With or without the commentary option provided in the disc menu, the perspective on the band, as well as its collaboration with the label, prior to their signing (and that of their City of Angels peers, Love) solely a folk axis, reaffirms the ambition behind the music itself as much as the essays in the booklet within the package (a 40-page hardback book appears in deluxe editions available of both DVD and Blu-Ray).
A conceptual piece of cinema from 1984, based on "People Are Strange," constitutes something of a tribute to its author Manzarek, who passed away in 2013. But the movie overstates its point as heavily as a similar creation from the next year, for "LA Woman," fails to make one. A collaboration of the three surviving Doors, the mid-nineties exhumation of "Ghost Song" and its attendant video is more effective homage to Morrison and the enduring quality of the band than the records they made after his death in 1971, illustrating how R-evolution, in its best moments, captures the arresting qualities of their art, sans theatrics.
Running Time: 154 minutes approx. Bonus Features: Love Thy Customer (music by The Doors): Ford Training Film-1966. Outtakes: Malibu U-1967; Break On Through (To The Other Side)-Isle Of Wight, August 1970; "Breaking Through The Lens" documentary.
Jazz and the blues--because together this musical brother and sister speak from our nation's days of the current cultural affairs and the authenticity and truth of a place where the rhythms held the pulse and the drums the heartbeat, representing every step closer the meat on the bone
Jazz and the blues--because together this musical brother and sister speak from our nation's days of the current cultural affairs and the authenticity and truth of a place where the rhythms held the pulse and the drums the heartbeat, representing every step closer the meat on the bone. Feet in the dirt, or barefoot on a stage with sequins--it's soul beats in my chest.
I was first exposed to jazz while others listened to surf music in the '50s and '60s, it was Monk, Miles, Satchmo and Ella, Rosemary Clooney and Julie London followed. Margaret Whiting, Les McCann, Willie Bobo, Andy Simpkins, Snooky Young, Bill Basie and Helen Humes. The first time I heard Topsy, Take 2, I about passed out at the age of ten.
I've hung with Les McCann who more than 30 years after our first meeting became my duet partner on my CD, Don't Go To Strangers. Karen Hernandez from the start, Jack Le Compte on drums, Lou Shoch on bass, Steve Rawlins as my arranger and pianist, Grant Geissman - guitar genius, Nolan Shaheed, Richard Simon, and more. The big boys. My Red Hot Papas. The best show I ever attended was...
I met Helen Humes first back in 1981 and helped turn one Playboy Jazz Festival night into her tribute, bring the Basie Band to stage, her joy boys. Before she took the stage for the last time to sing, If I could Be With You One Hour Tonight thousands of copies of the newspaper I wrote for carried her story. It was kismet, her being held by Joe Williams backstage. Soon in my life were the great Linda Hopkins who told me I sang the song she wrote better than her, which floored me of course, the energizing Barbara Morrison and the stellar Marilyn Maye who guided me professionally.
My advice to new listeners... let your backbone slip and feel your body stripping back the barriers that prevent us from being one with the music.
Remember none of us are strangers, we just haven't met yet.