed "Play". Wonderful is one word I would definitely call "Legacy: The Absolute Best" 2CD set. And to think that Amazon.co.uk were offering this collection for as cheap as 4.25! True fans of The Doors will definitely want this compilation to add to their bulging collections. Me, well I bought it cos it was excellent! You decide if you want this compilation!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Punk 16 Aug 2013
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Just when you thought it was safe, The Doors flip the script. From melodic verse followed by chaotic chorus and - boom - the other way around - they went 180 on you.

Nietzschean - check.
Rimbaudian poems - check.
Distinctive style that would work reading the phone book - check.
Creepin all up on her Oiuja board - check.
Swirly and in control keyboards - check.

The Doors foreshadow grunge (without the woe-is-us) and render it basically irrelevant. There's a shadow on the star... shadow... shadow on the star... on the star... shaaadooow.. on the star.. on the Star... on the STAR- on the STAAR-ON THE STAR!! ON THE STAR!!!

When there is a choice between The Doors and The Doors, people choose The Doors.
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69 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Latest "Best Of" Is Not For Everyone 12 April 2004
By Steve Vrana - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
There's a lot of kvetching going on among my fellow reviewers. Most of the 1- to 3-star reviews complain about yet another repackaging of Doors material, but that shouldn't detract from the contents. The thirty-four tracks [which are all full-length album versions] are presented chronologically from their six studio albums, plus "Gloria" from 1983's ALIVE SHE CRIED and the previously unissued 17-minute studio version of "Celebration of the Lizard." In short, this is a terrific compilation--and finally, a "best of" which features the ENTIRE band on the cover! [Running time: disc one, 79:24; disc two, 76:25] HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitive? Well, Pretty Inclusive... 7 Jun 2004
By B. Niedt - Published on Amazon.com
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I don't know about "definitive", but this is the most comprehensive "unboxed" Doors collection to date. (The original "Doors Box Set", in my opinion, contains much filler and substandard performances, and is for diehards and completists only.) This 2-disc collection contains all their chart hits (seven top 40 singles, including two #1's) and most of their better album tracks, including the two epics, "The End" and "When the Music's Over". Generally, the track choices are on the money, although I would have liked to see the title track of "The Soft Parade" included. Also, I have mixed feelings about "Celebration of the Lizard", a lengthy unreleased work which contains the original version of "Not to Touch the Earth", and has more archival than musical value. If you have no Doors in your CD library yet, however, this is the best collection out there.
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost Ideal 1 Jun 2005
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I have no idea how many Doors "greatest hits" collections have been issued over the years, but this is as good as it's likely to get without simply buying all six albums.

The previous "Best of the Doors" was 2-cd set but was a transfer from a two-LP set and didn't take advantage of the longer CD running time, each disc running under 45 mins. This set not only includes all the Doors' most popular songs but puts them in chronological order, and adds the live track "Gloria" and the previously unissued studio version of "The Celebration of the Lizard."

"Lizard" is a curio item that seems to have been tacked on to force people like me (who already own all the Doors albums) to buy this one too. While "Lizard" is a great poem, the line about "a different steeple" being a notable exception, most of the music doesn't work that well, except for "Not to Touch the Earth." The live versions of "Lizard" are equally frustrating, running hot and cold but never having quite the impact the Doors were shooting for. This is clearly still a work in progress; perhaps if the Doors had continued to perform it they would have found a solid groove for it. (Ray Manzarek has said that he was never competely satisfied with live performances of "The End", either; but at least they nailed the studio version.)

IMPORTANT: Both "The End" and "Break on Through" include minor alterations from their original versions. There is some different vocalization by Jim on both songs, some of which you hear on the version of "The End" that was used in the film "Apocalypse Now." There's nothing inherently wrong with offering these alternative mixes but it does detract from the collection's claim to be definitive.

*This compilation has been deleted and replaced by yet another two-disc set, with some different songs.*
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the "best ofs"... Essential "Doors 101". 14 Jan 2005
By dvdtrkr - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I can't think of a better way for people to be introduced to the Doors or baby boomers that never got around to buying the Doors on CD, or people who've scratched up their other "best-ofs".

Over the past few years, more 2 CD "greatest hits" sets have been coming out in a slimmer package and for lower prices as well.

I thought "Very Best of the Doors" was pretty good, but where that one has 19 songs,"Legacy" has a staggering 34(!), which is half of EVERYTHING they put out on their 6 studio albums.

Unlike "Very Best", this one is in chronological order.

Considering that their debut is their most popular, 8 tracks are pulled from it, "End of the Night", "I Looked at You", and "End of the Night" left off (which I didn't really miss to begin with). The really cool part in this is that "Break on Through" no longer has "She gets...she gets" but "she gets high" (which most radio stations now play, if you were wondering where this version was, now you know..although "The Doors" CD might have also been restored in the newer remastering as well...) and "The End" have been restored the "Mother, I want to..." part. They didn't make a fuss about restoring it, but it's really a shock to the senses when you first hear it after being used to hearing it the same way for years.

Tracks 9-14 is from "Strange Days", which were more or less the songs left off the debut, released later in the year. The strongest tracks made it, although I missed "You're Lost Little Girl". But "Moonlight Drive" made it on here where it didn't make it on "Very Best Of".

Tracks 15-19 from "Waiting For The Sun" are next, again containing the stronger tracks of that album, although I think "Love Street" or "Summer's Almost Gone" should've been on instead of "Not To Touch the Earth" because it winds up being redundant. It's a very "ballady" album, but "Unknown Soldier" and "Five To One" are the most political the Doors have ever been.

Tracks 20-23 are pulled off of "Soft Parade"... "Tell All The People" I felt could've been left off of there to make room for "The Soft Parade" or "Shaman's Blues". But "Touch Me", "Wild Child" and "Wishful Sinful" make it worthwhile nonetheless.

Tracks 24-27 are from "Morrison Hotel", a strong album in itself, and "Roadhouse Blues", "Waiting for the Sun", and "Peace Frog" are included. The whole thing is good though..

Tracks 28-32 are from the final studio album Jim did with them, "L.A. Woman". Outside of the obvious hits, they included "WASP" and "Changeling". Again, a strong album from beginning to end that could've included just about anything from there like "L'America" or the John Lee Hooker cover "Crawling King Snake". Definitely a far more "blues" sounding album than they were in the beginning.

Pretty exhausting collection overall, but they didn't stop there. As if the remastered sound and restoring the songs to the original way they were supposed to be, you also get a couple of "extras".

Van Morrison's "Gloria" from "Alive She Cried" could be seen as the bridge between rock and punk... also included is the never before released studio version "Celebration of the Lizard". They could've gone with "I Will Never Be Untrue" or "Orange County Suite" or any number of rare tracks, but because "Celebration" loomed large in their concerts and hadn't been released, it makes sense to put it in their "Legacy", but the length alone was reason enough that they never put it out back then (although "Absolutely Live" had it on there).

If this one gets repeated listens and you want to get more, I'd suggest buying the following:

"The Doors Collection" on DVD. It's an excellent video companion to "Legacy" on CD, between the promo videos, TV appearances, and concerts included as well as commentary by the band members.

Get "In Concert" as the live companion to "Legacy". What "Legacy" captures in the studio, "In Concert" captures them out on the road. The band have also put out their own "bootlegs" they sell online that might be worth checking out if you're looking for more.

Either get the original 6 CDs individually plus the "Essential Rarities" CD or get the "Complete Studio Recordings", which contain some rare tracks as well as the 6 studio CDs plus "Essential Rarities". It's probably cheaper to get the box set...

The next step would be to buy the "No One Here Gets Out Alive" book written by the late Danny Sugerman (I'd also recommend getting his "Wonderland Avenue" which talks about the excesses of the 70s in L.A.) and watch Oliver Stone's "Doors" film to see and read about the mythic side of Morrison.

Ray Manzarek and John Densmore both wrote bios about their time in the Doors, both very different in tone.

And there are the poetry books by Morrison available in paperback "The Lords and New Creatures", "Wilderness", and "The American Night". The "American Prayer" CD is more of a spoken word with the Doors playing music in the back than anything else and belongs outside of the Doors repertoire.

And as I said earlier, there are official Doors websites where you can find "offically sanctioned" rare and unreleased recordings, but that's more of interest for those that have everything by them.

Hope I opened a few "doors" for some of you...
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Doors Legacy - The Absolute Best 14 Jan 2004
By J.T - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have been a Doors fan for many, many years. I love this CD to pieces. I keep hearing people complain 'well they put out a dozen greatest hits cds'. Yes this is true, but when you hear this CD you HEAR it. The sound is almost flawless. Every song was fixed to be heard on even the most powerful stero systems. Sure, this cd does miss out on a few essentials, but if you're like me and own every single cd that has came out then there shouldn't be a problem. This cd is excellent for fans who have just tuned into The Doors. Some of The Doors greatest stuff is on here including Break On Through, Back Door Man, Light My Fire, Alabama Song (on of my personal favorites), The End, Soul Kitchen, Love Me Two Times, People Are Strange, When The Musics Over and Riders On The Storm. A beautiful cd, worthy of the twenty and some odd dollars. If you're a Doors fan, you probably have all their cds, but believe me, this cd just sounds so much more crisp. Take a newly recorded cd and test it with this. I'll tell you this, it's just like that Doors are right here with you! Jim Morrison will not be forgotten, he will be forever remembered for what he did on this earth. He will be forever remembered in our hearts and our prayers.
"There are things known, and there are things unknown, and in between are The Doors" --- Jim Morrison
James Douglas Morrison
1943-1971
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