I just got The Doors Perception box set as an early birthday gift; and after going through the whole thing, and all the bonus content and extras, I’m smiling like an overwhelmed fan boy. And I’ll tell you why.
(All 6 Doors albums with rare bonus tracks, DVD bonus content with 5.1 Surround Sound versions of each album, and video content: The Doors, Strange Days, Waiting For The Sun, The Soft Parade, Morrison Hotel, and L.A. Woman.)
First of all, according to Doors producer Bruce Botnick, we’ve been listening to The Doors for the last 40 years slightly off key (approximately a half-step lower than what was recorded). This is corrected on the 40th Anniversary Remasters. Another interesting fact relates to how the albums were recorded between 1967 and 1970. The mixing for the Doors music was done on 4-track mixers, the process was repeated by mixing the 4 tracks into one and overdubbing. Due to this, a lot was lost in the mix - very evidently in songs like Roadhouse Blues. The remastered versions of these songs bring everything clearly out in the mix, so that the music is heard how it was originally intended. Now whether Jim Morrison would agree with this change, or not, is anyone’s guess. Though, I must admit I can’t really substitute the original releases for this 40th Anniversary Remastered release; but at the very least, it’s something new and interesting for fans who are hungry for Doors content.
The bonus tracks are great. A lot of them haven’t been released before and are completely new to fans, though some of the content can be found on Essential Rarities. However, the video content is recycled material, which is found in previous releases such as The Doors DVD box-set.
All in all, I’m glad I could get my hands on this here in the Middle East. The region is growing up, and a globalized market is allowing more content to pour in for us youth starving for rare material by bands who moved out of the spot-light decades ago.
If you’re new to The Doors, I wouldn’t recommend this; but for fans, this is an amazing box-set worth checking out. The DVD 5.1 surround sound versions of the songs are incredible to listen to on a home-theater system, and if you’re like me, you’ll want to pop all the CDs into your car’s 6 (or more) track CD changer and go out for a long drive. I might do that soon. And just ‘cause I’m a Doors freak, this gets 6/5 stars. Heh.