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The Doors Live in New York
on 1 June 2011
This review relates to the vinyl double LP version.
I was a little reluctant to buy this album as there has been a lot of negative publicity concerning the latest remasters from Rhino Records, mostly to do with the state of the original tapes resulting in a digital rather than an analogue transfer.
However my fears were unfounded. The sound quality is at least equal to the "Absolutely Live" album and I had no complaints on the quality score. Bearing in mind these recordings where made in 1969/70 they tower over other contemporary live recordings including The Who's "live at Leeds" and the Stone's "get yer ya-ya's out", I'm speaking of sound quality alone here not the albums themselves as we all have our own favourites.
The album itself is a complete recording of The Door's first show at the Felt Forum and includes tuning breaks. However as these occur either at the end or beginning of a record side they are not intrusive and help to give a true sense of a live concert. I've always preferred live albums recorded at a particular show rather than a selection of different shows, mistakes and all.
From a musical point of view the show flows smoothly, much more so than "Absolutely Live" and the band really seem to be enjoying themselves, listen to "Money" to hear what I mean.