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Surviving Doors, Alt-Rock Royalty Celebrate Ray Manzarek

February 13, 2016

"Is everybody in?" John Densmore of the Doors asked the crowd gathered Friday night at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood. Standing beside him was his old friend and musical partner, guitarist Robby Krieger, who added, "Let the ceremony begin." The words...

Album Review

L.A Woman (40th Anniversary Edition)

February 2, 2012

Some artists create their most intense work when they hit rock bottom: See Vincent van Gogh, Billie Holiday, Nick Drake and Jim Morrison, whose final album with the Doors is a Southern California death trip that matches anythingin their catalog for beautifully...

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Live In Philadelphia '70

April 13, 2006

The waiting is the hardest part: These two CDs of the Doors in full on May 1st, 1970, open with six minutes of crowd-control announcements and tuning. But with the jump into the grunting-boogie guitar of "Roadhouse Blues," the Doors are immediately in...

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Bright Midnight: Live In America

February 1, 2001

There's something for everybody on these new Doors collections: Those looking for more reasons to crow about how insufferable Jim Morrison could be will find plenty of ammunition in the concerts documented on The Bright Midnight Sampler and The Doors...

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L.A. Woman

May 27, 1971
Not Rated

Besides being heavy in their early days the Doors were funny too. Funnier than a fish. Who can ever forget those great Morrison ad libs like the one he once did during a lull in "Gloria" ("Little girl how old are you. little girl what school do you go...

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The Soft Parade

August 23, 1969
Not Rated

A front page ad in Billboard says it: "Initial orders promise it will attain the instant solid gold status of their first three albums." It looks like it will, but not because anyone listened to the record. Alternate suggested titles for The Soft Parade...

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Strange Days

November 23, 1967
Not Rated

The Doors are an amazing group. Each of them are highly competent and talented musicians, yet music is only secondary to what they are doing. They are violently anti-commercial in their stance and their approach, and yet the finished product is highly...

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Live at the Matrix

November 27, 2008
Not Rated

The Doors were still a club band in the late winter and spring of 1967 — not yet stars, not quite spectacle, reliant on blues and R&B covers to get through a whole evening on the bandstand. Stuck in a long limbo between the January release of...

Album Review

The Doors

April 8, 2003

The Doors arrived in 1967, the same year as Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band; both were psychedelic touchstones and among the first major rock discs that truly stood as albums, rather than collections of songs. But whereas the Beatles took a basically...

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Alive, She Cried

December 8, 1983

Love 'em or loathe 'em, the Doors did manage to make the world wobble on its axis in their heyday. Jim Morrison may have been rock's first performance artist; he'd turn a concert into a theater of confrontation, urging audiences to the extremities as...

Album Review

Morrison Hotel

April 30, 1970
Not Rated

Morrison Hotel opens with a powerful blast of raw funk called "Roadhouse Blues." It features jagged barrelhouse piano, fierce guitar, and one of the most convincing raunchy vocals Jim Morrison has ever recorded. This angry hard rock is that at which the...

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Waiting For The Sun

September 28, 1968
Not Rated

One night recently the Mothers were performing "Plastic People Louie Louie" when Frank Zappa stumbled onto the monologue that graces "The End" ("he took a face from the ancient gallery and he walked on down the hall ..."). It was terribly funny, and it...