Featured Album

RELEASE
March 26, 2007
LABEL
Rhino
GENRES
Pop/Rock, Rock & Roll, Hard Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Album Rock, Psychedelic, AM Pop, Proto-Punk

Album Review

The various releases of The Very Best of the Doors during 2001 and 2007 in the U.S. and the U.K. are very similar, both in their single-disc and double-disc permutations -- as well as a limited edition that adds a DVD to the two-CD version -- so it's very easy to get all three compilations confused. That said, there are notable differences between all three U.K. comps and the original U.S. set. The American disc from 2007 weighs in at 16 tracks while the single-disc U.K. set is longer at 20 tracks and, in fact, boasts a stronger overall selection of songs, making this arguably the best single-disc introduction to the band yet assembled. The double-disc U.K. set doesn't just add a second disc, it has a different sequencing as well and consequently feels like a very different beast than the original set. It's a compilation that digs deeper into album tracks and radio favorites, sometimes getting songs that maybe should have been on the U.K. single disc -- such as "Five to One," for instance, a Doors standard that's on the U.S. single disc but not the U.K. -- but its real strength is how it paints a richer portrait of the band. It's for the listener who wants a bigger picture of the Doors without investing in the actual albums or a box set and, in that sense, this Very Best of the Doors (along with the version with the DVD) does its job well. So, choose wisely: if you're looking for an introduction or just the hits, take either of the 2001 or 2007 single discs; if you're looking for most of the best, pick the double-disc set, either with or without the DVD; if you know you love the band already, go for Perception. [Rhino released a two-disc, 34-track version in 2007.]
Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Break on Through (To the Other Side)http://itunes.apple.com/album/the-very-best-of/id480905667?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  2. Strange Dayshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-very-best-of/id480905667?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  3. Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)http://itunes.apple.com/album/the-very-best-of/id480905667?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  4. Love Me Two Timeshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-very-best-of/id480905667?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  5. Light My Firehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-very-best-of/id480905667?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  6. Spanish Caravanhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-very-best-of/id480905667?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  7. The Crystal Shiphttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-very-best-of/id480905667?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  8. The Unknown Soldierhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-very-best-of/id480905667?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  9. The Endhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-very-best-of/id480905667?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  10. People Are Strangehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-very-best-of/id480905667?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  11. Back Door Manhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-very-best-of/id480905667?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  12. Moonlight Drivehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-very-best-of/id480905667?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  13. End of the Nighthttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-very-best-of/id480905667?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  14. Five to Onehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-very-best-of/id480905667?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  15. When the Music's Overhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-very-best-of/id480905667?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  16. Twentieth Century Foxhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-very-best-of/id480905667?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  17. Love Her Madlyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-very-best-of/id480905667?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  18. Riders on the Stormhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-very-best-of/id480905667?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  19. My Eyes Have Seen Youhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-very-best-of/id480905667?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  20. Tell All the Peoplehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-very-best-of/id480905667?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  21. Hello, I Love Youhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-very-best-of/id480905667?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  22. The Wasp (Texas Radio and the Big Beat)http://itunes.apple.com/album/the-very-best-of/id480905667?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  23. Not to Touch the Earthhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-very-best-of/id480905667?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  24. Soul Kitchenhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-very-best-of/id480905667?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  25. Peace Froghttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-very-best-of/id480905667?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  26. L.A. Womanhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-very-best-of/id480905667?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  27. Waiting for the Sunhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-very-best-of/id480905667?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  28. Touch Mehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-very-best-of/id480905667?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  29. The Changelinghttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-very-best-of/id480905667?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  30. Wishful Sinfulhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-very-best-of/id480905667?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  31. Love Streethttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-very-best-of/id480905667?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  32. The Ghost Songhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-very-best-of/id480905667?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  33. Gloriahttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-very-best-of/id480905667?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  34. Roadhouse Blueshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-very-best-of/id480905667?uo=5&at=11l9vR
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