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The Doors - Legacy-The Absolute Best
Rhino Records
By MuzikMan
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2003-09-04
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Artist: The Doors (www.thedoors.com)
Title: Legacy-The Absolute Best
Label: Rhino Records (www.rhino.com)
Genre: Rock/AOR, Proto-Punk, Psychedelic

The Doors…just the mention of that name brings thoughts of the ‘60s, Los Angeles, sex, drugs, and the poignant and mysterious lead singer Jim Morrison. Legacy-The Absolute Best is a two CD set that successfully encapsulates the legendary and seemingly surreal career of one of rock music's most important and timeless bands. Their music is still incredibly vital and strong today and that is exactly why best of sets such as this will continue to fly out of the stores. This music is sheer magic that will continue to find new audiences as long as man remains in the physical form he now inhabits, ummm…sounds like something Jim Morrison would have said while cruising along on an LSD trip.

The legend of the music will continue to evolve and gather attention for many years to come no doubt. There is something spooky and magical about this music and when you watch footage of Morrison singing and then look into his eyes, you see pools of darkness that are indefinable; it always gives me a chill. He was a troubled soul but a true poet and musical icon that will go unmatched in the chronicles of music.

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So what makes this set the ultimate and absolute best in comparison to others? I am not sure I can agree it is the very best but I did enjoy every millisecond of it. Okay, it is the absolute best 2 CD set I have ever heard. It has one previously unreleased track, which is an ultra rare thing in and of itself when pondering the glut of best of sets that have hit the racks over the years, so it has that going for it right from the get go. The sound and production is beautiful and clear and the liner notes thoughtful, deep and descriptive, capturing the spirit of the band and the time they made the music. The pictures in booklet are wonderful as well, each one telling a story. For me all of these things are extremely important while listening to Doors music. Robbie Krieger (Guitar), Jim Morrison (Vocals), Ray Manzarek (Keyboards) and John Densmore (Drums) are looked upon as Shamans, holy men of music in the liner notes. Okay, I will buy that description. Today they sound like the saviors of rock ‘n' roll compared to some of the bands that only pale in comparison. Despite that fact, the bands that cannot even cast a shadow on the Doors legacy are selling millions of copies of their albums. Unfortunately, there are not bands like them in existence today.

They were just as important and distinctive as other ‘60s legends and as revered and idolized now as they were at the height of their success before Morrison's death. Morrison was the maniac genius with the heart and soul of an American poet and hero. What a package he was. How much more dramatic and cinematic does it get than the lyrics and music of this band? I would venture to say that this band would always give you plenty for your entertainment value.

The absolute best, that is debatable, if I listen a few more times it will become believable. This music holds a certain animal magnetism and power over me like no other; it is comparable to the appeal of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, and The Who. Nothing can touch that kind of feeling nor duplicate it, its special. I highly recommend this CD set. Play it loud and remember when the music was real and every word was felt like the sting of a bee. It does not get any better than this; it will have your brain squirmin' like a toad. The Lizard King lives…

CD One
1. Break on Through (To the Other Side)
2. Back Door Man
3. Light My Fire
4. Twentieth Century Fox
5. The Crystal Ship
6. Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar)
7. Soul Kitchen
8. The End
9. Love Me Two Times
10. People Are Strange
11. When the Music's Over
12. My Eyes Have Seen You
13. Moonlight Drive
14. Strange Days
15. Hello, I Love You
16. The Unknown Soldier
18. Five to One

CD Two
20. Touch Me
21. Wild Child
22. Tell All the People
23. Wishful Sinful
24. Roadhouse Blues
25. Waiting for the Sun
26. You Make Me Real
27. Peace Frog
28. Love Her Madly
29. L.A. Woman
30. Riders on the Storm
31. The Wasp (Texas Radio and the Big Beat)
32. The Changeling
33. Gloria
34. Celebration of the Lizard (Previously Unissued)

The Doors Were:
Robbie Krieger -Guitar
Jim Morrison-Vocals
Ray Manzarek -Keyboards
John Densmore-Drums


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