197 of 199 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars decent barebones collection of Doors albums.
Let me try and clear up what this boxset it. Some reviewers seem confused here - which is no shock as The Doors releases and re-releases *are* very confusing.
Short version: If you just want all The Doors studio albums, on CD, cheaply - Buy this set. If you are a rabid fan, or don't mind spending £47 and want extra tracks, surround sound versions and so on -...
Published on 22 Aug 2011 by R. Davies
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good value for Money.
Always thought the doors were overated to be honest, I used to have all the albums when i was in my teens about 20 years ago, all the Pot Heads in school used to rave about them and i'm one of those people were if I buy 1 album by somebody I got to get the complete set (Not very good if you start getting into Bob Dylan and then decied you don't like it, lost count of how...
Published 8 months ago by Stu
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197 of 199 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars decent barebones collection of Doors albums.,
This review is from: The Doors, A Collection, Mini Box Set (Audio CD)Let me try and clear up what this boxset it. Some reviewers seem confused here - which is no shock as The Doors releases and re-releases *are* very confusing.
Short version: If you just want all The Doors studio albums, on CD, cheaply - Buy this set. If you are a rabid fan, or don't mind spending £47 and want extra tracks, surround sound versions and so on - Buy "Perception".
Long Version: To explain what this is, it might be easier to say what is on the "Perception" boxset first. On that set you get 12 discs, one CD and one DVD for each album. The CDs contain the original mix of the albums, remastered, with bonus tracks. The DVD contain newly REMIXED versions of the albums, in Stereo as well as new 5.1 Surround Sound mixes, and other video material, and if you have the right equipment will play in high resolution (better than CD) audio.
This set, "A Collection" contains these "40th Anniversary" remixes, in stereo, as found on the DVD discs of the Perception set, here presented on 6 standard CDs, without any bonus tracks.
So what is a remix, as opposed to a remaster? For the 2007 remixes, Bruce Botnick, who engineered all the Doors albums originally, went back to the original unmixed 8 track master tapes, and redid the mix of those component parts - drums, vocals, guitar and so on. So there are some differences from the original mixes, and this is deliberate. For example - Drums might be louder on one track, on another an organ part that cuts out on the second verse may be present on this. Or extra backing vocals or guitar parts not used on the original album will be present now. It's not generally *radically* different, unless you know these records really well, it's still the same performances at the end of the day. A casual fan might not even notice, unless both versions were played back to back. Overall though, the sound of the albums has been modernized a little. Everything sounds cleaner, and not as muddy. Now this is why these remixes are controversial for Doors fans, as the original sound was part of the character, and some think they have been cleaned up a little too much, or they don't like anyone "messing" with the mix/balance as it was on the original albums. This set is not for those people. That said, some hardcore fans like hearing the new mix for a change, even though they may prefer the originals. Google it, there is lots of opinion on this. Personally I kinda like hearing some of these extra bits in the remix that were not on the original release. Think of it like a "Directors Cut" or "Engineers Cut" in this case!
Ignore what the one star reviewer said about sound quality - these discs sound amazing. But they sound different to the CDs on "Perception", because this is the new remixed version of the albums. I actually like the fact the albums are presented as they were without bonus tracks on this release. If I listen to the first album, i want it to stop after "The End", not go into two versions of a different song as bonus tracks. So another advantage to this collection in my book.
I do have to agree with the one star reviewer about the endless reissuing and repackaging of the Doors albums though. I hear they are getting ready for yet another release next year, of the *original* mixes of the albums this time, with a new remastering. It really never ends. But even if they do, you might want to pickup this set as these 40th Anniversary Remixes are likely to go away then.
In summary then - if all you want is the albums cheaply, now, buy this. You really won't go far wrong for less than £3 an album, and the box won't take up much room on the shelf, i like these slim card sleeves! If you are a purist, or want extra tracks or want to listen to the albums in surround sound or hi-rez and have equipment to play it _and_ have the cash - Buy "Perception". That also comes with some nice booklets with good essays and photos.
Hope this helps, anyhow.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing value and shinier and more detailed than ever.,
This review is from: The Doors, A Collection, Mini Box Set (Audio CD)what really sets this release apart from all the other re-releases by "THE DOORS", who are now surely a brand in itself, is the price. its an absolute steal to have all their albums for less than the cost of 3 portions of fish and chips. More importantly, the sound quality is, in my humble opinion, incredibly clearer and more detailed than the original cd releases. And more detailed in a welcome way, with more movement in the mix on the drums, etc.
I suspect that this is a downfold mix of the DVD-AUDIO stereo mixes, but that's not the point. The point is, that for me at least, these versions are a welcome addition to the release cannon, simply due to the wallet friendly price point. More importantly, theyre portable enough to keep in the car, in the box, and hence swish in and out of the cd player/autochanger, if youre still not too happy with using a usb or ipod connector.
Recommended for sound quality, new hidden depths and most enticingly, the price.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great value collection.,
This review is from: The Doors, A Collection, Mini Box Set (Audio CD)I have all The Doors albums on original vinyl, ie almost contemporary with when they where released; this box set improves greatly on those albums. There are little studio flourishes and interjections that weren't on the vinyl: like Jim saying 'C'mon Robbie' during a track or the extra lyrics in 'Cars Hiss By My Window' also the 'Star Spangled Banner' being played just before 'L.A Woman' all were certainly never on the vinyl. All of the albums seem less muddy and sound brighter and more involved than the original mixes did in my opinion. Bruce Botnik has done a very fine job on these remixes; very fine indeed.
This is a great way to spend less than £15 buying some of the finest music, to my mind, made in America. For that small amount of money you get six albums! To me that is a bargain. I am glad I didn't choose the Perception collection over this one. Some of those remixes can be like the old 12 inch remixes used to be; all reverb and echo and not a lot gained, except perhaps boredom with a track you previously loved!
All in all less than £15 well spent (at the time of writing). Buy it and enjoy The Doors at their finest and brightest and best.
30 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ignore the 1 star review,
This review is from: The Doors, A Collection, Mini Box Set (Audio CD)This is a neat, slim, BUDGET PRICED mini box set containing all 6 original albums,
in mini carboard replica sleeves, plus a complete and informative booklet.
It's not meant to "replace" any of the previous box sets, but rather to offer an
INEXPENSIVE ALTERNATIVE to Doors fans on a budget.
The albums were recorded in 1967-1970, so the sonics are LIMITED in any reissue
of this music, due to the technological limitations of the time.
Take this for what it's meant to be, and since Jim's been dead for 40 years, let's
NOT take things too seriously.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great deal for 'newcomers',
This review is from: The Doors, A Collection, Mini Box Set (Audio CD)I am a couple of generations too young to have been introduced to these albums, when they first came out. This box set is great for someone like me, who just wants to listen through the band's discography, but not enough to justify the usual ~90£ box set price.
I would have liked lyrics booklets, but at this price it's really not something you can expect. I have box sets priced 5 times what this cost that still did not include lyrics (why?).
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dont believe the negative reviews,
This review is from: The Doors, A Collection, Mini Box Set (Audio CD)Lets look at what these are.
All the studio albums , remixed for the 40th Anniversary Perception box set, now only available at huge cost.
They were on the DVD editions in perception and here are presented on cd`s in paper slip case replicas of the original albums.
I own all the orignal vinyl and have some of the albums on CD , the remastered versions.
Yes, they sound a little different to the original vinyl mixes but for me that was half the attraction.
Clear, punchy [in particular the drums benefit from being "protooled"]
If you have never owned any Doors albums and want the lot in one hit, then they are excellent.
Equally, if you own the originals and dont want to shell out OTT amounts to get some dubious "extra" tracks, then they are interesting for the differences to your vinyl.
I only wish they had put American prayer in there as well.
I think the handling by the remaining members and the original producer has been sympathetic and sensitive.
In much the same way as the Steven Wilson remixes of original albums by King Crimson and Caravan, these are a great way to look anwew at old friends.
5.0 out of 5 stars open all doors,
This review is from: The Doors, A Collection, Mini Box Set (Audio CD)saw this on amazon and had to have all their studio albums in one box discs are in mini record sleeves with no frills attached but its the musical content that counts and to buy these as indivdual albums with be expensive so great way to enhance your doors collection
4.0 out of 5 stars You get what you see,
This review is from: The Doors, A Collection, Mini Box Set (Audio CD)This is, in fact, a collection of all the CDs by The Doors. Whether you'll like the music, that's all up to personal taste. The quality is good enough.
However, if you really like The Doors, this won't be enough. These CDs do not include extras. So I'd recommend it for people who want to get to know The Doors. For real fans, there is better merchandise out there!
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have!,
This review is from: The Doors, A Collection, Mini Box Set (Audio CD)I used to have all those albums on tapes years ago and didn't expect much from remastered versions, but sound quality of this collection is really amazing and I highly recommend it for everyone who wants to re-open The Doors! Of course I also would like to mention that this basic set is less attractive for true fans who would be more interested in rare tracks and demo tapes.
5.0 out of 5 stars One stop shop,
This review is from: The Doors, A Collection, Mini Box Set (Audio CD)I like The Doors music but wouldn't describe myself as a fan. For a while now I've wanted to add The Doors to my collection, but have always hesitated at the point of deciding which album to start with. When I noticed this collection I thought "job done" and bought it. It's given me just what I want, all the studio albums with no extra fluff or padding. I'm not bothered with the whole remixed, remastered, true to the original debate, they sound fine to me. I've listened to all six albums chronologically and been thoroughly entertained and I've discovered music that's worth listening to.
Buy this if you want to go beyond a greatest hits type collection but don't intend to be a Doors complete-ist.
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