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The Doors: The Doors [Mono] (1967)

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Artist:

The Doors

Title:

The Doors [Mono]

Released: 1967
Label: Elektra
Catalog: EKL 4007
Genre: Rock
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T R A C K L I S T:
01 Break On Through (To The Other Side)
02 Soul Kitchen
03 The Crystal Ship
04 Twentieth Century Fox
05 Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar)
06 Light My Fire
07 Back Door Man
08 I Looked At You
09 End Of The Night
10 Take It As It Comes
11 The End
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by Richie Unterberger [allmusic.com]

A tremendous debut album, and indeed one of the best first-time outings in rock history, introducing the band's fusion of rock, blues, classical, jazz, and poetry with a knock-out punch. The lean, spidery guitar and organ riffs interweave with a hypnotic menace, providing a seductive backdrop for Jim Morrison's captivating vocals and probing prose. "Light My Fire" was the cut that topped the charts and established the group as stars, but most of the rest of the album is just as impressive, including some of their best songs: the propulsive "Break on Through" (their first single), the beguiling Oriental mystery of "The Crystal Ship," the mysterious "End of the Night," "Take It as It Comes" (one of several tunes besides "Light My Fire" that also had hit potential), and the stomping rock of "Soul Kitchen" and "Twentieth Century Fox." The 11-minute Oedipal drama "The End" was the group at its most daring and, some would contend, overambitious. It was nonetheless a haunting cap to an album whose nonstop melodicism and dynamic tension would never be equaled by the group again, let alone bettered.


The Doors - The Soft Parade [Elektra EKS-75005] (18 July 1969)

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Title:

The Soft Parade

Released: 18 July 1969
Label: Elektra
Catalog: EKS-75005
Genre: Rock, Psychedelic Rock


T R A C K L I S T:
01 Tell All The People
02 Touch Me
03 Shaman's Blues
04 Do It
05 Easy Ride
06 Wild Child
07 Runnin' Blue
08 Wishful Sinful
09 The Soft Parade
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Richie Unterberger [allmusic.com]

The weakest studio album recorded with Jim Morrison in the group, partially because their experiments with brass and strings on about half the tracks weren't entirely successful. More to the point, though, this was their weakest set of material, low lights including filler like ''Do It'' and ''Runnin' Blue,'' a strange bluegrass-soul blend that was a small hit. On the other hand, about half the record is quite good, especially the huge hit ''Touch Me'' (their most successful integration of orchestration), the vicious hard rock riffs of ''Wild Child,'' the overlooked ''Shaman's Blues,'' and the lengthy title track, a multi-part suite that was one of the band's best attempts to mix rock with poetry. ''Tell All the People'' and ''Wishful Sinful,'' both penned by Robbie Krieger, were uncharacteristically wistful tunes that became small hits but were not all that good, and not sung very convincingly by Morrison.


The Doors - The Best Of The Doors [Elektra 6E 5035] (1973)

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Artist:

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Title:

The Best Of The Doors

Released: 1973
Label: Elektra
Catalog: 6E 5035
Genre: Psychedelic Rock
Note: Columbia House Record Club Edition


T R A C K L I S T:
01 Who Do You Love
02 Soul Kitchen
03 Hello, I Love You
04 People Are Strange
05 Riders On The Storm
06 Touch Me
07 Love Her Madly
08 Love Me Two Times
09 Take It As It Comes
10 Moonlight Drive
11 Light My Fire
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The Best of The Doors is a compilation album by The Doors released in 1973. It was the first compilation album to be released by the group after the death of the lead singer Jim Morrison. The album was originally released in the CD-4 QuadraDisc format, on an exclusive basis, but was later reissued in 1980 in standard stereo mostly through the Columbia House record club. It was also released on the Quadraphonic 8-Track and reel-to-reel tape formats. [wikipedia.org]

The Doors' Biography

by Richie Unterberger [allmusic.com]

The Doors, one of the most influential and controversial rock bands of the 1960s, were formed in Los Angeles in 1965 by UCLA film students Ray Manzarek, keyboards, and Jim Morrison, vocals; with drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger. The group never added a bass player, and their sound was dominated by Manzarek's electric organ work and Morrison's deep, sonorous voice, with which he sang and intoned his highly poetic lyrics. The group signed to Elektra Records in 1966 and released its first album, The Doors, featuring the hit "Light My Fire," in 1967.

Like "Light My Fire," the debut album was a massive hit, and endures as one of the most exciting, groundbreaking recordings of the psychedelic era. Blending blues, classical, Eastern music, and pop into sinister but beguiling melodies, the band sounded like no other. With his rich, chilling vocals and somber poetic visions, Morrison explored the depths of the darkest and most thrilling aspects of the psychedelic experience. Their first effort was so stellar, in fact, that the Doors were hard-pressed to match it, and although their next few albums contained a wealth of first-rate material, the group also began running up against the limitations of their recklessly disturbing visions. By their third album, they had exhausted their initial reservoir of compositions, and some of the tracks they hurriedly devised to meet public demand were clearly inferior to, and imitative of, their best early work.

On The Soft Parade, the group experimented with brass sections, with mixed results. Accused (without much merit) by much of the rock underground as pop sellouts, the group charged back hard with the final two albums they recorded with Morrison, on which they drew upon stone-cold blues for much of their inspiration, especially on 1971's L.A. Woman.

From the start, the Doors' focus was the charismatic Morrison, who proved increasingly unstable over the group's brief career. In 1969, Morrison was arrested for indecent exposure during a concert in Miami, an incident that nearly derailed the band. Nevertheless, the Doors managed to turn out a series of successful albums and singles through 1971, when, upon the completion of L.A. Woman, Morrison decamped for Paris. He died there, alan_parsonsarently of a drug overdose. The three surviving Doors tried to carry on without him, but ultimately disbanded. Yet the Doors' music and Morrison's legend continued to fascinate succeeding generations of rock fans: In the mid-'80s, Morrison was as big a star as he'd been in the mid-'60s, and Elektra has sold numerous quantities of the Doors' original albums plus reissues and releases of live material over the years, while publishers have flooded bookstores with Doors and Morrison biographies. In 1991, director Oliver Stone made The Doors, a feature film about the group starring Val Kilmer as Morrison.
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