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The Doors Let It Roll, Baby, Roll 'Live In Boston 1970' July 24

July 12th, 2007 4:49pm EDT
The DoorsLOS ANGELES - After a controversial incident on stage in Miami shortened The Doors' 1969 tour, the band roared back in 1970 with the astounding Morrison Hotel, followed by an inspired tour; their last with singer Jim Morrison. Bright Midnight Archives celebrates the beginning of an era's end with a three-disc set that captures the tour's first stop at the Boston Arena on April 10, 1970. Featuring complete recordings of both the early and late shows, The Doors Live In Boston '70 is available July 24 at all retail outlets and at www.rhino.com and www.thedoors.com. It can also be preordered now at www.thedoors.com, as can an exclusive, limited edition commemorative T-shirt.

Featuring more than three hours music and mayhem, Live In Boston finds keyboardist Ray Manzarek, drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger at the peak of their powers as Morrison leads them on a booze-fueled romp through "Roadhouse Blues" and "Light My Fire," plus mind-bending journeys for "When The Music's Over" and Elvis Presley's "Mystery Train." Morrison scatters spoken work gems throughout both performances including a short riff on Adolf Hitler where he professes: "Adolf Hilter is still alive…I slept with her last night."

Live In Boston is mixed and mastered by engineer Bruce Botnick, who recorded several shows from The Doors' 1970 tour on multi-track tape for the Absolutely Live album. The superior quality of the original tape reflects Botnick and his team's attention to sonic detail. All but two tracks on this collection are previously unreleased. "These concerts are really interesting and very enjoyable," Botnick writes in the liner notes. "The opening scream going into 'Roadhouse Blues' from the first show is stunning and worth the price of admission."

The liner notes also feature the three surviving members of The Doors recalling that special night in Boston. "A Surgeon General's warning should be stickered on this recording, because Jimbo is ripped!" says Densmore. "But... but, he is so damn passionate and still hits all the cues with the band, so all I can say is, 'En Vino Veritas' (in wine is the truth)." "What a wild Doors night," adds Manzarek. "We never knew what was going to happen when the shaman went over the edge. And this night is over the edge. He's beyond the pale, like Kurtz in Apocalypse Now. Like Dean Moriarty in On The Road."

The Doors Live In Boston '70 Track Listing:
Disc 1-First Show
1. "Start"
2. "All Right, All Right, All Right!"
3. "Roadhouse Moan"
4. "Roadhouse Blues"
5. "Ship Of Fools"
6. "Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)"
7. "Back Door Man"
8. "Five To One"
9. "When The Music's Over"
10. "Rock Me"
11. "Mystery Train"
12. "Away In India"
13. "Crossroads"
14. "Prelude to Wake Up!"
15. "Wake Up!"
16. "Light My Fire"

Disc 2-Second Show
1. "Start"
2. "Break On Through"
3. "I Believe In Democracy"
4. "When The Music's Over"
5. "Roadhouse Blues"
6. "The Spy"
7. "Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)"
8. "Back Door Man"
9. "Five To One"
10. "Astrology Rap"
11. "Build Me A Woman"
12. "You Make Me Real"
13. "Wait A Minute!"
14. "Mystery Train"
15. "Away In India"
16. "Crossroads"

Disc 3-Second Show Continued
1. "Band Intros"
2. "Adolf Hitler"
3. "Light My Fire"
4. "Fever"
5. "Summertime"
6. "St. James Infirmary Blues"
7. "Graveyard Poem"
8. "Light My Fire"
9. "More, More, More!"
10. "Ladies And Gentlemen"
11. "We Can't Instigate"
12. "They Want More"
13. "Been Down So Long"
14. "Power Turned Off"

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