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Celebration of the Lizard: Opening The Doors’ Catalogue on SACD, Vinyl (UPDATED)

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UPDATE (4/26/2013): Wow! A little over a year later, these sets are available to pre-order. Happily, SACD and vinyl configurations will exist for all of The Doors’ studio efforts in this period. Additionally, 2,500 numbered copies of an SACD or vinyl box, entitled Infinite and featuring textured slipcase packaging with a new essay by former Rolling Stone editor Ben Fong-Torres, will be available. Both of these are pre-orderable at the above links with a May 14 release date. Individual pre-order links are still being sussed out for all titles.

Original Post (11/2/2011): A picture often speaks a thousand words.

And so, there you have it.  The Year of the Doors campaign has launched an unexpected new salvo, bringing the band’s catalogue to multichannel hybrid SACD and audiophile vinyl (200-gram, mastered at 45 RPM) from Analogue Productions.  Analogue, of course, is the label responsible for the forthcoming SACD of Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here.  Of The Doors’ six-album studio catalogue recorded during Jim Morrison’s lifetime, four of the titles will be available in both formats, while the remaining two are vinyl only:

  1. The Doors (Elektra LP EKS-74007, 1967 – reissued Analogue Productions AAPP74007, 2011 – SACD and Vinyl)
  2. Strange Days (Elektra LP EKS-74014, 1967 – reissued Analogue Productions AAPP 74014, 2011 – SACD and Vinyl)
  3. Waiting for the Sun (Elektra LP EKS-74024, 1968 – reissued Analogue Productions AAPP 74024, 2011 – SACD and Vinyl)
  4. The Soft Parade (Elektra LP EKS-75005, 1969 – reissued Analogue Productions AAPP 75005, 2011 – Vinyl Only)
  5. Morrison Hotel (Elektra LP EKS-75007, 1970 – reissued Analogue Productions AAPP 75007, 2011 – Vinyl Only)
  6. L.A. Woman (Elektra LP EKS-75011, 1971 – reissued Analogue Productions AAPP 75011, 2011 – SACD and Vinyl)

Other than a Japan-only release of the self-titled The Doors on SACD earlier this year, this campaign marks the band’s first appearance in the format.  The Doors’ catalogue has been available in surround before, with 5.1 mixes created for Rhino’s 2006 Perception box set.  Those DVD-Audio discs contained both new 5.1 mixes and stereo mixes, but the latter were engineer Bruce Botnick’s 40th anniversary remixes.  These SACDs (with both stereo and surround on the SACD layer) mark the first time that the original vinyl mixes of The Doors’ albums will be available in advanced resolution.  As always, the stereo layer of the hybrid SACDs are playable on all CD players.

Hit the jump for more details on this new series! Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Joe Marchese

April 26, 2013 at 11:20

Sunshine Came Softly: Donovan’s 1966-1969 Studio Albums Collected In New Box Set

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Donovan - BreezesWhen I look out my window, many sights to see….and  when I look in my window, so many different people to be, that it’s strange…so strange…

It’s once again the season of Donovan, in all his strange and beautiful colors.  EMI U.K. has recently released a budget-priced compendium that should make for a solid primer on the Scottish troubadour.  Breezes of Patchouli: His Studio Recordings 1966-1969 is a four-CD set bringing together Donovan’s five Mickie Most-produced albums of that period plus (most of) the bonus tracks originally included on EMI’s last round of remasters and one previously unreleased track.

Breezes of Patchouli includes the original albums Sunshine Superman, Mellow Yellow, The Hurdy Gurdy Man, Barabajagal and A Gift from a Flower to a Garden as presented on EMI’s 2005 reissues (2009 for A Gift) with the remastering from those editions intact.  As Donovan’s catalogue has had a checkered history, this box is one-stop shopping for its core, early titles.

We explore these titles and have more details on the box set – and its “missing” tracks – after the jump! Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Joe Marchese

April 26, 2013 at 09:48

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