The Doors : Live At The Matrix : 5LP Vinyl Box Set and 3CD Review

Unboxing the Magic: The Doors Live at The Matrix 1967

We’re journeying back to 1967 to unbox and review The Doors’ live performance at The Matrix. I’ve got both the 5 LP 7in single set and the 3 CD version on hand, so let’s get started!

Inside the Box: A Glimpse of History

The Doors Live at The Matrix 1967 is a masterful representation of the band’s original recordings. Available in two formats, the 3 CD version comes in a Digi pack, unfolding to reveal the CDs and a booklet on the left panel. This booklet is a treasure trove of psychedelic photography, historical notes on the recordings, track listings, and remastering details.

For vinyl lovers, there’s a set that boasts five LPs, all housed in polylined sleeves. The pressings are pristine, and the experience of playing up to side 10 of an album is truly unique. Additionally, there’s a 7in single with the unreleased “Bag’s Groove” on one side and artistic etchings on the other.

Sound Quality

For those wondering about the sound quality, rest assured, it’s top-notch. While it’s not a state-of-the-art mixed live concert, the recording quality is commendable, given the era and the intimate club setting. It feels like you’re 25 ft away from the stage, immersed in the raw energy of the band. The Doors, known for their darker, more dangerous vibe, come alive in this recording, playing to a small audience and experimenting with their sound.

Why This Album is Essential

The Doors Live at The Matrix is not just another live recording; it’s a historical document. It captures the band on the brink of massive success, playing to a handful of people, and giving a raw, unfiltered performance. This album offers a unique opportunity to get under the hood of The Doors, especially for fans of their early work.

For those new to The Doors, I’d recommend starting with their first two albums from 1967 and then diving into Live at The Matrix. It provides a comprehensive understanding of the band’s evolution and their impact on rock music.

Final Thoughts

Whether you’re a die-hard Doors fan or someone exploring the rock legends for the first time, this album is a must-have. It’s like sitting in the dark, shining a torch on a poster of Jim Morrison, and feeling like you’re eavesdropping on rock history.

The Doors Live at The Matrix 1967, released by Rhino Music and Warners, is a testament to the band’s enduring legacy. It’s been an absolute joy to play and explore, and I hope you’ll find the same magic in it.

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Phil Aston | Now Spinning Magazine

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