Jim MORRISON – The Lost Paris Tapes 1969-1971

Jim MORRISON – The Lost Paris Tapes 1969-1971
Bootleg (Soundboard)

Blues

The Lost Paris Tapes is the title given to a recorded collection of unedited poems and songs by rock musician and poet Jim Morrison of The Doors. Although Morrison intentionally made the recordings, they are considered bootlegs because they were never officially released to the public in their unedited form by Morrison or his heirs.

The title of the collection is however a misnomer, because most of the recordings were made in Los Angeles in March 1969; long before Morrison traveled to Paris (where he died under mysterious circumstances in 1971). Morrison took these Los Angeles recordings with him to Paris, where they were found among his belongings after his death.

The only recording on the collection that Morrison actually made in Paris is a segment featuring an apparently drunken Morrison playing around in a studio with two equally inebriated American street musicians. Morrison had befriended the street musicians only a short time earlier, when he found them performing Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young tunes on a Paris sidewalk.

Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek has referred to this recording as “drunken gibberish,” observing, “If you haven’t heard them, you’re missing nothing.”

However, once Morrison gave up trying to perform with the two street musicians, he broke into a solo performance of “Orange County Suite.” A writer for Rolling Stone magazine later called this piece “an astounding version of . . . [an] unfinished, unrealized paean to his old lady (Pamela Courson) that had been rejected from at least two Doors albums. . . . It was a drunken, and mostly ad-libbed, recording. Yet, listening carefully . . . , one hears the authentic last of Jim Morrison, two weeks before he died, as he roars spontaneous verses and imagery about his hard-hearted woman, his anguish and his obsessions, easily deploying a poetic champion’s compositional facility for the natural cadence and spontaneous rhyme.”

Morrison offhandedly labeled the resulting reel-to-reel tape of the session “Jomo and the Smoothies” (Jomo being a pseudonym for Morrison).
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01. Jim Morrison Poetry Session
02. Last Recordings Session
03. Orange County Suite
04. Whiskey, Mystics and Men
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