tombstoneroad, on 29 January 2012 - 09:12 PM, said:
I agree. It seems unlikely that the Doors set out on the road to record the May 1, 2 & 8th shows then declined to record the 10th. I find that somewhat hard to believe. It also seems possible that some other shows (perhaps some September '69 and February '70) shows exist beyond what we know circulates.
Recording equipment wasn't as portable in those days. If you wanted to record a show on 8-track at a venue you had to truck all the equipment in. The Doors did two shows in Pennsylvania (May 1 & 2) and then the truck was sent ahead to Detroit (about 200 miles away) for May 8. Two days later on May 10, The Doors played Baltimore which is over 500 miles away from Detroit. There wasn't enough time to ship the recording equipment and set it up at the venue. It's the same reason they taped the Boston shows on April 10 but not the Hawaii show on April 18. They couldn't get the recording equipment there. We're lucky they taped as many shows as they did. The original plan was only to record the Aquarius gigs.
Speaking of which, I'd like to see the three Aquarius shows and Detroit re-released to bring the price down to match the other live releases. At this point, if you want a CD copy of Live In Detroit or any of the Live At The Aquarius releases, you're going to spend at least $30 or more each because they're out of print. I think an Aquarius budget box set would be a nice idea and give The Doors the opportunity to fix the clicks/pops on Jim's vocal track during the entire Aquarius second performance. Those glitches could be digitally removed pretty easily.
Edited by Porsche, 30 January 2012 - 05:21 AM.