Monday, December 17, 2007

THE DOORS - Isle of Wight, England 1970

Yesterday I went to a mellow little in-store with Robby Krieger of The Doors at the just-opened/soon-to-close Rhino Pop-Up Store near 3rd and Fairfax in L.A. Robby is a cool old cat, and most kind to all the fans there (not as many as I thought there would be, given how insanely packed the 40th Anniversary celebration on the Sunset Strip was last November, the very definition of "clusterfuck." Morrison would have dug the chaos there big-time.)

My first Doors post is one of their last shows, very close to The End for Jim and the boys (their final performance would be three months later, appropriately given in New Orleans). Surprisingly, this one's a powerhouse, taken from the near-disastrous 1970 Isle of Wight Festival, an event legendarily documented in Murray Lerner's jaw-dropping film Message to Love. There's only a brief clip of "When the Music's Over" in the doc, with no inkling of how tight and sharp a performance it really is. Fittingly, this version "The End" takes off in a few rather odd directions. Great stereo sound too.

Isle of Wight Festival - England - August 29, 1970 (SBD)

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