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Strange Days Original recording reissued, Extra tracks, Original recording remastered

4.6 out of 5 stars 84 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (March 27 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks, Original recording reissued
  • Label: Rhino-Atlantic
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 84 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,706 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Strange Days
2. You're Lost Little Girl
3. Love Me Two Times
4. Unhappy Girl
5. Horse Latitudes
6. Moonlight Drive
7. People Are Strange
8. My Eyes Have Seen You
9. I Can't See Your Face In My Mind
10. When The Music's Over
11. People Are Strange (False Starts & Dialogue) (Bonus)
12. Love Me Two Times (Take 3) (Bonus)

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12" 180-gram HQ virgin vinyl reissues of the original stereo mixes of the legendary band's six Jim Morrison-fronted studio albums. The reissues of these now historic albums - all originally released between 1967 and 1970 - are replicas of the initial vinyl offerings, including artwork and inner sleeves. The laquers were cut at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Hollywood, CA under the direct supervision of original Doors producer/engineer Bruce Botnick and Electra Records founder Jac Holzman. STRANGE DAYS, first out in October '67, went to #3 and introduced the Doors classics "People Are Strange," "Love Me Two Times" and "Strange Days."


Even darker than their purple-hued debut, the Doors' follow-up, Strange Days, closed 1967 with an ominous flourish. Highlighted mostly by short, radio- friendly tunes such as the bluesy "Love Me Two Times" and the cabaret-style "People Are Strange" and featuring a smattering of edgy recitations ("Horse Latitudes") and smoky rockers ("My Eyes Have Seen You"), the album features a centerpiece that was another ambitious extended track, "When the Music's Over". On it, Morrison railed at everything from organised religion to pollution, and his rallying cry--"We want the world, and we want it now!"--became a call to arms for the counterculture rising up around the band. --Billy Altman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Audio CD
STRANGE DAYS, like the best music of the major bands of 1960s, encapsulates the disillusionment of the youth and a need for a radical reordering of society. In many ways, STRANGE DAYS is The Doors' best album. Dark, melodic, and richly poetic, nowhere else do they manage to create such a compelling portrait of the blossoming counterculture. Gone is the more poppy elements of their debut. Instead, The Doors fill STRANGE DAYS with songs about lost girls, isolation ("People Are Strange"), radically shifting cultural norms (title cut), and psychedelic epic poetry about wanting the world and wanting it right now ("When the Music's Over)". "Love Me Two Times," a song about a solider going away to Viet Nam and wanting to be with his lover, expresses the frustration that many felt at that senseless war. "Moonlight Drive," the song Jim sung to Manzarek when he wanted to start a band, is a love song, but one that turns musical convention on its head. "Horse Latitudes," a wonderfully odd, very disturbing recording of Morrison reading one of his poems, further contributes to the very dark, moody atmosphere that the band successfully maintains throughout the entire album. "When the Music's Over," a brooding masterpiece, deals with ecological issues, organized religion, and wanting the world right now. This is the true centrepiece of the album, and, as the Amazon review says, a rallying cry to the budding counterculture.
The cover art is one of the best and most appropriate covers I have ever seen for an album. The cover gives you a glimpse into what you will find on the album: a freakshow, a world where people are trying to find their own way and how the generation gap grew leaps and bounds in the 1960s.
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"Strange Days" is just what you would expect to find in terms of a second album from a new group that has just put out a smash debut album. The self-titled first album of the Doors culled the group's best songs from their repertoire. Most of the songs here were written around the same time and if you had to reshuffle the tracks from the first pair of albums to make the debut effort even better you are talking about the title track, "Love Me Two Times" and "People Are Strange." The music is still the distinctive combination of psychedelic instrumentation and unconventional arrangements with the poetic visions of Jim Morrison, but the results are just not quite as great as that first outing.
The opening track is interesting because in addition to Ray Manzarek's organ, Robbie Krieger's guitar, and John Densmore's drum, they have actually added a session musician, Doug Lubhan, to play bass. Meanwhile, Morrison sings about how "Strange days have found us/Strange days have tracked us down/They're going to destroy/Our casual joys/We shall go on playing/Or find a new town." There is a point there and the youth culture and the Sixties, but I find it hard to believe most of the people listening to this album in 1967 were thinking deep thoughts. "Love Me Two Times" is the big blues-rocker on the album, distinguished by Kreiger's captivating guitar riff and the great harpsichord solo from Manzarek. I know Morrison was the photogenic front man for the Doors, Manzarek and Kreiger were just as responsible for the group's unique sound.
"Love Me Two Times" was a minor hit single off of the album, but its ascendancy was derailed when Morrison was arrested at a gig in New Haven, Connecticut.
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This indisputable rock masterpiece includes that one song that exemplifies what I consider the true Doors sound: "Strange Days." Sure, most of the songs in The Doors' catalogue are good, but not the same way the title track for this album is. Marked with an eerie pulsing quality, the melody and effects seem to emanate like concentric circles, with Morrison's voice that of a demented ringmaster shouting down from the periphery of our consciousness. It's a creative milestone. It is a sound I wish they had explored more often, but was to be actualized only rarely, and never really quite the same way. From later albums, "Not to Touch the Earth" and "Waiting for the Sun" come to mind as created from that same haunted cavern.
Not of the same feel but still a particularly fine composition from STRANGE DAYS is "I Can't See Your Face in My Mind," with its lyrical abstraction and tearfully cracked vocals, and ending with a lone note eventually tweaked and dropped into empty space. Along with "Crystal Ship" from the first album, this song stands as one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard.
Thirty-five years later, the album stands the test of time. "When the Music's Over" seems a bit anachronistic and bombastic, now feeling more experimental to me than it did originally. However this doesn't detract from the album's ranking among my all-time favorites. It is The Doors at the crux, which in hindsight turned out to be their peak. They never seemed to regain their focus or footing after this.
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