February 6, 2012 – 4:46 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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It was midnight when The Doors took the stage.

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Palace Of Exile [Colosseum C-013, 1CD]

Live at the 3rd Isle Of Wight Festival at Afton Farm, Freshwater. Commencing at 12.05 am on Sunday, August 31, 1970.

If anything is worthy of The Doors’ 40th anniversary, surely this concert, held 41 years ago today on the English Isle of Wight, should have been a contender. Yet it remains cruelly unreleased except for two tracks.

The reason is because the band themselves were disappointed with the performance. The Doors flew into London on a Friday and performed early Sunday morning on a darkened stage because Jim Morrison forbade additional lighting to film their segment for the documentary. He sure didn’t need another spotlight.

As soon as the show ended, Morrison was on the first jet headed for the U.S. and his court appearance for the Miami “flashing incident”, the previous year. From John Densmore’s account in Riders On The Storm, the band’s performance was underwhelming, blaming all on Morrison’s lethargy. Densmore says Jim’s body language and his singing made it clear other things were on the singer’s mind.

Here’s another worthy addition to The Ever Popular Tortured-Artist Effect except this was for real. A jail sentence awaited Morrison should he be found guilty of exposing himself on stage in Miami. You can consider it this way, here was Morrison switching between self-pity and expressing his anger at authority. Here’s an artist who did not follow convention but was unsure if he wanted to pay the price of his protest. It’s all here in this concert which closes with “The End”.
- Professor Red

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

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Track 01. Back Door Man (7.4MB)
02. Break On Through - Omitted +
03. When the Music’s Over - Omitted *
Track 04. Ship of Fools (11.8MB)
Track 05. Roadhouse Blues (8.8MB)
Track 06. Light My Fire (22.0MB)
Track 07. The End/ Across the Sea/ Away In India/ Crossroads/ Wake Up/ The End (22.7MB)

+ Officially released on The Doors Box Set in 1997. Also found on the 2010 soundtrack, When You’re Strange.
* Officially released on Message To Love: The Isle Of Wight Festival 1970 2CD. Released in 1996.

Only two full performances of The Doors at the Isle Of Wight has ever been officially released. Snippets of The End medley can be seen in the movie. For a more comprehensive live show, get the 2009 released Live In New York, 6CD set, of two complete shows at New York’s Felt Forum in January 1970 when the trial was still months away. Buy it Live in New York, Felt Forum.

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  1. 16 Responses to “EXILE ON WIGHT ISLAND”

  2. “You should be diggin’ it while it’s happening.”

    “I’m gonna get me a Doors disc yet.”

    For those still crying about the missing tracks, Go Here

    By Sking on Feb 6, 2012

  3. Thanks again for all of these Door releases!

    By Tom on Feb 6, 2012

  4. not counting this posting..the other two items put onto one cd add up to a full 60mins. not really a full 80min cd but certainly a decent cd’s worth of listening. i dont see why anyone would complain about this.
    this item here is 45mins without the 2 missing tracks. again nothing really to complain about.
    i dont understand people who have the gall to actually complain about things that are given to them free. like its expected.

    By darth on Feb 6, 2012

  5. Thanks so much for this recording. Have the When You’re Strange and Doors Box set so I can add the missing tracks.Been wanting to get this show in its complete form and now I do. Thanks again.

    By Bill H. on Feb 6, 2012

  6. I’ve got to agree with darth on this one. Back in the days of vinyl bootlegs it really was about ‘buying a pig in poke’ as you couldn’t hear what you’d bought before you got it home. Many booties were just rubbish but it was the thrill of hearing a real knock-out performance on the turntable that kept you going. now I enjoy being spoilt without wasting money on junk. Keep it up bigo.

    By Creatist on Feb 6, 2012

  7. I agree with Creatist..esp. about buying boot lps back in the day…

    with all the current sites shutting down I`m pretty darn thankful bigo stuck to it`s guns about the music they offered..

    By sluggo on Feb 6, 2012

  8. This is the clearest, brightest sounding live boot I can remember hearing. Amazing sound! A million thanks to all involved.And thanks to Sking for the rest.

    By Orlando Bobert on Feb 7, 2012

  9. Thanks, BigO! I agree with those above who can’t understand how people can complain about something that they are getting for free. I appreciate all the great shows and rarities that you have offered up over the years, and I look forward to many more. You guys ROCK!

    By Walter on Feb 7, 2012

  10. This was the same festival where Leonard Cohen performed. Coincidentally, his performance was also never released on CD, until just a few years ago. BTW Sunday 30 August 1970, not 31st. Again, same mistake on LC’s CD.

    By Stranger on Feb 10, 2012

  11. I guess it’s only right to post this link now. You’ll understand when you go there.


    just found it tonight.

    By sking on Mar 3, 2012

  12. this is the best version of the this song i was going to spend 30 buck for this album. the end is raw it connect with th e soul posistivly susicidal but livly enlighting. this is the ultimate genius.

    By jairu on May 10, 2012

  13. upgrade..

    By dropkick sarge on Mar 3, 2014

  14. Thanx Sarge… this is a real upgrade! Always liked this performance, first savored as a crummy cassette tape bought at a swap meet a hundred years ago (give or take).
    Question: not to be a dolt, but is this downloadable from Willard’s site or just available for playback? No obvious download means to me. Currently, it seems you can only hear “Roadhouse”. Thanx.

    By lowendbill on Mar 3, 2014

  15. lowendbill you have to go into the comments part and willard always write the first comment and puts “search here” click on that it`ll take you where you wanna go!

    By dropkick sarge on Mar 3, 2014

  16. Thanx, Sarge! I forgot that little drill.

    By lowendbill on Mar 3, 2014

  17. no problemo bill, just goes to show that folks here can ask and recieve graciously without being called an idiot.

    By dropkick sarge on Mar 3, 2014

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