Featured Album

July 11, 2011
Warner Music
Pop/Rock, Rock & Roll, Hard Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Proto-Punk, Album Rock, AM Pop, Psychedelic

Album Review

The Doors released six albums between 1967 and 1971 (the band was really only together in its classic incarnation for four years), and leaning heavily on lead singer Jim Morrison's frequently sophomoric but always eerily fascinating takes on the colliding orbits of sex and death, the group managed to sound dangerous and edgy while still retaining commercial viability, even placing two singles, 1967's “Light My Fire” and 1968's “Hello, I Love You,” at the very top of the pop charts. This beautiful set collects all six of those albums in their 40th anniversary remastered versions, complete with facsimile paper sleeves featuring the original artwork. It adds up to a very impressive legacy, from the early mission statement "Break on Through (To the Other Side)" to the unambiguous stomp of "L.A. Woman" (for the record, the chant of "Mr. Mojo Risin'" was intended as a deliberate anagram of the name Jim Morrison). What sometimes gets lost in the larger-than-life myth of Morrison was his refreshing directness with love songs, and "Love Me Two Times," "Touch Me," and "Love Her Madly" still retain a surprisingly tender strength and honesty even some 40 years after they were recorded. Then, of course, there's "The End," still one of the most harrowing moments in the history of rock, and the song that best illustrates Morrison's over the top but somehow appropriately balanced sense of how theater, drama, psychology, sex, death, pop poetry, and rock all merge into a single unavoidable spectacle. No band has ever done it better, or had the courage to even try.
Steve Leggett, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Break On Through (To the Other Side)
  2. Soul Kitchen
  3. The Crystal Ship
  4. Twentieth Century Fox
  5. Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)
  6. Light My Fire
  7. Back Door Man
  8. I Looked At You
  9. End of the Night
  10. Take It As It Comes
  11. The End
  12. Strange Days
  13. You're Lost Little Girl
  14. Love Me Two Times
  15. Unhappy Girl
  16. Horse Latitudes
  17. Moonlight Drive
  18. People Are Strange
  19. My Eyes Have Seen You
  20. I Can't See Your Face In My Mind
  21. When the Music's Over
  22. Hello, I Love You
  23. Love Street
  24. Not To Touch the Earth
  25. Summer's Almost Gone
  26. Wintertime Love
  27. The Unknown Soldier
  28. Spanish Caravan
  29. My Wild Love
  30. We Could Be So Good Together
  31. Yes, the River Knows
  32. Five To One
  33. Tell All the People
  34. Touch Me
  35. Shaman's Blues
  36. Do It
  37. Easy Ride
  38. Wild Child
  39. Runnin' Blue
  40. Wishful Sinful
  41. The Soft Parade
  42. Roadhouse Blues
  43. Waiting For the Sun
  44. You Make Me Real
  45. Peace Frog
  46. Blue Sunday
  47. Ship of Fools
  48. Land Ho!
  49. The Spy
  50. Queen of the Highway
  51. Indian Summer
  52. Maggie M'Gill
  53. The Changeling
  54. Love Her Madly
  55. Been Down So Long
  56. Cars Hiss By My Window
  57. L.a. Woman
  58. L' America
  59. Hyacinth House
  60. Crawling King Snake
  61. The WASP (Texas Radio and the Big Beat)
  62. Riders On the Storm