50 Greatest ROLLING STONE Albums Of All Time – No 43 Debut Album THE DOORS

Today No 43…

20 September 2020

Band: The Doors
Album: The Doors – debut LP
Released: 4 January 1967

1. Break On Through (To the Other Side)
3. The Crystal Ship
4. Twentieth Century Fox
5. Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)

1 Back Door Man
2. I Looked at You
3. End of the Night
4. Take It as It Comes
5. The End

Rolling Stone: “After blowing minds as the house band at L.A.’s Whisky-a-Go-Go, where
they got fired for playing the Oedipal drama “The End,” the Doors were ready to unleash
their organ-driven rock on the world. “On each song we had tried every possible arrangement,” drummer John Densmore said, “so we felt the whole album was tight.” The Blakean pop art on their debut was beyond Top 40 attention spans. But they hit pay dirt by editing down one of their jams: “Light My Fire,” written by guitarist Robbie Krieger when Jim Morrison told everybody in the band to write a song with universal imagery.”

Jim Morrison: “I see myself as an intelligent, sensitive human, with the soul of a clown which forces me to blow it at the most important moments.”

Key tracks: Light My Fire / The End / Break On Through (To the Other Side)




Full album…

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THE DOORS Released Their Fifth Album ‘MORRISON HOTEL’ 50 Years Ago…

9 February 2020

THE DOORS released their fifth album, titled ‘MORRISON HOTEL‘ on 9 February 1970, today 50 years ago. The record was actually divided into two separately titled sides:
Hard Rock Cafe’ and ‘Morrison Hotel’. With this LP the iconic band returned to their blues rock roots. The longplayer peaked at No 4 in the US and at No 12 in the UK. Only one single, a double A-side one, was released ‘You Make Me Real’/’Roadhouse Blues‘ (see clips below).

AllMusic wrote: “The Doors returned to crunching, straightforward hard rock on Morrison Hotel, an album that, despite yielding no major hit singles, returned them to critical favor with hip listeners” Full review here – Score: 4,5/5



Album in full…

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Back sleeve

‘Hello, I Love You’ By THE DOORS Topped US Singles Chart 51 Years Ago…

Knockouts from the past

2 August 2019

Today 51 years ago, on 2 August 1968 eternal rock icons THE DOORS landed on the top spot of the US Singles Chart with ‘HELLO, I LOVE YOU‘. It sold over a million copies. It also hit number one in Canada and peaked at #15 in the UK.

At the time of the single’s release, stereo 45 rpm records were almost unknown. ‘Hello, I Love You’ was promoted as the first rock 45 rpm record in stereo. Along with The Rascals‘ hit ‘A Beautiful Morning‘ the song was credited for initiating the industry changeover to stereo recordings as the norm for 45 rpm singles.

Hello, here we go…

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‘Light My Fire’ By THE DOORS – Topped US Singles Chart 52 Years Ago Today…

Knockouts from the past

29 July 2019

Today 52 years ago, on 29 July 1967, immortal Californian rockers THE DOORS hit
the top spot of the American Billboard Singles Chart with ‘LIGHT MY FIRE’, one of
their timeless classics, largely written by the band’s guitarist, Robby Krieger.

The single was an edited, shorter version, only 2.52 instead of the 7.06 minute take on their brill self-titled debut LP. The new version came out in April and went slowly to
the highest position of the charts. Over the years it sold more than 2 million copies.

Here’s the long version…

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Classic Eponymous Debut Album by THE DOORS is 50…

Looking back in time… memorable moments in sonic history!


THE DOORS by THE DOORS – Released 4 January 1967 – 50 years ago… 


The legendary L.A. band formed in 1965. With their astonishing self-titled debut album released 4 January 1967 – fifty years ago – charismatic, provocative and much troubled frontman/lyricist Jim Morrison, tremendous keyboardist Ray Manzarek, inspiring guitarist Robby Krieger and quiet drummer John Densmore displayed their mind-boggling organ-fueled, debauched, sultry and sensual rock bravado for the first time with single Light
My Fire
making an instant and everlasting impact on a whole generation in the year of
the summer of love


Here are some reflections on the album by American music magazine Rolling Stone:

“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 sunny view of humanity, the Doors’ debut offered the dark side of the moon. Their sound was minor-keyed, subterranean, bluesy and spacey, and their subject matter — like that of many of rock’s great albums — was sex, death and getting high. On “End of the Night,” the band invited you to “take a journey to the bright midnight.” The key to the band’s appeal was the tension between singer Jim Morrison’s Dionysian persona and the band’s crisp, melodic playing. Keyboardist Ray Manzarek and guitarist Robby Krieger’s extended solos on the album version of “Light My Fire” carried one to the brink of euphoria, while the eleven-minute epic “The End” journeyed to a harrowing psychological state. Scattered among these lengthier tracks are such nuggets as “Soul Kitchen” (“learn to forget”) and Morrison’s acid-drenched takes on the blues (“Back Door Man”) and Kurt Weill (“Alabama Song”). Though great albums followed, The Doors stands as the L.A. foursome’s most successful marriage of rock poetics with classically tempered hard rock — a stoned, immaculate classic.”


To my and millions of other ears this spectacular debut still sounds dangerous, excitatory, bluesy hot, far-out at times, rockin’ & rollin’ and damn cool these days. No fillers, all killers. Not bad for an album released 50 years ago. Here we go, on repeat today, to celebrate…

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10 Classic Albums Turning 50 in… 2017

Looking back in time… memorable moments in sonic history!


Here are ten blockbusters from one of the most important years in popular music, 1967, as some groundbreaking, legendary artists released their astonishing debut albums (The Doors, Pink Floyd, The Velvet Underground,  Jimi Hendrix, and Leonard Cohen) & other giants continued to produce flabbergasted LPs. It sounds incredible, but yes, these masterpieces turn 50 in 2017

1/ ‘The Doors’ by THE DOORS
Released: 4 January 1967 – debut LP

2/’The Velvet Underground & Nico’ by THE VELVET UNDERGROUND
Released: 12 March 1967 – debut album

3/’Are You Experienced’ by THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE
Released: 12 May 1967 – debut LP

4/’Absolutely Free’ by MOTHERS OF INVENTION
Released: 26 May 1967 – second LP

5/ ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ by THE BEATLES
Released: 1 June 1967 – 8th album

6/’The Piper At the Gates Of Dawn’ by PINK FLOYD
Released: 5 August 1967 – debut LP

7/’Forever Changes’ by LOVE
Released: November 1967 – 3rd album

8/’Their Satanic Majesties Request’ by THE ROLLING STONES 
Released: 8 December 1967 – sixth (British) album

9/ ‘The Who Sell Out’ by THE WHO
Released: 15 December 1967 – 3rd LP

10/ ‘Songs Of Leonard Cohen‘ by LEONARD COHEN
Released: 27 December 1967 – debut album


THE MOONS Sail THE DOORS’ Crystal Ship…


THE MOONS, Northampton’s rockers, led by  singer/guitarist/songwriter Andy Crofts 
(who used to be in Paul Weller‘s live band) are currently working on their fourth album.
And to celebrate the new year they just shared (free download) their affectionate version of THE DOORS‘ sad love ballad THE CRYSTAL SHIP (according to drummer John Densmore  it was written by Jim Morrison shortly after splitting up with his first serious girlfriend, Mary Werbelow). I think Crofts chose this poignant song for a specific reason. The Crystal Ship is on the legendary Los Angeles band’s self-titled debut album that turns 50 this Wednesday. Yes, that historic LP was released on 4 January 1967, fifty years ago. Enjoy this serene and respectful interpretation by The Moons


Before you slip into unconsciousness
I’d like to have another kiss
Another flashing chance at bliss
Another kiss, another kiss

The days are bright and filled with pain
Enclose me in your gentle rain
The time you ran was too insane
We’ll meet again, we’ll meet again

Oh tell me where your freedom lies
The streets are fields that never die
Deliver me from reasons why
You’d rather cry, I’d rather fly

The crystal ship is being filled
A thousand girls, a thousand thrills
A million ways to spend your time
When we get back, I’ll drop a line

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The Doors’ eponymous debut released on 4 January 1967 – 50 years ago…