Doors

The Doors

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When the Doors emerged in 1967, the world of rock had never seen anything quite like them before. Their closest relatives were probably New York's Velvet Underground, who also mixed poetry with decidedly anti-flower-power rock. But where the VU came from a gritty, more urban context, the Doors were influenced by the freewheeling

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When the Doors emerged in 1967, the world of rock had never seen anything quite like them before. Their closest relatives were probably New York's Velvet Underground, who also mixed poetry with decidedly anti-flower-power rock. But where the VU came from a gritty, more urban context, the Doors were influenced by the freewheeling approach of '60s West Coast psychedelia -- mostly in that they were a reaction against it. On the band's eponymous debut, a dark, lyrical sensibility stands at odds with the LSD-tinted visions of the Grateful Dead et al., but the depths to which the Doors' penetrating, unsettling visions were explored could only have been possible in a community set free by the psychedelic revolution. With their lack of a bass player, Ray Manzarek's semiclassical keyboard flourishes, John Densmore's jazzy, impressionistic drumming, and Jim Morrison's surreal, iconoclastic lyrics, the Doors were virtually without precedent in rock 'n' roll. On The Doors, they used blues (Willie Dixon's "Back Door Man"), pop ("Light My Fire"), and even Brecht-Weill art song ("Alabama Song") as vehicles to express their unique sentiments. While the catchy "Light My Fire" was the band's breakthrough hit, it is the groundbreaking 11-minute epic "The End" that showcases the band in all its improvisational, poetic glory.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
A tremendous debut album, and indeed one of the best first-time outings in rock history, introducing the band's fusion of rock, blues, classical, jazz, and poetry with a knock-out punch. The lean, spidery guitar and organ riffs interweave with a hypnotic menace, providing a seductive backdrop for Jim Morrison's captivating vocals and probing prose. "Light My Fire" was the cut that topped the charts and established the group as stars, but most of the rest of the album is just as impressive, including some of their best songs: the propulsive "Break on Through" (their first single), the beguiling Oriental mystery of "The Crystal Ship," the mysterious "End of the Night," "Take It as It Comes" (one of several tunes besides "Light My Fire" that also had hit potential), and the stomping rock of "Soul Kitchen" and "Twentieth Century Fox." The 11-minute Oedipal drama "The End" was the group at its most daring and, some would contend, overambitious. It was nonetheless a haunting cap to an album whose nonstop melodicism and dynamic tension would never be equaled by the group again, let alone bettered.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/15/2009
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227986506
catalogNumber:
519559
Rank:
4087

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The Doors 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This album got everything rock mod jazz soul blues poetry. sex drugs n' rock n' roll! This is what i called Night music. My favorite songs in this album Break on though. soul kitchen The crystal ship Light my fire and the end. my personal favorite is the crystal ship it's very elegent depressing it reminds me of the actress sharon tate This is one of my favorite albums in my collection!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The songs were awesome for the title of The End, Hello,I love you and Light My fire. Jim was the charming man and a good poet. This band is still the greatest !
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS DEBUT EFFORT FROM ''THE DOORS'' IS A MESMERIZING,CHAOTIC, HYPNOTIC PIECE OF ROCK&ROLL HEAVEN. 'THE LIZARD KING'' BELLOWS OUT TUNES IN A RAW, ACID LIKE MANNER. THE MUSIC IS ELECTRIFYING, AND ''THE DOORS'' USHERED IN A BRAND NEW WAY TO ROCK&ROLL WITH IT'S RELEASE.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Doors introduced themselves to the world better than anyone would've expected with their s/t debut album. With their unique sound, they broke away from the normal type of music that was being produced at that time. With Ray Manzarek's amazing keyboarding and Jim Morrison's low and mellow voice, they created some of the greatest music ever. I absolutely love the use of the keyboard in their music. Some of the better songs on the album are Break on Through, Crystal Ship, and Light my Fire. The End, though a bit overrated, is still good and thought provoking. As mentioned before, in this album the Doors made some of the most unique music which has not been duplicated since. Definitely pick this up, even if you're not a Doors fan. After you hear this, you will be.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Doors really spawned a new type of rock. In the time of sunshine rock, this album karate-chopped them in half. A good album all the way through. Most teens these days haven't heard of the Doors, but if you like the other big 60's and 70's bands, you'll like this album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I never thought much of the doors until I started reading Jim Morrison's Biography: No one Here Gets out alive. I became intrigued before the end of the first chapter. I had heard Break on Through and Light My Fire before, but the album is so much more. The lyrics are often mindblowing, the songs are complex and catchy, and Jim's singing is great. I did'nt think the organ/piano would work in every song but it definitely does, giving The Doors their unique style. If you like meaningful music, classic rock, or unique musical groups then buy this album NOW!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I hear the name The Doors or Jim Morrison and Im Instantly relaxed just by there name. There music has never nor ever will be ever duplicated. Jims since of passion, desire,and creativty is excaped through his music. Kinda like another soul entering your body and taking over your mind. It takes you to a different realm. music lost one of the greatest when Jim past on. But his spirit lives on through his music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
No collection of rock is complete without this album.The Doors at their best. Difinitive 60's sound.