By Ralph Greco Jr.
Fall 2021 is alive and well with new and reissued releases from The Doors. The newly remastered and remixed The Doors: Live at the Bowl ’68 Special Edition went to the local cinemas for one night, the long-awaited memoirs of guitarist Robby Krieger, Set the Night On Fire: Live, Die and Play the Guitar with the Doors the book stand and a deluxe edition for the 50th anniversary of LA woman should arrive on time for the holidays.
Live at The Bowl ’68 captures the infamous concert that took place in the Doors hometown on July 8, 1968. Most Doors fans, and even casual rock fans, likely have bits and pieces on YouTube. The new version sounds and looks better than ever, and makes it clear what a well-oiled machine guitarist Krieger, drummer John Densmore, keyboardist Ray Manzarek and enigmatic frontman Jim Morrison were at this stage of their careers. As Krieger writes about this concert in his book, Morrison was clearest and most reserved that July night.
Some of the songs you will see from the band include the opener “When the Music’s Over,” a troubled “Back Door Man” who sees Morrison on his sexiest night. What follows is “The WASP (Texas Radio and the Big Beat.). ), ”A rather rushed“ Hello, I Love You ”and“ Light My Fire ”, a brilliant“ Horse Latitudes ”, and Krieger kills it on“ Spanish Caravan ”. The scary, avant-garde moments of “The End,” which ends the 80-minute show, make it clear why this band continues to be popular.
Countless books have been written about the Doors – from the infamous Jim Morrison and the Doors biography from the 1980s Nobody gets out of here alive from Jerry Hopkins and Danny Sugerman to personal memoirs by Manzarek and Densmore. To hear the skinny of warriors in Set the Night On Fire: Live, Die and Play the Guitar with the Doors, and told so honestly, is a real treat. The guitarist who wrote “Light My Fire” does a great job with co-writer Jeff Alulis, giving us mature and horny details of iconic moments.
The reader delves into the complex personalities of Morrison and the other Doors (guys who were just as complex in their own way) and learns more about the inner workings of this American band than ever before. The one section in which Krieger brings false rumors and hearsay to bed is entertaining as it translates fiction into fact in a gradual diffusion of the stories that have built up around Morrison and his colleagues.
We also get a good lesson on how Krieger came up with his unique guitar style, which has always set him apart from most other guitarists and really makes him one of the greats. You think you’ve read them all, but Set the Night On Fire: Live, Die and Play the Guitar with the Doors certainly offers a lot of information about the doors that many fans will discover.
It should be noted that in Live at The Bowl ’68 there is a 20 minute section Where Densmore and Krieger play and record “LA Woman” and “Riders On The Storm” in the same location where the Doors rehearsed and recorded. It fits in well with the 50th anniversary of LA woman and the upcoming deluxe edition.
This extension of LA woman features over two hours of studio outtakes, including the original demo of “Riders On The Storm” recorded at Sunset Sound Studios. The original album was lovingly remastered by the Original Doors engineer and album co-producer Bruce Botnick.
From the screen to recorded music to a good read, 2021 proves once again that the Doors will always be with us.