Amateur Concert Recordings:

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Winterland #1
Winterland #2

SAN BERNARDINO - KAISER DOME


Date: July 4th - 1967
Location: San Bernardino - CA
Venue: Kaiser Dome
Taper: Unknown

Tracklist:
House Announcer (Unknown)
When The Music's Over
(Cut)
Horse Latitudes (Poem) >
Break On Through
Alabama Song
Light My Fire

Recording Equipment & Technical Information:
-Most likely recorded with one microphone on a stereo deck.

Notes:
-Possibly other material performed between 'When The Music's Over' and 'Horse Latitudes'

1967

ASBURY PARK - CONVENTION HALL


Date: September 2nd - 1967
Location: Asbury Park - NJ
Venue: Convention Hall
Taper: Unknown

Tracklist:
Soul Kitchen

Recording Equipment & Technical Information:
-Unknown

Notes:
-One track exists.

COLORADO SPRINGS - BROADMOOR HOTEL


Date: October 21st - 1967
Location: Colorado Springs - CO
Venue: Broadmoor Hotel
Taper: Tom Reynold's

Tracklist:
Interview (Cut)
Back Door Man
People Are Strange
Break On Through
Light My Fire

Recording Equipment & Technical Information:
(See Taper's Notes)

Notes:
-Interview missing.
-Reel includes two tracks from 'The Broadway Shell Band'

Taper's Notes:
"'Light My Fire' had been playing on the radio in 1967, so we all knew the song well. When my sister asked if I'd be her date to the Colorado College Homecoming dance in October of that year, I asked her what band was playing. She said the Homecoming Committee had booked a group out of Los Angeles called The Doors. Sure, 'Light My Fire'. That would be cool. The other band was the Broadway Shell Band, a local psychedelic group. The Doors, as you may recall, tried to get out of the contract with the Homecoming Committee because they were now in the big time. But the Committee held them to it. So, The Doors, I assume, reluctantly did the minimum for the dance. I think they only played four songs: 'Break on Through', 'Back Door Man', 'People Are Strange' and 'Light My Fire' with a sort of 'Horse Latitudes' - style intro that broke into 'Light My Fire'. It was dissonant instrumentation behind obtuse poetry, delivered by Morrison in varying volumes and emphasis.

Prior to the dance, which was held in a ballroom of the Broadmoor Hotel, I was in the hotel drug and sundry store near the lobby. I had my little National (now called Panasonic), reel to reel tape recorder with me that I had purchased in Tokyo in 1964 during the Olympics. I had been intrigued by spy movies like James Bond where they had used such miniature devices. I had been planning to record 'Light My Fire', just for fun that night. Morrison was looking at some magazines in the drug store, and I approached him. He had on the signature black leather pants (did he ever take those off?!) with concha belt. Not knowing that he was the leader of The Doors, or the singer, I turned on my recorder and asked "Are you one of the Doors?" He was either blasted out of his mind or not interested in talking with me, but he did give me a brief interview. Most of which was unintelligible. Alas, when I found the little reel to reel tape in my basement a few years ago, the first feet had disintegrated, and all the interview was lost. I did manage to get part of one song, and a whole song from The Broadway Shell Band. I also got all four of The Doors' songs. Amazingly, the quality was pretty good considering that I was dancing with the recorder tied to my belt and the microphone in my hand."

Tom Reynolds,
Colorado Springs, CO

A special thanks to Tom Reynolds for providing his review of the concert to the MildEquator site.

SANTA CLARA - CONTINENTAL BALLROOM


Date: November 3rd - 1967
Location: Santa Clara - CA
Venue: Continental Ballroom
Taper: Unknown

Tracklist:
House Announcer (Unknown)
Soul Kitchen
Break On Through
      -There You Sit
Alabama Song >
Back Door Man
(Cut)
      -Names Of The Kingdom
      -I've Got The Right
The End (Cut)
      -Five To One

Recording Equipment & Technical Information:
-Most likely recorded with one microphone on a stereo deck.

Notes:
-'Light My Fire' missing.

SAN FRANCISCO - WINTERLAND ARENA


Date: December 26th - 1967
Location: San Francisco - CA
Venue: Winterland Arena
Taper: George B. Feist

Tracklist:
Back Door Man
Break On Through
      -There You Sit
When The Music's Over
      -Poor Otis, Dead And Gone
Close To You (Ray On Vocals) >
I'm A Man (Ray On Vocals)
Light My Fire

Recording Equipment & Technical Information:
-Recorded on a Wollensak tape recorder.

Notes:
-Includes complete performance.
-Includes the only known recorded version of 'I'm A Man'.

SAN FRANCISCO - WINTERLAND ARENA


Date: December 28th - 1967
Location: San Francisco - CA
Venue: Winterland Arena
Taper: George B. Feist

Tracklist:
Alabama Song >
Back Door Man
(Cut)
You're Lost Little Girl (Cut)
Love Me Two Times (Cut)
Wake Up! (Cut)
Light My Fire
The Unknown Soldier
(Cut)

Recording Equipment & Technical Information:
-Recorded on a Wollensak tape recorder.
-Songs are manually faded out during recording to preserve tape.

Notes:
-Many tracks incomplete.