- Format: DVD-Video, PAL
- Language: English
- Subtitles: Italian
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 4:3
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: Exempt
- Studio: Eagle Rock
- DVD Release Date: 1 Dec. 2008
- Run Time: 120 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000FGFTGE
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,707 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Soundstage Performances [DVD] 
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Mystic Jim Morrison and his band of merry men are here captured playing live on various international television shows, in Toronto, Denmark and New York City. Also included is an interview with the man himself, only a few months after his drug bust and arrest in Florida. Songs played include: 'The End', 'Love Me Two Times', 'Build Me a Woman' and 'The Soft Parade' among others.
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The unique thing about this DVD is that you get to see the band change before your eyes. The first song recorded at a Canadian TV show type setting shows 'The Doors' doing probably the most outstanding version of "The End" ever put to audio/video ever. Even though the Oedipal section is eliminated it is absolutely mind blowing (To Say The Least). Morrison is steaming. This performance capture the bands pre 'Light My Fire' fame remarkably well.
The second set of songs was recorded in Europe (Sweden I believe) and Morrison is seen in his prime bellowing out classics such as 'The Unknown Soldier', 'When The Musics Over' and more in sizzling hypnotic form. I was completely mesmerized by this part of the DVD (Morrison has some type of hypnotic quality to him in this video along with the sound of the band thumping behind him).
The third set is from the post Miami days. Morrison grew the beard, began dressing like a bum, and seemed a little more subdued (If not shaken up) as a result of the Miami fiasco. Still, you won't find a complete performance on video anywhere of 'The Soft Parade' and despite the mediocre video quality the performance is titllating. Its what the Doors were all about.
Firstly I have to say that the music / sound is excellent and that the band’s live sound is very close to their recorded sound. Some of the band’s songs sound very ‘pop song’ like – Love Me Two Times, Tell all the People & Wishful Sinful are not my cup of tea at all, but The Soft Parade is just brilliant live here and very much upgraded for me!
Some of the picture quality is pretty bad and a lot of it is in black & white. Hardly surprising I suppose as the Doors are now 50 years old! A couple of the sets are done in TV studios and so lack atmosphere without an audience. It’s a bit like Top of he Pops without the bobby-soxers dancing about! The last set does have a small audience though they are not particularly well filmed.
Morrison looks bombed for most of the sets and I can’t recall him smiling at all throughout his music or in his interview! Some of the bands were just as bad on stage. Some of the interview content is a bit cringe worthy in places and it seems to me that Ray Manzarek is always by far the best spokesman for the band. It is interesting though to hear what they had to say about the Miami thing! I have to say that Morrison looks totally bored by the whole thing by 1969 and it’s no surprise to me that he walked before LA Woman was even finished and unfortunately perished shortly after.
I was a little disappointed that ‘LA Woman’ was not featured as the content was prior to that but at least I learnt that ‘Texas Radio’ was already in their set way before LA Woman was even released.
Is it worth having – yes it is.
Just reminds us how Ray will be sadly missed
worth the purchase but i found the PBS footage to be less quality than from previous sources. I can't believe the original 3/4 master tape in the PBS vaults is so degraded. looks like a dupe from a previous VHS dub
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great songs for all door fans jim morrison on great form highly recommendedPublished 23 months ago by fenderalan
If you're a Doors fan, you probably have this already. If you're not (and I wasn't, until now,) you should buy it to experience one of the most innovative bands ever.Published on 14 Aug. 2013 by MarkP