With an intoxicating, genre-blending sound, provocative and uncompromising songs, and the mesmerizing power of singer Jim Morrison's poetry and presence, The Doors had a transformative impact not only on popular music but on popular culture.
The Doors' arrival on the rock scene in 1967 marked not only the start of a string of hit singles and albums that would become stone classics, but also of something much bigger - a new and deeper relationship between creators and audience. Refusing to be mere entertainers, the Los Angeles quartet relentlessly challenged, confronted and inspired their fans, leaping headfirst into the heart of darkness while other bands warbled about peace and love. Though they've had scores of imitators, there's never been another band quite like them. And 40 years after their debut album, The Doors' music and legacy are more influential than ever before.
Morrison's mystical command of the frontman role may be the iconic heart of The Doors, but the group's extraordinary power would hardly have been possible without the virtuosic keyboard tapestries of Ray Manzarek, the gritty, expressive fretwork of guitarist Robby Krieger and the supple, dynamically rich grooves of drummer John Densmore. From baroque art-rock to jazz-infused pop to gutbucket blues, the band's instrumental triad could navigate any musical territory with aplomb - and all three contributed mightily as songwriters.
The group was born when Morrison and Manzarek - who'd met at UCLA's film school - met again, unexpectedly, on the beach in Venice, CA, during the summer of 1965. Though he'd never intended to be a singer, Morrison was invited to join Manzarek's group Rick and the Ravens on the strength of his poetry. Krieger and Densmore, who’d played together in the band Psychedelic Rangers, were recruited soon thereafter; though several bassists auditioned of the new collective, none could furnish the bottom end as effectively as Manzarek's left hand. Taking their name from Aldous Huxley's psychotropic monograph The Doors of Perception, the band signed to Elektra Records following a now-legendary gig at the Whisky-a-Go-Go on the Sunset Strip.
Their eponymous first album, released in January 1967, kicked off with "Break on Through (to the Other Side)" and also featured the chart smash "Light My Fire", the scorching "Back Door Man" and the visionary masterpiece "The End". The Doors arrived fully formed, capable of rocking the pop charts and the avant-garde with one staggering disc. Before '67 was over, they'd issued the ambitious follow-up Strange Days, with such gems as "Love Me Two Times", "People
Are Strange" and "When the Music's Over".
Next came 1968's Waiting for the Sun, boasting "Hello, I Love You", "Love Street" and "Five to One". Over the next few years they minded over new territory on such albums as 1969's The Soft Parade (featuring "Touch Me" and "Tell All the People"), 1970's Morrison Hotel (which includes "Roadhouse Blues", "Peace Frog" and "Queen of the Highway") and 1971's L.A. Woman (boasting "Rider's on the Storm", "Love Her Madly" and the title track).
They released six studio albums in all, as well as a live album and a compilation, before Morrison's death in 1971. their electrifying achievements in the studio and onstage were unmatched in the annals of rock; and though Morrison's death meant the end of an era, Manzarek, Krieger and Densmore collaborated on two more original Doors albums, Other Voices and Full Circle, and a set of tracks they composed to accompany Morrison's 1969 recording of his poetry, released in 1978 as An American Prayer. They also pursued individual music projects, books, theatrical productions and other enterprises - and remain restlessly creative to this day.
In the decades since the Doors' heyday, the foursome has loomed ever larger in the pantheon of rock - and they remain a touchstone of insurrectionary culture for writers, activists, visual artists and other creative communities. Their songs, featured in an ever-increasing number of films, TV shows, video games and remixes, always sound uncannily contemporary. No matter how the musical and cultural tides turn, The Doors will always be ready to help a new wave of listeners break on through to the other side.
Ray Manzarek's son Pablo just released a new album, "Rays of Light." Check it out!
Ladies and gentlemen, we would like to announce the release of our debut album! In honor of my father, "Rays of Light" by Noah's Star, is available for purchase worldwide. Please click the link to purchase.
With roots in L.A., and later settling down in Santa Barbara to raise their children, this husband and wife team dreamed to create something greater than themselves. Created entirely in their home studio, Sharmin and Pablo Manzarek’s inspirations dwelled in their souls.
Sharmin who began singing and songwriting since early childhood, always inspired to create beautiful and haunting angelic melodies from within, influenced by a wide variety of musical artists such as Mazzy star, Kate Bush, Suzanne Vega, Enya, Zero7, David Bowie, The Cure, Siouxsie and more. While Pablo’s melodies and production techniques run deep throughout his childhood. His father, Ray Manzarek of The Doors, had always a plethora of musical equipment, and recording mediums available to learn. From the very beginnings Pablo can remember experimenting with synthesizers, drum machines, tape machines. Early on his father exposed him to a multitude of artists including but in no way limited to Kraftwerk, Devo, Thomas Dolby and all sorts of jazz, world music, avant grade, classical etc. Pablo was then energized by new wave and the sound of L.A. radio station KROQ in the 80’s, onto electronic music in the 90's and all sorts of sounds beyond to the present. With roots in the music industry, he started his own record label, releasing homemade music. Which led him to signing a major record contract, and rubbing elbows with the big kahunas of Dreamworks.
On this album, many of the songs are originals written by the Manzarek's. Some are collaborations with several independent artists, bringing different flavors and harmonics for the listener to indulge in. One such artist, Jake Cryan aka LoveJunkie, brings a wicked Portishead lounge feel to “Destiny” and “Fall Over”. Beautiful violin in the song “Destiny” was added by the very talented Mr. Phil Fiscor. On other songs, Adrian Arseni lays down beautiful cinematic orchestrations and rap vocals in “Come together” and “Desire” while Gabriel Savage drops immense vocals for a remix of his song, “Close your Eyes”
Ray’s of Light, the first album from Noah’s Star culminates in the amalgamation of years of influence, moments, memories from past and present, and new paths to be experienced. A beautiful debut, not to be missed, from this artistic pair.
Copyright 2017 Noah's Star. Recorded at StudioM in Santa Barbara, California.
“When is a Door not a Door?” - NME, 1991.
Photo: Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger, and John Densmore huddling onstage.
THE DOORS: 50TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION set includes a remastered version of the album’s original stereo mix, a remastered version of the original mono mix (available for the first time on CD), and a third CD featuring The Doors performing live at The Matrix in San Francisco. Also included is a LP-version of the mono mix. Pre-order yours today: http://found.ee/TheDoors50th
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