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THE DOORS Live In Vancouver 1970   Print  E-mail 
Written by Mark Reed  
Thursday, 20 January 2011

If you are expecting a release to match the recording quality of one of the multitude of other Doors archival releases then it's wise to adjust your expectations : despite having been broadcast on radio, this is not a multitrack recording intended to comprise part of the "Absolutely Live" album (unlike many other Bright Midnight releases), but a 2 track cassette tape recorded on stage by the a member of the bands alumni. However this is one of the last Doors performances and also one of the last recordings - aided by Albert King on second guitar joining the band for four songs that were never recorded in the studio (being covers such as "Money", "Who Do You love" and "Little Red Rooster"). It is on these songs the band sound most invigorated, as Morrsison was heading firmly towards blues territority which the band unashamedly straddled with their final studio record. The start of the set, featuring an extended "Roadhouse Blues" also shows an apparent disconnection by Morrision from the song, as if he is not necessarily all there, and the band fill the gaps with a fluent and confident jamming as the singer strays from the template. What this shows is that The Doors were a tight strong band with an often errant vocalist, and the band were skilled enough to mask the wayward Morrisons path often on the night. It's a fine show, albeit with lengthy and sometimes wandering takes of "When The Music's Over", "Light My Fire", and "The End", marred by a vintage and rough sound quality : it adds to the flavour, but compromises the taste.


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