The Doors Original recording remastered, Extra tracks, Original recording reissued
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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. THE DOORS, first released in January 1967, is one of rock music's most famous debuts.- It hit #2 in Billboard, and delivered the #1 signature smash "Light My Fire" plus "Break On Through," "The Crystal Ship," and "The End."
On their 1967 debut album, the Doors more than fulfilled the promise of their infamously challenging gigs around Los Angeles throughout the previous year. Whether belting out a standard like "Back Door Man" or talk-singing such originals as "The Crystal Ship" and "I Looked at You," leather-clad vocalist Jim Morrison exuded both sensuality and menace. The mixture, on the outsize album finale, "The End," helped rewrite the rules on rock song composition. None of this would have worked, though, were it not for the highly visual instrumental work of keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robbie Krieger, and drummer John Densmore, whose work on tracks such as "Take It As It Comes" and the lengthy hit "Light My Fire" virtually defined the rock-blues-jazz-classical amalgam that was acid-rock. --Billy Altman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The Doors is my all time favorite band. Morrison, Manzarek, Densmore, and Krieger...the finest in each of their professions. From Morrison's swagger and unintelligible poetry at times, to Manzarek's blues and soul organ, then forth to Densmore's eccentric jazz drumming, and finishing up with the inane flamenco aspects of Krieger's finger picking guitar work...The Doors in retrospect, own. Their debut is such a powerhouse and makes you scream, explode, and reach for the air, that you really just can't get enough of it.
The singles, the hits, and the golden ones are obvious. Who in their right mind HASN'T heard 'Break on Through' or 'Light My Fire'? Or even 'Whiskey Bar'? It's apparent that this album has highlights. But, look further and you can see just where the Doors progressed. From the opening rawhide thunder opener, 'Break on Through' we slowly diminish into this psychological warp that is, 'The End.' Surprisingly, that's exactly where the Doors left off and began with their follow up, 'Strange Days.'
While this is their debut, it is almost a greatest hits album. It culminates everything the damn Doors are. It has psychological, psychedelic rock with that jazz, that blues, and even that thrill. You watch sneak previews at the theaters today and it's not too different than this. Their self titled debut is a demo to what was to come, the ride they were to take us on.Read more ›
One thing I sorely miss in today's rock are lyrics that make you think--this album's got those up the wazoo. The modest frontman's got a great sultry voice that can Bend in ways that make even banal lyrics mystic and suggestive, and it's even better on the intelligent lines. This forgotten, underappreciated frontman was a master of well-chosen details. Well, another thing I miss in today's rock is long songs that suck you in, take you to another world, that you can get up and walk around in, see the sights and smell the odors of so to speak. "The Doors" has at least two such songs. "Light My Fire" is a stoned fireworks show. If you don't start air-keyboarding to the organ solo, you ain't got a pulse. "The End" is an entire universe that exists only within the words and music of this one song. The best example of abstract poetry I have ever heard, and great 60s-style sexual innuendo all over it. The above-mentioned acid-crazed guitarist plays minimalist sitar-esque lines that put efficient shivers in my spine. A lesson to today's guitar-bashers: Five seconds of well-chosen silence trumps three minutes of uninterrupted sonic assault, any day of the week.
One thing you have to wonder--what would The Doors' music impart today if the frontman had been ugly?
The pursuit of danger is captured perfectly on "Break On Through" and "Take It As It Comes." The surreal escapism of drug abuse is explained in "The Crystal Ship" and "End Of The Night." The final destination of this progressive disease finishes up the album ("The End").
To find a artist who honestly performed as a means of exorcisng his own demons, to keep from slitting his throat or jumping out the nearest window, has a certain integrity to it in today's world of corporate rock. The music of the Dors stands on its own merits, but I can't help but believe that, with drug addictions of all kinds on the rise, its lyrics speak to more people today than they did in 1967. Easily one of the top 5 best rock albums ever produced!
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Great sound. The hubby loves it and we have many of the most wanted songs on it.Published 1 month ago by Amanda
This is an awesome album.If you don't have it you should get it.I can't even describe how good it is.Pure musical genius.Published 12 months ago by Sheila
Possibly the finest packaging and vinyl quality I have ever seen/heard. Also possibly the most expensive vinyl I have purchased so I was pleased to find no issues with vinyl or... Read morePublished on March 4 2014 by Alejandro S.
I have frequently seen the "overpriced" Japanese import CD's since I started using the internet in the 90's, and have always wondered what the hype was about. Read morePublished on April 6 2013 by Scotty P
Where is the list of songs... Oh found it. On another site. Sigh... I will not purchase (saddly enough), so little content. I am very disapointed in what is available. Read morePublished on Nov. 25 2011 by Diabletique
I'm not going to write a long article to try and impress people with my musical knowledge, which, as you can tell from the other reviews listed here, is suspect at best. Read morePublished on May 9 2011 by ravven
Great addition to any Doors fan's collection. It was the first album I'd ever heard of the Doors, and I have to admit, it's still my favourite. Read morePublished on Jan. 1 2010 by Sadie May
The Doors were one of those really great rock bands -- they flared up briefly, shone brightly, and then died away with the untimely death of their frontman, Jim Morrison. Read morePublished on March 26 2007 by E. A Solinas