by Robert Wilkinson
Today would have been the 70th birthday of Jim Morrison, the shamanic poet, lead singer and frontman for the Doors. Today we have some great live performances!
Jim Morrison (December 8, 1943 – July 3, 1971)was a creature of great talent and great excesses who flamed out at a very young age thanks to too much alcohol and dancing too close to the edge without a safety net or much of a sense of proportion. Still, he was a unique talent, and quite a powerful musician and poet. So for your enjoyment, here are the Doors! (You'll find that you have to allow some of these to buffer for a minute so you can view them without interruptions.)
From January 1, 1967, the Doors live on tv performing the song that introduced them to the world, the electrifying "Break On Through (To the Other Side)." Here's the music video of the Doors doing "Break On Through (To the Other Side)"
And now for some live concerts! Here are Jim, Ray, Robbie, and John doing what they do best at the Hollywood Bowl in July 1968! We begin with the Doors doing a great live performance of "Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar)" followed by Jim Doing Poetry and "Light My Fire."
After finding the above clips, I stumbled across the entire Hollywood Bowl live performance! For your enjoyment, a 1 hour+ live concert of the Doors at the Hollywood Bowl!
I found a real treat! Here's the song from their first album that usually closed their performances, and shows how electrifying they were when they exploded on the LA scene in the mid-60s! From a 1967 "Live in Toronto" tv program, an 11 minute live performance of the very surrealistic and haunting "The End."
From the "Live In Europe 1968" DVD, some live performances in black and while. Though it's obvious Jim is a bit out there, the Doors still smoke doing "Back Door Man." From the same show, "Light My Fire" and "Spanish Caravan."
From the same European tour, "Love Me Two Times."
From Cinemax, the entire 60 minute concert of The Doors in Europe 1968
Here's a great find from a studio session on Danish TV in October, 1968! Here are the Doors in a live performance of "Backdoor Man"
"The Unknown Soldier." (This was the first time that "The Unknown Soldier" was performed on television, and yes, this song was banned quite a few places in war-worshipping Amerika!)
After finding the previous clips in past birthday tributes, this year I found the entire 30 minute television show!
The Doors Live In Copenhagen 1968 Set list: “Alabama Song (Whisky Bar),” “Back Door Man,” “Love Me Two Times,” “When The Music's Over,” “The Unknown Soldier”
From 1969, great live performances on PBS of the Doors in the order of the set list!
More Doors performances from PBS Critique!
From 1969, the entire two hours of The Doors Soundstage Performances
Here’s a great live performance by the Doors doing “Light My Fire”
Live on the Ed Sullivan Show, the Doors performing “People Are Strange”
From Dec 1967, live on the Jonathan Winter Show, “Moonlight Drive” and “Light My Fire”
From 1967, here's a music video of the Doors doing "People Are Strange."
Some of these are performances, some are set to stills. This is a live March 1967 performance at the Matrix in SF of a bunch of great songs from the Doors' first three albums. First, “Break On Through,” then "Back Door Man," followed by the haunting poetry of "Crystal Ship." From the same show, a live performance of one of my Doors favorites, "My Eyes Have Seen You."
From the Matrix off their second album, "People Are Strange," followed by the incredible "Moonlight Drive." From the third album, "Summer's Almost Gone." We close this set from the Matrix with "Unhappy Girl," and a 13+ minute performance of "The End."
Set to random footage, from Cleveland in August 1968, here's an audio-only live performance of the Doors doing their menacing "call to arms" from their third album, "Five to One."
Set to stills and performance footage, here are the Doors in 1968 Stockholm doing a live performance of "Wild Child."
From 1967, the Doors live in Connecticut in an audio-only performance of “the Crystal Ship”
A video of stills set to the studio version of the very poetic “Crystal Ship”
Here’s the original studio version of “Love Her Madly”
Here’s a great live performance set to video footage from 1970 in Honolulu of the harrowing “Five to One”
From the Felt Forum in 1970, a live audio-only performance set to stills of the Doors doing "Gloria" and "My Eyes Have Seen You."
Here’s a 38 minute documentary on the Doors called "Feast of Friends."
I also found another 85 minute documentary narrated by Johnny Depp. For your enjoyment, “When You’re Strange – The Documentary”
As a fitting close to this birthday tribute, I found Jim's last performance. Broadcast on Australian TV from LA, 1971, it’s rehearsal footage of The Doors doing "Crawling King Snake." (And yes, it does sound like “Back Door Man.”)
Happy Birthday, Dead Shaman. As you once wrote, "There will never be another one like you, there will never be another one who will do the things you do...." And it's true that nobody before you ever did what you did, and nobody has ever done it since.
When you Sagittarians flame on, you really do it in a big way. I suppose that shooting stars are only with us a short while. Aum Namah Shivaya!
ps - Today is also the birthday of the great Gregg Allman (December 8, 1947), brother of Duane and co-founder of the Allman Brothers Band. If you want to hear his keyboard work, please check out the recent birthday tribute to his Scorpio brother, Happy 2013 RIP Birthday to the Skydog, Guitar Wizard Duane Allman, where you'll find plenty of Gregg's work.
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