Live at the Hollywood Bowl (The Doors album)

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Live at the Hollywood Bowl
Live album by
ReleasedMay 1987 (1987-05)
RecordedJuly 5, 1968
VenueHollywood Bowl, Los Angeles
ProducerPaul A. Rothchild
The Doors chronology
Alive, She Cried
Live at the Hollywood Bowl
In Concert

Live at the Hollywood Bowl is the third official live album by the American rock band the Doors, released in May 1987 by Elektra Records. The concert was recorded on July 5, 1968, at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, the Doors' hometown.

At a length of 22 minutes and 19 seconds, the 1987 album is the Doors' shortest official release. A VHS video of the concert was also released, containing 14 songs. The full version of the concert, entitled Live at the Bowl '68, was released in October 2012 on CD, LP and Blu-ray Disc. A shortened version of the concert is on The Doors - 30 Years Commemorative Edition DVD.


The entire concert was recorded using several cameras and is one of only two professionally recorded live performances of the band in color (the other being Live at The Isle of Wight Festival 1970). The Doors' long-time sound engineer Bruce Botnick recorded the concert direct from the soundboard onto an 8-track machine. The recording of "The End" was used in the film project Feast of Friends, which was not released until November 2014.

Initial sound problems with Morrison's microphone made the opening trio of songs ("Hello, I Love You", "The WASP (Texas Radio and the Big Beat)" and "Spanish Caravan") somewhat distorted. This was digitally rectified for the 2012 release by Bruce Botnick. The 2012 edition of the concert also made use of some different camera angles than the version released on video in 1987.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauC–[2]
Record Collector3/5 stars[3]

Bruce Eder, in a review for AllMusic, gave the album three and a half out of five stars, calling it "a good companion to the other live archival issues of its era, although none of it holds a candle to the New York concert included in The Doors: Box Set [1997]".[1]

Track listing[edit]

1987 LP version[edit]

All tracks are written by the Doors (Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger and John Densmore), except where noted. Details are taken from the 1987 Elektra Records album and may differ from other sources.[4]

Side one
1."Wake Up"1:40
2."Light My Fire"8:15
Side two
3."The Unknown Soldier"4:14
4."A Little Game"1:20
5."The Hill Dwellers"2:21
6."Spanish Caravan"1:19

1987 CD version[edit]

  1. "Wake Up!" – 1:40
  2. "Light My Fire" – 8:15
  3. "The Unknown Soldier" – 4:23
  4. "A Little Game" – 1:22
  5. "The Hill Dwellers" – 2:20
  6. "Spanish Caravan" – 1:19
  7. "Light My Fire" (Edit of live version) – 3:24

Tracks 1, 4, and 5 are from "Celebration of the Lizard"

2012 version (Live at the Bowl '68)[edit]

  1. Show Start/Intro – 0:19
  2. "When the Music's Over" – 12:52
  3. "Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)" (Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill) – 1:33
  4. "Back Door Man" (Willie Dixon, Chester Burnett) – 2:33
  5. "Five to One" – 1:29
  6. "Back Door Man" (reprise) (Dixon, Burnett) – 1:22
  7. "The WASP (Texas Radio and the Big Beat)" – 1:52
  8. "Hello, I Love You" – 2:14
  9. "Moonlight Drive" – 3:21
  10. "Horse Latitudes" – 1:08
  11. "A Little Game" – 1:20
  12. "The Hill Dwellers" – 2:22
  13. "Spanish Caravan" – 3:04
  14. "Hey, What Would You Guys Like To Hear?" – 0:40
  15. "Wake Up!" – 1:30
  16. "Light My Fire" – 9:32
  17. "Light My Fire" (Segue) – 0:38
  18. "The Unknown Soldier" – 4:43
  19. "The End" (Segue) – 1:02
  20. "The End" – 17:31

Track listing video[edit]

Live at the Hollywood Bowl
Video by
Released1987 (1987)
RecordedJuly 5, 1968
VenueHollywood Bowl, Los Angeles
LabelMCA Home Video
DirectorPaul Ferrara
ProducerRick Schmidlin
The Doors video chronology
The Doors Are Open
Live at the Hollywood Bowl
The Doors - 30 Years Commemorative Edition

1987/2000 version[edit]

  1. "When the Music's Over"
  2. "Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)" (Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill)
  3. "Back Door Man" (Willie Dixon)
  4. "Five to One"
  5. "Back Door Man" (Reprise)
  6. "Moonlight Drive"
  7. "Horse Latitudes"
  8. "A Little Game" (Excerpt from "The Celebration of the Lizard")
  9. "The Hill Dwellers" (Excerpt from "The Celebration of the Lizard")
  10. "Spanish Caravan" (Edited version)
  11. "Wake Up"
  12. "Light My Fire"
  13. "The Unknown Soldier"
  14. "The End"

2012 version[edit]

  1. Show Start/Intro
  2. "When The Music’s Over"
  3. "Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)" (Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill)
  4. "Back Door Man" (Willie Dixon)
  5. "Five To One"
  6. "Back Door Man" (reprise) (Dixon)
  7. "The WASP" (Texas Radio and the Big Beat)
  8. "Hello, I Love You"
  9. "Moonlight Drive"
  10. "Horse Latitudes"
  11. "A Little Game"
  12. "The Hill Dwellers"
  13. "Spanish Caravan"
  14. "Hey, What Would You Guys Like to Hear?"
  15. "Wake Up!"
  16. "Light My Fire" (Segue)
  17. "Light My Fire"
  18. "The Unknown Soldier"
  19. "The End" (Segue)
  20. "The End"

Special Features

  • Echoes from the Bowl
  • You Had to Be There
  • Reworking the Doors
  • Television Performances:
  1. "Wild Child" (from The Smothers Brothers Show, 1968)
  2. "Light My Fire" (from The Jonathan Winters Show, 1967)
  3. "Gloria" (music video)


The Doors


  1. ^ a b Eder, Bruce. "The Doors: Live at the Hollywood Bowl – Review". AllMusic. Retrieved August 31, 2015.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Live at the Hollywood Bowl". Retrieved August 31, 2015.
  3. ^ Draper, Jason (December 2012). "The Doors: Live at the Hollywood Bowl '68". Record Collector. Retrieved August 31, 2015.
  4. ^ Live at the Hollywood Bowl (Liner notes). The Doors. Elektra Records. 1987. LP labels. 60741-1.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)