There’s little that hasn’t been examined about The Doors since their appearance on the Sunset Strip in the 1960s. Maybe that is why Live at The Matrix is such a revelation.
When The Doors appeared at the San Francisco club, The Matrix, in March 1967, they had one album recorded with enough material for a follow-up. The live merry-go-round stage act that was Jim Morrison was in its beginnings, and the musicians in this tight unit were starting to gain confidence at a rocket-launching pace. Just one play through, the bluesy back-to-back renditions of "Back Door Man" and "Who Do You Love" show guitarist Robby Krieger’s innate sense of dynamics alongside the jazzy drum styles of John Densmore. Keyboardist Ray Manzarek adds classical definitions to "Summertime" while Morrison practices his ethereal poetry on the stunning "The End."It’s still hard to believe that The Doors had no bass player when they rocked "When the Music’s Over" and "Crawling King Snake."
It is a testament to their deeply focused dedication to the blues and rock that Live at The Matrix sounds so vibrant, even to this day. The Doors were a musical force to be reckoned with, and this release from the vaults presents them in their full glory.
Live at the Matrix is out now on Rhino.