Live at the Hollywood Bowl (The Doors album)

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Live at the Hollywood Bowl
TheDoorsLiveAtTheHollywoodBowlalbumcover.jpg
Live album by
ReleasedMay 1987
RecordedJuly 5, 1968
VenueHollywood Bowl, L.A.
GenrePsychedelic rock, acid rock, blues rock
Length22:19
LabelElektra
ProducerPaul A. Rothchild
The Doors chronology
Alive, She Cried
(1983)
Live at the Hollywood Bowl
(1987)
In Concert
(1991)
Live at the Hollywood Bowl
Video by
Released1987 / 2000 / 2012
Recorded5 July 1968, Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California, United States
GenrePsychedelic rock
Length62:00 1987 VHS/ 62:00 2000 DVD/ 72:00 2012 Blu-ray
LabelUniversal Picture
DirectorPaul Ferrara
ProducerRick Schmidlin
The Doors chronology
The Doors Are Open
(1998)
Live at the Hollywood Bowl
(1987)
The Doors - 30 Years Commemorative Edition
(2001)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauC–[2]
Record Collector3/5 stars[3]

Live at the Hollywood Bowl is the third official live album by the American rock band the Doors, released in May 1987 on Elektra Records. The concert was recorded on July 5, 1968, at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, the Doors' hometown. The 1987 LP release of this album is the Doors' shortest official release, at just 22 minutes and 19 seconds. 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.

Recording[edit]

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 film project Feast of Friends which was not released until November 2014.

Initial sound problem's with Morrison's microphone made the first 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 DVD also made use of different cameras used at the concert from that released on video in 1987.

Track listing[edit]

1987 LP version[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Wake Up!"Jim Morrison1.40
2."Light My Fire"Robby Krieger8:15
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
3."The Unknown Soldier"The Doors4:23
4."A Little Game"Morrison1:22
5."The Hill Dwellers"Morrison2:20
6."Spanish Caravan"The Doors1:19

1987 CD version[edit]

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

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

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" (Morrison) – 1:29
  6. "Back Door Man" (reprise) (Dixon) – 1:22
  7. "The WASP (Texas Radio and the Big Beat)" (Morrison) – 1:52
  8. "Hello, I Love You" (Morrison) – 2:14
  9. "Moonlight Drive" (Morrison) – 3:21
  10. "Horse Latitudes" (Morrison) – 1:08
  11. "A Little Game" (Morrison) – 1:20
  12. "The Hill Dwellers" (Morrison) – 2:22
  13. "Spanish Caravan" – 3:04
  14. "Hey, What Would You Guys Like To Hear?" – 0:40
  15. "Wake Up!" (Morrison) – 1:30
  16. "Light My Fire" (Krieger) – 9:32
  17. "Light My Fire" (Segue) (Krieger) – 0:38
  18. "The Unknown Soldier" – 4:43
  19. "The End" (Segue) – 1:02
  20. "The End" – 17:31

Track listing video[edit]

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" - Edit 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) (Willie 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)

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eder, Bruce. "The Doors Live at the Hollywood Bowl". AllMusic. Retrieved August 31, 2015.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Live at the Hollywood Bowl". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved August 31, 2015.
  3. ^ Draper, Jason (December 2012). "The Doors – Live at the Hollywood Bowl '68". Record Collector. Retrieved August 31, 2015.