Artist: The Doors
Title: “Live At The Matrix ‘67”
Label: Rhino Entertainment
Release Date: 11/18/2008
As someone who grew up listening to Rock & Roll and ended up remaining a fan of the genre for most of his adult life since that time, I have to say that it’s hard for me to imagine The Doors as a band who were not always famous but yet this is exactly what the listener will find when they begin spinning ‘Live At The Matrix 1967”. The release is a long revered bootleg that has existed since being recorded but it is only now that these tapes have been made available in an officially sanctioned pristine remastered edition and once you hear it you will agree that this has been too long in coming. “LATM1967” takes the listener inside a small 100 or so capacity club where The Doors would perform for two nights and according to the releases information the guys in the band were pretty much playing to an empty room. It sounds shocking to believe that but it is true and this was taking place only a few short weeks before the bands second single “Light My Fire’ would make them superstars. The fact that they were performing to themselves for the most part doesn’t show on the recording and instead finds the band focused and energetic where needed and loose and grooving at the other points. It clearly is one of those moments where you wish you could have been a fly on the wall to absorb this bands greatness at its earliest stages. Singer Jim Morrison is much more flexible with his poetry during songs like “The End” and its fantastic to hear them jamming out on Blues standards like “Who Do You Love” and “I’m A King Bee” (two staples from the book of Bo Diddely and Muddy Waters respectively).
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