Gone but not forgotten, Hard-to-find

Big fat dead guy in a bath tub.

So I’m on the lookout yesterday for a decent Sunday paper. A big thick one with lots of magazines, a decent sports section, a challenging sudoku and a crossword that’s impossibly hard. Perhaps even with something free in it. And I find The Sunday Times. The Sunday Times is the Sunday papers, they say. It’s big and thick, has lots of magazines, a decent sudoku, and I can’t do the crossword. And there’s a free Doors album with it. Even though I have ‘Strange Days’ (on vinyl and CD) this sways me and I buy it.

After reading the paper it’s clear they’ve done some sort of deal with Elektra/Rhino, because for the rest of the week they’re giving away a classic album every day. Today was Love‘s ‘Forever Changes’. Tomorrow is ‘Unknown Pleasures’ by Joy Divison. Later on you’ll get some Jesus and Mary Chain, New Order and Echo & the Bunnymen. There appears to be no rhyme or reason to these freebies, but if you haven’t got them, get yerself down to WH Smiths in the morning and nab yourself a classic album. Strange Days indeed.

Listening again to Strange Days had me scurryng for a bootleg I have called ‘Television Bleeding’, which features 7 studio tracks and some live TV stuff. The live stuff can wait for another day, but for now, here’s the studio tracks.

1. Hello I Love You (no drums, no second vocal overdub)
2. People Are Strange (no drums, no guitar solo, no second vocal overdub)
3. Love Her Madly (no reverb, no drums, no echo on voice)
4. Love Me Two Times (no tambourine, no guitars)
5. Riders On The Storm (no second vocal overdub, no echo, no drums)
6. Touch Me (no drums)
7. Soul Kitchen (different bass sound)

The blurb on the cover says,  “Tracks 1-7 are alternate studio mixes, done by Paul Rothchild during the production of “The Best of the Doors” Quadrodisc. I find it very interesting to listen to these, sometimes you have the feeling of listening to totally new recordings. But they are absolutely the same as on the albums but in different mixes. Anyway, have you ever heard Riders On The Storm without the whispering and without drums? And People Are Strange without drums and guitar solo? Both open whole new categories of listening experiences. All songs with Morrison are in excellent stereo. You won’t believe your ears!”

Jim Morrison. A wanker.

The above poster also reminds me of Denis Leary’s biting quote about Jim Morrison. “Let me tell you something. We need a two and a half hour movie about the Doors? Folks, no we don’t. I can sum it up for you in five seconds, ok. I’m drunk. I’m nobody. I’m drunk. I’m famous. I’m drunk. I’m fucking dead. There’s the whole movie, ok!? Big fat dead guy in a bath tub, there’s your title for you.”

Big fat dead guy who’s band made some fairly decent psychedelic organ-based music. I love them! Julian Cope loves them too! Happy listening!

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