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Live At The Matrix

MAR 07 1967
San Francisco, CA
The Matrix
Show Notes: 

Just weeks before their second single, “Light My Fire,” began its ascent to the top of the charts, The Doors played a two-night stand at The Matrix, a small San Francisco nightclub owned by the Jefferson Airplane's Marty Balin. The place was nearly empty both nights, so Jim Morrison, John Densmore, Robby Krieger, and Ray Manzarek took a rare opportunity to improvise and experiment. The 2-CD set LIVE AT THE MATRIX, the latest in the acclaimed series of previously unreleased Doors concerts from Rhino and Bright Midnight Archives, presents over two hours of music from these fabled performances, recorded on March 7 and 10, 1967,

While recent live Doors titles from Rhino and Bright Midnight have spotlighted the band's final tour before Morrison's death, LIVE AT THE MATRIX reaches back to their earliest days - and to shows that have been widely bootlegged but never officially issued. The new collection - featuring cover art by legendary San Francisco artist Stanley Mouse - was restored and meticulously mastered from first-generation tapes acquired by Elektra Records and The Doors 40 years ago. “This is probably the closest we've come to a true document of The Doors without constraints,” says Bruce Botnick, the album's producer and the band's longtime co-producer and engineer.

On Disc One, the band performs much of its self-titled 1967 debut LP, released only two months prior to the Matrix shows. Highlights include expanded versions of “The End” and “Back Door Man,” “Alabama Song (Whisky Bar),” “Break On Through (To The Other Side)” and Allen Toussaint's “Get Out Of My Life, Woman,” which has never appeared on any previous Doors albums. Disc Two offers a glimpse of the band mapping out its future, working out early versions of several songs from upcoming albums: "Crawling King Snake" (LA Woman); "Summer's Almost Gone" (Waiting For The Sun); and nearly half of the songs from The Doors' second album, Strange Days.

On November 22, 2008, recording engineer Peter Abram revealed in an online posting the equipment he used to record The Doors at The Matrix. "I used an Akai tape recorder (tubes), 4 Calrad mics on the stage and a Calrad mic mixer on the instrumental channel. On the vocal channel: a Knight mixer with 3 Electrovoice 676 and Shure mics. The Calrad mics that I used on the instrumental track were model DM-21" said Abram. The original master 1/4 track stereo tapes were recorded at 7.5 ips on Abram's Akai reel-to-reel vacuum tube tape recorder.

*These songs are features on Strange Nights of Stone Digital Download*

5 months 2 weeks ago in Live At The Matrix

When will we see a release of the complete masters?

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4 months 1 week ago

This is also the most important question for doors fan like me.

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1 year 1 month ago in Live At The Matrix

The Doors purchased the master tapes from Peter Abrams back in 2008. We're approaching 5 years now, and the masters have yet to be released. Would it be possible for fans who have been asking for the complete masters to be released to get some indication if and/or when they will be released? Any info regarding The DMC's intentions for the complete Matrix masters would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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1 year 3 weeks ago

It's Steven Tyler's 65th birthday today! 03/26/1948

Aerosmith is the greatest rock band to follow The Doors!

1 year 3 weeks ago

and you epitomize your user name STUPID GIRL...go somewhere else....will you please and cut out the swearing disguised with your fuvk word...ok...its not amusing and neither are you

1 year 3 weeks ago

That box set of The Doors albums pressed at 45rpm are making me itch! 200 gram vinyl? That can't be good for the turntable platter! But they are $400 that's getting a little greedy!

1 year 3 weeks ago

Samples of the master tapes were released around the time of the 2008 official release of the inferior quality tapes. The masters absolutely blow away the official release. The Doors purchased these masters only to sit on them for 5 years so far. Fans want these master tapes to be released. If The Doors were to promote the release of the complete Matrix masters through social media the way they did Live at the Bowl '68, they can be a hit. Why would The Doors pay thousands for these tapes just to sit on them?

1 year 3 weeks ago

For example, Bob Dylans The Witmark Demos 1962-64 is brilliant. Four lp box set with about 25 page lp cover size soft book with great photos and words.

1 year 3 weeks ago

You are not the only one, waiting for the complete show to be released. Hopefully there will be a light at the end or the tunnel.

1 year 1 month ago

I don't like the demos being added to the ends of the studio albums. All of the demos should be released in a separate album box set. The Doors (recording sessions) all of the recorded takes complete in one box set release. Do the same for all the album sessions too.

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1 year 1 month ago in Live At The Matrix

I was only 10 at the time but this legendary rock band of visionaries was only months from international acclaim with perhaps THE best song of all time Light my fire; just brilliant. The Matrix was nearly empty simply nobody really knew to go to these shows. However, it gave the Doors the platform to further hone their music and San Francisco loved this band!

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1 year 1 month ago

It's unfortunate they didn't play at Woodstock 1969.

I heard they were uninvited then I head they were, what?

They were uninvited because they were too dark John said.

Then I read they didn't go because it was an outside event.

Which one was it? I swear the hardcover and paperback of,

John Densmore's Riders on the Storm have different writings.

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