Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Album Of The Day #3: THE DOORS - The Doors

Title: The Doors
Artist: The Doors
Label: Elektra
Year: 1967
Songs: Break On Through (To The Other Side)/Soul Kitchen/Crystal Ship/Twentieth Century Fox/Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)*/Light My Fire/Back Door Man**/I Looked At You/End Of The Night/Take It As It Comes/The End
Written by: The Doors, except *by Bertolt Brecht & Kurt Weill and **by C. Glenn Burnett & Willie Dixon
Produced by: Paul A. Rothchild
Personnel: Jim Morrison: vocals/Robbie Kreiger: guitars/John Densmore: drums/Ray Manzarek: piano, organ, bass
Thoughts: The Doors is simply the greatest debut ever. No one could ever hope for a better way to burst onto the scene. All the tracks are milestones…from the intro of “Break On Through (To The Other Side)” to the last “This is the end” of “The End”. If there are any lesser songs, there’s “I Looked At You” and “Take It As It Comes”, and that’s only because they don’t feel as haunting and deranged as the other originals. “End Of The Night” is sheer terror and the two covers here do little to differentiate themselves. “The End” is, of course, an experience unto itself. If you die without experiencing it, you haven’t lived a good life. Then again, if you experience the whole album, life will be even better.
Rating: 10/10

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