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The Doors

The Doors, one of the most influential and controversial rock bands of the 1960s, were formed in Los Angeles in 1965 by UCLAfilm students Ray Manzarek, keyboards, and Jim Morrison, vocals; with drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger.The group never added a bass player, and their sound was dominated by Manzarek's electric organ work and Morrison's deep,sonorous voice, with which he sang and intoned his highly poetic lyrics. The group signed to Elektra Records in 1966 andreleased its first album, The Doors, featuring the hit "Light My Fire," in 1967. Like "Lig ...read more

The Doors, one of the most influential and controversial rock bands of the 1960s, were formed in Los Angeles in 1965 by UCLAfilm students Ray Manzarek, keyboards, and Jim Morrison, vocals; with drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger.The group never added a bass player, and their sound was dominated by Manzarek's electric organ work and Morrison's deep,sonorous voice, with which he sang and intoned his highly poetic lyrics. The group signed to Elektra Records in 1966 andreleased its first album, The Doors, featuring the hit "Light My Fire," in 1967. Like "Light My Fire," the debut album was a massive hit, and endures as one of the most exciting, groundbreaking recordingsof the psychedelic era. Blending blues, classical, Eastern music, and pop into sinister but beguiling melodies, the bandsounded like no other. With his rich, chilling vocals and somber poetic visions, Morrison explored the depths of the darkestand most thrilling aspects of the psychedelic experience. Their first effort was so stellar, in fact, that The Doors were hard-pressed to match it, and although their next few albums contained a wealth of first- rate material, the group also beganrunning up against the limitations of their recklessly disturbing visions. By their third album, they had exhausted their initialreservoir of compositions, and some of the tracks they hurriedly devised to meet public demand were clearly inferior to, andimitative of, their best early work. On The Soft Parade, the group experimented with brass sections, with mixed results. Accused (without much merit) by muchof the rock underground as pop sellouts, the group charged back hard with the final two albums they recorded with Morrison,on which they drew upon stone-cold blues for much of their inspiration, especially on 1971's L.A. Woman.From the start, The Doors' focus was the charismatic Morrison, who proved increasingly unstable over the group's briefcareer. In 1969, Morrison was arrested for indecent exposure during a concert in Miami, an incident that nearly derailed theband. Nevertheless, The Doors managed to turn out a series of successful albums and singles through 1971, when, upon thecompletion of L.A. Woman, Morrison decamped for Paris. He died there, apparently of a drug overdose. The three survivingDoors tried to carry on without him, but ultimately disbanded. Yet The Doors' music and Morrison's legend continued tofascinate succeeding generations of rock fans: in the mid-'80s, Morrison was as big a star as he'd been in the mid-'60s, andElektra has sold numerous quantities of The Doors' original albums plus reissues and releases of live material over the years,while publishers have flooded bookstores with Doors and Morrison biographies. In 1991, director Oliver Stone made The Doors,a feature film about the group starring Val Kilmer as Morrison. The remaining three members of The Doors -- Manzarek, Densmore, and Krieger -- were involved in various musical activitiesin the decades following Morrison's death but never saw successes approaching the levels of the original Doors. After the turnof the millennium, Manzarek and Krieger performed live under the name Doors of the 21st Century with singer Ian Astbury ofthe Cult handling vocals; a legal battle ensued when Densmore filed suit against his former bandmates over use of the Doorsname. Ray Manzarek died in May 2013 in Rosenheim, Germany after battling bile duct cancer; he was 74 years old. « hide

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LPs
An American Prayer
1978

3.1
182 Votes
Full Circle
1972

2.5
125 Votes
Other Voices
1971

2.5
123 Votes
L.A. Woman
1971

4.2
1,141 Votes
Morrison Hotel
1970

4.1
919 Votes
The Soft Parade
1969

3.5
657 Votes
Waiting for the Sun
1968

3.9
798 Votes
Strange Days
1967

4.2
1,176 Votes
The Doors
1967

4.5
2,108 Votes
Live Albums
Live At The Bowl 68
10/01/2012

4.1
18 Votes
Live At The Matrix
2008

3.7
3 Votes
Bright Midnight - Live In America
2002

4.3
15 Votes
Live in Hollywood (Aquarius)
2002

3.8
21 Votes
In Concert
1991

4.2
48 Votes
Alive She Cried
1983

3
9 Votes
Absolutely Live
1970

3.9
65 Votes
Compilations
A Collection
2011

4
1 Votes
The Platinum Collection
2008

4
1 Votes
The Very Best of the Doors
2007

4.3
122 Votes
Legacy: The Absolute Best
2003

3.5
1 Votes
Love Me Two Times
2002

3
1 Votes
The Best of The Doors
2000

4.1
61 Votes
Essential Rarities
1999

4
14 Votes
Box Set
1997

4.5
11 Votes
Greatest Hits
1996

3.7
22 Votes
The Best of The Doors
1985

4.2
155 Votes
Star Collection (Vol. 2)
1974

3.5
1 Votes
The Best Of The Doors - 1973
1973

3.5
1 Votes
Star Collection (Vol. 1)
1973

3
1 Votes
Weird Scenes Inside The Gold Mine
1972

3.5
1 Votes
13
1970

3.5
1 Votes

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