On March 31 Rhino Records will release a 50th anniversary reissue of The Doors’ 1967 self-titled debut album. The deluxe edition features a bonus live performance by the band from the Matrix in San Francisco on March 7, 1967. The live rendition of The Doors track “Twentieth Century Fox” has been shared in advance of the reissue’s official release.
Originally released by Elektra Records on January 4, 1967, The Doors introduced the lineup of Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, John Densmore and Robby Krieger via the landmark LP’s 11 tracks. The bonus recording from the Matrix features eight of the album’s songs performed in mostly the same sequence as the record.
In celebration of the band’s 50th anniversary, The Doors‘ self-titled debut is receiving a ton of well-deserved attention. The Doors: 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition is set for release March 31. The box set will include remastered stereo and mono mixes of the original album, bonus live recordings, and a newly pressed mono LP.
One of eight live tracks added to the box set, “Twentieth Century Fox” is from the Doors’ March ’67 performance at the Matrix in San Francisco. Previously unreleased, the recording is a window into the band’s early days.
Books are only a part of what Boi Mela has always been about.
Whenever I relax on a pleasant late winter, early Spring afternoon indulging in nostalgia, memories of the Boi Mela of long time ago, 1990-91 to be specific, come flooding back.
It was an age before the internet took over, life was still languorous, evenings were spent over countless cups of tea, listening to blues and rock, trying to fathom the immaculate psychedelia of Jim Morrison and The Doors and, reciting fiery lines from Rafiq Azad’s poems.
Most bands, when they’re first starting out, are lost in the wilderness; that’s just the way it is. It takes any group of musicians time to find that sweet spot where their individual artistic personalities coalesce into a new collective entity. Apparently, from what we can hear on this rare ’66 gig, the four guys in this group came into it with well-defined ideas and serious skill sets and, equally important, a willingness to be flexible and figure out how to interact with the others until that original voice emerged.
The Doors had already been together for a year when they became regulars at the London Fog, a Sunset Strip nightclub where they had the freedom to experiment and work out their material in front of open-minded audiences.
There was a time when being in a tribute band in L.A. was frowned upon. But over the years that opinion has changed and Peace Frog is in part responsible for the elevation of tribute acts in the L.A. music scene. Peace Frog IS the ultimate Doors’ tribute band and has been sending chills down the spines of their concert goers for over 20 years.
Fronted by Tony Fernandez, Peace Frog was conceived in Venice Beach in 1998 and has played to sold-out concerts around the world.
Robby Krieger considered himself a guitarist, not a songwriter. But his first serious songwriting effort knocked it out of the park.
In 1965, Krieger joined Los Angeles rock band The Doors. At one rehearsal, lead singer Jim Morrison said the group needed new songs, challenging everybody to write one.
“I asked Jim, ‘What should I write about?’” said Krieger, speaking on the phone from his home in L.A. “And he said, ‘Write about something universal, something that won’t be out of style in three years.’” Krieger decided to write about one of the four elements, and, taking further inspiration from the Rolling Stones’ “Play with Fire,” came up with “Light My Fire.”
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