April 27, 2012 – 4:30 am

RAY MANZAREK R.I.P. 1939-2013

Ray Manzarek, keyboardist and founding member of The Doors, has died. He was 74. Publicist Heidi Robinson-Fitzgerald says Manzarek died on May 20, 2013 at the RoMed Clinic in Rosenheim, Germany, surrounded by his family. He had bile duct cancer. Manzarek founded The Doors after meeting then-poet Jim Morrison in California. The Washington Post reported that Manzarek had continued to remain active in music after Morrison¹s death in 1971. Manrazek had briefly tried to hold the band together by serving as vocalist, but eventually the group fell apart. He played in other bands over the years, produced other acts, became an author and worked on films.

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Here’s Jimmmmm….

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Dallas, Texas 1968 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Dallas Memorial Auditorium, July 9, 1968 (Tuesday). A very good mono(?) audience recording. This is from Greg Shaw’s tape.

“This is the best-sounding source (Greg Shaw’s tape) for The Doors’ 1968 show in Dallas. I balanced the channels on this source to bring them more to the center, applied ClickRepair to clean up some loud clicks/pops, and also did some speed-correction. This recording is unusual in that the sound gradually moves from one channel to the other during the performance almost like a flange effect. This is native to the original transfer/bootleg and there was little I could do to correct it. If you’ve never heard this source for Dallas ‘68 or you’ve only heard high gen sources, then you’re in for a treat. This is a great sounding audience recording. ‘Light My Fire’ fades in and fades out due to a tape cut in the middle of the song.”
- Porsche.

The show was shared at The Traders’ Den in March, 2012 by “holdingcell” - Thanks! The following notes were included.

“A truly amazing night with exceptionally great performances one after the other. Only the absence of ‘The End’ avoids saying that the show just couldn’t get any better. Jim gives an inspired and occasionally powerful performance just like his band. In the middle of ‘Break On Through’ during the silent part something had happened because Jim coughed some which earned several laughs from the audience. After that he performed with apparent determination even finishing the song unusually.

“Highlights include ‘Backdoor Man’ which features a classic Morrison laugh, a storming version of ‘Five To One,’ the haunting ‘Crystal Ship’ following the first public appearance of Jim’s poem ‘Texas Radio And The Big Beat.’ An impressive ‘Money’ - where Jim find great comfort singing it at the end from full throat. ‘When The Music’s Over’ is another classic and contains everything that makes The Doors so unique. The performance is filled with unpredictable moments: Jim chatting with the crowd, laughter, missing lyrics (instead of “With your ear down to the floor” he sings “Which your ear down..”), moans, groans and improvisations but meanwhile (the atmosphere is)… tense. After the spectacular performance the audience enthusiastically applauded the band then Jim asked:

“Well, what do you guys wanna hear now?” The whole auditorium immediately began shouting requests mainly ‘Light My Fire,’ and ‘The End.’ “One at a time!” Jim requested. Then suddenly “Fuck! Oh, what do you wanna hear?” which again made the crowd laugh. After a few seconds he suddenly bursts into “Wake Up!” which opened the closing, much requested ‘Light My Fire.’ The Doors are now one of the biggest bands in America and by playing and selling out arenas making over $35,000 a night. The show (or parts) has been filmed by the Doors’ film-crew.”
- Buda

Excerpts from Stephen Davis’ book on The Doors, Jim Morrison: Life, Death, Legend (2005)

“The Doors went back on the road with their film crew.

“In Dallas on July 9, a laugh opened Jim Morrison’s almost complete Texas Radio and the Big Beat, a new kind of poem/song inspired by the imperative preaching that Jim heard on late-night Bible Belt radio. He also taunted the cops guarding the stage, mocking them, trying to get them to overact for the film crew. In Houston, next night, he performed spontaneous verse compositions in the middle of ‘Back Door Man’ using the routines ‘Can the wind have it all?’ and ‘We tried not so hard maybe we tried it too hard.’

“Poetic interjections in ‘When the Music’s Over’ included ‘Winter Photography’ and ‘Count The Dead and Wait Till Morning’, material culled from his recent notebooks. Delving into R ‘n’ B to alleviate his boredom with the much requested ‘Crystal Ship’ and ‘Light My Fire’, Jim launched the band into ‘Little Red Rooster’ and ‘Who Do You Love?’ Working the police again, Jim tried to get the kids to rush the stage. The cops responded lining the stage, blocking the band from the crowd’s view. Jim yelled out ‘If you all aren’t gonna come up here, I guess I’ll have to try to get through ‘em….This is your last chance!’ The cops pulled up even tighter, surrounding the band, and the show was over.” p. 267

Even after all these years, Jimbo still sounds fresh. His goading of the police doesn’t sound like part of the “act”. Ray was probably pissed by that. The Doors as musicians don’t suck. The music is gothic. Bold, dramatic and sometimes ugly. Not ugly - ugly. But ugly - uncomfortable. The Doors are an experience. This early show supposedly was filmed. Show us the video already.
- Professor Red

Artwork from musictravellerstwo.blogspot.com - thanks!

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Soul Kitchen - 6:11 (9.9MB)
Track 02. Back Door Man - 3:23 (5.4MB)
Track 03. Five To One - 5:38 (9.0MB)
Track 04. Break On Through - 5:40 (9.1MB)
Track 05. The Crystal Ship - 3:08 (5.0MB)
Track 06. Texas Radio And The Big Beat - 1:28 (2.3MB)
Track 07. Hello, I Love You - 2:06 (3.3MB)
Track 08. Moonlight Drive - 3:14 (5.1MB)
Track 09. Money - 3:17 (5.2MB)
Track 10. When The Music’s Over - 14:02 (22.5MB)
Track 11. Wake Up - 1:39 (2.6MB)
Track 12. Light My Fire [cut] - 7:54 (12.6MB)

Stephen Davis’ book on Jim Morrison and The Doors gets a good customer rating at Amazon.com. Buy it here.

Latecomers who want to know what The Doors were about can get this sampler, The Very Best Of The Doors. Buy it here.

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  1. 18 Responses to “WHAT A WEEK FOR DEAD ROCK STARS”

  2. yeeee-HAW!!!!

    By lowendbill on Apr 27, 2012

  3. Yeah! Show the video!~!

    By 4yrsnojob on Apr 27, 2012

  4. hey bigo, thanks! this doors show has all my favorite songs.

    this is the first show i’ve got from you since howlin’ wolf. i’ve been getting zeppelin shows. i just got boston tea party 5.27.69. all the hits. yesterday i got the forum, inglewood, ca 3.27.70 and tuesday i got boston garden 9.9.70. nice ones

    i’ve got 52 zeppelin shows now. i’m probably good, but, i’ll get more, as i see them. their shows are still out there. one just has to look for them.

    just so you know, i got most of my zeppelin shows from here. you offered some good ones especially the dancing avocado, fillmore west, sf, ca 4.24.69. it’s my favorite zeppelin show. i got two versions of paris 10.10.69 here too and two versions of the forum 9.4.70.


    By Ed Saad on Apr 27, 2012

  5. Hey Ed Saad, be varry quiet! Elmer “Page” Fudd is hunting Wabbits! And Elmer knows that Ed “Bugs” Saad loves the “Led Zep” brand of carrots! So put up the “Duck Season” signs!

    By 4yrsnojob on Apr 27, 2012

  6. Daffy to Bugs: “You’re Despicable!!”

    By 4yrsnojob on Apr 27, 2012

  7. Doors are always “welcomed” in my house. Thanks BigO!

    By Tom on Apr 27, 2012

  8. hey 4yrsnojob, despicable? ha ha hell, to quote redd foxx. you need boston tea party 5.27.69. the bow on dazed and confused is to heavy.

    led zeppelin carrots are the best. definitely look for a few more shows, before they disappear for good.

    what i can’t really understand about page or zeppelin management coming after bigo last year for fans downloading their shows for free and their shows are still out there just not on bigo. why don’t they go after the dealers at record shows and head shops who sell these shows and make a profit. free still rules.


    By Ed Saad on Apr 27, 2012

  9. You don’t rich by giving it away.

    By Creatist on Apr 28, 2012

  10. Wasn’t that DesHpicable?

    By tony on Apr 30, 2012

  11. you should see what`s in my garbage this week,
    day old muffins that may or may not have been bitten by a rock star.
    Hair from a comb used by ed cassady.
    Moulty from the barbarians used hook oil.

    come check it out, third dumpster from the left.

    By gooptawhale on Apr 30, 2012

  12. Ed, do you have time to listen to all 52 Led Zeppelin shows?

    By George Martini on Apr 30, 2012

  13. hey george, yes sir. i’ve played all my new ones once and the others two or more times. now fillmore west 4.24.69 i have played 7x. it’s still my favorite. in itunes i have it show my play counts.

    i got kleinhans music hall, buffalo, ny 10.30.69 today. it’s a good one. trying to find berkeley community theatre 9.13 and or 9.14.71.


    By Ed Saad on Apr 30, 2012

  14. I’m there, gooptawhale! Aww damn it, Darth got all the good stuff! :(

    By Beer Drinker on Apr 30, 2012

  15. have no feer beer drinker, next week i`m throwing out frank sinatra`s chin wig and houdini`s secret lube.

    By gooptawhale on Apr 30, 2012

  16. Sweet! I already have Jerry Wexler’s beard comb, what might be Bo Diddley’s E string, and an issue of Car Toons with Eric Clapperton’s mailing label!!

    By Beer Drinker on Apr 30, 2012

  17. ToP!
    Thank you very much.

    By ted on May 1, 2012

  18. Thanks a lot!! I was at this show at 15 years old, and have been trying to remember the date/year for decades! What a find for this old man!

    By Paul Meek on Mar 4, 2013

  19. Ed Cassidy’s comb???? Cool….

    By Rick on May 21, 2013

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