Thursday, 7 April 2016

Doors, The [1970.08.29] Complete - Isle Of Wight Festival [SBD]

The Doors
'Isle Of Wight Festival' (Complete)
East Afton Farm
Isle Of Wight, England
Saturday August 29th, 1970

Complete DAT Master
Soundboard Recording
Encoded: 320 Kbps MP3

Track List: (Artwork Included)
01. Introduction   0:18
02. Back Door Man   4:18
03. Break On Through   4:53
04. When The Music's Over   13:31
05. Ship Of Fools   7:37
06. Roadhouse Blues   6:07
06. Light My Fire   14:21
07. The End   18:18

A previously unsurfaced audio recording.
For years, The Doors' performance at the Isle Of Wight has only been available in an edited or incomplete form. The most popular release, "Palace Of Exile," is missing over a minute in the middle of "The End" and the intro to "When The Music's Over" is severly edited. Audience recordings of the show are missing "Roadhouse Blues." Previously on this site someone offered a matrix of the audience and soundboard sources in order to recreate the complete concert in the best quality available. Now for the first time, we have a master DAT source for the COMPLETE Isle Of Wight concert in perfect soundboard quality. At almost 70 minutes total, this is as good as it gets until an official release gets made -- if one is ever made.

This comes direct from the multi-track master recording. Quality is near perfect. The only downside is that the stereo separation isn't very good. It sounds like it's an unmixed copy of the multi-track master. So you'll hear Ray's organ more in the center than it should be and Ray's vocals are mixed way down so you don't hear them at all during "Break On Through" and other songs. (A good thing for some?) Still, I would place the overall quality as better than "Palace Of Exile." Little to no hiss. Bass level is much more reasonable. Sharper sound quality overall.

Now just what did I do to the original recording before posting it here? Thankfully, not much. There were a handful of clicks/pops throughout the recording that I removed individually using Adobe Audition. (The glitch during the announcer's introduction is on the original tape and couldn't be repaired without cutting it down.) I also swapped the channels so that Robby's guitar is in the right channel where it should be. The biggest change I made was balancing the channel levels and bringing everything up. This small change really punched up the sound compared to the original transfer. There was no EQ or other tricky business involved. Sounds pretty damn good, if I do say so myself. If anyone wants the original transfer, I'm open to trades.

One small note: About 4:29 into "The End," the music drops out for about 5 seconds and you only hear Jim's voice. Not sure why, but "Palace" doesn't have this mixing error. -Original



  2. Glad there are people like you - can't thank you enough for what you do - peace Chris

  3. Thank you so much for all these amazing recordings!


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