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1968-08-31 Asbury Park Convention Hall - Asbury Park, NJ

Posted on the 05 February 2013 by Melkor89
1968-08-31 Asbury Park Convention Hall - Asbury Park, NJ1968-08-31 Asbury Park Convention Hall - Asbury Park, NJ 
Asbury Park Convention Hall
Asbury Park, NJ

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01 - Back Door Man 2:45
02 - Five To One 5:50
03 - Break On Through (To The Other Side) 3:40
04 - Love Me Two Times 3:33
05 - When The Music's Over 13:33
06 - Spanish Caravan 2:55
07 - Soul Kitchen 8:14
08 - Wake Up! 2:20
09 - Light My Fire 9:45
From Greg Shaw's book The Doors On The Road:The Doors perform two shows this evening, and the second is reportedly the more powerful. As the late show opens, Morrison slowly saunters up to his micro-phone, closes his eyes, throws his head back, and stands motionless for a long time with the exception of one hand that almost imperceptibly caresses the mike during the silence. The tension continues to build throughout the hushed auditorium until, as if on some transcendental cue, Densmore kicks off the introductory beat to "Break on Through," and the band is off to a phenomenal show. After the Doors' finale of "Light My Fire," the audience is well on their way to the exits when Morrison unexpectedly reappears onstage. Somewhat shyly he announces, "Hey! The show was supposed to end with that number, but [pause] I don't see why we can't go on!" All at once, the entire crowd reverses in a huge surge, cheering, shouting, scaling chairs, and prompting the hall's security forces to encircle the stage. The mesmerizing opening chords of "The End" serve to induce a calm trance throughout the scores of people crushed against the stage, and the Doors conclude the show with a terrific version of the song.
My notes:This audience recording appeared recently and Shaw couldn't listen to it when writing his book. Unfortunately, the encore with The End is not taped, but this set starts with Back Door Man so it's probably the early show. The sound is a bit echoing, but the performance of The Doors is as good as all the others during this period, right before their memorable European Tour. The long version of Soul Kitchen with extended and improvised lyrics (including a verse from Summer's Almost Gone) is worth a listen.
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