Robby Krieger promised that releases for the 50th anniversary of the release of The Doors first album would be cool. It looks the first release is here, “London Fog 1966”.
Information is scant, only the official press release from The Doors and a story from Ultimate Classic Rock are available. “London Fog 1966” contains a CD and vinyl version (a ten inch disc), made to resemble a test pressing, of The Doors playing at the London Fog in the spring of 1966. The package will include seven tracks, mostly covers such as “Rock Me”, “Don‘t Fight It“, “I‘m Your Hootchie Cootchie Man”,“Lucille”, and “Baby, Please Don’t Go” (Muddy Waters). The couple of the original songs on it include a very early version of “You Make Me Real” which didn’t show up on an album until “Morrison Hotel”. An early version of “Strange Days” also appears and is remarkably similar to the version released on The Doors second album.
Also included in the package are a plethora of bonus materials and handwritten setlist by John Densmore, liner notes written by Ronnie Haran-Mellen who was the booker at the Whisky a Go-Go who stole The Doors away from the London Fog (although The Doors were shooting for the gig), a poster and a London Fog coaster. The music was re-mastered by Bruce Botnick, The Doors long time producer. “London Fog 1966” will be released December 9 (the day after what would have been Jim Morrison’s 73rd birthday). It is available for pre-order at The Doors’ website NOW! As well as at Amazon where it‘s already listed as #175 in music sales, this may be a big release!
The Doors were the house band at the London Fog from late February 1966 until early May of ‘66.