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Doors: L.A. Woman 5-disc Super Deluxe Edition cancelled

Doors / L.A. Woman 40th Anniversary EditionThe 5-disc Super Deluxe Edition of the Doors’ L.A. Woman will no longer be released.

The title was initially announced back in September, by Doors’ Manager Jeff Jampol, and since then an initial, somewhat optimistic, release date of 24 November has come and gone and a new release date of the end of January 2012 was announced. In fact, despite the band taking hundreds of pre-orders (with payment up-front) it seems that Rhino Records has decided that it is not a commercially viable project.

To quote Jampol from the official Doors online forum: “there are concerns at their end” (Rhino) and “they want to be sure that not only is the market there, but do we have a place to distribute them?”

The solution looking most likely to replace the proposed 5-disc Super Deluxe Edition, is a much cheaper 3-disc set to accompany the still-on-the-schedule 2-disc L.A. Woman 40th Anniversary special edition. Jeff Jampol again:

“It will probably be reduced to a 3-disc set (just the alternates/outtakes/chatter), and packaged so as to be affordable (i.e. NOT an expensive, all-out designed hard box).”

So as things stand, the 2-disc 40th Anniversary is still due for release on 24 January 2012, and this proposed 3-disc set will be released at an “affordable price (most likely under $50)” at some point in the first half of the year. Or “definitely in 2012″ according to Jampol.

Although, as the manager points out, “the two releases together will equal the 5-disc concept”, the cancelling of the Super Deluxe Edition is likely to disappoint many Doors fans, and it’s surprising that Rhino cannot seem to make this work as a commercial proposition, given the relative popularity of the band. One suspects that this is also the view of Jampol and the Doors’ management, since they were confident enough to announce it and take pre-orders back in September.

This 3-disc set is looking likely to be a limited run – possibly around 6000 worldwide – and will probably be numbered. No track listing was ever released for the now defunct 5-disc set and we still do not know exactly what will be on the 3-disc, except that the tracks will be alternates/outtakes/chatter from the L.A. Woman sessions, all previously unreleased (nothing from the 2-disc set will be repeated).

For those fans who pre-ordered the Super Deluxe Edition, there are still many questions about what they will get and when. It’s looking like these fans will receive the 2-disc set (that they didn’t order!) and then have to wait for the 3-disc. Separately, these two should add up to much less than the $100 being asked for the Super Deluxe Edition, so surely this mean some partial refunds will be in order? There has been the suggestion of special exclusive extras to make up for the patience/loyalty of the pre-orderers, and Jampol has made a point of promising a no-quibble money back policy to anyone who wishes to cancel and get a refund.

More information when we have it.

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8 responses to Doors: L.A. Woman 5-disc Super Deluxe Edition cancelled

  1. peter chrisp says:

    oh what can we do, it was probably a blessing in disguise. Although there were some sketchy details over the net a few weeks ago in regards to the
    5 disc box set, as suggested above it will be cut down to a 2 or 3 disc alternative, which in the end i guess isn’t a bad thing. I was really looking forward to the massive amount of extras, but in the end i’ll take what is on offer when the time arrives.

  2. Elvis says:

    Jeff Jampol posted in this on December 25th.

    This is NOT 100% CONFIRMED YET, but here is the likely track listing for the 3CD set of L.A. Woman outtakes.

    # Track Title Performer Original Audio Release

    1 THE CHANGELING (TAKE 1) [incomplete] THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    2 THE CHANGELING (TAKE 2) THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    3 THE CHANGELING (TAKE 3) THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    4 THE CHANGELING (TAKE 4) [incomplete] THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    5 THE CHANGELING (TAKE 5) [incomplete] THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    6 THE CHANGELING (TAKE 6) [no take] THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    7 THE CHANGELING (TAKE 7) [incomplete] THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    8 STUDIO DIALOGUE THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    9 THE CHANGELING (TAKE 8) [incomplete] THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    10 THE CHANGELING (TAKE 9) THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    11 STUDIO DIALOGUE THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    12 THE CHANGELING (TAKE 10) [incomplete] THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    13 STUDIO DIALOGUE THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    14 STUDIO DIALOGUE THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    15 THE CHANGELING (TAKE 11) THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    16 STUDIO DIALOGUE THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    17 THE CHANGELING (TAKE 12) [false start] THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    18 LOVE HER MADLY (TAKE 1) [incomplete] THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    19 LOVE HER MADLY (TAKE 2) [incomplete] THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    20 JAMMING THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    21 STUDIO DIALOGUE THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    22 TUNING THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    23 STUDIO DIALOGUE THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    24 LOVE HER MADLY (TAKE 5) THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    25 STUDIO DIALOGUE THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    26 LOVE HER MADLY (TAKE 7) [incomplete] THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    27 LOVE HER MADLY (TAKE 8) THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    28 STUDIO DIALOGUE THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    29 STUDIO DIALOGUE THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    30 RIDERS ON THE STORM (TAKE 5) THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    31 STUDIO DIALOGUE THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    32 THE DICK BILLS SHOW THEME THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    33 RAWHIDE THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    34 RIDERS ON THE STORM (TAKE 6) [incomplete] THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    35 STUDIO DIALOGUE THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    36 RIDERS ON THE STORM (TAKE 9) [false start] THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    37 RIDERS ON THE STORM (TAKE 10) [incomplete] THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    38 STUDIO DIALOGUE THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    39 RIDERS ON THE STORM (TAKE 11) [long false start] THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    40 RIDERS ON THE STORM (TAKE 12) [long false start] THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    41 STUDIO DIALOGUE THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    42 RIDERS ON THE STORM (TAKE 16) [long false start] THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    43 L.A. WOMAN (run through) THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    44 STUDIO DIALOGUE THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    45 STUDIO DIALOGUE THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    46 L.A. WOMAN (TAKE 1) [incomplete] THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    47 L.A. WOMAN (TAKE 2) [incomplete] THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    48 JAMMING THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    49 L.A. WOMAN (TAKE 3) THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    50 STUDIO DIALOGUE THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    51 STUDIO DIALOGUE THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    52 L.A. WOMAN (TAKE 4) [flase start] THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    53 STUDIO DIALOGUE THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    54 L.A. WOMAN (TAKE 7) [incomplete] THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    55 STUDIO DIALOGUE THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    56 L.A. WOMAN (TAKE 8) [incomplete] THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    57 STUDIO DIALOGUE THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    58 L.A. WOMAN (TAKE 10) [incomplete] THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    59 STUDIO DIALOGUE THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    60 L.A. WOMAN (TAKE 11) THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    61 CRAWLING KING SNAKE (TAKE 1) [incomplete] THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    62 STUDIO DIALOGUE THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    63 STUDIO DIALOGUE THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    64 BEEN DOWN SO LONG (TAKE 1) [incomplete] THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    65 STUDIO DIALOGUE THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    66 BEEN DOWN SO LONG (TAKE 4) [incomplete] THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    67 STUDIO DIALOGUE THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    68 BEEN DOWN SO LONG (TAKE 6) THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    69 STUDIO DIALOGUE THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    70 BEEN DOWN SO LONG (TAKE 7) THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    71 JAMMING THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    72 BEEN DOWN SO LONG (TAKE 8) [false start] THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    73 BEEN DOWN SO LONG (TAKE 9) [false start] THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    74 BEEN DOWN SO LONG (TAKE 10) [incomplete] THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    75 BEEN DOWN SO LONG (TAKE 11) [incomplete] THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    76 JAMMING THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    77 THE WASP (TEXAS RADIO AND THE BIG BEAT) (TAKE 1) [incomplete] THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    78 THE WASP (TEXAS RADIO AND THE BIG BEAT) (TAKE 2) [incomplete] THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    79 JAMMING THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    80 THE WASP (TEXAS RADIO AND THE BIG BEAT) (TAKE 3) [incomplete] THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    81 THE WASP (TEXAS RADIO AND THE BIG BEAT) (TAKE 4) [incomplate] THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    82 JAMMING THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    83 THE WASP (TEXAS RADIO AND THE BIG BEAT) (TAKE 5) THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    84 STUDIO DIALOGUE THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    85 THE WASP (TEXAS RADIO AND THE BIG BEAT) (TAKE 6) THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    86 STUDIO DIALOGUE THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    87 THE WASP (TEXAS RADIO AND THE BIG BEAT) (TAKE 7) [incomplete] THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    88 THE WASP (TEXAS RADIO AND THE BIG BEAT) (TAKE 8) THE DOORS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Thanks for the info. Certainly looks comprehensive! I have this on pre-order but do I really need 12 takes of The Changeling? Especially as most of them are incomplete?

  3. Phil Cohen says:

    I think that(for me) time has come to let go of the idea of collecting further Doors material. I’ve got the “Perception” box, all of the concert CD’s released by the “Bright Midnight” label, and a superb Russian unofficial CD of the two post-Morrison albums.

    As for this Jampol guy who now manages The Doors’ musical estate, I’m fed up with how he teases and plays games with the fans, then doesn’t deliver the goods. After releasing a 2-CD set of Matrix Club recordings from a sub- standard copy tape, now he’s obtained the original master tapes(which could fill a 4-CD set), but he’s going to stall the fans off for 3 or 4 years about releasing them…..by which time Warner Music executives will likely say “No”

    I think I’ll get by with The Doors music that I’ve already got, and collect somebody else’s outtakes.

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  5. peter chrisp says:

    Phil could not agree with you more, a few weeks ago, the signs looked quite good for a huge LA Woman 5 disc box set, and my initial reaction
    was the “wow” factor, similarly to the Pink Floyd & Jethro Tull box sets
    without the marbels. The extras which were scattered over the net a few weeks ago looked amazing, so the Doors’ manager has decided along, i guess with their label, and no doubt with the remaining Doors’ members
    to scrap the extras and go for a more interesting and condensed 2-3cd box set. Correct me if i am wrong, the making of LA Woman is now a separate entity on bluray or dvd and the double disc of the same includes alternative versions, and Elvis has suggested the above which may or may not be confirmed, now i understand??!

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