Weird Scenes Inside the Gold Mine
This isn’t the greatest Doors compilation by any means. For starters, it doesn’t feature the proper versions of early songs Break on Through and The End which were edited at the time to remove "unacceptable" use of the English language. Both songs are masterpieces of 1960s psychedelia and I guess the compilers at Rhino didn’t want to mess with the format of the original release, which first appeared in 1972. Edited versions aside, this two-disc set is, however, a first rate summation of The Doors’ collective genius and is pretty much beyond fault. Classics like Strange Days and L.A. Woman are represented, but the appeal comes from the inclusion of less familiar songs likeShaman’s Blues, which didn’t appear on any Doors album, but provide another dimension to a highly evolved creative expression. This collection has hit the shelves with little fanfare, yet expertly captures the ingenious musical outpouring from one of the greatest bands.