An American Prayer

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All Music Guide - Vik Iyengar
Moody and mesmerizing, An American Prayer is an interesting album of Jim Morrison reading his poetry over the Doors' music. An American Prayer was finished by the remaining members of the Doors after Morrison's death and finally released in 1978 it was remastered and re-released in 1995 with bonus tracks. Those familiar with the lyrics of the Doors will not be surprised, but others may be put off because Morrison is unafraid to use crude imagery and talk unabashedly about taboo topics such as sex and religion. Although many dismiss his poetry as simplistic random musings, Morrison is a gifted lyricist with a vivid imagination. The album also demonstrates how the other ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Vik Iyengar
Moody and mesmerizing, An American Prayer is an interesting album of Jim Morrison reading his poetry over the Doors' music. An American Prayer was finished by the remaining members of the Doors after Morrison's death and finally released in 1978 it was remastered and re-released in 1995 with bonus tracks. Those familiar with the lyrics of the Doors will not be surprised, but others may be put off because Morrison is unafraid to use crude imagery and talk unabashedly about taboo topics such as sex and religion. Although many dismiss his poetry as simplistic random musings, Morrison is a gifted lyricist with a vivid imagination. The album also demonstrates how the other musicians in the band create a mood that breathes life into Morrison's dark, twisted visions. The music excerpts of "Peace Frog" and "Wasp Texas Radio and the Big Beat" provide a welcome air of familiarity, and the definitive live version of "Roadhouse Blues" in the middle of the album provides a nice respite from the barrage of stories and metaphors. However, An American Prayer must be listened to in one sitting to be fully appreciated, preferably at nighttime when one is alone and can devote full attention to the listening experience. This album is not for everyone, but is a must-own for Doors completists and fans of Jim Morrison's poetry.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/23/1995
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • UPC: 075596181228
  • Catalog Number: 61812
  • Sales rank: 22,702

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Awake (0:35)
  2. 2 Ghost Song (2:50)
  3. 3 Dawn's Highway (1:21)
  4. 4 Newborn Awakening (2:26)
  5. 5 To Come of Age (1:01)
  6. 6 Black Polished Chrome (1:07)
  7. 7 Latino Chrome (2:14)
  8. 8 Angels and Sailors (2:46)
  9. 9 Stoned Immaculate (1:33)
  10. 10 The Movie (1:35)
  11. 11 Curses, Invocations (1:57)
  12. 12 American Night (0:28)
  13. 13 Roadhouse Blues (5:53)
  14. 14 The World on Fire (1:06)
  15. 15 Lament (2:18)
  16. 16 The Hitchhiker (2:15)
  17. 17 An American Prayer (3:04)
  18. 18 Hour for Magic (1:17)
  19. 19 Freedom Exists (0:20)
  20. 20 A Feast of Friends (2:10)
  21. 21 Babylon Fading (1:40)
  22. 22 Bird of Prey (1:03)
  23. 23 The Ghost Song (5:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jim Morrison Primary Artist, Vocals, Voices, Talking
Ray Manzarek Keyboards, Vocals
John Densmore Drums
Reinol Andino Percussion
Arthur Barrow Synthesizer
Bob Glaub Bass
Jerry Scheff Bass
Robby Krieger Guitar
Technical Credits
The Doors Producer
Jim Morrison Composer, Poetry, Illustrations
Ray Manzarek Composer, Director, Producer
John Densmore Composer, Director, Producer
Arthur Barrow Programming
Paul Black Producer, Engineer
Bruce Botnick Producer, Engineer, Remastering
Paul Ferrara Engineer
Bernie Grundman Mastering
John Haeny Producer, Engineer
Frank Lusciandro Contributor
Rik Pekkonen Engineer
Fritz Richmond Engineer
Paul Rothchild Producer, Remastering
Cheech d'Amico Engineer
John Lee Art Direction
James Ledner Engineer
John Van Hamersveld Art Direction
Frank Lisciandro Director, Producer, Engineer
Ron Coro Art Direction
Thomas G. Stockham Engineer
Ron Garrett Engineer
Babe Hill Engineer
John Weaver Engineer
Robby Krieger Composer, Director, Producer
Johnny Lee Art Direction
Jonathan Harvey Contributor
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Morrison's strange poetry set to the music of the remaining members of The Doors. If your a Doors fan, you have to get this album. This one is not included in any of the big Doors box sets.

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