The Doors
Morrison Hotel



by sonictheplumber USER (92 Reviews)
May 26th, 2007 | 112 replies

Release Date: 1970 | Tracklist

The Doors have released a few greatest hits albums, and those were the only tastes I had had of the band. Now, of course I enjoyed these albums, especially The Best Of The Doors, but I wanted to dig deeper. I wanted more than just the hits and what was supposedly the best of The Doors. What I desired was a studio album, so I went out to Wal-Mart and purchased 1970's Morrison Hotel for $9.72. The album has two sides, Hard Rock Cafe and Morrison Hotel. Of course, on a single disc, you can't flip sides like on a record, but still.

This album is just typical Doors material. Mostly blues, but it explores some other genres, even having a mild psychedelic feel with Waiting For The Sun and others. Upon listening to the first four tracks, I was amazed. Starting to ponder what rating I would probably end up giving the album, my first thought was a 5. After those ecstatic and fun first four tracks, I was anticipating getting on a computer and rating the album full marks. This sounded like classic material. Roadhouse Blues is exactly what it's supposed to be: blues for a roadhouse. The aforementioned Waiting For The Sun was just a good and fun song that came from the sessions of the band's third album, 1968's Waiting For The Sun. You Make Me Real was also fun, and it was a lesser-known highlight of the album, providing some of Robby Krieger's jazz-influenced guitar at its best. And of course, Peace Frog was just flat-out wonderful, also providing some of Robby Krieger's catchiest guitar work. These two couples of songs were superlative, 5/5 material. However, not every album a band puts out can be wonderfully consistent. Blue Sunday is nothing more and nothing less than a filler track, trying to make the album a few minutes lengthier. It slows down the pace, and it just turns out to be a painfully average and generic love song, done Jim Morrison-style. Luckily, it's only two minutes and ten seconds, so it flies by quite quickly. This is the weakest song of the first part of the album, entitled Hard Rock Cafe. What comes next, Ship Of Fools, could or could not be considered filler, because it is just decent. It does provide an appropriate ending to the first side.

The second side of Morrison Hotel is entitled Morrison Hotel. This is basically the same as the first side, except it's not as good. The two sides don't differ much from each other. Like I mentioned near the beginning of the review, this is mostly blues, with some regular old rock here and there and maybe a few mild psychedelic moments, that aren't even really too psychedelic at all. Land Ho! is a pretty well-done rock song, but it is nothing too amazing whatsoever. And that's basically what the first two tracks of the side are like. The Spy is just a pretty good song.

The rest of side two is quite impressive though. Queen Of The Highway is a song that has an uncertain meaning, yet it's most likely about Jim and his girlfriend Pamela. Here is a sample of the lyrics:

"She was a princess / Queen of the Highway" - This is a description of Pamela Courson.
"He was a Monster / Black dressed in leather" - This being a description of Jim, and probably an accurate one too.
The song has an impressive groove, and while it may be very short, it delivers.

Indian Summer is a just a short little outtake from the band's self-titled debut album. This was recorded in 1966, and while it may be a decent song, it's relatively slow, and doesn't excite me much at all. It's just one of Morrison's poetic pieces.

Energy is an important aspect of the album. Throughout the first side, there is a high amount of energy, especially in tracks like Peace Frog and Waiting For The Sun. So the perfect way to end Morrison Hotel, side two, is with an average-sized energetic track. Maggie M'Gill is a four minute track packed with lots of energy, and it goes by fast, yet it is a good way to end the album.

This ends the actual album, but my CD is the expanded edition, so I shall speak briefly about the outtakes and such. There are a few short tracks that clock in at less than a minute and just happen to be not much of nothing at all. However, the lengthy Roadhouse Blues tracks are actually very impressive. They are nothing more than some takes of the album recorded in '69, but they are very enjoyable. And lengthy. The two of the Roadhouse Blues takes tracks clock in at about twenty minutes in all.

Overall, Morrison Hotel is an excellent album, and it is my first Doors studio album. It is supposedly overlooked by many people, but I don't know why. It's very enjoyable, and it's just good old blues rock/psychedelic rock. Highly recommended for those who are Doors fans yet haven't heard it. It's all just good fun, expanded edition or not.

+ Excellent songs
+ Not too long
+ Outtakes on expanded edition are cool

- Blue Sunday
- Some filler


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May 27th 2007


Album Rating: 3.0

This album is just typical Doors material.

They only really went far into blues on this and LA Woman. LA Women more so, obviously.

I'll try and remember to read the rest when I'm in more of a mood to read.

August 24th 2008


Album Rating: 4.0

Pretty harsh review man. This is not typical Doors material. And its funny, Blue Sunday could very well be my favorite Doors track. Something about Peace Frog's jumpiness and then it segues right into Blue Sunday.

February 19th 2009


Very good album

February 19th 2009


Only they are not EDIT: This comment was a reply to someone above who called them the worst band ever, but they got banned This Message Edited On 03.04.09

January 5th 2010


Album Rating: 4.0

Album starts off strong then tapers off for the worse.

July 1st 2010


Album Rating: 3.5

I think I like The Soft Parade better actually.

July 1st 2010


Album Rating: 2.5

Strange Days is their best

Staff Reviewer
July 1st 2010


s/t tbh

July 1st 2010


Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah those two are my favorites (but I haven't heard L.A. Woman yet).

August 7th 2010


you kids might belive this but this is the best selling in the cataloue of theiir single albums

June 16th 2011


Album Rating: 3.5

I really don't listen to alot of doors music these days but I know each album has it's share of good songs more or less.I think the first half of this album is much better than the last half.Songs like roadhouse blues and waiting for the sun capture the most excitement for me not to mention the whole peace frog/blue sunday medley type of thing which isn't so bad either.

February 2nd 2012


Album Rating: 3.0

some good rooms; some could be better; overpriced burgers.

March 5th 2012


Album Rating: 3.5


April 18th 2012


Album Rating: 4.5

Well i woke up this morning and a got myself a beer

October 8th 2012


Album Rating: 4.0

sweet album

October 8th 2012


Album Rating: 4.0

sweet album

January 6th 2013


Album Rating: 5.0

Blue Sunday is beautiful

June 22nd 2013


rip dethtrasher

Staff Reviewer
September 5th 2013


Album Rating: 4.0

Album rules. The increased bluesy influences on this one are excellent.

December 14th 2013


Album Rating: 4.5

love this, roadhouse blues is a jam

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