"R-Evolution" brings together a wealth of rare footage of The Doors. Combining early TV appearances with their own music films, "R-Evolution" illustrates how The Doors evolved from the ... See full summary »
The Ultimate & 1st review of: "The Doors Soundstage Performances"
I cannot believe that I am actually the very first person to review this feature! In all honesty,it's unbelievable how many people have not seen or heard of this incredible DVD of formerly "rare" Doors footage. This is not your standard trip through The Doors of perception.
I discovered this myself quite by accident in 2004,when I was a Netflix customer. It was one of the choices they offered and I had never heard of it,so I went with it. I,like most,expected yet another video filled with the same old "filmed" clips from the 1960's that people had seen many-many times.
Incorrect! To my sheer delight and amazement the clips here are awesome! Along with,thankfully short,interviews with the remaining members,we are first greeted with a videotaped clip of the Doors on an Ontario,Canada TV show in May of 1967.
They perform their now classic,"The End"....in full blown color! Imagine,color video tape in 1967,I had chills running through me.
What this does is that,we finally have a clip that shows Jim Morrison was a flesh & blood human being and not just the rock & roll myth he's become known as. Not to mention documenting their very first ever big time TV appearance anywhere,mere weeks before "Light My Fire" hit #1 in America.
Morrison is truly on fire here putting all his young energy & mania into the song and making every moment count. The audience reaction is immediate, these guys are very different than anything out there at the time and the audience's dancing and expressions show it!
Next up,a rare TV clip from Copenhagen television not much later (in B& W) but still on video tape,not film. The camera-man for this mini-concert of 5 classic tracks,really knew what to do for Jim Morrison & the guys.
The camera catches the complete drama & energy of Morrison's facial expressions and vocals and clues you in visually on the band's input while he does what he does best. We even get treated to "The Unknown Soldier",a controversial top 40 hit for them in 1968.
Lastly,a rare 1969 appearance on PBS in New York (making them the first rock band ever on PBS!)video taped in color during the legal hassles of the infamous Miami "alleged indecent exposure" incident. We watch a now longer-haired,bearded Morrison & crew do great selections from "The Soft Parade" and other classic cuts,again 5 songs in this clip making 11 in all.
Morrison's vocal on the Robby Kreiger penned,"Follow Me Down", could almost bring tears to your eyes! The video quality is not 100% perfect here,having sat on a shelf for so long,but the overall performance is truly worth it!
Except for clip #1,there's no audience present for the other two,making the music and words the uninterrupted center of attention. Almost none of their top 10 singles are here on these clips (except Love Me Two Times) but even better than that is album rock staples and deeper tracks that are common place for fans of The Doors.
After the performances are band commentaires on the songs performed,on who wrote what and what the meaning of some of them are.
This DVD is a must have not just for Doors fans of all ages but for anyone who has never seen "The Lizard King" (Morrison) perform outside of those grainy clips of yesteryear or via Val Klimer's portrayal in the Oliver Stone film,"The Doors".
Ten stars all the way folks,I can guarantee you'll not be let down. (this is..... THE.... END) .
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