Before The Doors took the music scene by a storm in 1967, they were the house band at the London Fog, a Sunset Strip dive bar located just footsteps away from the world famous Whisky a Go Go, the future home of many of the band’s most legendary performances. First released in 2016 as a collector’s edition boxed set, London Fog 1966 will now be available as a single CD edition for the first time.
The show featured on London Fog 1966 took place the same year that The Doors recorded their eponymous debut. Released in January 1967, the album would become one of the most influential in rock history. Like many of the band’s early concerts, the show captured on this deluxe set reflects the group’s deep love for the blues with covers of standards like Muddy Waters’ Rock Me and I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man. The set also includes raw performances of Baby, Please Don’t Go (Big Joe Williams), Don’t Fight It (Wilson Pickett), and Lucille (Little Richard).
During their residency at the London Fog, The Doors frequently worked out new songs on stage that would eventually appear on various studio albums. At this show, the band played two originals. The first, Strange Days, would become the title track for the band’s second studio album, which also came out in 1967. This is one of the only known live recordings of this track. The other Doors original, You Make Me Real, wasn’t officially released on a studio album until Morrison Hotel in 1970.
“To hear ‘Strange Days,’ that came out on their second album, in almost final shape so early on was truly amazing,” says Jac Holzman, the President of Elektra Records who signed The Doors to their first recording contract.
Release date: August 23rd, 2019
1. Rock Me
2. Baby, Please Don’t Go
3. You Make Me Real
4. Don’t Fight It
5. I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man
6. Strange Days