The Doors – The Doors (1967/2012)
DSF Stereo DSD64, 1 bit/2,82 MHz | Time – 44:40 minutes | 1,76 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Front Cover | © Analogue Productions XAPP74007D64
The Doors self-titled 1967 release famously contains some incorrect speed and pitch issues. While there have been “corrected” versions made, in the interests of being historically accurate, this Analogue Productions reissue was cut without speed or pitch correction.
One of rock music’s most famous debuts, The Doors self-titled 1967 smash is legend. And now it becomes the kick-off for a positively stunning reissue series from Analogue Productions!
The Doors was born after Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek — who’d met at UCLA’s film school — met again, unexpectedly, on the beach in Venice, CA, during the summer of 1965. Although he’d never intended to be a singer, Morrison was invited to join Manzarek’s group Rick and the Ravens on the strength of his poetry. The group later changed its moniker, taking their name from Aldous Huxley’s psychotropic monograph “The Doors of Perception.” The band signed to Elektra Records following a now-legendary gig at the Whisky-a-Go-Go on the Sunset Strip.
The Doors’ arrival on the rock scene produced a string of hit singles and albums destined to become clasics. Belting out a standard like “Back Door Man” or talk-singing such originals as “The Crystal Ship,” and “I Looked at You,” one reviewer wrote that leather-clad frontman Morrison exuded “both sensuality and menace.”
The Doors reached Billboard’s No. 2 slot and delivered the No. 1 signature smash “Light My Fire” plus “Break On Through,” “The Crystal Ship,” and “The End.”
A tremendous debut album, and indeed one of the best first-time outings in rock history, introducing the band’s fusion of rock, blues, classical, jazz, and poetry with a knock-out punch. The lean, spidery guitar and organ riffs interweave with a hypnotic menace, providing a seductive backdrop for Jim Morrison’s captivating vocals and probing prose. “Light My Fire” was the cut that topped the charts and established the group as stars, but most of the rest of the album is just as impressive, including some of their best songs: the propulsive “Break on Through” (their first single), the beguiling Oriental mystery of “The Crystal Ship,” the mysterious “End of the Night,” “Take It as It Comes” (one of several tunes besides “Light My Fire” that also had hit potential), and the stomping rock of “Soul Kitchen” and “Twentieth Century Fox.” The 11-minute Oedipal drama “The End” was the group at its most daring and, some would contend, overambitious. It was nonetheless a haunting cap to an album whose nonstop melodicism and dynamic tension would never be equaled by the group again, let alone bettered. –AllMusic Review by Richie Unterberger
1. Break On Through [To The Other Side] 02:27
2. Soul Kitchen 03:32
3. The Crystal Ship 02:32
4. Twentieth Century Fox 02:33
5. Alabama Song [Whisky Bar] 03:17
6. Light My Fire 07:00
7. Back Door Man 03:34
8. I Looked At You 02:22
9. End Of The Night 02:50
10. Take It As It Comes 02:18
11. The End 11:38
Jim Morrison – lead vocals
Ray Manzarek – Vox Continental organ, piano, keyboard bass on all the tracks, marxophone on ‘Alabama Song’
Robby Krieger – guitar, bass overdubs [tracks 2 and 7]
John Densmore – drums
Larry Knechtel (uncredited) – bass guitar on “Twentieth Century Fox”, “Soul Kitchen”, “Light My Fire”, “I Looked At You”, and “Take It as It Comes”
Recorded: August 24–31, 1966, Sunset Sound Recorders, Hollywood, California
Mastered by Doug Sax using an all-tube system. Overseen by Bruce Botnick, The Doors producer/engineer. DSD files created from the Analogue Productions SACD cutting master by Gus Skinas.
FLAC 24-96 (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition 2017)