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Nicky
31-10-06, 07:45
At 40, The Doors break on through, again

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LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - It seems to happen every decade or so.

In 1979, eight years after the death of the Doors' magnetic frontman Jim Morrison (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Morrison), the band's song "The End" seared the psyche of moviegoers during the opening scene of Francis Ford Coppola's landmark Vietnam epic, "Apocalypse Now" (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078788/).

Then in 1991, Oliver Stone's Doors biopic relit (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0101761/) the fire of intest in the band, recalls manager Jeff Jampol, commenting on the Doors' enduring and cyclical popularity.

Now, the band's surviving members -- keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore -- are preparing to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their 1967 self-titled debut album with a wealth of activities to spark interest in the band among a new generation. On tap: a new boxed set, the band's first authorised biography and a push into areas ranging from ringtones to a theatrical production in Las Vegas that will feature the group's music.

While the Doors have been one of the most written about and reissued acts in rock, Rhino/Elektra Records' "Perception" boxed set and Hyperion's "The Doors by the Doors" coffee-table book hit the streets with something new. "The Doors by the Doors," due November 7, is an oral history written by Ben Fong-Torres, the journalist who conducted Morrison's final interview and later penned his obituary for Rolling Stone.

While working on the book, Fong-Torres consumed every bit of Doors music, archival footage and previously published interviews and then dug deeper, conducting new interviews with the three surviving band members, their families and closest associates. "There's more detail from intimates that hasn't been said before, because I took their interviews and asked for more details and more information," Fong-Torres says. "This is the first time you have an 'as told to' in the voices of the Doors by all four of them in one collection and not told by an outside narrator, biography, investigative reporter or just one of the Doors with just only his point of view."

The 288-page tome will also include never-before-published photos and memorabilia, including Morrison's drawings and handwritten lyrics to "L.A. Woman," which Fong-Torres obtained from one-time Doors publicist Diane Gardner, who lived in the apartment below Morrison's girlfriend Pamela Courson. It was in Gardner's apartment that a chance meeting between Fong-Torres and Morrison became the final published interview with the iconic singer/poet.

While "The Doors by the Doors" will enlighten fans with new details behind the band's rise and fall, the 12-disc "Perception" boxed set, due November 21, promises to reveal previously unheard aural treasures for the faithful. The set is broken down into six CDs and six DVDs featuring the band's six Elektra studio albums. Yet rather than the usual remastered boxed set, "Perception" includes new stereo mixes of the six albums, incorporating backing vocals and other outtakes that were left off the original releases, plus alternate takes of choice cuts. In addition, the DVD versions of the albums features 5.1 surround sound mixes, photo galleries, lyrics, discographies and two videos of songs on each disc. "The first album (1967's "The Doors") in particular has never been heard at the correct speed," Botnick says. "It's always been running slow. So those who buy the (boxed set) will hear it at the correct speed for the first time." Additionally, Rhino will reissue double-disc versions of the albums separately beginning in January 2007. The label also hopes to reach new fans by pushing the Doors' songs as ringtones through an extensive TV advertising campaign. "There's a whole new generation of potential fans to whom we have to connect," Jampol says.

The 40th-anniversary campaign kicks off November 8 with an event on the Sunset Strip, which served as the setting for the Doors' rise to fame. That night the Whisky a Go Go, the club where the Doors served as the house band during the summer of 1966, will be honored with a plaque from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, designating it as a historic location. Inside the Whisky, Krieger will be on hand for a listening party for "Perception." Despite the fact that the Doors were banned from the Whisky following a performance featuring Morrison's obscene Oedipal rant in "The End," the club owner Mario Maglieri has nothing but fond memories of the band. "He was a good guy," he says of Morrison. "I'd bawl him out and he'd look at me, rolling his eyes. They were a good bunch of guys, young guys that succeeded with this kind of carnival music, which I enjoyed."

Even before the 40th anniversary's official kickoff event, the Doors were once again proving their commercial viability. On August 8, Rhino/Elektra reissued the two-CD "The Best of the Doors," which promptly returned to the No. 1 position on Billboard's Top Pop Catalogue Albums chart. Since its original release, "The Best of the Doors" has been certified nine-times platinum (U.S. shipments to retailers in excess of nine million units) by the Recording Industry Assn. of America.

Of course, those affiliated with the band through the years have seen the signs of a resurgence before. "The Doors have been an iconic brand for 39 years," Jampol says. "I'm actually in the very luxurious and grateful position of having a brand that's completely relevant today." The statement is backed up by the band's continuing merchandise sales. Dell Furano, CEO of Signature Networks, the longtime Doors' merchandising and licensing representative, says the band is one of the company's best sellers, right up there with the Beatles and AC/DC.

Reuters/Billboard~Source: Yahoo! News

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Catapharact
31-10-06, 21:13
Ah Jim Morrison... The only lookalike that I take pride in Lol! .... Tragic end. Not a big fan of the band but Jim Morrison really had a past to reflect upon.