The band rocks The Great White North with this concert featuring guest apperances by blues legend Albert King, lending his trademark stinging guitar licks to covers of Willie Dixon’s “Little Red Rooster,” the Motown classic “Money,” and the blues standards “Rock Me” and “Who Do You Love.”
They opened the show in high gear, barreling through 15 minutes of raunchy, stomping blues with “Roadhouse Blues,” “Alabama Song (Whisky Bar),” “Back Door Man,” and “Five To One.” Next the group briefly shifted gears, taking a hard left turn into psychedelic territory for a nearly 14-minute take on “When The Music’s Over.”
Then, The Doors head for the homestretch with “Petition The Lord With Prayer,” a spoken word piece often featured live, but not officially released until a few weeks after the Vancouver show, when it appeared on Absolutely Live. Nearly 18-minute versions of “Light My Fire” and “The End,” two legendary tracks from the band’s groundbreaking 1967 self-titled debut, close out the show in epic fashion.
“What a funky night,” recalls Manzarek. “Jim singing his ass off with the prod in the butt by a legendary old blues man (King).”
Vince Treanor, The Doors’ tour manager, recorded the show for the band on a Sony reel-to-reel using two microphones placed on the stage. While not a multitrack high fidelity recording, it is clean, quiet, and clear, allowing the unbridled energy of the performances to shine through.
*These songs are features on Strange Nights of Stone Digital Download*