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Editors’ Notes

This is the legendary July 5, 1968, Hollywood Bowl concert in its entirety. Thanks to state-of-the-art technology, original engineer Bruce Botnick was able to repair the damaged portions of the live tapes and, for the first time, bring out the complete show. The band opens here with a sharp and focused version of the epic "When the Music's Over." (Imagine a modern chart-topping band opening a show with 13 minutes of music and poetry!) An early poetry-only version of "The WASP (Texas Radio and the Big Beat)" leads the way into succinct run-throughs of "Hello, I Love You" and "Moonlight Drive" before The Doors do the unexpected improvisatory number "Horse Latitudes" and pieces of the then-unreleased "Celebration of the Lizard" (listed as "A Little Game"), "The Hill Dwellers," and "Wake Up!" An extended version of "The End" brings this unusual concert to its close.

Customer Reviews

Simply Superb! The Doors rock the bowl...

In the summer of 1968, a legendary band hit the stage at the Hollywood Bowl and rock history was made.

RIP Ray Manzarek - great album

I've always loved the Doors and this performance in general is really one of their best because you can hear Ray absolutely kill it on his solos time and time again. He was a genius. As were Jim and Robby and John. Ray shall be missed.

The Doors

They were and are misunderstood and definitely underrated. Robby was and still is brilliant on the guitar. Ray providing bass with keyboard was again brilliant and far ahead of the time. Jim's lyrics masterful. They were a group of musicians who should have been aloud to simply perform. Their appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show is legendary. Being threaten to never coming back Morrison replied, "we just were!" One of my favorites part of the movie 'The Doors.'


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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