Chosen by E.P.
INTRO (from Wiki)
The Doors is the debut album by the American rock band the Doors, recorded in 1966 at Sunset Sound Recorders, Hollywood, California, it was produced by Paul A. Rothchild and released on January 4, 1967. The album features their breakthrough single “Light My Fire” and the lengthy song “The End” with its Oedipal spoken word section.
The Doors was central to the progression of psychedelic rock, and has been critically acclaimed. In 2012, it was ranked number 42 in Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 greatest albums of all time.
The original album has sold 20 million copies, and has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame; “Light My Fire” was also inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. It has been reissued several times on CD, including a 1999 remaster “96/24 bit advanced resolution”, 2007 remix “40th Anniversary new mix” and a 2017 new remastered in early 30 years in stereo and mono “50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition ”.
In 2015, the Library of Congress selected The Doors for inclusion in the National Recording Registry based on its cultural, artistic or historical significance.
Mick – “I do like The Doors now I must admit they had and still have a sound like nobody else at all which is kinda why I like them.
Great opening tune Break on Through (To the Other Side) is a cracker, iconic song of theirs and it’s very easy to see why. The opening few bars are some of the most recognisable notes ever I’d say, most people would know the song by that. The opening lyrics are great too, love it:
‘You know the day destroys the night
Night divides the day
Tried to run
Tried to hide
Break on through to the other side’
One of the other things I like about The Doors is the songs are mostly short and snappy and I like that in music mostly.
Soul Kitchen is a good tune with a different pace and again the very recognisable combo organ they use so much is a Doors staple.
I liked the melody of Twentieth Century Fox and cool bass riff winding through the background subtlety. Alabama Song (Whisky Bar) was a funky one too, might be way off here but I heard traces of The Divine Comedy taking inspiration from this style of song.
Again Light My Fire is a classic and would probably be my favourite on the album, albeit a little over cooked at times to make it 7 minutes long. Thought Back Door Man had a little hint of Hendrix off it, again I’m probably off the head hearing that in there.
I was kinda welcoming The End as the last song, very aptly titled for me. As a debut album with that sound I can see why they were so huge but this album kinda lost something in the middle for me, got a little ‘meh’ at times.
I would say it’s down the pecking order for me of Doors albums, behind LA Woman and defo behind The Soft Parade but still a very enjoyable listen. Enjoyed putting it on each morning going to work for sure. Think a like not love this one for me.”
Molly – “Really enjoyed the album. Some classics on there! The End, Break on Through and Light My Fire are awesome songs.
I wouldn’t be too familiar with the other songs on the album. Really enjoyed Back Door Man and Alabama Song from the songs I wasn’t familiar with.
Some of it can be a bit over indulging by the band. The End, as class as it is, is just Val Kilmer talking shite for a few mins – I mean the West is the best?? But besides that, great suggestion.”
Spud – “Great album with a few all-time great songs. There may be some over-indulgence but I think Morrison’s personality and lifestyle was exactly that. And it’s allowed in the odd track when most are so short and get straight into the meat of it.
I can definitely get Neil Hannon off the vocal performance on Alabama Song. With some of the lyrics in this song, and others (Soul Kitchen, Back Door Man), I don’t know if I can/should take them on face value or not. As with other music from that era, it is likely littered with all sorts of double entendre that would be hard for a naive young chap like meself to understand. Having said that, these three tracks are my favourites of the lesser known songs.
But my absolute favourite would have to be Break on Through – what a brilliant opener to a debut album to announce The Doors to the music world!”
Ice – “One of my fav songs of all time is Break on Through. I used to watch the video cassette in my youth, I love every single element of it! The lyrics are iconic! Superb tune!
From the start of Soul Kitchen you know it’s a Doors tune. I love the way they blast out the chorus then jump back to the chilled vocals with light drum in the background.
I like the vocal on The Crystal Ship, complemented nicely by piano, not a bad tune.
Twentieth Century Fox is a cool funky tune, love the musical collaboration on this one, love the keyboard – nicely done!
From the start of Alabama Song I was intrigued. I feel like they did it for the craic, funny quirky tune!
Light My Fire is another classic, brilliant lyrics and the keyboard from start to finish is brilliant. Love this tune!
Back Door Man and End of the Night – nice light intro but didn’t really compare to the previous tune.
I Looked at You had a bit of a Beatles feel, good tune, got the head nodding and keyboard again was class.
I like Take It as It Comes – lyrics and tune. I love when it rendered down to just the bass guitar before blasting back to the chorus.
What a brilliant song to finish on The End is so unique! I never listened to the full song and laughed he starts talking about banging a gal but there is a cool guitar riff around the time. Bonkers song but original.
I love their unique sound with the keyboard. When I hear the keyboard I think of The Doors! Jim’s voice is brilliant. Break on Through, Light My Fire and The End were the standout ones for me. Really enjoyed it!”
Sol – “I was looking forward to this album, before it I only knew their hits and pretty much liked them all.
It could possibly be up there as one of the most iconic and best opening tracks for a debut album. Break on Through is one of those songs that will still be classed as a classic in a 100 yrs.
I think it may have been Spud who mentioned that these songs are full of hidden code or innuendos that most of it goes over our head but we sorta know they mean something else than the obvious, if that makes sense. I think it adds to a bit of the mischievous mood with this type of band, a bit of a rebellious feeling against society at the time.
Both Soul Kitchen and The Crystal Ship are perfect examples of this. I feel you also get to hear Jim’s voice properly in these.
Twentieth Century Fox has that real 60’s sound and structure to it, it would remind me of The Kinks or Jimi Hendrix with the guitar style.
Alabama Song is just riddled with drug taking, I wonder if they even remember writing this one! Not my favourite song on the album but it is catchy. Bit odd with the lyrics:
‘Show me the way to the next little girl
Oh don’t ask why’
Back on track with Light My Fire, beaut of a song, iconic Doors sound with the organ. I found myself closing my eyes and doing a Stevie Wonder with my head whilst listening to this one.
I love the bass in Back Door Man, has that real bluesy feel to it which gives it that little difference from the rest of the album so far. I also found his tone and style differed for this one. This was my favourite of the unknown songs for me.
I Looked at You seemed a bit more fun 60’s, reminiscent of The Beatles or even The Beach Boys. Again it showed they could do a few different styles but still keep their unique sound that you’d know instantly that it was The Doors.
End of the Night actually made me feel tired and was probably wrote when he was on a downer. It probably had a message and deep meaning in it but I found myself fading out.
Take It as It Comes didn’t leave too much impression on me, however, I like the build up with the bass towards the end of the song.
Smashing finishing song for the album, so appropriately placed. However it was a little too long with him shiting on but that’s what drugs will do to ya. Saying that, I love his rage as he tells the story with the music building up around him.
Cheers for this one E.P., was good to listen to their other stuff, gonna have a listen to a few of their albums. I think it’s great how they typified the 60’s sound but then on top of that they had had their own unique instantly identifiable sound within that 60’s sound.”
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SONGS ADDED TO THE MUSIC NIGHTS SPOTIFY PLAYLIST:
- Break on Through (To the Other Side)
- Light My Fire
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