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1968-03-17 Back Bay Theatre - Boston, MA

Posted on the 12 January 2012 by Melkor89
1968-03-17 Back Bay Theatre - Boston, MA1968-03-17 Back Bay Theatre - Boston, MA 
Back Bay Theatre
Boston, MA

Format: mp3 320 kbps
01 - When The Music's Over 13:06
02 - Back Door Man - Five To One 5:42
03 - Break On Through (To The Other Side) 5:02
04 - Love Me Two Times 3:17
05 - You're Lost Little Girl 3:05
06 - Light My Fire 9:34
07 - The End 14:28
From Greg Shaw's book The Doors On The Road:
Early Show - The promoters for this show are notified at the last minute that the Doors will be arriving two hours late, and in an attempt to rescue the first concert, they secure two local bands, the Organ Factory and Turtles Cry, to open the show. Following the preliminary acts, Linda Ronstadt and the Stone Poneys perform an excellent
set, despite periodic interruptions for announcements confirming that the Doors are soon to arrive. After the Stone Poneys, the promoters screen two of the Doors’ promotional films. The first is the Elektra Records film for their first single "Break on Through"; the second is the recently completed film for "The Unknown Soldier", which has already been banned from airplay in Boston. (This is, after all, the town where they banned the Everly Brothers hit "Wake Up Little Susie" because it contained the word "asleep"). The audience responds with wild enthusiasm and insists on an additional screening of the film. Afterward, one of the promoters proceeds through the audience carrying a live microphone, eliciting viewers’ responses to the censored song and film. Meanwhile, the equipment managers have set up the stage in preparation for the band's arrival. When they finally get there, the musicians rush to the stage ahead of Jim Morrison and leap into an extended introduction to "Break on Through". Morrison, always the impassive observer, casually saunters onstage as if oblivious to the fact that the entire audience has just endured an extensive delay. He actually seems annoyed at having to do yet another concert. Throughout the show he remains conspicuously indifferent to the audience, until the conclusion  when he scarcastically spits out the words to "Light My Fire" in a mock SOuth Boston accent.
Late Show - Fortunately for the arrivals patientily awaiting the next concert, the second show is substantially better—even superb at times. Morrison is wild, belting out numerous penetrating screams in front of the solid instrumental work of the group. In an unusual blend of songs, Morrison incorporates portions of "Five To One" into "Back Door Man" while mantaining the latter's beat. The band concludes with and engaging version of "The End" which includes a significant amount of obscure poetry designed to entice the audience into the dark and foreboding inner voyage that is this song's mythic purpose.
My notes:
Only the second show (the better of the two) has been recorded. It's a quite crackling audience tape, but the band's performance is outstanding. Light My Fire has a small cut at the beginning, which leaves the intro out.

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