Record Store Day gets its groove back

Psychedelic heavyweights the Doors, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix and Santana help make Record Store Day great again in 2017. The promotional event for independent music retailers has posted an unusually robust list of product for its 10th anniversary showing on Saturday, April 22. Other artists of note for psychedelic/1960s music fans include Procol Harum, Hawkwind, the Grateful Dead, Utopia, ELP, the Electric Flag and the Music Machine. Releases are all on vinyl and are "Record Store Day exclusives" unless noted. The Doors' "Live at the Matrix" recordings make their debut on vinyl on RSD. "Newly mastered by Bruce Botnick ... from recently discovered original master tapes." The 50th year set (from March 1967) includes the savage young Doors working out to soon-to-be-classics "Back … [Read more...]

Doors, Dead, Cream debuts turn 50

1967 ushered in the psychedelic era, loudly announced by a series of historic recordings. Fifty years on, we're invited to celebrate the debut albums by the Doors, the Grateful Dead and Cream via splashy deluxe editions. Other key reissues due in the year's first quarter come from Soft Machine, the Who, Jimi Hendrix, Sun Ra, the Yardbirds, Procol Harum and Pink Floyd. The Doors' debut album -- home of "Light My Fire" and "The End" -- returns March 31 in a three-CD plus LP package dubbed "The Doors: 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition." The reissue features the compact disc premiere of the original mono mix, which also can be found on the box set's vinyl disc. The package includes a CD of the "The Matrix" live performance from March 1967, made up of eight songs from the debut album. … [Read more...]

Psychedelic year in review: Top titles

A half century hasn't dampened demand for the psychedelic goodness of the 1960s. The year 2015 found record labels still stuffing bins with high-quality releases, carefully crafted to take you higher. Here's a review of the year's top reissues of music connected with the psychedelic era. All are still available as 2015 fades to black, although some remain specialty items worth grabbing before the collector's price gouging gets under way. Jimi Hendrix: Completists welcomed the CD release in 2006 of "Burning Desire," the Dagger label's collection of "authorized bootlegs" from the master guitarist's final years. Now Sony Legacy has the expanded vinyl version, on two LPs. Tracks were recorded at the Record Plant in late 1969 and early 1970 with Billy Cox and Buddy Miles. Listen for … [Read more...]

Quad Doors, live Yes, EL&P spark Q2

Classic but freshly repolished goods from the Doors, Yes, the Yardbirds, EL&P and Miles Davis promise a strong second quarter in the psychedelic music world. The Doors' music remained in strong demand a few years after the death of singer Jim Morrison. Elektra looked to give the music new spark with a "Best Of" collection in quadraphonic. The four-channel format fizzled, and Doors marketers moved on to other repackaging jobs, but the quad collection was never forgotten by the early adopters of long ago. Ace audio revivalist Steve Hoffman delivers the goods June 2 with a hybrid SACD containing the original quad mix and his re-do of the two-channel stereo mix. Tracks include the usual suspects as well as "Who Do You Love," "Take It As It Comes" and "Moonlight Drive." "I think that … [Read more...]

Record Store Day ’15: Zombies, Doors, Sly

The Zombies, the Doors, Sly and the Family Stone, Captain Beefheart and Hawkwind lead the freak parade for Record Store Day 2015. Other goodies for psychedelic bin flippers include vinyl by Country Joe and the Fish, Todd Rundgren, Jeff Beck, the Kinks, Jimi Hendrix, Procol Harum, Tomorrow, Sun Ra, Robert Plant, the Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia, the Flaming Lips and Frank Zappa. The eighth-annual event promoting indie record stores is now an unabashed celebration of the old-school vinyl format. Record Store Day is Saturday, April 18. The Zombies: What was to be the follow up to the psychedelic classic "Odessey and Oracle" never was. Officially. Now the "R.I.P. Album" has been unearthed for its "first legitimate vinyl release" by the Varese Sarabande label. The band had broken up the … [Read more...]

Beatles, T. Rex, Dead, Doors open 2014

The new year brings new collections starring the Beatles, T. Rex, the Doors, the Small Faces and, of course, the good old Grateful Dead. And there's word of a long-awaited audiophile release of a psychedelic masterpiece. Apple continues to rework the Beatles catalog, this time with a rerelease of the U.S. albums on Capitol. These albums still have their Baby Boomer fans, of course, but collectors offer a collective shrug at "The U.S. Albums" box set, as the discs reportedly offer little more than a shuffling of the remastered music from 2009. So no love for the Capitol engineers who sought to "Americanize" the lads' sounds with washes of reverb and bullshit Duophonic stereo. For the most part, you'll get the latest official U.K. versions of the songs, fashioned into what were … [Read more...]

Doors talking about an ‘R-Evolution’

The Doors' "R-Evolution" video collection surfaces Jan. 21 in the U.S., unspooling on Blu-ray and DVD. Audio is in 5.1 surround, "remixed and mastered" by the L.A. group's faithful engineer Bruce Botnick. The deluxe Blu-ray edition offers a 40-page "DVD sized" hard-back book, streeting for about $45. The basic Blu-ray (no book) should run you less than $14. The Doors collection includes band music videos and vintage TV appearances -- notably appearances on the Smothers Brothers, Jonathan Winters and American Bandstand. Rareities include a color "Hello I Love You" from German TV (September 1968), outtakes from "Malibu U." (August 1967) and a "Crawling King Snake" from Australia (March 1971). The videos range from your basic lip-synching network gigs to the band's psychedelic … [Read more...]

Ray Manzarek of the Doors dies

The Doors' Ray Manzarek, one of the most influential keyboardists in rock, has died at the age of 74. Manzarek spent most of his career keeping the psychedelic rock band's legacy strong, continuing to play its music in recent decades with bandmate Robby Krieger. "I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend and bandmate Ray Manzarek today," Doors guitarist Krieger said in a statement. "I'm just glad to have been able to have played Doors songs with him for the last decade. Ray was a huge part of my life and I will always miss him." Manzarek met singer Jim Morrison at UCLA film school in the early 1960s. They formed the Doors in 1965, quickly becoming a key act on the Sunset Strip, working as the house band at the Whisky a Go Go, and signing with Elektra Records … [Read more...]

Doors: set lists

Doors songs played in concert, 1967 through 1972. View more psychedelic band set lists Winterland, SF Dec. 26, 1967 Back Door Man Break on Through/ There You Sit When The Music's Over/ "Poor Otis" tribute Close to You Mannish Boy Light My Fire Concert Hall Minneapolis Nov. 10, 1968 Soul Kitchen Break on Through (To the Other Side) When The Music's Over Back Door Man Little Red Rooster Wild Child Money (That's What I Want) Love Me Two Times/Mystery Train Light My Fire (Harp player Tony Glover jammed with band) Madison Square Garden Jan. 24, 1969 The Soft Parade Tell All the People** Love Me Two Times Who Scared You?** Spanish Caravan Wild Child** Light My Fire Back Door Man Woman Is a Devil Five To One Hitler poem When the Music's Over ** horns … [Read more...]

Hendrix, Doors, Steppenwolf unleashed

CD and vinyl releases from Jimi Hendrix, Steppenwolf, Syd Barrett, the Doors and Hawkwind keep the psychedelic vibes flowing in the first quarter of 2013. Hendrix's first two albums resurface March 5 featuring a revival of their rarely heard mono mixes. Doors fans waiting for the SACDs should find joy the same day. And Steppenwolf's debut album finally comes off the endangered species list with two audiophile releases. The "new" Jimi Hendrix album, "People, Hell & Angels" is due March 5 on all major audio formats, with a 200 gram vinyl version coming from QRP, Experience Hendrix and Legacy Recordings. The bigger news for vinyl-obsessed Hendrix fans, however, is the day-and-date rerelease of the first two Experience albums -- in mono and lovingly cut to 200 gram platters. "Are … [Read more...]

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