The Doors – The Doors (1967)

The Doors is the debut album by the American rock band the Doors. Recorded in 1966 at Sunset Sound Recorders, Hollywood, California, it was produced by Paul A. Rothchild and released on January 4, 1967. The album features their breakthrough single “Light My Fire” and the lengthy song “The End” with its Oedipal spoken word section.

The Doors has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame; “Light My Fire” was also inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. It has been reissued several times on CD, including a 1999 remaster in “96/24 bit advanced resolution”, a 2007 remixed ”40th Anniversary new mix” and a 2017 new remaster in stereo and mono – “50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition.” In 2015 the Library of Congress selected The Doors for inclusion in the National Recording Registry based on its cultural, artistic or historical significance

Track Listing:

Side one
No. Title Length
1. “Break On Through (To the Other Side)” 2:25
2. “Soul Kitchen” 3:30
3. “The Crystal Ship” 2:30
4. “Twentieth Century Fox” 2:30
5. “Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)” (Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill) 3:15
6. “Light My Fire” 6:50

Side two
No. Title Length
1. “Back Door Man” (Willie Dixon, Chester Burnett a.k.a. Howlin’ Wolf) 3:30
2. “I Looked at You” 2:18
3. “End of the Night” 2:49
4. “Take It as It Comes” 2:13
5. “The End” 11:35

All Music Review: A tremendous debut album, and indeed one of the best first-time outings in rock history, introducing the band’s fusion of rock, blues, classical, jazz, and poetry with a knockout punch. The lean, spidery guitar and organ riffs interweave with a hypnotic menace, providing a seductive backdrop for Jim Morrison’s captivating vocals and probing prose. “Light My Fire” was the cut that topped the charts and established the group as stars, but most of the rest of the album is just as impressive, including some of their best songs: the propulsive “Break on Through” (their first single), the beguiling mystery of “The Crystal Ship,” the mysterious “End of the Night,” “Take It as It Comes” (one of several tunes besides “Light My Fire” that also had hit potential), and the stomping rock of “Soul Kitchen” and “Twentieth Century Fox.” The 11-minute Oedipal drama “The End” was the group at its most daring and, some would contend, overambitious. It was nonetheless a haunting cap to an album whose nonstop melodicism and dynamic tension would never be equaled by the group again, let alone bettered. —Richie Unterberger

Schill Score: 9.5/10

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