The Doors
The Doors


5.0
classic

Review

by Major Tom CONTRIBUTOR (139 Reviews)
October 5th, 2011 | 183 replies


Release Date: 1967 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Breaking on through to places most rock bands never reach.

Few rock n roll bands can claim to have a debut album as stunning, lasting and unique as The Doors’ self-titled 1967 LP. The sixties was a decade overflowing with musical talent, rife with exciting new sounds crafted by young bands expressing themselves in a landscape teeming with unprecedented creative freedom. The British Invasion was dying down as the decade grew older, and the creative found a new place to express themselves with Psychedelic music, spurred on by the Hippies, with their drugs and free love ideals. Enter The Doors; a Californian rock band with blues roots, a psychedelic kick, and perhaps most significantly, a frontman with the means to become an icon – one which still resonates strongly 40 years after his untimely death.

The icon in question is of course, Jim Morrison – a man whose poetic inclinations, powerful bluesy vocals, cool style and rugged good looks made him an ideal candidate to front a band as talented and ambitious as The Doors. There’s no question about it, The Doors, despite the charm of Morrison, were a band – not just a vehicle for the artistic explorations of their frontman. In other words, each member played a more or less equal role in shaping and defining the unique sound of the band, which goes a long way in explaining just why The Doors stands as one of the finest rock albums of all time.

Opening to one of the strongest and most memorable 2 and half minute rock songs ever recorded, the scene is set splendidly – Morrison’s poetic lyrics and belting delivery, Robby Krieger’s rollicking guitar, Ray Manzarek’s distinctive keyboards and John Densmore’s paced percussion are laid out in all their glory in less than 3 minutes.

The Doors did more than just rock (‘Twentieth Century Fox’, ‘Take It As It Comes’ and the cover of ‘Back Door Man’ further the promise the opening cut hinted at), expanding their sound with trippy psychedelic moments such as ‘End of the Night’ and the beautifully mellow ‘The Crystal Ship’. Morrison explores his poetic desires further in bizarre and rather eerie numbers, such as ‘Alabama Song’ and the epic ‘The End’ – perhaps slightly too self-indulgent at over 11 minutes long but powerful and effecting nonetheless, with its controversial oedipal themes. The star of the show (or at least, one of the stars) is ‘Light My Fire’ – the bands most famous song, and for good reason. It’s a psychedelic epic; Manzarek’s demented organ tapping characterising the cut the most, closely followed by Morrison’s smooth vocals at the start and end of the lengthy number.

The Doors is just a stellar album - diverse, consistent, challenging, exciting and unique – all of which still apply over 40 years on from its 1967 release. The Doors would never really touch such high ground again, though they came close more than a few times in the run up to Morrison’s shocking death at the age of 27. That only serves to make the album more special; it’s so astounding to know that the LP was the group’s first, certainly indicative of their talent and vision – both of which were rarely put into action as spectacularly as they were here. As if you hadn’t guessed already, The Doors is nothing less than essential for rock fans of any variation.



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Tom93M
Contributing Reviewer
October 5th 2011


1106 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Uh-huh

WhiteNoise
October 5th 2011


3253 Comments


Love this album, gonna give it a listen now. Good review man!

iFghtffyrdmns
October 5th 2011


7047 Comments


he's baaaaacckkkkkkk

Tom93M
Contributing Reviewer
October 5th 2011


1106 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Hey : ) Cheers WhiteNoise.

Tyrael
October 5th 2011


20971 Comments


Great review as always Tom! Good to see you're keeping up the pace :]

Tom93M
Contributing Reviewer
October 5th 2011


1106 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks dude. Not been too active on this site recently cos i've just started Uni, but i'm trying drop a review here and there. Might try to review more regularly again.

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
October 5th 2011


6515 Comments


Weren't you going to do Brian Eno, Tom? ;)

Great review for a great album!

Tom93M
Contributing Reviewer
October 5th 2011


1106 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Cheers. Yeah, might do Eno but cos it's a discog i was planning to do, i was hoping to do it in order and i just haven't got around to reviewing the first couple of albums yet.

omnipanzer
October 5th 2011


21660 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Tom's here!

Tom93M
Contributing Reviewer
October 5th 2011


1106 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Hey, Omni.

omnipanzer
October 5th 2011


21660 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Great write-up Tom. Have you watched "When You're Strange: A Film About The Doors"?

Tom93M
Contributing Reviewer
October 5th 2011


1106 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks. Dont think so, just watched No One Gets Out Alive: The Doors Live in Europe the other day.

xfearbefore
October 5th 2011


1246 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Good review man, pos'd. This album is not only perfect, it is in my opinion the single greatest rock record ever made. Period.

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omnipanzer
October 5th 2011


21660 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I recommend you do Tom, It's available on Netflix over here but I don't know that it is over there. It's really more from the bands perspective instead of centered around Morrison.

Ire
October 5th 2011


41828 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

she git hiiiiii

Tom93M
Contributing Reviewer
October 5th 2011


1106 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks xfearbefore. I will do sometime, omni.

Meatplow
October 5th 2011


5524 Comments


man you wrote this one well, Tom

Tom93M
Contributing Reviewer
October 5th 2011


1106 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks, Meatplow.

mallen-
October 5th 2011


1235 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Cool review. Album is obviously awesome

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Tom93M
Contributing Reviewer
October 5th 2011


1106 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Cheers, man.



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