The Doors’ ‘London Fog 1966’ Captures One of the Band’s Earliest Gigs

By Amanda Wicks

Before The Doors released their self-titled studio debut in 1967, they performed as the house band at London Fog, a West Hollywood nightclub located just down the way from Whiskey a Go Go. Now, fans will get to hear The Doors before they really became The Doors. Newly discovered audio recorded in May 1966 will soon be released as London Fog 1966.

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The live album will feature seven songs newly mastered by Doors engineer Bruce Botnick. The tracks are a combination of early Doors songs as well as blues covers. London Fog 1966 will be a collector’s edition boxed set with only 18,000 copies available and each one numbered individually. The set comes in a lift-top package made to look like a vintage storage box, and will include a CD and a 10-inch record designed to look like a test pressing.

More than the music, though, are the extras that come with London Fog 1966. The boxed set comes with a poster, the set list handwritten by John Densmore, a program for the Royce Hall UCLA student film screening, plus a London Fog coaster.

The early live audio came to light thanks to Nettie Peña, who recorded The Doors that evening in May on a ¼” reel to reel recorder. She also photographed the band, and five black and white reprints will accompany the other extras that come included in the set.

London Fog 1966 will be released on December 9th.

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