The Doors – The Doors 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (out 31 March 2017 via Rhino)

The Doors – The Doors 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (out 31 March 2017 via Rhino)

The Doors formed in Los Angeles in 1965 and released their eponymous debut on Elektra in 1966. This expanded edition, fully remastered, includes the mono version on LP and both Stereo and Mono versions on CD, along with a live set.

Mixing Acid and Psychedelic rock, and some blues rock in the bag too, The Doors became a success quickly and influential, the band have been referenced and lauded by fans, critics and artists alike.

This debut opens with ‘Break On Through’, a catchy riff and a little roughness to open up the stripped down sound. The lead on the songs fluctuates nicely between guitar and keyboards, it’s a very distinctive sound and the band were always easily recognisable. At times there is some in depth guitar led rock music – the 4 band members come together perfectly, from Morrison’s phrasing to the delicate rhythms, and with keyboards and guitar on an even keel.  Equally, there more whimsical moments, almost childlike.

The hit single from this album, ‘Light My Fire’, running to nearly 7 minutes, is one of many by the band that everyone will know and recognise.

For the fan and collector, it is good to have both the stereo and mono versions together like this, and the remastering has really done the sound justice.

The bonus live set, previously issued from a second or third generation source, comes here from the recently discovered original master tapes so the sound is second to none. That’s a fairly complete set, although I am surprised there are no other bonuses (single edits / b-sides etc); while these will have probably been issued to buggery previously, they would make the set all that more complete.

The Doors released several more massive singles, including “Hello I Love You” and “Riders Of The Storm”, before splitting (shortly after Jim Morrison’s death in 1971) but this album set the template.

Personally, a band I never ‘got’, but you have to admire the music and the influence. Landmarks.

8/10

Joe Geesin

Jim Morrison – lead vocals, lyrics, harmonica, tambourine, synthesizer, maracas

Ray Manzarek – keyboards, organ, keyboard bass, vocals

John Densmore – drums, percussion

Robby Krieger – lead guitar, vocals

Image result for The Doors 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

Disc 1&2 (Stereo / Mono)

  1. Break On Through (To The Other Side)
  2. Soul Kitchen
  3. The Crystal Ship
  4. Twentieth Century Fox
  5. Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)
  6. Light My Fire
  7. Back Door Man
  8. I Looked At You
  9. End Of The Night
  10. Take It As It Comes
  11. The End
  12.  

Disc 3 (Live At The Matrix, 7 March 1967)

  1. Break On Through
  2. Soul Kitchen
  3. The Crystal Ship
  4. Twentieth Century Fox
  5. Alabama Song
  6. Light My Fire
  7. Back Door Man
  8. The End
Previous post
The Flatliners stream new single via Noisey
Next post
Sam Airey Announces Debut Album - Shares First Single 'Lacuna' - Listen Now
Back
SHARE

The Doors – The Doors 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (out 31 March 2017 via Rhino)