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When Jim Morrison died unexpectedly on July 3, 1971, it abruptly ended an important chapter in rock 'n' roll history. The three remaining Doors soldiered on for two more albums, but it soon became clear that it was over. By the late '70s, a Doors revival was in full effect. And in the era just before the CD age, the remaining members began to discover old tapes worth releasing. In 1997, they assembled Box Set, the first serious collection of Doors hits that added a chunk of previously unreleased material. 2006's Perception box set, however, marked the first time that much of the material here saw the light of day. For those who own the proper studio albums, Behind Closed Doors is a chance to hear The Doors in action, working the classic songs through various takes while the members were introducing new ideas that didn't always make the final cuts. The alternate takes from the 40th-anniversary edition of L.A. Woman are also here, almost creating an entirely new version of the band's classic final album with Jim Morrison.

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Raw doors

I've been a doors fan over 45 years. Saw them several times and have every official release as well as several boots. IMHO this collection captures them at their raw best over the span of their existence. I like all the alternate takes and tracks better than the originals, which by comparison sound over produced. I am not overly fond of some the remixes however. Some of the tracks are unavailable anywhere else. I put off buying this thinking it would be repetitive, but its not. Even the familiar tracks are just a bit different, sounding fresh and new. The blues influence on their music has never been more evident then here. A must have collection for any doors fan, and a strong recommendation for non-fans with open minds, who just might hear something in the music they never heard before. Rock on Ray.

The Doors…always

I love the rare tracks! Keep em coming, Doors. Thanks for the remixes too, I think Jim would have been fascinated by the electric remixes of his music. He saw it all coming, but to see it in practice would have blown his mind. I have yet to find another Jim in contemporary rock.

Celebration of the lizard complaint to iTunes

Albeit I love the doors I have been in fights defending them but I don't want to pay $40 just for one song. I already own most of these songs but I really want celebration of the lizard. It's album only though and I've heard it on the radio once in my 10 years of liking the doors. (I'm 15.) now I think iTunes should remaster an album of old recording and poetry and add celebration of the lizard. I am asking iTunes directly please either make celebration of the lizard available on this album without having to buy it or release another album for less than $40. Thank you for the music Jim, Ray, Robby, and John.


Formed: July, 1965 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s

The Doors, one of the most influential and controversial rock bands of the 1960s, were formed in Los Angeles in 1965 by UCLA film students Ray Manzarek, keyboards, and Jim Morrison, vocals; with drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger. The group never added a bass player, and their sound was dominated by Manzarek's electric organ work and Morrison's deep, sonorous voice, with which he sang and intoned his highly poetic lyrics. The group signed to Elektra Records in 1966 and released its...
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  • $39.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Rock & Roll
  • Released: May 03, 2013

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