The Doors, Harrison Ford & the Hollywood Bowl…

Many critics have recently been bringing up artists’ “quintessential” concerts, citing The Rolling Stones’ Get Your Ya-Ya’s Out or The Who’s Live At Leeds as examples. With the newly-remastered release of the Doors’ 1968 concert at the Hollywood Bowl, cleverly titled, The Doors Live at the Bowl ’68, this filmed performance is being hailed as the closest thing to a “quintessential” Doors concert that audiences will ever get. I would almost certainly disagree, but since critics are not diehard fans like this author, their only real exposure to the band will sadly be these new releases mailed out to them to review, or the Best of albums they got high to in college and that now saturates FM radio.

Barring that, the brand new CD/Blu-ray/vinyl release of Live at the Bowl ’68 is certainly a must have for super-fan and novice alike.

This Doors performance is certainly legendary in its own right, but I sadly would not stake it up there with the aforementioned Who and Stones shows, due to the enormous catalog (mostly audio, but some film) that the band has compiled that can be more aptly termed the “quintessential” performance.

That said, this re-release definitely has its selling points, and luckily is not just a dressed up “remaster” of the type that often happens in the music world.

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