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Live in Vancouver 1970


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The Doors have been in the news again lately, with its late singer Jim Morrison earning pardon in December by Florida’s Clemency Board for two misdemeanor convictions surrounding his alleged indecent exposure at Miami’s Dinner Key Auditorium on March 1, 1969. For the convictions, Morrison was sentenced to six months in jail and a $500 fine, and December’s pardon has earned rebuke from Doors band members for its implication that the original charges were justif the charges on Morrison were bogus, there should be nothing for which to pardon him.

Live in Vancouver 1970 documents an unreleased Doors show in Canada a year after Morrison’s arrest and mere months before his Dade County trial. But if the upcoming court date was weighing on Morrison’s mind, one wouldn’t know. The band was supporting the return to blues roots of its latest, and penultimate, album, Morrison Hotel, and the blues runs through this two hour set, punctuated by the appearance of legend Albert King on four tracks. Not surprisingly, the appearance of King halfway through the show almost instantly lifts the proceedings skyward. Morrison sounds an instantly more invigorated and explosive a singer, while the instrumental interplay among John Densmore, Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger, and King is elevated to beautiful synchrony. Beginning with the six-minute “Little Red Rooster,” and continuing through “Money,” “Rock Me,” and “Who Do You Love,” King’s contributions to this set are immeasurable and what makes Vancouver a truly worthwhile addition to the Doors catalog. Finishing the set, without King, is an inspired jam on “Light My Fire,” featuring extended noodly guitar solo, and an improvised 17-minute “The End.”

Nearly a year and a month to the day of this show, Morrison was found dead in the bathroom of the Paris apartment. This show documents another moment of late-period greatness. (

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