Opening the Doors: The Blues Tribute to the Doors

Opening the Doors: The Blues Tribute to the Doors

     
 

Perhaps it will seem incongruous to take the rock & roll of the Doors and turn it into instrumental blues songs. But aren't the blues an essential component of rock & roll? And certainly "Road House Blues" and "Soul Kitchen" are pretty bluesy to begin with. The interesting component here, though, has less to do with the blues than the use of trumpet and saxophone. The… See more details below

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Perhaps it will seem incongruous to take the rock & roll of the Doors and turn it into instrumental blues songs. But aren't the blues an essential component of rock & roll? And certainly "Road House Blues" and "Soul Kitchen" are pretty bluesy to begin with. The interesting component here, though, has less to do with the blues than the use of trumpet and saxophone. The riffs of the saxophone on "Moonlight Drive" and "Love Her Madly" show the listener how these songs might have sounded had they been recorded in the '50s. The trumpet of "When the Music's Over" and "L.A. Woman" has a Miles Davis tone, giving them a jazz meets popular music feel. "Light My Fire" begins with a funky organ that gives way to an airy trumpet solo that may remind someone of Herb Albert and the Tijuana Brass. While Jim Morrison may have found all of this baffling, many Doors fans will probably find it interesting. It isn't all saxophones and trumpets. The acoustic guitar and bongos on "Twentieth Century Fox" sound -- well -- pretty groovy, while the harmonica and spacey piano solo on "Break on Through" offer a new approach to an overplayed classic. Sure, some people will find Opening the Doors an odd way to pay tribute to the Lizard King, but even Morrison would have mellowed with age. This is a fun tribute to the Doors, and should be taken as such. Fans and the curious should enjoy it.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/27/2001
Label:
Cmh Records
UPC:
0027297856028
catalogNumber:
8560

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Richard Hardy   Saxophone
Mitch Manker & His Brass Section   Trumpet
John Nau   Keyboards
Jim Doyle   Drums
J. Swanson   Bass
John Jakubek   Mandolin
Richard Meijer   Guitar

Technical Credits

Jim Morrison   Composer
Ray Manzarek   Composer
John Densmore   Composer
Don Barnes   Composer
Jeff Carlisi   Composer
Larry Steele   Composer
Donnie Van Zant   Composer
Bruce Witkin   Mastering
David Haerle   Executive Producer
Richard Meijer   Contributor
Karrie M. Miller   Graphic Design
Sandee Curry   Executive Producer
Robby Krieger   Composer

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