Perception

Perception

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by The Doors
     
 

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Although the surviving members of the Doors have certainly explored the band's catalog broadly since the death of singer Jim Morrison, they've never dipped quite as deeply -- or with results quite as intriguing -- as on this all-encompassing box. Perception, which takes its title from the Aldous Huxley novel that gave the band its

Overview

Although the surviving members of the Doors have certainly explored the band's catalog broadly since the death of singer Jim Morrison, they've never dipped quite as deeply -- or with results quite as intriguing -- as on this all-encompassing box. Perception, which takes its title from the Aldous Huxley novel that gave the band its name in the first place, focuses on the studio recordings of the original lineup, with each of those six albums outfitted with fascinating bonus material that includes both studio banter and unreleased songs, all the better to fully open the Doors to outsiders. The archival material on earlier discs here tends to point up the band's pop instincts -- a surprisingly breezy alternate take on "Moonlight Drive" finds Ray Manzarek unspooling his best ? & the Mysterians organ riffs, and "Love Me Two Times" softens Robby Krieger's guitar palpably -- but, as fans might imagine, things get more intricate and more mysterious as time goes on. Waiting for the Sun offers up some of the meatiest material, notably the oft-bootlegged full version of "Celebration of the Lizard," which unfolds with a hypnotic inexorability, taking listeners on a trip that's by turns sensual and frightening. There's a decidedly more playful version of the previously unheard songs tagged onto The Soft Parade, from the surprisingly garage-styled "Push Push," a sex-crazed ditty that could've appeared on The Doors, to the woozy sea chantey "Whiskey, Mystics and Men," which finds Morrison going heavy on the first element, rather than the second -- a sharp contrast to most of his latter-day writing. The band follow their leader into Delta territory on Morrison Hotel, a disc that carries more of a whiff of the crossroads in this expanded edition -- thanks to multiple, subtly different versions of "Roadhouse Blues" as well as "Money Beats Soul," Morrison's sneering rejoinder to anyone who'd accuse him of selling out. L.A. Woman, which history has shown to be the singer's low ebb, still has some bright moments in its margins -- one of which, "You Need Meat," actually features Manzarek on lead vocals. Each of Perception's audio discs is paired with a DVD containing 5.1 audio mixes, photo galleries, lyrics, new liner notes, new producer's notes, and a pair of videos, making it a completist's dream and an unparalleled history lesson.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It's hard not to look at the 2006 box set Perception without a skeptical eye, since it is not only the third box set of the Doors studio recordings to be released within the course of a decade, it is the second in a row to purport to house the "complete studio recordings" of a group that released six studio albums -- and this doesn't count the live sets and hits comps that have appeared during that decade, either. Needless to say, the band has been packaged, repackaged, and reissued more than most, but just because there has been more Doors boxes than necessary doesn't mean that Perception lacks value. Indeed, it trumps the 1999 box The Complete Studio Recordings in every sense, since it covers the same territory in a set that is better packaged and better-sounding while also offering many more rarities. It also offers brand-new remasters supervised by the surviving band and their original producer Bruce Botnick, highlighted by the first-ever release of the classic debut album at its proper speed; apart from that, the improvements are by and large marginal in terms of the CD audio, but there are also 5.1 surround mixes of each of the albums on the DVD-Audios that accompany each album in this set, which are the primary sonic enticements to those who have already purchased these albums two, three, four times on CD. The bonus material -- and each of the albums have bonus tracks, ranging from two cuts on L.A. Woman to ten on Morrison Hotel -- by and large presents songs that have been official releases before (including much of the music from the Essential Rarities disc that was included in the 1999 box), but there have been a handful of rarities excavated for this set, including the unheard "Push Push" which has been added to The Soft Parade. All this makes Perception into what the 1999 box promised to be in its title: the complete recorded works, more or less, and it's better-looking and better-sounding, too. Even so, any fan who has purchased the prior sets would be forgiven if they passed on this otherwise excellent box: no matter how well-done it is, it's hard not to shake the perception that you've bought this all before. [Rhino/Elektra reissued this set in 2008.]

Product Details

Release Date:
10/21/2008
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227995980
catalogNumber:
334844

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Break on Through (To the Other Side)
  2. Soul Kitchen
  3. The Crystal Ship
  4. Twentieth Century Fox
  5. Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)
  6. Light My Fire
  7. Back Door Man
  8. I Looked at You
  9. End of the Night
  10. Take It as It Comes
  11. The End
  12. Moonlight Drive
  13. Moonlight Drive
  14. Indian Summer

Disc 2

  1. Break on Through (To the Other Side)
  2. Soul Kitchen
  3. The Crystal Ship
  4. Twentieth Century Fox
  5. Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)
  6. Light My Fire
  7. Back Door Man
  8. I Looked at You
  9. End of the Night
  10. Take It as It Comes
  11. The End
  12. Moonlight Drive
  13. Moonlight Drive
  14. Indian Summer
  15. Break on Through (To the Other Side)
  16. The End
  17. [Bonus Material]

Disc 3

  1. Strange Days
  2. You're Lost Little Girl
  3. Love Me Two Times
  4. Unhappy Girl
  5. Horse Latitudes
  6. Moonlight Drive
  7. People Are Strange
  8. My Eyes Have Seen You
  9. I Can't See Your Face in My Mind
  10. When the Music's Over
  11. People Are Strange (False Starts & Studio Dialogue)
  12. Love Me Two Times

Disc 4

  1. Strange Days
  2. You're Lost Little Girl
  3. Love Me Two Times
  4. Unhappy Girl
  5. Horse Latitudes
  6. Moonlight Drive
  7. People Are Strange
  8. My Eyes Have Seen You
  9. I Can't See Your Face in My Mind
  10. When the Music's Over
  11. People Are Strange (False Starts & Studio Dialogue) [5.1 Surr
  12. Love Me Two Times
  13. Love Me Two Times
  14. When the Music's Over
  15. [Bonus Material]

Disc 5

  1. Hello, I Love You
  2. Love Street
  3. Not to Touch the Earth
  4. Summer's Almost Gone
  5. Wintertime Love
  6. The Unknown Soldier
  7. Spanish Caravan
  8. My Wild Love
  9. We Could Be So Good Together
  10. Yes, The River Knows
  11. Five to One
  12. Albinoni's Adagio in G Minor
  13. Not to Touch the Earth (Dialogue)
  14. Not to Touch the Earth
  15. Not to Touch the Earth
  16. Celebration of the Lizard

Disc 6

  1. Hello, I Love You
  2. Love Street
  3. Not to Touch the Earth
  4. Summer's Almost Gone
  5. Wintertime Love
  6. The Unknown Soldier
  7. Spanish Caravan
  8. My Wild Love
  9. We Could Be So Good Together
  10. Yes, The River Knows
  11. Five to One
  12. Albinoni's Adagio in G Minor
  13. Not to Touch the Earth
  14. Not to Touch the Earth
  15. Not to Touch the Earth
  16. Celebration of the Lizard
  17. Spanish Caravan
  18. The Unknown Soldier
  19. [Bonus Material]

Disc 7

  1. Tell All the People
  2. Touch Me
  3. Shaman's Blues
  4. Do It
  5. Easy Ride
  6. Wild Child
  7. Runnin' Blue
  8. Wishful Sinful
  9. The Soft Parade
  10. Who Scared You
  11. Whiskey, Mystics and Men
  12. Whiskey, Mystics and Men
  13. Push Push
  14. Touch Me (Dialogue)
  15. Touch Me

Disc 8

  1. Tell All the People
  2. Touch Me
  3. Shaman's Blues
  4. Do It
  5. Easy Ride
  6. Wild Child
  7. Runnin' Blues
  8. Wishful Sinful
  9. The Soft Parade
  10. Who Scared You
  11. Whiskey, Mystics and Men
  12. Whiskey, Mystics and Men
  13. Push Push
  14. Touch Me (Dialogue)
  15. Touch Me
  16. The Soft Parade
  17. Tell All the People
  18. [Bonus Material]

Disc 9

  1. Roadhouse Blues
  2. Waiting for the Sun
  3. You Make Me Real
  4. Peace Frog
  5. Blue Sunday
  6. Ship of Fools
  7. Land Ho!
  8. The Spy
  9. Queen of the Highway
  10. Indian Summer
  11. Maggie M'Gill
  12. Talking Blues
  13. Roadhouse Blues
  14. Roadhouse Blues
  15. Carol
  16. Roadhouse Blues
  17. Money Beats Soul
  18. Roadhouse Blues
  19. Peace Frog
  20. The Spy
  21. Queen of the Highway

Disc 10

  1. Roadhouse Blues
  2. Waiting for the Sun
  3. You Make Me Real
  4. Peace Frog
  5. Blue Sunday
  6. Ship of Fools
  7. Land Ho!
  8. The Spy
  9. Queen of the Highway
  10. Indian Summer
  11. Maggie M'Gill
  12. Talking Blues
  13. Roadhouse Blues
  14. Roadhouse Blues
  15. Carol
  16. Roadhouse Blues
  17. Money Beats Soul
  18. Roadhouse Blues
  19. Peace Frogs [#
  20. The Spy
  21. Queen of the Highway
  22. Roadhouse Blues
  23. Wild Child
  24. [Bonus Material]

Disc 11

  1. The Changeling
  2. Love Her Madly
  3. Been Down So Long
  4. Cars Hiss by My Window
  5. L.A. Woman
  6. L' America
  7. Hyacinth House
  8. Crawling King Snake
  9. The Wasp (Texas Radio and the Big Beat)
  10. Riders on the Storm
  11. Orange County Suite
  12. (You Need Meat) Don't Go No Further

Disc 12

  1. The Changeling
  2. Love Her Madly
  3. Been Down So Long
  4. Cars Hiss by My Window
  5. L.A. Woman
  6. L' America
  7. Hyacinth House
  8. Crawling King Snake
  9. The Wasp (Texas Radio and the Big Beat)
  10. Riders on the Storm
  11. Orange County Suite
  12. (You Need Meat) Don't Go No Further
  13. The Changeling
  14. Crawling King Snake
  15. [Bonus Material]

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Doors   Primary Artist
Lonnie Mack   Bass
Curtis Amy   Saxophone,Soloist
Marc Benno   Rhythm Guitar
Ray Manzarek   Organ,Bass,Piano,Keyboards,Marimbas,Group Member
John Densmore   Drums,Group Member
Jesse McReynolds   Mandolin
Reinol Andino   Conga
George Bohannon   Trombone,Soloist
Harvey Brooks   Bass
Kerry Magness   Bass
G. Puglese   Harp
Jerry Scheff   Bass
Champ Webb   English Horn,Soloist
Ray Neopolitan   Bass
Douglas Lubahn   Bass,Electric Bass
Robby Krieger   Guitar,Choir, Chorus,Group Member

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer
John Lee Hooker   Composer
Chuck Berry   Composer
Doors   Composer
Ray Manzarek   Arranger
John Densmore   Arranger
Bruce Botnick   Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes,Remixing
Hugh Brown   Art Direction
Spencer Chrislu   Authoring
Paul Ferrara   Images,Cover Photo
Paul Rothchild   Producer
Guy Webster   Cover Photo
Don Paulsen   Images
David Fricke   Liner Notes
William S. Harvey   Art Direction
Joel Brodsky   Images,Cover Photo
David Dieckmann   Authoring
Jeffrey Jampol   Management
Peter Schaumann   Illustrations
Jimmy Hole   Art Direction
Bobby Klein   Images
Wendell Hamick   Cover Photo
Carl Cossick   Concept
Paul Williams   Liner Notes
Manfred Rehm   Cover Photo
Robby Krieger   Arranger,Composer

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Perception 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
JohnQ More than 1 year ago
The Doors albums have been packaged, repackaged, boxed and reboxed but this is the box that tops them all. These CDs are wonderfully remastered with the best of the outtakes included along with a DVD version of each that includes the finest Doors videos. What this box set does not have are any live albums nor the two Doors albums made after the death of Jim Morrison (Other Voices and Full Circle) but most will not miss those albums (although they are better than one would expect). The only CD I would advise you do buy in addition to this box is the Jim Morrison "American Prayer" album.
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