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Jeffrey Morgan's Media Blackout

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Published 2/11/2009

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David BowieLow (RCA) :: The premise.

John Lee HookerAnthology: 50 Years (Shout! Factory) :: These incendiary barn-burnin' boogie-chooglers from the Detroit blues legend — especially the early minimal ones spanning 1948 to 1962 — are such a priceless passel of butane blooze that even Old Nick hisself wouldn't be able to scrape up the kinda serious scratch needed to finance their soul-servin' purchase. I can't stop listening to them and neither should you.

SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: The DoorsLive at the Matrix 1967 (Doors Music Company) :: When this recording first surfaced more than 30 years ago as a Trademark of Quality bootleg entitled Moonlight Drive: Recorded Live at the Matrix 1967, I reviewed it in the May 1976 issue of CREEM magazine thusly:

"What we have here are 12 tunes from their Waiting for the Sun period. Good sound quality, and I guess that I should be happy with that, but I'm not 'cause it reminds me too painfully that Jim Morrison was the best goddamned rock vocalist that ever lived and I can't help but wonder what he'd be doing today, if ..."

Well, that ancient vinyl bootleg of the best live Doors album ever has finally been reincarnated as this new 24-song twofer that's been fully restored from the original stereo master tapes by none other than Doors producer Bruce Botnick himself. What I don't recall hearing the first time around, however, is the classic "Back Door Bozo" moment — and let's face it, there's at least one classic "Back Door Bozo" moment on every live Doors record — when the singer ad-libs: "All right, I'll put it in the ass right now!" before the solo in "The End." The end, geddit? I guess that's what Botnick means when he writes in the liner notes that: "Jim includes a lot more poetry not heard on any other recordings." And I guess that's why I no longer wonder what Jimbo would be doing today, if Ö

Nick LoweBowi (Stiff) :: The punchline.

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