Revisiting my extensive music collection, one artist at a time
This week’s Satur-debut album comes from one of the most unique bands that ever existed, The Doors. Although I’ve never been a mega-fan I do like their music a lot and, as you’ll see in my write-up below, I’ve always admired how they carved out a sound that was unmistakably The Doors. Those qualities were there from the first note of their 1967 debut.
For more information on this series, please read the opening paragraph of the first post, which featured the debut album from Led Zeppelin.
From GREAT OUT OF THE GATE Part 4:
The Doors’ music has been so ubiquitous over the years that’s it’s easy to take them for granted, but then you play one of their albums and remember what an incredibly unique band they were…in their era or any other. In fact, unlike just about any artist you can name, no one has ever sounded even remotely like The Doors. Sure, some singers have mimicked Jim Morrison’s deep vocal tone and “lizard king” persona, and others have prominently featured organ sounds popularized by Ray Manzarek, but those two sounds (with Manzarek handling bass notes on the keyboard in lieu of a bass player) combined with John Densmore’s underappreciated jazz- and Latin-influenced drumming and Robby Krieger’s fluid & melodic guitar work made them a truly original band in every sense of the word. Their debut album could be mistaken for a best-of collection, with hit singles “Light My Fire” and “Break On Through” joined by FM radio favorites “Soul Kitchen,” “Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar),” “Twentieth Century Fox,” their cover of Howlin’ Wolf’s “Back Door Man” and the 11-minute Oedipally-inclined album closer, “The End.” I don’t frequently listen to The Doors, but whenever I’m in the mood to hear their music it sounds fresh & vital, and The Doors is as consistent as anything in their discography.
Since they might have more compilations on the market than any other band in history, I wonder how many people play the six studio albums they released prior to Jim Morrison’s death in 1971. Please let me know if you have a favorite Doors LP, even if it’s just a collection of their greatest hits.