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Perception Box [6 CD + 6 DVD] Box set, Original recording remastered, Import


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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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Product details

  • Audio CD (27 Oct. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 12
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000WCN8SC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 370,088 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Product Description

All 6 Studio Albums expanded to CDs plus DVDs. Every Album remixed in in stereo and 5.1 Surround Sound. 24 rare and previously unreleased bonus tracks, 12 live Video Clips, Photo Gallery, Discography. Brand new linernotes for each Album, written by Ben Fong-Torres, David Fricke, Paul Williams, Barney Hoskyns and Bruce Botnick.Medium 1
  1. Break On Through (To The Other Side)
  2. Soul Kitchen
  3. The Crystal Ship
  4. Twentieth Century Fox
  5. Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)
  6. Light My Fire
  7. Back Door Man
  8. I Looked At You
  9. End Of The Night
  10. Take It As It Comes
  11. Bonus:
  12. Moonlight Drive [Version 1][*]
  13. Moonlight Drive [Version 2]
  14. Indian Summer [8/19/66 Vocal]
Medium 2
  1. Break On Through (To The Other Side)
  2. The End
Medium 3
  1. Strange Days
  2. You're Lost Little Girl
  3. Love Me Two Times
  4. Unhappy Girl
  5. Horse Latitudes
  6. Moonlight Drive
  7. People Are Strange
  8. My Eyes Have Seen You
  9. I Can't See Your Face In My Mind
  10. Bonus:
  11. People Are Strange (False Starts & Dialogue)
  12. Love Me Two Times (Take 3)
Medium 4
  1. Love Me Two Times (Live In Europe 1968)
  2. When The Music's Over (Live In Europe 1968)
Medium 5
  1. Hello, I Love You
  2. Love Street
  3. Not To Touch The Earth [Take 1]
  4. Summer's Almost Gone
  5. Wintertime Love
  6. The Unknown Soldier
  7. Spanish Caravan
  8. My Wild Love
  9. We Could Be So Good Together
  10. Yes, The River Knows
  11. Five To One
  12. Bonus:
  13. Albinoni's Adagio In G Minor [*]
  14. Not To Touch The Earth (Dialogue)
  15. Not To Touch The Earth [Take 1]

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful By P. Whitehead on 6 Feb. 2007
Format: Audio CD
If you're thinking of buying this box set, the chances are you're already a Doors fan, and are looking to complete your collection of studio albums and/or replace old CDs or vinyl. So I'll confine my review to the merits of this box set, rather than reviewing each of the albums... there are plenty of reviews of each of the 6 albums already...

The good news is that sound quality of these recordings is first rate. I never thought the recordings poor before, even by 60s standards, but now they're crystal clear. Quite amazing, really.

The other major `plus' of this box set are the bonus cuts, and I'll take you through them. The bonus tracks are logically arranged, with outtakes etc from each album tagged on the end of the appropriate disc, as follows:

Disc 1: The Debut Album - two cuts of Moonlight Drive and one cut of Indian Summer. Moonlight Drive appears in slightly different form to that on Strange Days, with plenty of reverb on Ray's Vox organ. Nice. I think this cut appeared on the Box Set (Without a Safety Net) a few years ago. If you think Indian Summer sounds like the cut on Morrison Hotel... that's because the cut on Morrison Hotel was recorded in 1966 too!

Disc 2: Strange Days - Not so much here, just alternate takes of Love Me Two Times and People are Strange. Pity an alternative take of Strange Days didn't show up in the archives...

Disc 3: Waiting for the Sun. This album was always a mixed bag of goodies, and the bonus tracks are no exception. Celebration of the Lizard is the highlight here. This was the song, or piece, that was intended to fill a whole side of the album, but the band were never happy with the result.
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81 of 83 people found the following review helpful By street-legal on 29 Mar. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Contained are the original six albums that were issued during Jim Morrison's lifetime, sounding more amazing than I've ever heard them. Each are available as normal cds or dvd-audio 5:1, combined with two visual performances per album and an absolute shedload of extras. The booklets contain essays by notable rock journalists such as Ben Fong-Torres and Paul Williams and include photos and full lyrics.
I guess the question most people want answered is, is it worth replacing my old copies? At the price offered here, I would say yes. The sound is so improved that even the weaker offerings like The Soft Parade just leap out of their sonic cages and for the first time demand real attention. There are enough extras to keep you drooling for days.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By RogRat on 21 July 2010
Format: Audio CD
Trying to read up about this set left me uncertain as to what I would get - especially in terms of audio tracks. I have seen professional reviews dismiss this set as a bunch of CD's with a few video clips.

So to clarify, this what you get:
- A CD of each album with bonus tracks
- A DVD which contains stereo and surround tracks, video clips, the same bonus tracks as the CD's, and pics.
- The audio on the DVD is in two versions.
- If your player doesn't support DVD Audio, when you go into Setup you are offered DTS & Dolby Surround and Dolby Stereo
- If your player does support DVD Audio, and works like mine, when you go into Setup you are offered Advanced Resolution Stereo or Advanced Resolution Surround. When you play this layer you will see that it is 24 bit/96KHz.
Note that the bonus tracks on the DVD are in the same format as the album when playing the DVD Audio tracks the bonus tracks are also 24 bit/96 KHz

In case you are thinking of tracking down the pre-slipcase version and can't work out what it is, this is how it is designed:
The box opens like a book with a full width spine and two outer covers. Each of these covers looks like half of a box and when you open the package up a slip case holding the 6 double digipaks kind of floats inbetween the covers. As the case is taller than the digipack enclosure they have added a peep hole / slide show feature at the top. In one half of the main box you have an actual real brass door peephole. In the other half there is a hole running to the outer cover. This cover has a matt translucent disc with 4 band images which you select by turning a wheel (like Led Zep III). To view the show you hold the box up to the light, look through the hole and turn the wheel.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Barney McRubble on 27 April 2007
Format: Audio CD
The Doors catalogue has been plundered to beyond the point that anyone believed possible so why buy another set of re-issues. In particular why buy this set when you can buy the individual cds cheaper? The answer is in the dvds - and no its definitely not a question of quantity (you get 12 discs). The sound quality on the dvda versions of these albums is by far the best I've heard for the doors and what's even better is that if you don't have a dvd-a player there are Dolby Digital/DTS versions that play on standard surround systems. So you can enjoy the surround sound mixes without top notch hi-fi and still have the cds for your car. Stop reading this review and buy this set!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. A. Reed TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Oct. 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
How many times has The Doors body of work been issued, re-issued, re-released, and remixed? Oh. Too many. Despite just six studio albums released in Morrisons lifetime, there have been approximately 17 best of compilations, around 26 warts'n'all live albums (ranging from the splendid to the humiliating), four box sets, a slew of bafflingly pointless remixes, and yet still some of the important work remains hidden.

"Perception" at least is a step - mostly - in the right direction. As far as a place to start with The Doors this is almost everything you need in one place. Each of the original six studio albums is presented in a remastered form, alongside 20 or so additional tracks. In addition, on the box set, each album is also presented 5.1 remixed form (that is, recreated from the original masters to take into account the new range of the format instead of the relatively squashed restrictions of a groove cut into 30cms of vinyl), alongside a handful of promotional films.

At first sight, this set has everything : but it doesn't. 1970's "Absolutely Live" - now reformatted for compact disc as "In Concert" with extra songs - is absent, as are the 20 or so alternate versions and live cuts from 1997's Box Set for which this is plenty of space on the discs. Given the miserly extras on the final album, it's also surprising that the final Jim Morrision / Doors recording - a version of "Crawling King Snake" - is also only on the DVD portion. The spartan visual area of two songs per disc offers some startling omissions as a multitude of television and concert performances are absent, though these are all available elsewhere on numerous compilations.

In the end, "Perception" is, if you want all The Doors albums in one place affordably, the place to be.
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