Live at the Matrix 1967

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Live at the Matrix 1967
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Live album by The Doors
Released November 18, 2008
Recorded March 7 & 10, 1967
Genre Psychedelic rock, acid rock, blues-rock
Length 125:46
Label Rhino - Bright Midnight Archives
Producer Bruce Botnick
The Doors chronology
Live Pittsburgh Civic Arena
Live at the Matrix 1967
Live in New York
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
BBC (?)[2]
CHARTattack 4/5 stars[3]
Crawdaddy (?)[4]
PopMatters (?)[5]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[6]
San Francisco Chronicle (?)[7]

Live at the Matrix 1967 is a double live album by The Doors, compiled and resequenced from recordings made on March 7 and 10, 1967 at The Matrix in San Francisco by club co-owner Peter Abram.[8] The recording is notable because it is one of the earliest live recordings of the band known to exist: The Doors had recorded only one album by March 1967, "Light My Fire" had yet to be released as a single,[9] and they were still relatively unknown outside Southern California.

This is part of previously unreleased material of the Bright Midnight Archives collection of live albums by The Doors.

Recording equipment[edit]

On November 22, 2008, recording engineer Peter Abram revealed in an online posting [10] the equipment he used to record The Doors at The Matrix. "I used an Akai tape recorder (tubes), 4 Calrad mics on the stage and a Calrad mic mixer on the instrumental channel. On the vocal channel: a Knight mixer with 3 Electrovoice 676 and Shure mics. The Calrad mics that I used on the instrumental track were model DM-21" said Abram.

The original master 1/4 track stereo tapes were recorded at 7.5 ips on Abram's Akai reel-to-reel vacuum tube tape recorder.

Master Tape issues[edit]

PopMatters music critic Steve Horowitz observed in his review of Live at the Matrix 1967, entitled "Money...That's What I Want,"[11] that the Rhino CD was not sourced from Peter Abram's master tapes, despite Rhino's press release claim that "first generation tapes" were used.[12][13]

On December 2, 2008, Peter Abram allowed photos to be taken of his master tape boxes. These photos were published online at the Steve Hoffman Forums on December 4, 2008.[14]

Abram's notations on the master tape boxes indicate that a 'jam' was performed between "Soul Kitchen" and "Get Out of My Life Woman" during the March 7, 1967 show.

Track listing[edit]

Disc one[edit]

All songs written by Jim Morrison, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek and John Densmore, except where noted.

  1. "Break On Through (To the Other Side)" (Jim Morrison) – 3:47
  2. "Soul Kitchen" (Morrison) – 5:51
  3. "Money" (Janie Bradford, Berry Gordy) – 3:02
  4. "The Crystal Ship" (Morrison) – 2:50
  5. "Twentieth Century Fox" – 2:46
  6. "I'm a King Bee" (James Moore) – 3:48
  7. "Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)" (Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill) – 3:16
  8. "Summer's Almost Gone" (Morrison) – 3:46
  9. "Light My Fire" (Robby Krieger) – 8:14
  10. "Get Out of My Life, Woman" (Allen Toussaint) – 3:58
  11. "Back Door Man" (Willie Dixon, Chester Burnett) – 5:14
  12. "Who Do You Love" (Bo Diddley) – 4:31
  13. "The End" – 13:54

Disc two[edit]

  1. "Unhappy Girl" (Morrison) – 3:56
  2. "Moonlight Drive" (Morrison) – 5:39
  3. "Woman Is a Devil/Rock Me Baby" (B.B. King) – 8:08
  4. "People Are Strange" (Morrison, Krieger) – 2:14
  5. "Close to You" (Dixon) – 2:56
  6. "My Eyes Have Seen You" (Morrison) – 2:56
  7. "Crawling King Snake" (Anon, arr. by John Lee Hooker) – 4:53
  8. "I Can't See Your Face in My Mind" (Morrison) – 3:07
  9. "Summertime" (George Gershwin, DuBose Heyward) – 8:29
  10. "When the Music's Over" – 11:11
  11. "Gloria" (Van Morrison) – 5:36



  • Produced by: Bruce Botnick
  • Production Supervisor and Personal Management: Jeffrey Jampol
  • Artists and Repertoire: Robin Hurley
  • Product Manager: Kenny Nemes
  • Project Coordinator: Cory Lashever
  • Project Assistance: John Espinoza, Steven Gorman, Bob Martin, Peter Tarnoff, Alessandra Quaranta
  • Cover Artwork: Stanley Mouse
  • Art Direction & Design: Bryan Lasley, Maria McKenna, and Joshua Petker
  • Doors Archivist: David Dutkowski
  • Photos: Bobby Klein, Jim Marshall, and Tim Boxer
  • Legal Representation: John Branca and David Byrnes