Dust out your Doors collection. Finally, from the vault of an anonymous Doors fan, comes a previously unsurfaced audio recording. Consider it a surprise present to Doors fans on Jim Morrison's birthday.
For years, The Doors' performance at the Isle Of Wight has only been available in an edited or incomplete form. The most popular release, Palace Of Exile, is missing over a minute in the middle of "The End" and the intro to "When The Music's Over" is severly edited. Audience recordings of the show are missing "Roadhouse Blues." Previously on this site someone offered a matrix of the audience and soundboard sources in order to recreate the complete concert in the best quality available. Now for the first time, we have a master DAT source for the COMPLETE Isle Of Wight concert in perfect soundboard quality. At almost 70 minutes total, this is as good as it gets until an official release gets made—if one is ever made.
The Doors - Isle of Wight Festival 1970-08-29 (Bootleg). (2014, January 16). Retrieved from dariuschrisgoes.blogspot.com
The Doors were a California band, not to be confused with other illustrious groups such as the Grateful Dead or Jefferson Airplane, who also came from the state. While the latter two groups played a mix of Blues, Folk and American music heavy on improvisation, The Doors were certainly their more sinister counterparts. More immersed in Jazz and the Blues blended with Avant garde tinged with improvisation, they were not along for the trip, they were leading the journey with Jim Morrison taking the lead. They had electrified the scene with intense concert appearances as well as playing for mainstream audiences thanks to shows like Ed Sullivan. Amid growing unrest in America over the Vietnam War, they pushed the limits during their summer concert tour that many times led to complete chaos. During September 1968, they made their first trip to Europe for a tour that saw them paired with the Jefferson Airplane…
On September 20, 1968, The Doors played two concerts at the Konserthuset in Stockholm, Sweden, and gave permission for both to be broadcast on radio station Radiohuset. The resulting recordings give a prime example of the band at the height of their collective powers and are the source for many bootlegs. On vinyl, the shows have been released as The Beautiful Die Young, (MIW Records 19) featuring parts of both early and late shows, The Complete Stockholm ’68 Tapes (DOORS 68) and deluxe 3 LP set containing both the early and late shows, Little Games (Shotgun Records 13010) that is a mix of both early and late shows.
Relayer67. (2013, November 4). The Doors – From The Ancient Gallery (The Godfatherecords G.R.937). Retrieved from www.collectorsmusicreviews.com
Notes by the uploader: I bought this disc back when A & B Sound still existed. They happened to carry a few select bootlegs on occasion. I remember thinking, "Wow, this is going to be amazing," and payed something like $19.99 for it. This recording has been available on many bootleg LPs for many years. Aside from the Red Lightning releases, most of the LPs only had a few songs. There was a picture disc version as well, but as cool as they are, picture discs aren't the same sound quality as black vinyl. This is the most complete recording available, and the quality is pretty good!
The harmonica player is listed as Jim Morrison, but even though the harpist isn't that good, I think Morrison was considerably worse at harmonica, so it may not be him. Jim Morrison was evidently just at the club and is quite drunk, coming onto the stage during the track called "Morrison's Lament" and staying basically for the rest of the recording. He starts "singing" into a recording mic, and Hendrix instructs him to use a different mic. Apparently Janis Joplin was in the crowd this night too, and Morrison spilled a drink on her lap, getting a slap in the face in return. There is some confusion as to who the drummer really was, and also a bit of debate as to whether Johnny Winter was actually there. Johnny Winter's manager at the time, Steve Paul, owned the club and in my opinion, no one else sounded quite like Johnny at the time. However Johnny Winter claims he wasn't on the stage that night and never performed with Jim Morrison, but he was also a major drug addict at the time, maybe he forgot? It does sound like Buddy Miles so I wouldn't doubt that it's him, possibly for the entire recording and not just half like the liner notes claim.
EDGE. (2013, October 17). Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Johnny Winter - 1968-03-07 - New York City, NY (SBD/FLAC). Retrieved from theultimatebootlegexperience7.blogspot.com