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Ray Manzarek Says Doors Put Fans First

Ray Manzarek
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Once again Doors fans are blown away by the quality of the band’s latest vault release, The Doors Live At The Bowl ’68, chronicling the group’s legendary July 5th, 1968 Hollywood Bowl concert. The band is three-for-three, with their previous two DVD releases — this year’s Mr. Mojo Risin': The Story Of L.A. Woman, and 2010’s When You’re Strange: A Film About The Doors — raising the bar on revamping decades-old footage.

Doors co-founder Ray Manzarek was asked about the mid-blowing quality of the band’s recently released footage: “These techniques are available to everybody. Y’know, digital remastering, what you can do in the visual plane, working with the color and the clarity and the digitizing — and it’s brilliant stuff, man. It makes it absolutely beautiful. It can be done by anybody. It costs a couple of bucks; you’re not gonna get this technology for free to just make it look and sound spectacular. And that’s what we try to do. Y’know, you guys are gonna be out there buying it, so we’re gonna give you. . . The Doors always try to give you the best possible technique and technology that they can to make everything sound really — and look — really good.”

Out now is The Doors’ Live At The Bowl ’68. The collection, which marks the first time the Doors’ complete July 5th, 1968 show has been released in its entirety, is available in a number of formats, including CD, DVD, Blu-ray disc, and a double album.

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