Riders on the Storm: The Doors Concerto

Riders on the Storm: The Doors Concerto

by Jaz Coleman


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Riders on the Storm: The Doors Concerto

Unlike previous discs in this series, which have focused on the music of Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, the content of The Doors Concerto was shaped by the band's surviving members. As a result, the tunes tackled here share more common ground with the originals, particularly on more atmospheric pieces such as "The End," which extends even further here than it did originally. The basic pattern is pretty simple: Have the musicians of the Prague Symphony Orchestra replicate the seething rhythm pulse that simmered beneath most of the Doors' best-known material, and overlay that with the over-the-top stylings of flamboyant violinist Kennedy, whose instrument takes the place of Jim Morrison's vocals. The conceit, while an odd one, works fairly well on songs with more unconventional arrangements and more contrast between the melodic elements, such as "The Unknown Soldier" and "Spanish Caravan." More aggressive tunes, like "Strange Days" and "Light My Fire," don't fare as well, with the musicians getting tangled in the dense sonic thickets. But mastermind Jaz Coleman (the guiding light of post-punk icons Killing Joke) wisely accentuates the classic, rather than the rock. Aficionados will have a field day with The Doors Concerto, both debating its merits and doing double-takes at the soaring sounds within.

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Release Date: 10/10/2000
Label: Decca
UPC: 0028946735022
catalogNumber: 467350

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