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  Analogue Productions -
  CAPP 74014 SA
  The Doors: Strange Days
  Jim Morrison, vocals
Ray Manzarek, keyboards and marimba
Robby Krieger, guitar
John Densmore, drums
Track listing:
  1. Strange Days
2. You're Lost Little Girl
3. Love Me Two Times
4. Unhappy Girl
5. Horse Latitudes
6. Moonlight Drive
7. People Are Strange
8. My Eyes Have Seen You
9. I Can't See Your Face In My Mind
10. When The Music's Over
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Recording info:
  "Throughout the record history of the Doors, the goal between Paul Rothchild and myself was to be invisible, as the Doors were the songwriters and performers. Our duty was to capture them in the recorded medium without bringing attention to ourselves. Of course, the Doors were very successful, and Paul and I did receive some acclaim, which we did appreciate.

"If you listen to all the Doors albums, no attempt was made to create sounds that weren't generated by the Doors, except for the Moog Synthesizer on Strange Days, although that was played live in the mix by Jim, but that's another story. The equipment used was very basic, mostly tube consoles and microphones. Telefunken U47, Sony C37A, Shure 56. The echo used was from real acoustic echo chambers and EMT plate reverb units. In those days, we didn't have plug-ins or anything beyond an analogue eight-track machine. All the studios that we used, except for Elektra West, had three Altec Lansing 604E loudspeakers, as that was the standard in the industry, three-track. On EKS-74007, The Doors, we used four-track Ampex recorders and on the subsequent albums, 3M 56 eight-tracks. Dolby noise reduction units were used on two albums, Waiting For The Sun and The Soft Parade. Everything was analogue, digital was just a word. We didn't use fuzz tone or other units like that but created the sounds organically, i.e. the massive dual guitar solo on "When The Music's Over," which was created by feeding the output of one microphone preamp into another and adjusting the level to create the distortion. The tubes were glowing and lit up the control room.

"When mastering for the 45-RPM vinyl release, we were successfully able to bake the original master tapes and play them to cut the lacquer masters."

- Bruce Botnick, July 2012

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Review by Audioflea February 27, 2013 (7 of 7 found this review helpful)
First-time release of The Doors 6-album catalog on SACD from Analog Productions. Each disc contains both multi-channel and stereo. The surround sound layer comes from the original 96K, 24-bit files that were originally mixed and mastered for the 2006 DVD Audio Doors/Perception release. For stereo purists, the re-mastered, hi-rez stereo layers on all of the discs are fantastic and have never sounded better. However, in my opinion, it’s the multi-channel presentation that, when done right, takes this music to a whole different level. My reviews are based solely on the quality and fullness of the stage presence of the 5.1 layer of each respective disc in the set.

On the classic 1-10 scale, IMHO, here’s how each disc ranks in quality and fullness of the stage presence of the 5.1 layer. Strange Days (9), The Soft Parade (9), LA Woman (8.5), Morrison Hotel (7.5), Waiting for the Sun (7), The Doors (3)

Note that, with few exceptions, the multi-channel layer on all of the Doors discs puts Jim Morrison’s vocal almost exclusively in the center channel, so your enjoyment of the surround-sound experience is going to be directly proportional to the quality of your center speaker. And what better reason to upgrade your CC?

Strange Days
As the first few bars of the title track echoes hauntingly around the soundstage, you begin to realize that you may soon be having the closest thing to a musical, psychedelic, experience that you have ever had. But, rest assured; the fantastic 5.1 sonics of Strange Days is not a hallucination. For me, this album has always been about creating a certain mood; and if you’re a fan of this album, you know exactly what I’m talking about. I wouldn’t say that there is a lot of fancy manipulation of surround-sound effects; but rather it seems to have been carefully mixed by someone who knew how to enhance the original mood that The Doors originally intended to create. Big, immersive, haunting, dark, and strange. Knowing that Jim Morrison was, if anything, a consummate showman (shaman), I’m sure that, of all of the 6 Doors SACDs to be released in glorious 5.1, Morrison himself would have given this one the biggest nod of all.

Highlights include: track 1--Strange Days, track 2—Your’re Lost Little Girl, track 9—I Can’t See Your Face In My Mind, and track 10—When The Music’s Over

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Review by tdunster December 12, 2014 (0 of 2 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:  
This is a wonderful disc and without doubt a step above the original CD and the remixed CD versions.
Very clean, excellent soundstage and a very balanced / flat transfer as far as I can tell.
I listed to this in 2ch only.

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