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4.0 out of 5 stars Weighty but unfocused., 13 Nov 2010
This review is from: Live In New York (Audio CD)
This six-disc, four show, seven hour set captures The Doors in New York : with two shows each night, and an average playing time of over three hours each evening, the band are - intentionally or not - pacing themselves and very aware of exactly the levithian task ahead of themselves. On some shows the band were unleashed and unaware of their limitations, here the shows are enormous and measured, but overall I get the feeling they are holding something back, even if that something is always a matter of pacing themselves. Over the four shows there are a multitude of songs, including many never recorded in the studio and some blues covers, and some precise, unwitting brilliance as Morrison and the band hit the heights of near telepathic improvisation. The curt "Thank you" at the end of the first version of 'Break On Through' highlights an acute and powerful showmanship, and towards the end of the shows, as the band fill up with an enormous amount of dead space and tuning, and meandering cover versions, the focus shifts away from a finely honed unit to a band that was playing for themselves and no one else. After listening to this, the raw and unedited rushes that were shaped down over 2,000 edits into the powerful and vicious "Absolutely Live", you can see why that album was made from dozens of shows across a year and not a snapshot of two long nights. Not essential.
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