The Doors

This Doors fans are a demanding lot. Even despite the release of 1997's "The Doors Box Set", which offered previously-shelved live recordings, devoted fans wanted more. According to The Doors' management, Danny Sugerman, this and future discs in the Bright Midnight series are a direct response to that need. In this first compilation, 14 songs–some in whole, others in part–from eight 1969 and 1970 concerts are presented, in no particular order. And although the sound quality of some selections–particularly Love Me Two Times–is relatively inferior as a result of the original 8-track tape recording, nothing can detract from the electricity of The Doors' live performances. Throughout the tunes, and Jim Morrison's wild, often booze-and-drug-induced o­n-stage banter, we are provided a glimpse of the Electric Poet rarely captured in studio recordings. The passion is there, as always, but in these songs–especially The Crystal Ship and The End–we can almost hear the desperation of a soul that would soon break free from the body that tried to shelter it from its own excesses. "Bright Midnight Live in America" is a must-have for Doors aficionados, and a great intro for the curious beginner.

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