Out now is the Doors' latest archival DVD and Blu-ray release, titled, R-Evolution. The disc features early TV appearances, music films, and commentary from bandmates John Densmore, Robby Krieger, and the late Ray Manzarek. R-Evolution comes on the heels of the band's recent films -- the Grammy Award-winning 2009 documentary When You're Strange: A Film About The Doors, and 2011's fan favorite -- The Doors: Mr. Mojo Risin': The Story Of L.A. Woman.
Highlights on the set include early TV appearances on American Bandstand, Malibu U, The Jonathan Winters Show, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, Shebang, and Murray The K In New York. The disc features such rarely seen promo films as "Break On Through," "The Unknown Soldier," "Wild Child," and "The Changeling," among others.
Although, the final L.A. Woman recording sessions were among the most relaxed and sober of Jim Morrison's stint with the Doors, Densmore and Robby Krieger feel that ultimately it was Morrison's alcoholism that created the real chasm between the bandmates: (Densmore) "As Jim's drinking increased, the quality decreased." (Krieger) "The three of us were friends -- John, Ray (Manzarek), and Robby were friends -- and Jim had his drinking buddies, y'know? It kinda kept us apart. Whenever we'd get together and make music, we were friends but, y'know, we couldn't hang out with him otherwise because it was too painful, y'know?"