Picks and Pans Review: Alive, She Cried
updated 12/19/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 12/19/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST
Nihilist Jim Morrison would no doubt be amused. A dozen years after he died alone in a Paris bathtub of a suspected drug overdose, the Lizard King, his menacing, reckless, seductive and mystical public self, has become an enduring icon. He seems to have found immortality beyond the doors of perception (from Aldous Huxley's novel of the same name and its William Blake epigraph) that inspired his band's name. This modest collection's highlight is a fierce version of Van Morrison's classic Gloria, recorded at a sound check before a concert at L.A.'s Aquarius Theater in 1966, when Morrison's voice still carried clarity and urgency. There is also an extended version of Light My Fire that includes a recital of Morrison's necromantic Graveyard Poem. This "live" material, except Gloria and Little Red Rooster, has been previously released in studio takes. Most of the tapes were uncovered by longtime Doors producer Paul Rothchild, who has done an admirable job of cleaning them up with the help of surviving band members Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek and John Densmore.