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Music DVD Review: The Doors – ‘R-Evolution’

The Doors - R-evolutionIt shouldn't surprise anyone that precious little high quality footage of The Doors incendiary live concerts has survived the sixties. Even less has made it to official, commercial release—the most notable exception being Eagle Rock's beautifully restored Live At The Bowl '68 DVD/Blu-ray.

There isn't much decent footage of Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane or Cream around either.

But there has been no such problem finding video of The Doors numerous TV appearances, and original music films. Of all the great, original 1960′s rock bands, The Doors seemed to uniquely grasp the idea of music video, long before there even was such a thing and certainly before there was ever a medium like MTV in the eighties and early nineties.

Again though, this really isn't all that surprising, considering that both Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek were UCLA film students at the time they first met and formed the band.

The Doors R-Evolution, also from Eagle Rock, brings 19 of these original music films and TV appearances together in a single collection on DVD and Blu-ray. What becomes most apparent watching the earliest videos here—many of them from "teen dance" shows like Dick Clark's American Bandstand and Malibu U—is the band's initial discomfort with the still new medium marrying rock and roll with television. Yet, despite this, it is equally evident that the Doors were well ahead of many of their contemporaries, in recognizing the possibilities of music video.

For a band that was only on the national stage for about three years—from 1967 to 1970—they adapted quickly. But first, they had to get around that initially shaky relationship—not to mention a certain charismatic, but notoriously erratic lead singer. Which, in hindsight makes for some bizarre, but often hilarious moments here.

For example, when Jim Morrison is a no-show during the Malibu U shoot for "Light My Fire," Robby Kreiger's obviously much shorter haired brother fills in for him (he is shot with his back to the camera), as the band plays from atop a firetruck on a beach ("Light My Fire," get it?). Front shots of Morrison, complete with his long hair blowing freely in the wind, were subsequently spliced into the final clip that aired on national TV, after he finally showed up a few days later.

But by the time The Doors made a 1968 appearance on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour for CBS, they had become much more comfortable with the medium. Morrison was even able to do a live vocal over a canned backing track for "Touch Me" (the sax solo was also done live), as opposed to the lip-synching more commonly used for "live" television back then.

Even so, Morrison manages to blow his vocal cue for the second verse (he misses the "come on, come on, come on" part by a mile). But after a brief and somewhat uncomfortable pregnant pause, he recovers the dropped ball quite nicely. Robby Kreiger is also seen sporting a mysterious looking black eye in this clip.

In addition to these television appearances, R-Evolution also features several of rock's earliest ever original music videos. Here in particular, it becomes clear just how far The Doors were ahead of the curve. Perhaps owing to the film school backgrounds of Morrison and Manzarek, early music films for The Doors singles "Break On Through (To The Other Side)" and especially "The Unknown Soldier" display an eerily prophetic understanding of just where the medium was eventually headed.

In the latter, the stark, original 16mm images of Jim Morrison being tied up and shot, convey the antiwar message of the lyrics as effectively as anything seen on MTV some two decades later. If nothing else, R-Evolution provides documented proof that The Doors were considerably ahead of their time, at least in terms of their foresight in seeing the future of music video.

In addition to its 19 original music films and TV appearances, The Doors R-Evolution also contains "Breaking Through The Lens," a documentary that ties together the stories behind their creation with commentary by surviving Doors members Robby Kreiger and John Densmore, as well as the late Ray Manzarek. There is also live performance footage of the Doors performing "Break On Through" at the 1970 Isle Of Wight festival, restored and edited by original director Murray Lerner.

Glen Boyd (2014, January 18). Music DVD Review: The Doors – 'R-Evolution' | Blogcritics. Retrieved January 20, 2014, from www.blogcritics.org
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The Doors Playlist

  • The Doors Live Footage at "Kongreßhalle" Frankfurt 1968
  • Feast Of Friends Trailer - Nov. 10th, 2014
  • L'Histoire de Jim Morrison (Documentaire français 1991 TVRip)
  • The Doors  "Miami - March 1, 1969"
  • The Doors - R-Evolution 2013 (Official DVD Release)
  • The Doors PBS Studio 1969 Full concert
  • The Doors Break On Through at "She-Bang" 1967 New Good Quality
  • The Doors Break On Through "Promotional & Publicity Film" 1966 HD New Footage
  • Jim Morrison - VH1 Confidential Segment
  • The Doors at '"Murray the K In New York" Full Outtakes 1967
  • The Doors - Light My Fire [HD]
  • Jim Morrison Backstage at "Bakersfield Civic Center " 1968 Footage
  • The Doors- Light My Fire Official Live
  • Jim Morrison on Why Fat is Beautiful | Blank on Blank | PBS Digital Studios
  • Before the End: Searching for Jim Morrison [OFFICIAL FILM PREVIEW]
  • Riders on the Storm - The Doors HD
  • The Doors, Mr. Mojo Risin The Story Of LA Woman
  • Jim Morrison: His Final Hours - "Final 24"
  • The Doors Aura Studio Demos (1965) [Early recordings of the Doors]
  • THE doors - Live at the Bowl `68
  • Doorstown: Jim Morrison and The Doors Documentary
  • Jim Morrison on the Future of Music (Electronic Music)
  • The Doors Live 1968
  • The Doors Are Open (Full Movie)
  • The Doors   Soundstage Performances 1969
  • The Doors: Mr. Mojo Risin - The Story of LA Woman extras
  • The Doors - Bakersfield 1970 (Synced footage)
  • The Doors When the Music's Over Live at Matrix "San Francisco" 1967
  • Turn out the Lights - Jim Morrison's last night on stage
  • The Doors | People Are Strange (Official Video)
  • The Doors Break on Through Live at "Boston" 1970
  • Members of The Doors Discuss The Genesis of "Mr. Mojo Risin'"
  • Patricia Kennealy-Morrison on Jim Morrison
  • Jim Morrison & Women
  • 40 Second Wonder ;)
  • The Doors - Roadhouse Blues, BEST version (live in N.Y. 1970) [music video]
  • The Doors - rare - backstage before a concert
  • The Doors - L.A. Woman - HQ (official music video)
  • The Doors - Wishful Sinful
  • The Doors Build Me a Woman Live at Aquarius Theater "Private Rehearsal" 1969
  • The Doors Morrison Hotel Silent 8mm Film Footage 1969 The Changeling 12 11 70
  • The Doors Five to one / Spanish Caravan Live at "Philadelphia Arena" 1968
  • The Doors Five to One Live at Cleveland Public Auditorium August 3 1968
  • The Doors Back Door Man Live at Matrix "San Francisco" 1967
  • A Night With Jim Morrison at The Alta Cienega Motel
  • The Doors - Riders On The Storm (ORIGINAL!) - driving with Jim
  • The Doors - GLORIA - dirty version (music video, fantasy cut)
  • The Doors, Spanish Caravan Live, Madison Square Garden, New York Jan 24, 1969
  • Dawn's Highway Trailer Small.mov
  • The Doors - Ships With Sails (HQ Audio)
  • THE DOORS ROBBY KRIEGER TALKS JIM MORRISON PARDON
  • THE DOORS - Rare promo video of Light my fire
  • Rare Live Footage of The Doors and Jim Morrison
  • The Doors - Let It Slide
  • The Doors- Five to One
  • The Doors - Love Street
  • The Doors - Roadhouse Blues (Live)
  • The Doors - Moonlight Drive [HD]
  • The Doors - When The Music's Over (LIVE IN EUROPE 1968)
  • Jim Morrison in "Florida State University: Toward a Greater University"
  • Jim Morrison Alta Cienega Motel Room 32
  • The Doors - Waiting for the sun
  • the doors live light my fire hollywood bowl 1968
  • The Doors - The Changeling Live RARE 8mm Home Movie
  • The Doors - Spanish Caravan (From "Live In Europe 1968" DVD)
  • Back Door Man- The Doors( Live in Seattle ) RARE
  • The Doors - Light My Fire (Live In Europe 1968)
  • The Doors - Frankfurt, Germany 1968
  • Jim Morrison in an Airplane
  • Jim Morrison, The Weird Dawn of Dreams
  • The Doors - The Soft Parade
  • Adolf Hitler is still alive
  • The Doors (The Crystal Ship)
  • The Doors (Wild Child rare version)
  • The Doors - Touch Me
  • Deleted video

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