Label: Elektra - 2EKS-9002 • Format: 2x, Vinyl LP, Album, Reissue • Country: Canada • Genre: Rock • Style: Psychedelic Rock, Classic Rock
The double album features tracks recorded at concerts held between July at the Aquarius Theater in Hollywood and May at the Cobo Arena in Detroit. The album included the first full release of the performance piece " Celebration of the Lizard " and several other tracks that had not previously appeared on any official Doors release.
At one point, lead singer Jim Morrison can be heard alluding to his prior arrest at a performance in Miami on March 1, Festering Vomitous Mass - Devourment - 1.3.8. The album peaked at 8 on the Billboard in September The album was first issued on CD inas part of the two-disc live compilation album In Concertand was reissued as a single disc by Elektra infeaturing new artwork different from the original LP.
The album was reissued on gram vinyl in its original double LP format and original artwork by Rhino Records inin both the U. Many shows were recorded during the band's Roadhouse Blues Tour to create the Absolutely Live album. The Doors' producer and longtime collaborator Paul A. Rothchild claimed to have painstakingly edited the album from many different shows to create one cohesive concert.
According to Rothchild, the best part of a song from one performance may have been spliced together with another part of the same song from another performance, in an attempt to create "the ultimate concert. There must be 2, edits on that album.
Absolutely Live marks the first release of the Doors' performance piece "Celebration of the Lizard" in its entirety, which had originally been attempted in the studio during the Waiting for the Sun sessions but was eventually abandoned. The Doors' "Miami incident" is alluded to several times throughout the album, specifically with the house announcer's opening address, where he urges fans to remain seated with the threat of the fire department cancelling the performance, and in Morrison's spoken preamble to "Close to Fantasy - Daylight - Dance Nonstop Mix. Morrison reportedly hated the album cover for Absolutely Live.
He had changed his appearance dramatically since the band's early days, growing a beard and discarding his onstage leather attire in an attempt to overcome his Who Do You Love - The Doors - Absolutely Live god" image, but was dismayed to find that his record label opted for an earlier photograph of him for the cover.
Originally John Fox (16) & The Carroll Jenkins Orchestra / The Carroll Jenkins Orchestra - Hurt Me cover was going to be an effective grainy, bluish rear-view photo of the band on stage at the Aquarius Theatre where the included "Celebration of the Lizard" had been recorded. Elektra Records art department decided that photo wasn't eye-catching enough.
A color photo of Jim, taken during the Hollywood Bowl concert well over a year before, was superimposed squarely over the existing front-cover photo, and before the Doors' office knew anything about it, the album was shipped. Jim was furious.
In his book Krautrocksamplerthe British rock musician and writer Julian Cope described the photo of Morrison as one of his "two favourite all-time images of rock'n'roll singers," with the second being Who Do You Love - The Doors - Absolutely Live image of Can singer Damo Suzuki on the back cover of their album Ege Bamyasi. Absolutely Live sold poorly upon release, moving onlycopies, half of what their previous studio album Morrison Hotel had sold. In a later retrospective review, Richie Unterberger of AllMusic stated that "Ray Manzarek's organ and John Densmore 's drumming keep pace throughout as Robbie Krieger 's guitar playing show him to be as much of a force in the Doors as Jim Morrison.
InAbsolutely Live and 's Alive, She Cried were repackaged and released as a two-disc set entitled In Concertwith the addition of "Roadhouse Blues," from 's An American Prayerand two performances from the band's July Hollywood Bowl concert: "The Unknown Soldier," which had previously appeared on 's Live at the Hollywood Bowland "The End," which was previously unreleased.
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