Wednesday, 9 January 2019

The Doors album by album





(Work unprogressing....Lots of stuff to do....)


The Doors were an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1965, with vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger, and drummer John Densmore. They were among the most controversial and influential rock acts of the 1960s, mostly because of Morrison's lyrics, and his charismatic but unpredictable stage persona. Three of the band's studio albums, The DoorsL.A. Woman, and Strange Days, were placed in Rolling Stone's list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time", at positions 42, 362, and 407 respectively. According to The Washington Post's Martin Weil, the band rose to the center of the counterculture of the 1960s. After Morrison's death in 1971, the remaining members continued as a trio until disbanding in 1973.
The band got its name at Morrison's suggestion[7] from the title of Aldous Huxley's book The Doors of Perception. The group signed with Elektra Records in 1966 and released its first album, The Doors, featuring the hit "Light My Fire", in 1967. The Doors released eight albums in five years. All but one hit the Top 10 on the Billboard 200 and went platinum or better. The Doors (1967), their self-titled debut album, was the first in a series of Top 10 albums in the United States, followed by Strange Days (also 1967), Waiting for the Sun (1968), The Soft Parade(1969), Morrison Hotel (1970), Absolutely Live (1970) and L.A. Woman (1971), with 20 Gold, 14 Platinum, 5 Multi-Platinum and 1 Diamond album awards in the United States alone. By the end of 1971, it was reported that the Doors had sold 4,190,457 records domestically and 7,750,642 singles. The band had three million-selling singles in the U.S. with "Light My Fire", "Hello, I Love You" and "Touch Me".
After Morrison's death in 1971, the surviving trio released two albums Other Voices and Full Circle with Manzarek and Krieger sharing lead vocals. The three members also collaborated on the spoken word recording of Morrison's An American Prayer in 1978 and on the "Orange County Suite" for a 1997 boxed set. Manzarek, Krieger and Densmore reunited in 2000 for an episode of VH-1's Storytellers and subsequently recorded Stoned Immaculate: The Music of The Doors with a variety of vocalists. In 2002, Manzarek and Krieger started playing together again, renaming themselves as the Doors of the 21st Century, with Ian Astbury of the Cult on vocals. Densmore opted to sit out and, along with the Morrison estate, sued the duo over proper use of the band's name and won. After a short time as Riders On the Storm, they settled on the name Manzarek-Krieger and continued to tour until Manzarek's death in 2013 at the age of 74.
Although the Doors' active career ended in 1973, their popularity has persisted. According to the RIAA, they have sold 33 million records in the US[13] and over 100 million records worldwide,[14] making them one of the best-selling bands of all time.[15] The Doors have been listed as one of the greatest artists of all time by many magazines, including Rolling Stone, which ranked them 41st on its list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time".[16] The Doors were the first American band to accumulate eight consecutive gold and platinum LP's.[17] The Doors were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.



The Doors (1967)  

Exceptional album.


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Background videos:
"Break On Through"
"Light My Fire"
"The End"
Classic Albums Part 1 / Part 2  / Part 3  / Part 4 / Part 5


 Strange Days (1967)

Great album.


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1968  Waiting For The Sun   


1969  The Soft Parade  


1970  Morrison Hotel 



Absolutely Live  (July 1970)

 Gawd this is a dull plodding album. Absolutely Lifeless would be a better title.


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AllMusic



L.A. Woman (1971)
Exceptional album.

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Other Voices (Oct 1971) 

The first album without Morrison. To be fair it's not bad. There is the Doors groove going on, and when nobody sings it sounds like The Doors on an off day. But when either Manzarek or Krieger open their mouths the album sounds like something by any run of the mill band. The guys are decent musicians, but something more than the ability to play musical instruments is needed to lift music above the ordinary, and Morrison certainly could bring that indefinable extra something.


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AllMusic


Full Circle  (1972)
This doesn't sound like The Doors. This is a bit of a mess.


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AllMusic





Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival 1970 (2018)


Subdued but intense.

Film clips:
"Break On Through"
"When The Music's over"
"Light My Fire"



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