Robby Krieger: Guitar/songwriter
Ray Manzarek: Keyboards
John Densmore: Drums
Doors Are From:
Ray: Chicago, IL
John: L.A., CA
Robby: L.A., CA
The Name Come From?
Alex Huxley's "Doors of Perception."
"Light My Fire?"
While credited to the entire band, Robby wrote most of it including
the interesting A-minor/F-sharp minor chord progression in the verse.
Ray, naturally, came up with the organ intro.
For the time being he's in Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. French
officials want him out of there due to the crowds, vandalism and
Why Are The
Original Songs On The First Three LPs Credited To The Entire Band
But Individuals After That?:
Since they all helped with arrangements and to promote a communal
spirit, credit was shared on early recordings. Jim suggested individual
song credits on the fourth LP "Soft Parade" not for personal
gain but because he didn't want people to think he wrote the LP's
opening track "Tell All The People" which Robby composed.
The Doors Have A Bass Player?
The Doors were probably the only major Rock group not to employ
a bass guitarist. In their very early days they had a female bass
player whose name no one can remember (convenient). In the studio
they used Douglas Lubahn, Kerry Magness (on "Unknown Soldier")
and later Jerry Scheff, among others. In concert Ray played key
LPs were made after Morrison's departure?
1. Other Voices (Ray & Robby sharing lead vocals)
2. Full Circle (Same as above)
These two LPs
are good but not in the same league as other Door's LPs - after
all; a quarter of the band was gone.
Prayer (Jim's recorded poetry set to music). The overall effect
is a little strange. There's Morrison's voice, speaking not singing,
with some jazz influenced pop/rock playing in the background.
All-Time Best Doors Songs:
On Through (To The Other Side)
First Doors single. Failed to have much impact. Probably, just ahead
of its time. Of course, Morrison eventually did break on through.
2. Love Me
Great riff. Great lyrics. Great playing. It all adds up.
The group created an instrumental then grafted Morrison's lyrics
to it. Even when the band was dysfunctional they created magic.
Robby's wah-wah guitar kicks things off.
From L.A. No
hope. The Doors were the anti-60s group. When people preached peace
and love, the Doors responded with sex and violence. They were off
kilter from the ideal but terribly in tune with the times. The Doors'
first two albums ("The Doors" and "Strange Days")
were brilliant. Everyone said so. Reams of paper analyzed the Doors'
mystique. Jim Morrison, the wayward poet turned Rock star, with
his band. However, the Doors weren't a one-man show. Guitarist Robbie
Krieger wrote both words and music (including most of "Light
My Fire" the group's first and biggest commercial success).
Also, classically trained Blues keyboardist Ray Manzarek and jazz
drummer John Densmore made significant contributions. Then there
was Jim. The focal point. As he went, they went.
The third album
"Waiting For The Sun" was written under the gun. It showed.
The first two albums had nearly exhausted the group's song backlog.
The album did contain the group's huge single "Hello, I Love
You" and the anti-war "The Unknown Soldier." Then
Morrison got busted, charged with indecent exposure at the infamous
Miami concert. Morrison's trial (he would be found guilty) kept
the Doors on the sidelines. The fallout from the trial caused the
Doors to be banned by concert promoters.
Doors tried to expand their sound with strings and horns on "Soft
Parade" but again fell short. Maybe the Doors were finished.
Once the Miami trial was done, Morrison's lawyer filed an appeal
and that nasty mess was behind them for awhile.
in L.A. they recorded the intense Rock album "Morrison Hotel/Hard
Rock Café." While the album, unlike every one of its
predecessors, did not yield a pop hit it was a classic album with
the raw sound of "Roadhouse Blues," the L.A. madness of
"Peace Frog" and road warrior "Queen of the Highway."
The Doors eventually managed to get live work. "Absolutely
Live" was the result. It was released in-part to restore the
Doors' reputation as a reliable concert draw. Typically, there are
no hits on this collection. No "Light My Fire," "Hello,
I Love You" or "Touch Me." The Doors show themselves
to be a hard-edged Blues-Rock outfit covering Willie Dixon twice
and Bo Diddley ("Who Do You Love"). Most live albums have
the audience eating up whatever the performer says or does. "Absolutely
Live" has Morrison shouting "Shut Up!" to the audience
during a quiet passage of "When The Music's Over." At
another point all Morrison has to do is introduce Ray as the vocalist
on Dixon's "Close To You" but he turns the intro into
a funny rap against authority. It's not the greatest live record
ever made but it has more than enough to recommend it.
With the completion
of the jazz influenced "L.A. Woman" which contained the
title track and "Riders On The Storm" along with the pop
forgettable "Love Her Madly," Morrison was off to Paris
to write. Ray, Robbie and John began work on new songs that might
or might not include Morrison. "Would not include" became
the final answer with Morrison's death 7/3/71. The surviving Doors
mourned briefly before deciding to continue as a trio. This line-up
produced two so-so albums. From "Other Voices" "Eye
of the Sun" came closest to capturing the "old" Doors
vibe while "Tightrope Ride" is an ode to Morrison. Ray
Manzarek did his best Jerry Lee impersonation on "Full Circle's"
"Good Rockin' Tonight." "American Prayer" with
the Doors backing Morrison's spoken poetry wraps it up.
On Through (To The Other Side)" a potent Rocker and the Doors'
first single (it stiffed) opens the record. And like all great 1st
track songs it sets the album's tone. The Doors' world is dark,
troubled and threatening.
There are some
innovations that the Doors should get credit for. First, there is
the extended Rock theatre piece "The End." Though not
their best extended piece it was a groundbreaker. Starting as a
"goodbye" song it develops into a mystical journey. Secondly,
the Doors clearly reflected their L.A. environment with "Twentieth
Century Fox" and "Soul Kitchen." These Rockers capture
the mood and temper of the city. And even though they had a strong
and powerful personality in their singer, the group was not afraid
to flex its instrumental prowess. The extended version of "Light
My Fire" is the prime example. An edited (shortened) version
of "Light My Fire" was the Doors' first major hit. The
five-minute organ/guitar instrumental was something they wouldn't
return to until "L.A. Woman" four albums later.
Days" was often dismissed as a prime example of the sophomore
jinx. But any album with the title track and the hot Blues of "Love
Me Two Times" can not easily be dismissed. The Doors are even
more haunting, mysterious and strange. The Blues derived "People
Are Strange" and the rollicking "My Eyes Have Seen You"
are hard to beat. Also, "When The Music's Over" was their
best extended piece.
Hotel/Hard Rock Café 1970
When it was
released many critics viewed "Morrison Hotel/Hard Rock Café"
as a comeback album. Morrison's impressive arrest record and legal
proceedings kept the band inactive for months. Also, they had produced
two OK but disappointing albums. So it was do or die.
Hotel/Hard Rock Café" is the most Blues drenched recording
the group's catalog. Also, Ray ditches his Vox organ in favor of
piano. "Roadhouse Blues" is a classic. Down and dirty
Blues. No mercy. Morrison even pulls off a Blues scat. "You
Make Me Real" is a psuedo-50s Rocker. Given all the changes,
lesser bands would have hung it up or attempted to repeat past successes
but the Doors pushed on. You almost felt sorry for Morrison in "Waiting
For The Sun" when he intoned, "this is the strangest life
I've ever known." No kidding.