It goes without saying that The Doors were the blue print for most of the decadent bands from the 70's and 80's. These guys pushed the envelope every time that they hit the stage. The band lived hard, but were able to get it together for live performances, at least some of the time. One of their stronger performances was captured at the Hollywood Bowl in 1968. This film footage from Live at the Bowl '68, has been released over the years, but was just recently, given the royal treatment. Thanks to the folks at Eagle Rock Entertainment, the show, for the first time, has been restored in its entirety, and was recently released on Bluray.
The audio and video for Live at the Bowl '68 has been restored and remastered, and looks amazing. Due to issues back in the day, previous releases didn't include Hello I Love You orThe WASP (Texas Radio and the Big Beat). This Bluray shows the band on top of their game even though Morrison looks incoherent at times. The video of the Bluray looks clear and smooth. The audio is mixed well too. If the show ain't enough, then there is more! Check out the bonus material of some rare performance footage of the band; Which includes performances from The Smothers Brothers Show and The Jonathan Winters Show. Good stuff. All in all, an enjoyable watch. Classic rock lovers will froth at the mouth for this one.
Bottom Line: A solid performance from an iconic band. A great representation of how good these guys were. Too bad they let substance abuse get in the way.
-Ragman is feeling psychedelic.