Tag: Doors

Thursday 5/18/22 9pm ET: Feature LP: The Doors (1967)

The Doors is the debut studio album by American rock band the Doors. Recorded in August 1966 at Sunset Sound Recorders, Hollywood, California, it was produced by Paul A. Rothchild and released on January 4, 1967. Since its release, the record has been often regarded as one of the greatest debut albums of all time, by both critics and publishers. It features the long version of the breakthrough single “Light My Fire” and the lengthy song “The End” with its Oedipal spoken word section.

The Doors started recording their debut album under the maintenance of Elektra Records in August 1966. The recording of The Doors established the band’s large extensive number of musical influences, such as jazz, classical, blues, pop, R&B and rock music. Its overall presentation has been viewed as an essential part of the psychedelic rock evolution, while it have also been acknowledged as a source of inspiration to other works. Paul McCartney of the Beatles has claimed that following the album’s release, he wanted his band to capitalize on the Doors musical style as one of the “alter egos” of the group, for their upcoming album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

The Doors and “Light My Fire” have been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. In 2015 the Library of Congress selected The Doors for inclusion in the National Recording Registry based on its cultural, artistic or historical significance.

  1. “Break On Through (To the Other Side)” 2:25
  2. “Soul Kitchen” 3:30
  3. “The Crystal Ship” 2:30
  4. “Twentieth Century Fox” 2:30
  5. “Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)” 3:15
  6. “Light My Fire” 6:50
  7. “Back Door Man” 3:30
  8. “I Looked at You” 2:18
  9. “End of the Night” 2:49
  10. “Take It as It Comes” 2:13
  11. “The End” 11:35
  12. “Moonlight Drive” (August ’66 version 1) 2:43
  13. “Moonlight Drive” (August ’66 version 2) 2:31
  14. “Indian Summer” (8/19/66 vocal) 2:37

Jim Morrison – vocals
Ray Manzarek – organ, piano, keyboard bass; backing vocals and marxophone on “Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)”
Robby Krieger – guitar, bass on “Back Door Man”, backing vocals on “Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)”
John Densmore – drums, backing vocals on “Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)”
Larry Knechtel – bass on “Soul Kitchen”, “Twentieth Century Fox” and “Light My Fire”

Monday 2/21/22 9am ET: Feature LP: Doors – Strange Days (1967)

Strange Days is the second studio album by the American rock band the Doors, released on September 25, 1967, by Elektra Records. After the successful release of The Doors, the band started working on new material for this second record. Upon release, the album reached number three on the US Billboard 200, and eventually earned RIAA platinum certification. It contains the Top 30 hit singles “People Are Strange” and “Love Me Two Times”.

  1. “Strange Days” 3:05
  2. “You’re Lost Little Girl” 3:01
  3. “Love Me Two Times” 3:23
  4. “Unhappy Girl” 2:00
  5. “Horse Latitudes” 1:30
  6. “Moonlight Drive” 3:00
  7. “People Are Strange” 2:10
  8. “My Eyes Have Seen You” 2:22
  9. “I Can’t See Your Face in My Mind” 3:18
  10. “When the Music’s Over” 11:00

Jim Morrison – vocals, moog synthesizer on “Strange Days”
Ray Manzarek – keyboards, marimba
Robby Krieger – guitar
John Densmore – drums
Doug Lubahn – bass

Thursday 8/5/21 1am ET: Feature LP: The Doors – The Future Starts Here: The Essential Doors Hits (2008)

The Future Starts Here: The Essential Doors Hits is a compilation album by the rock band the Doors. It was released in the U.S. January 29, 2008 to commemorate the band’s 40th anniversary and contains new audio mixes of the songs.

  1. “Break On Through (To the Other Side)” 2:27
  2. “Light My Fire” 6:59
  3. “Love Me Two Times” 3:16
  4. “Hello, I Love You” 2:41
  5. “People Are Strange” 2:12
  6. “Strange Days” 3:09
  7. “Riders on the Storm” 7:09
  8. “L.A. Woman” 8:00
  9. “Touch Me” 3:12
  10. “Roadhouse Blues” 4:08
  11. “Peace Frog” 2:58
  12. “Love Street” 2:57
  13. “The Crystal Ship” 2:35
  14. “Soul Kitchen” 3:33
  15. “Love Her Madly” 3:40
  16. “Back Door Man” 3:33
  17. “Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)” 3:17
  18. “Moonlight Drive” 3:05
  19. “The Unknown Soldier” 3:26
  20. “The End” 11:25

Jim Morrison – vocals
Robby Krieger – guitar
Ray Manzarek – piano, organ
John Densmore – drums
Bruce Botnick – co-producer with the Doors for tracks 7, 8, 15
Paul A. Rothchild – producer for all other tracks

Wednesday 5/12/21 7pm ET: The Rock Show

This week music from Foo Fighters, Noel Gallagher, David Bowie, Aerosmith, Grace Slick, Bryan Adams, Staind, Tool, Doors, Alice Cooper, Dirty Honey, Boston and more . .

Thursday 10/22/2020 12am ET: Feature LP: Doors – Morrison Hotel 50th Anniversary Edition (2020)

Morrison Hotel is the fifth studio album by American rock band the Doors, released February 9, 1970 by Elektra Records. Following the use of brass and string arrangements recommended by producer Paul A. Rothchild on their previous album, The Soft Parade, the band returned to their original blues-rock style and this album was largely seen as a return to form for the band. The Doors entered Elektra Sound Recorders in Los Angeles in November 1969 to record the album which is divided into two separately titled sides; “Hard Rock Cafe” and “Morrison Hotel”. The group included session bassists Lonnie Mack and Ray Neapolitan on the album’s songs.

The album reached no. 4 on the Billboard 200, and performed better overseas than the preceding album (it was the groups’s highest-charting studio album in the United Kingdom, where it peaked at No. 12). The accompanying “You Make Me Real” / “Roadhouse Blues” single peaked at No. 50 in May 1970 on the Billboard 100 chart. The cover photo was taken by Henry Diltz.

Side one: Hard Rock Café
1. “Roadhouse Blues” 4:04
2. “Waiting for the Sun” 3:58
3. “You Make Me Real” 2:50
4. “Peace Frog” 2:52
5. “Blue Sunday” 2:08
6. “Ship of Fools” 3:06

Side two: Morrison Hotel
7. “Land Ho!” 4:08
8. “The Spy” 4:15
9. “Queen of the Highway” 2:47
10. “Indian Summer” 2:33
11. “Maggie M’Gill” 4:24

50th Anniversary second CD: Mysterious Union – bonus tracks
12. “Queen of the Highway” (take 1; recorded November 15, 1968)
13. “Queen of the Highway” (various takes; recorded November 15, 1968) 6:23
14. “Queen of the Highway” (take 44, recorded November 15, 1968)
15. “Queen of the Highway” (take 12, recorded January 16, 1969)
16. “Queen of the Highway” (take 14 – Krieger guitar overdub, recorded January 16, 1969)
17. “Queen of the Highway” (take 1)
18. “Queen of the Highway” (takes 5, 6 & 9)
19. “Queen of the Highway” (take 14)
20. “I Will Never Be Untrue” 1:21
21. “Queen of the Highway” (take unknown)
22. “Roadhouse Blues” (take 14, recorded November 4, 1969)
23. “Money (That’s What I Want)” (recorded November 4, 1969)
24. “Rock Me” (recorded November 4, 1969)
25. “Roadhouse Blues” (takes 6 & 7, recorded November 5, 1969)
26. “Roadhouse Blues” (take 8, recorded November 5, 1969)
27. “Roadhouse Blues” (takes 1 & 2) 5:00
28. “Roadhouse Blues” (takes 5, 6 & 14)
29. “Peace Frog / Blue Sunday” (take 4) 5:43
30. “Peace Frog” (take 12)

Wednesday 12pm: Top 100 Albums of The 70s – #100 – The Doors – L.A. Woman (1971)

We start our feature of the Top 100 Albums of the 70s.

#100 – The Doors – L.A. Woman (1971)

L.A. Woman is the sixth studio album by the American rock band the Doors, released on April 19, 1971, on Elektra Records. It is the last to feature the group’s lead singer, Jim Morrison, who died three months after the album’s release. It saw the band continue to integrate elements of blues back into their music, a direction begun with their previous album, Morrison Hotel. It was also recorded without record producer Paul A. Rothchild after he fell out with the group over the perceived lack of quality of their studio performances. Subsequently, the band co-produced the album with longtime sound engineer Bruce Botnick.

“Love Her Madly” was released as a single in March 1971, preceding the album’s release, and it reached the Top 20 in the Billboard Hot 100. Upon release, the album peaked at number nine on the Billboard 200 and reached number 28 on the UK Albums Charts. An additional single in support of the album, “Riders on the Storm”, also achieved chart success on Billboard and in the UK. Critics Richie Unterberger and David Quantick have both called L.A. Woman one of the Doors’ best albums, citing Morrison’s unwavering enthusiasm in his vocal performance, and the band’s stripped-down return to their blues rock roots.

1. “The Changeling” 4:21
2. “Love Her Madly” 3:20
3. “Been Down So Long” 4:41
4. “Cars Hiss by My Window” 4:12
5. “L.A. Woman” 7:49

1. “L’America” 4:37
2. “Hyacinth House” 3:11
3. “Crawling King Snake” 5:00
4. “The WASP (Texas Radio and the Big Beat)” 4:16
5. “Riders on the Storm” 7:09