There are only two days left until the release of The Doors boxed set “Live in New York”, the famous Felt Forum shows in January 1970. These shows were important to The Doors in a lot of ways. They were in the aftermath of the Miami incident the spring before, in which Jim Morrison had been arrested for allegedly exposing himself onstage. These shows were also in support of the soon to be released “Morrison Hotel” album and a lot of the songs the audience was hearing for the first time. The Felt Forum was two appearances of two shows each for a total of four shows. This pushed The Doors into some of their back catalog and also a lot of cover songs that they had done in their early days. While some of the performances made it onto “Absolutely Live”, hearing them in context of these performances they have greater strength as they were originally presented. Also, a lot of the versions of songs have never been released before this package.
I’ve also been listening to the CD’s again since my first review and there are some things that have occurred to me since that review. Disc six is a powerhouse of a encore with John Sebastian and Dallas Taylor sitting in. They play a bluesier version of “Maggie McGill” than is on “Morrison Hotel”, and this version fits the song and works much better as a straightforward blues song.
“The Doors: Live in New York” is still available for pre-order with special offers at The Doors’ website. The boxed set will be widely released this Tuesday.
Originally published November 15, 2009.