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Live At The Matrix [Live]

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.

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  • Audio CD (24 Nov 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B001GQO50I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,488 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Break On Through [To The Other Side] [Live At The Matrix]
2. Soul Kitchen [Live At The Matrix]
3. Money [Live At The Matrix]
4. The Crystal Ship [Live At The Matrix]
5. Twentieth Century Fox [Live At The Matrix]
6. I'm A King Bee [Live At The Matrix]
7. Alabama Song / Whisky Bar [Live At The Matrix]
8. Summer's Almost Gone [Live At The Matrix]
9. Light My Fire [Live At The Matrix]
10. Get Out Of My Life Woman [Live At The Matrix]
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Disc: 2
1. Unhappy Girl [Live At The Matrix]
2. Moonlight Drive [Live At The Matrix]
3. The Woman Is A Devil / Rock Me [Live At The Matrix]
4. People Are Strange [Live At The Matrix]
5. Close To You [Live At The Matrix]
6. My Eyes Have Seen You [Live At The Matrix]
7. Crawling King Snake [Live At The Matrix]
8. I Can't See Your Face In My Mind [Live At The Matrix]
9. Summertime [Instrumental] [Live At The Matrix]
10. When The Music's Over [Live At The Matrix]
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BBC Review

So long after their explosive heyday The Doors and Jim Morrison retain their gold-standard of cool. Like all major acts they've been incorporated, corporatized and accessorised to the nth degree - a pair of Doors-branded Coverse All-Stars anyone? Of course not everyone however buys into the myth of Morrison as the epitome of rock n' roll shaman dispensing visionary wisdom. As David Crosby caustically wrote about such myth-making in his 1998 CPR song, Morrison, "I've seen the movie and it wasn't like that."

Strip away the fables surrounding Morrison and The Doors and what are we left with? The answer, or at least something approaching part of it, tantalisingly hovers in and out of view on this 2 CD live bootleg.

Although these tapes will be well known by hardcore Doors fans, this is the first time they've seen the official light of day. Massaged into life by Bruce Botnik (engineer on those original Paul Rothschild produced albums), they offer a glimpse, as Ray Manzarek observes, of the band having fun. Playing a sizable chunk of their first album and half of their follow up record (yet to be laid down in a studio), the rest of the set is upholstered with a few greasy-spoon standards.

Just a few weeks on from the release of their debut, word about the band's impending canonisation does not appear to have reached the handful of punters who turned up to Marty Balin's nightclub in San Francisco, and who can be heard offering only the politest of applause between numbers.

Without the catalyst of audience reaction and in the face of such indifference, the sparks rarely fly and despite Manzarek's assertion about the extent to which this meant the band could stretch out and experiment, we have a performance that only occasionally smoulders, never quite ever catching fire. In truth, ther''s little evidence here of a group that matches essayist Joan Didion's description of The Doors as "the Norman Mailers of the Top Forty, missionaries of apocalyptic sex." Morrison's celebrated "wardrobe malfunction" was still a couple of years off

Though he would become the patron saint of the rock-star-in-leather-trousers look, here Morrison stands awkwardly at the microphone oozing something between lounge-singer schmaltz and half-hearted karaoke chutzpah that's a few shot-glasses short on Dutch courage.

Die-hard Morrisonologists will however be cheered by the inclusion of alternate words grasped from his poetic writings and scattered about in songs such as a pulsing cover of the old Them stomper, Gloria and their sinuous classic, The End.

With Kreiger's blazing guitar solo on When The Music's Over, and Manzarek's faux-classical noodling, there's a lot of potential waiting to be called upon. However, at The Matrix we're in the company of a somewhat quaint and reserved bar band, prone to stretches of timorous research, rather than anyone dropping their trousers in the face of the establishment. That would all come later and with it, quite literally in the case of The Doors, the stuff of legend. --Sid Smith

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THE DOORS Live At The Matrix (2008 UK 24-track double CD recorded live on the 7th & 10th March 1967. Just weeks before their second single Light My Fire began its ascent to the top of the US charts The Doors played a two-night stand at TheMatrix a small San Francisco nightclub owned by Marty Balin [Jefferson Airplane]. The place was nearly empty both nights so band took a rare opportunity to improvise and experiment. Restored & meticulously mastered from first-generation tapes with over two hours of music from these fabled performances with material from the first two albums.Tri-fold card picture sleeve with fold-out insert)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Early live recording which is the best 20 Feb 2009
Format:Audio CD
Forget the churlish comments, this live recording is certainly the best that exists of The Doors, only matched by Alive She Cried, which to my knowledge, never reached CD. It is vastly superior to the leaden release with a similar name [but fewer tracks] referred to in other reviews. There are a number of songs from the first two Doors' albums here which I've never heard played live on other records e.g. Soul Kitchen and The Crystal Ship from The Doors and from Strange Days: My Eyes Have Seen You and I Can't See Your Face In My Mind, the latter a radically different treatment, losing some of the sensuality but with an appealing flavour of The Beatles' Mr Kite, which of course The Doors couldn't have known at the time [March 1967]. Similarly the version here of Summer's Almost Gone with its emphasis on Ray Manzarek's melodic organ sound is much stronger than the version that later appeared on Morrison Hotel.

What this CD confirms is that The Doors wrote all their great songs early on, and kept on playing them! And that their first two albums contain those songs. Only at the very end, on L.A.Woman did they produce anything of comparable quality, most of which was never played live because by then Jim was dead. The versions here are fresh because although the audience is seemingly non-existent, the band itself hadn't yet swallowed the rock mythology that would later almost destroy them. It also shows how lyric-driven the band were, and yet how essential was the Manzarek/Morrison axis. Anyone who saw them at the Roundhouse in London in 1968 will remember how evocative and sensually-textured Ray's organ sound was. Hear it on this record.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unpolished Diamonds 8 May 2009
Format:Audio CD
This record suffers from the same problem as many brilliant CDs, the crackle and hiss of old recording equipment. But would you really not want to listen to Robert Johnson because the sound isn't whatever they call it now, dolby stereo or whatever? Listening to this album is like being at the back of a pub where at the front there are four students showing a glimmer of genius that surprises and excites. They are the band from school you thought were pretty good but are actually liked by people who don't know them.
I highly recommend fiddling with your equalizer when listening to this and an amplifier, even a small one, makes a huge difference. It is also better listening to Morrison the acid king '67 than king drunk '70
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Doors fans 21 Nov 2009
Format:Audio CD
For a Doors fan this is dynamite, though I wouldnt recommend for a casual listener. If you like the sinlges, stick to the best of. But if you want to hear/know a bit more about the band, then this is a great live accompaniement. As mentioned by a few reviews, absolutely live is better quality, thought culled from various live recordings, some say 200+ for 15 odd songs and therefore not "LIVE". Still, each to their own, I'm a fan and I'm sitting here loving it!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This 2CD set is the first official release for The Doors live performances at The Matrix on 7 and 10 March 1967. It's existed in various boot releases on vinyl and CD formats over the years, most but not all of them in rather poor, weedy sound quality.

Bruce Botnick's warning in the sleeve notes of variable sound quality here does not bode well, especially bearing in mind the very decent quality of "The Matrix Tapes" 2CD boot in 1990 on The Swinging Pig Records, which comprised exactly the same 24 tracks as this official issue (albeit in a different running order). Then again there is still hope as Bruce Botnick's sleeve notes were wrong in saying that it's amazing that Jim's "high" of the "she gets high" line fame in "Break on Through" was absent, mirroring the single release of a few months earlier. On the contrary, it's there in all its glory at 2.23 so old Brucie must be going a bit corn beef or simply hasn't listened to the song properly. Oh and by the way Bruce, you couldn't here it on the original LP version either.

The sets are in typical contemporary basic stereo (all vocals tending towards one channel and instruments towards the other). I have no problem with that and must admit to liking it as I grew up with it. Unfortunately Bruce is right about the sound quality, which is quite harsh with distorted vocals in the louder parts and a lot of hiss evident in the quieter passages. The 1990 CD sound quality is to be honest better with less hiss, no distorted vocals and more volume and punch. One wonders about the source of that release when Bruce says that for this official one the tapes used were original first-generation copies acquired 40 years ago and claims all sorts of digital trickery including "No Noise" was used to restore the sound.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A little unfair 25 Nov 2008
Format:Audio CD
I feel that a lot of the reviews for this here (and on are a little unfair. I bought this in my local music shop before hearing anything about it online, so thought i'd check out some online reviews while still at work in anticipation before getting home to listen to it. After the reviews, i was expecting some terribly recorded bootleg gig but i think the sound quality is fine! Its a bit too quiet, and sometimes crackly, but from a gig from 1967 i don't think its bad at all. The setlist is amazing too, (its just a shame they missed out Love Me Two Times, but i dont even know if that was made by then! And with such a vast setlist, who am i to complain?) The only reason i'm giving it 4 stars, is because i beleive that the guy who has the original recordings from this gig, isn't getting paid anyting ,or even recognized for his work. But i may be mistaken so forget that part if i am. Also the sound levels and quality could be better, but overall i would say this is a worthwhile purchase! Long live the Doors :-)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish! Don't waste your money on this.
I borrowed this from my local library. I would be hopping mad if I had bought it!To call this recording raw, would be flattery. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Hengist
4.0 out of 5 stars Summertime alone is worth 4 stars
It's not just because it's a document from an era, from the early age of such an explosive relevent band. Not just because the performance is remarkable. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Elleppi
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear, they sound so bored
Sorry chaps, avoid and get the studio albums instead. The remastering is excellent, but the original sound can't help but impose. Read more
Published on 13 Nov 2010 by E. Coolican
5.0 out of 5 stars More gold from the archives!!
First of all please note that this version of "Live at The Matrix" is not the same as the bootleg version that has been knocking around for a few years now on a German label. Read more
Published on 17 Dec 2008 by Norcs
4.0 out of 5 stars timeless documentary
first of all a warning: beware, already longer exists a totally other CD-release from the Doors of the same time: "Live at the Matrix L.A." (which I think is a bootleg). Read more
Published on 8 Dec 2008 by J. Talsma
1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY
This CD is such a mess one hardly knows where to start!

The reason why I am giving this product a bad review is simply because it is NOT what it says it is. Read more
Published on 22 Nov 2008 by Top Cat
2.0 out of 5 stars hmmm...
As a big fan of the doors, i was intrigued to hear of an early live recording. It's an interesting CD - with early and very different versions of The End and Light my Fire... Read more
Published on 7 Feb 2007 by spam
3.0 out of 5 stars A nice bootleg
I like this album, but it's nothing but a nice bootleg. The sound is quite good, but don't expect the quality of, say, Absolutely live. Read more
Published on 19 Aug 2006 by Ishmael Kavalier
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