Music purists and fans of The Doors are in for a special treat. The band’s entire Jim Morrison-era catalog, featuring The Doors, Strange Days, Waiting For The Sun, The Soft Parade, Morrison Hotel and L.A. Woman, is getting reissued in a new boxed set available on May 14th. The Doors Infinite will be available for the first time packaged together on 200-gram vinyl and multi-channel hybrid Super Audio CD (SACD) remastered from the original one-inch, eight track, 15-ips analog master tapes by Doug Sax and The Doors original engineer Bruce Botnick. Each boxed set is extremely limited with only 2,500 of each being pressed and individually numbered.
The vinyl boxed set will feature each album pressed on 45 RPM double LPs by Quality Record Pressings. The SACD boxed set will feature six discs with surround sound originating from 96K, 24-bit files that were mixed and mastered from the original source tapes and then then up-sampled without filters to DSD using the Weiss Saracon format converter and authored by Gus Skinas at the Super Audio Center.
Each set will feature a 12-inch specially illustrated booklet with 19 photographs and a 2,700-word essay about the band from Ben Fong-Torres, a former Rolling Stone editor who conducted the final Morrison interview before Morrison’s departure to Paris right before he died. Portions of Morrison’s final interview will also be included in the booklet.
Each boxed set will be packaged in a texture fold-out box. Also, the box and booklet will each be sold individually for those who have already purchased the individual albums in the 45 RPM Doors reissue series.
Amazon lists the vinyl boxed set as having been released in February and currently out of stock. However, The Doors’ official website has the set available and autographed by the three surviving members — Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger, and John Densmore — for $400, cheaper than Amazon‘s price of $489 for a non-autographed copy. The SACD version is available for pre-order at Amazon for $288.41. Better get them while you can before they’re gone for good!
Here’s a neat video of someone unboxing the vinyl edition.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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