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An American Prayer

Jim Morrison & The Doors Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
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20. A Feast Of Friends
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The Doors recorded six studio albums with Jim Morrison as their singer from 1967 to 1971, hitting the charts with a series of pop songs that were at least as good as Tommy James and the Shondells. On their albums, they indulged in Morrison's pretentious obsessions that included extended pieces about Oedipal complexes and the end of the world. Those obsessions have been exaggerated by The Doors myth that continues to this day. This is a collection of Morrison's poetry, embellished by the surviving Doors several years after the fact. That the live rendition of "Roadhouse Blues" is the only noteworthy selection should tell you what you need to know about the poetry. --Rob O'Connor

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Doors ~ American Prayer

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tommy who? April 2 2004
By Erik
Format:Audio CD
Crimson and clover? Why don't you compare Wayne Newton to Primus? Anyways, this review isn't a bash; it's my feelings about the album. First of all "American Prayer" isn't an album that you just pick one or two songs off of to listen to, it's a story, similar to Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon," "The Wall," or Neilson's "The Point." And similar to those in that it is best enjoyed relaxing on your couch, following the inebriant of your choice. It also is great for long road trips at night, but I prefer to have my eyes closed when listening to it. Jim's poetry is raw and vibrant and conjures up images of the movies The Doors and Natural Born Killers. The background music adds to the poetry like the sense of smell does to taste. As a second generation door's fan, my view of this album may be slightly nostalgic, but listening to it, for me, is like a vivid dream that captures something reminiscent of Manson's views of the 60's. It's filled with intenseness of peaking on window pane (LSD, for the sheltered) and the spacey philosophical ranting that accompany its come-down. This album is art and contains all the passion and skewed visions of the artist. I would compare this album to something like sushi; at first it may sound repulsive to some, but if given a chance you may start to crave it. If this doesn't sound like your spicy tuna roll, then maybe you can go back to mind-numbing, sticky-sweet pop music and other mass media produced nausients, and leave interpretation of art to someone else. Okay, it is kind of a bash.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I have always been a fan of The Doors and enjoy their unique music very much. This album is a collection of poems written by Jim Morrison with the Doors music in the background. I like the poetry on this album but I find it difficult to understand it at times. Jim has always had a knack of really confusing people with his poems atleast he confuses me but that does not mean that I don't like them. This CD collects some of his most famous works into one single disc. Some of the poetry contained herein he would perform it live in concert and he always liked to throw them in the middle of a song. I especially love the music that serves as background for "Feast Of Friends" one of my favorite poems from Jim. The music on this one is really beautiful and somewhat sad, it gives me a sort of melancholy feeling when I'm listening to it. This album was recorded a few months before Jim died in Paris in 1971 and was finished by the three surviving members in the 70's and finally released in 1978. This recording won a Grammy Award for the best album of spoken word. Who would of thought that Jim Morrison would win a Grammy nine years after his death. Even though this album is complex to understand and really tough to come to grips with it, I think it's brilliant and Morrison's voice is really good here he sounds quite smooth and relax but only some of the time. There are other parts in the album where he screams and he sounds mad but Jim was always unpredictiable and one never knew what he was up to. Classic poetry album by the one and only Jim Morrison.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Genius. June 23 2004
Format:Audio CD
Like Lennon and Hendrix, Jim Morrison was one of the figures that shaped rock, and unfortunately, these men died way to young. This collection of poetry is deep and beautiful and the music behind Jim while he is talking really sets the mood. The live version of "Roadhouse Blues" fits this collection perfectly and is nice to listen to. Pick this up if you like the Doors, Jim, or like poetry.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It Works July 20 2002
Format:Audio CD
Whatever Jim Morrison's reasons for joining a rock band, he quickly bored of them once he became successful at it (as evidenced by some of the Door's latter concert films where he masterfully sleepwalks through his frontman role). Were he making it big today, Morrison might be satisfied with a producer's role, collaborating with other artists, dabbling in music video directing, acting and hosting mindless self-promoting shows on VH1. 30 years ago, though he did dabble in film to a small degree, Jim Morrison turned to poetry as his legitimizing muse.
As far as I know, "An American Prayer" is the biggest ode to his poetic legacy. On it, the 3 remaining Doors play their unique brand of muzac to Jim's spoken/sung diatribes. As pretensious as it sounds, it really works. Any fan whose been mesmerized by "The End" will find alot to like here. For those who got their Doors fix by humming along to "Light My Fire", this may be a little much. But if you find yourself wanting a little more than another spin of their greatest hits CD, this just might scratch your itch.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rob O'Connor, you suck Feb. 1 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Rob O'Connor, whoever you are, you're a jerk! So, according to YOU, the music of the Doors is "at least as good as Tommy James and the Shondells?" Flashes in the pan like Tommy James are NOT EVEN in the same league as The Doors, and music history attests to this. The Doors' influence on every generation since far outweighs almost forgettable acts like Tommy James--the only notable thing he ever did was "Crimson and Clover", and that's not even as innovative as the Doors at their worst. Why do you post your reviews at the beginning of the artist's catalogue, as if they are fact, as if they speak for the majority------Screw you man!! Remove this man's posts from this catalogue!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Plastic case broken but CD in good shape
I guess it's a stupid remark but y'know, you buy something you expect a good packaging. It was sealed and brand new, the case was just broken. CD works fine, no scratch and all. Read more
Published 5 months ago by jonnykaspe
5.0 out of 5 stars cool
exactly what I wanted, poetry put to the doors music after Jim left us, it is a mater of your personal choice ....I like it
Published 7 months ago by ric coombes
4.0 out of 5 stars ALL HAIL THE AMERICAN KNIGHT.....
The Doors are my fav band and I have been wanting to pick this up for years. Finally broke down and bought it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Joker-scar
5.0 out of 5 stars The Doors at their best
This is truly the Doors at their best. Jim Morrison recorded his poetry on his 27th birthday then moved to Paris and later died at the ripe age of 27. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Mark
1.0 out of 5 stars Zzzzzzzzzz
God-awful pseudo-poetry by rock's most over-rated lyricist. The fact that this Rimbaud-wannabe's spoken tripe is considered "poetry" by so many people is testament to... Read more
Published on March 6 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Pretentious and Tedious
Look, I'm a huge Doors fan, I had all their stuff on vinyl in college. I bought this in 1978 and listened to it. Once. Read more
Published on Jan. 23 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars MUSIC TO AWaKEN from SLEEP/DULLSVILLE
living play ....to awaken ..the deadPoeT swimming within you, let the ceremony begin/ into lizard king spoken psycho WE go TO PLAY{ listen }to posterity REVITALISED. Read more
Published on Oct. 11 2003 by david
5.0 out of 5 stars Offers something most recordings don't
I really like this disc. I don't think Morrison was the world's greatest poet, but he was talented. If all cd's are going to be rejected because they're not wholly successful, why... Read more
Published on Oct. 11 2003 by J. Keller
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Work Of Poetry.
Rock N'Roll never produced or had a better poet than Jim Morrison. "An American Prayer" is recorded proof that there was more to his image than just black leather pants... Read more
Published on July 9 2003 by Robert Blake
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