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Ray Manzarek 1939-2013 – 10 Memorable Moments

The passing of founding Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek, who died on May 20th of complications from his battle with bile duct cancer in a Rosenheim, Germany hospital at age 74, has sent waves of shock and sorrow across four generations of rock fans who sought the rapture of electric wonder through his Vox Continental combo organ during his band's iconic nine-year run.  Here are ten videos Glide has unearthed on YouTube chronicling the many twists and turns in the career of this true genius and innovator.

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The Doors: Live at the Bowl ’68

The Doors video of their 1968 Hollywood Bowl performance has been available before in various formats before, but never in so comprehensive and sophisticated a package as this. The entire concert is included here as well as bonus features that place this appearance in its proper context in terms of the culture of its times and at a crucial juncture of this iconic band’s career.

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The B List: 10 Best Archival Releases of 2010

Our look at the best releases of the year continues with an annual traditional around these parts that we don’t see elsewhere – a list of the best archival releases from the past 12 months. These are all albums which feature music (mostly live tracks) that was pulled from the artists’ archives and had never been officially released until 2010.

This year was another great one for archival releases as a number of bands kicked off new series (String Cheese Incident and Gov’t Mule) and many other acts kept releases for older series (Road Trips, Live Phish, Barko-Swill Zappa, Bootleg Series) flowing. I’ve included releases which feature both CDs and DVDs on our Best Concert DVDs of 2010 list, so don’t expect to see them here. Also, a release must feature music at least five years old to qualify for this list. Enough of the small talk, let’s get down to business…

10. Grateful Dead – Road Trips Vol. 3, No. 3

2010 was another banner year for Grateful Dead archival releases and my favorite of the bunch was Road Trips Vol. 3 No. 3 featuring most of the Dead’s early and late shows at the Fillmore East on May 15, 1970. Forty years after Workingman’s Dead came out, this release gives a look into where the band was at this important time in their history and contains a number of acoustic gems that have never been included on an official release before.

Where You Can Sample This Release: Dead.Net Listening Party

READ ON for Scotty’s top nine archival releases of 2010…

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Trailer: When You Are Strange

If Oliver Stone’s much maligned biopic about The Doors left a bad taste in your mouth, the producers behind When You Are Strange – a new 90 minute documentary about

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The Doors: Live In New York

If you've never succumbed to the earthy yet cerebral  music of The Doors, you're not likely to plunk down big bucks for a multi-CD box set, even if you find it  half-price off or more  at your local mega retailer. but if you know someone who got it as a Christmas present, take a listen to any one of the six CDs and see if the performance doesn't radically alter your perception and pre-conception of Jim Morrison and company.

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