61972-2 Absolutely Live
Produced by Paul A. Rothchild
Released on July 1970
US CHART POSITION #8 . . . GOLD RECORD (7/24/70) . . . UK CHART POSITION #69
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T roughs where the pandemonium becomes unbearable, peaks of majestic poetic beauty, senseless brutality, sexuality and tension bubbling just beneath the surface. Just some of the things you’ll find on Absolutely Live. The revulsion factor runs high, from a flinty call for control at the beginning to a battle between raging egos during “When The Music's Over” that affords a window into what Hell must be like. The music takes a back seat, unfortunately, as The Doors deliver their hits in loose medleys interspersed with performances from Jim Morrison. The live versions of “Back Door Man,” “Alabama Song” and “Soul Kitchen” are good, but the studio versions smoldered with as much intensity. When it was released, Absolutely Live was notable for inclusion of previously unreleased songs and covers -- “Who Do You Love,” “Universal Mind,” “Build Me A Woman,” “Close To You,” “Love Hides” -- none of it essential (well, maybe “Universal Mind”). Throughout, Morrison is the center of the storm, though Robby Krieger does slip in some stunning leads. His voice is rough and rich and wonderful, his readings of “Petition The Lord With Prayer” and “Celebration of the Lizard” flooded with dark charisma. In a sense, the disc (originally a double-elpee set) plays out like a multimedia experience. You don’t hear the performances so much as feel them. It’s a visceral, vicarious pleasure for those who buy into the band’s mythology, but a powerful musical statement it’s not. The Doors were becoming The Jim Morrison Show, and Absolutely Live is absolutely the product of his vision. Because it was spliced together from different shows, it’s unfair to suggest that this is what all their shows sounded like. But you get the sense that this is what Jim wished they sounded like: intense, unpredictable, petulant. Music fans may find this more of an historical supplement to the band’s achievement, Doors fans will stare at it in a mix of horror and fascination.

61972-2 back cover EKS-9002 cover
61972-2 back cover EKS-9002 cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. HOUSE ANNOUNCER    2:40
  2. WHO DO YOU LOVE    (McDaniel)    6:03
    MEDLEY:
  3. Alabama Song    (Kurt Weill/Bertol Brecht)    1:51
  4. Backdoor Man    (Willie Dixon)    2:22
  5. Love Hides    1:49
  6. Five To One    4:35
  7. BUILD ME A WOMAN    3:33
  8. WHEN THE MUSIC'S OVER    16:16
  9. CLOSE TO YOU    (Willie Dixon)    4:04
  10. UNIVERSAL MIND    4:55
  11. PETITION THE LORD WITH PRAYER    0:53
    MEDLEY:
  12. Dead Cats, Dead Rats    1:54
  13. Break On Through #2    4:41
    CELEBRATION OF THE LIZARD
  14. Lions In The Street    1:14
  15. Wake Up    1:24
  16. A Little Game    1:10
  17. The Hill Dwellers    2:35
  18. Not To Touch The Earth    4:19
  19. Names of the Kingdom    1:24
  20. The Palace of Exile    2:25
  21. SOUL KITCHEN    7:11

    Alll songs written by The Doors unless noted

CREDITS

JOHN DENSMORE -- drums
ROBBY KRIEGER -- guitar
RAY MANZAREK -- organ, bass, vocals
JIM MORRISON -- lead vocals
Bruce Botnick -- engineer
Alli -- art direction + design
David Sygall -- shots of Jim
Ed Caraeff -- inlay shots of Ray, John and Robby

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US July 1970 Elektra 2LP/CS EKS/C2-9002 gatefold cover
UK 1970 Elektra 2LP K62005 gatefold cover
CAN   Elektra CS CEKJ-9002  
JPN   Warner 2LP P-6349/50E gatefold cover, lyric insert
UK/GER 1976 Elektra 2LP K62005 gatefold cover reissue
YUG 1980 Suzy 2LP ELK62005  
WW October 15, 1996 Elektra CD/CS 61972 digital remaster

 

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