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American Prayer
     

An American Prayer

5.0 2
by Jim Morrison
 
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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/23/1995
Label:
Elektra / Wea
UPC:
0075596181228
catalogNumber:
61812
Rank:
31477

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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

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
Paul Ferrara   Engineer
John Haeny   Producer,Engineer
Frank Lusciandro   Contributor
Rik Pekkonen   Engineer
Fritz Richmond   Engineer
Paul Rothchild   Producer
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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An American Prayer 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
JohnQ More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago