The Doors

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Rhino Handmade has always had it bad for the Doors. Since they began releasing limited-edition packages over the internet, RH has done more material by the Doors than anybody else, whether it's select live shows during their original run, or creating something like this, the ultimate compilation for Doors freaks. This three-CD-plus-DVD package is broken down thusly: Disc one features the "strongest" of the band's singles (what constitutes "strongest" is not revealed; is it chart position? easiest access? favorites of the compilers? etc.). Discs two and three contain prime choices by the surviving members of the band, which constitutes most of the remainder of the band's catalog. There are 54 cuts in all here; the Doors recorded and released 62 tracks on seven studio albums. Finally, there is the DVD, which is basically a throwaway: three of the best known tracks by the Doors were recorded by contemporary artists and remixed by Paul Oakenfold: "L.A. Woman" (Paul Oakenfold), "Roadhouse Blues" (Crystal Method), and "Break On Through (To the Other Side)" (BT) . There are three other tracks mixed in 5.1 (why didn't they do the entire box this way?) a limited-edition litho by artist OBEY/GIANT, and four photo prints, one of each Doors member. Again, this is pretty much for Doors completists only -- proof in the pudding is that by 2008, this set was sold out of its limited-edition run and is no longer production.

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