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By 1970, the Doors in concert were a blues band. Jim Morrison had turned from psychedelics to beer and the edge in his voice proved that his demons were catching up with him. Many tapes have surfaced of this latter-day period and each performance reveals its own surprises. Blues legend Albert King adds slide guitar to Bo Diddley’s “Who Do You Love,” Barrett Strong’s “Money,” Muddy Waters’ “Rock Me” and Willie Dixon’s “Little Red Rooster” for a blues set that may be the Doors’ finest. Their own “Roadhouse Blues” comes out swinging and “Five to One” never loses its power, with Robby Krieger always finding a few dramatic lead guitar licks. Morrison finds his inner mystic for “When the Music’s Over,” a tune that never loses its anthemic drive. “Light My Fire” expands into nearly eighteen minutes of song and free associations while “The End” fulfills its promise with its slow eighteen-minute build. The recordings were made by the Doors’ tour manager, who placed two microphones on the stage. It’s quite authentic and powerful.