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  • Audio CD (May 23 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002HJD
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 79 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,652 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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12. American Night
13. Roadhouse Blues
14. The World On Fire
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16. The Hitchhiker
17. An American Prayer
18. Hour For Magic
19. Freedom Exists
20. A Feast Of Friends
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The last of the Doors' catalog to make it to CD, this album of spoken word performances and music comes complete with three new tracks: Babylon Fading , a never-before-heard performance; Bird of Prey , which features nearly a minute of Jim singing a cappella , and newl -recorded backing to The Ghost Song performed by Ray, Robbie and John.

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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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The Doors are my fav band and I have been wanting to pick this up for years. Finally broke down and bought it. I love it, except for the occasional tracks lifted from previous releases, like the opening Track 1 introduction (from the 2 disc live in concert album 1991), which could be forgiven IF it was the only non-original segment. Some of the arrangements (or slight variation(s) of such) come from the DOORS 1990 film which is fine, for me, since I don’t have that particular film sound track.
Part of Track 4 is also previously heard from one of the albums even, even if it is a slightly altered version as well as the majority of Track 13, Roadhouse Blues also lifted from the live in concert album. The opening yells and drum beats from UNKNOWN SOLDIER finds it way buried into Track 5.
Were they running out of stuff to put on this disc? Sadly maybe...Maybe we have come to the end of any new “un-earthed” recordings in the DOORS vault.
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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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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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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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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. Morrison was a poet & the Doors were one of the greatest bands ever to come out of America. American prayer is Jim's recorded voice of his poetry set to music by the remaining Doors is simply brilliant, hypnotic, reflective, beautiful and pure bliss.

A unique and perfectly executed piece of art.
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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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