The DooRs London Fog 1966 Rhino Records
It’s 1966 and in a bar called London Fog on LA’s Sunset Strip the house band is beginning its first set of the evening. Within a year, this band will have its place in the annals of rock, and singer Jim Morrison will be on his way to superstardom, burnout and ultimate death – one of the original ‘27 Club’ members. This recording lay undiscovered for 50 years but represents the earliest known live outing of The Doors. The music comprises 30-odd minutes’s worth of material ranging from good old blues covers like Muddy Waters’ Rock Me and Hoochie Coochie Man, to embryonic versions of Doors originals such as Strange Days and You Make Me Real. Yes it’s shortish, and recording quality is as expected for its age, but as a historical document this set is priceless.