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All Music Guide - Joe Viglione
Ray Manzarek's 1974 follow-up to his excellent The Golden Scarab (A Rhythm Myth) from the same year finds producer Bob Brown stepping into Bruce Botnick's shoes. Over 40 minutes of music from the Doors' keyboard player expands the excellent concepts initiated by the Doors' Other Voices and Full Circle albums, with the thread continuing on the aforementioned The Golden Scarab. The title track was composed by Manzarek, manager Danny Sugarman, and journeyman guitarist Dick Wagner, fresh from his stint in the Lou Reed's Rock & Roll Animal Band and right before he would co-author hits by Alice Cooper. Flo & Eddie provide backing vocals on the two-minute-and-33-second ...
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All Music Guide - Joe Viglione
Ray Manzarek's 1974 follow-up to his excellent The Golden Scarab (A Rhythm Myth) from the same year finds producer Bob Brown stepping into Bruce Botnick's shoes. Over 40 minutes of music from the Doors' keyboard player expands the excellent concepts initiated by the Doors' Other Voices and Full Circle albums, with the thread continuing on the aforementioned The Golden Scarab. The title track was composed by Manzarek, manager Danny Sugarman, and journeyman guitarist Dick Wagner, fresh from his stint in the Lou Reed's Rock & Roll Animal Band and right before he would co-author hits by Alice Cooper. Flo & Eddie provide backing vocals on the two-minute-and-33-second title song, the shortest on the disc. "I Wake up Screaming" resembles music from An American Prayer, and indeed, it's a poem by James Douglas Morrison featuring an early performance by poetess Patti Smith. With so much depth and intrigue here, Polygram Records deciding to take three tracks from this album and tag them on the end of a 1994 re-release of The Golden Scarab deprived Manzarek and Doors fans of the full scope of this work. The complete sessions from both projects in one package would be appropriate. "Bicentennial Blues" could be an outtake from Other Voices and features Manzarek at his most Doorsy, especially when the long keyboard solo in this nearly eight-minute track gets the tonal quality and riffs from "Light My Fire." Had the three Doors continued their musical journey together, this important music may have found a wider audience -- it definitely grooves. Where Larry Carlton performs on The Golden Scarab (A Rhythm Myth), Eagles/James Gang guitarist Joe Walsh shows up here, as do Steve Forman -- percussion player with Marty Balin among many others -- and Paul Davis. It's an interesting musical mix, with Manzarek indulging in all sorts of keyboard instruments and synthesizers. He's flanked by enough equipment on the back cover to stock a music store, but refrains from drenching the disc in those sounds, as Gary Wright would with 1976's Dream Weaver. Rock meets jazz here on "Perfumed Garden" and other tracks, providing a unique glimpse of one of rock & roll's most enduring characters. "The Gambler" moves with authority, while the quirky instrumental "Whirling Dervish," co-written with Paul Davis, keeps the momentum and is chock-full of the creative sparks Manzarek always provides. "Begin the World Again" is thought-provoking and entertaining, as is this entire disc.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/13/2005
  • Label: Lemon Records Uk
  • EAN: 5013929767126
  • Catalog Number: 71

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ray Manzarek Primary Artist, Organ, Piano, Celeste, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Vocals, Clavinet, ARP, fender rhodes, Tack Piano, Synthesizer Strings
Flo & Eddie Vocals
Joe Walsh Guitar
John Klemmer Saxophone
Michael Fennelly Guitar
George Segal Banjo
Steve Forman Percussion
Howard Kaylan Vocals
Mark Pines Guitar
Patti Smith Vocals
Mark Volman Vocals
Gary Mallaber Percussion, Drums, Vibes
Paul Davis Percussion
Technical Credits
Mike Melvoin Horn Arrangements
Patti Smith Poetry
Danny Sugerman Personal Manager
Michael Heatley Liner Notes
Desmond Strobel Art Direction
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A good solo album

    This album from Ray Manzarek (of The Doors fame) makes a good album here and its one I really like but it's not an album that just Has to be part of your collection (although you'll probably enjoy it). The Title track is a nice one. There is also a track here that includes a pre-punk appearance by Patti Smith (of the legendary Patti Smith Group) but her voice is so fuzzed out here that's she's almost unrecognizable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Waited over 25 years for this re-release!

    If you like the pop sound of the 70's, you probably won't like this. But if you like alternative Rock and fusion, you'll love Ray Manzarek's style. The title track is the closest thing to pop. "The Gambler" and "Wake Up Screaming" are perhaps the most Doors-like, but then there is "Art Deco Fandango", a pure Dixieland piece. "Love It or Leave It" has a Doors-ish organ solo in the middle, which ends with the organ solo from "Light My Fire". "Wake Up Screaming" features a poem by Jim Morrision. In this album, Manzarek leaves the fusion-style of his first album, "Golden Scarab", for a Rock sound.

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