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Morrison Hotel Outtakes 1969 [no label, 1CD]
Collection of outtakes from 1969 plus The Doors 1965 demos. Very good sound.
Only four out of the 17 tracks on this R.O.I.O. can be offered.
Morrison Hotel Outtakes came into our possession before the Doors released their 1997 4CD boxset of rarities. It has since been less of an outstanding bootleg with many of its tracks now officially released in 1997 and then in 2007 when the Doors released all their albums in 40th Anniversary editions together with the Perception box.
Surprisingly, there are still a number of gems to be had. Here are the really raw versions of The Spy (demo) and the studio recording of the 17-minute long Celebration Of The Lizard. There was probably only one take and this raw 17-minute version is probably what transpired before the studio guys took over. When compared to the official release, both songs appear to have been heavily remixed and polished for release. No edits, just a lot of repositioning of the sound to make them modern rock.
The Doors were never a polished band. Morrison thrived on “shock and awe”. Newbies to the Doors should pick up a copy of the just-released L.A. Woman 2CD reissue and all the other extra discs and videos.
- The Little Chicken
To the best of our knowledge, these versions remain unreleased officially.
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Track 01. Queen Of The Highway (instrumental) 5:09m (9.4MB)
02. Queen Of The Highway (jazz version) - Omitted +
03. Indian Summer demo - Omitted *
04. Push Push - Omitted #
05. Hyacinth House (demo at Robbie’s house) - Omitted +
Track 06. Blues Jam 6:40m (12.2MB)
Track 07. The Spy (demo) 3:54m (7.1MB)
Track 08. Celebration Of The Lizard 17:02m (31.1MB)
Doors demos from 1965
09. End Of The Night - Omitted +
10. Hello, I Love You - Omitted +
11. My Eyes Have Seen You - Omitted +
12. I Will Never Be Untrue - Omitted +
Mistakenly identified as a 1965 demo on the cover. This is live at Aquarius Theatre, Hollywood, 1969.
13. Go Insane - Omitted +
14. Summer’s Almost Gone - Omitted +
15. Moonlight Drive - Omitted +
16. Moonlight Drive (Sunset Sound Studios 1966) - Omitted +
17. Orange County Suite (Elektra Studios 1970) - Omitted +
+ All found on The Doors Box Set released Oct 28, 1997.
* found on the 2007 40th Anniversary reissue of The Doors debut album.
# found on the 2007 40th Anniversary reissue of The Soft Parade.
This is the best compilation of Doors rarities, the 4CD Doors Boxset. Buy it here.
The Doors celebrated the 40th anniversary of L.A. Woman with a 2CD reissue of the classic and final Doors album plus a DVD-Blu-ray of the story of L.A. Woman, Mr Mojo Risin’. Buy them here.
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