The Doors – The Doors (1967)

The blue bus is calling us

Talking about “Apocalypse now”… here is an album that reminds me even more about that film. My old friend Big Frans sent via Royal Mail a gift containing two LPs. I reviewed the first one “Let it bleed” yesterday. The other LP was the self-titled debut album from The Doors.

Now this is a completely different story. I have always liked The Doors, but I am not a dedicated fan. I have been a “passive” fan if such a thing exists. But it only takes me a few seconds of the beginning of “Break on through” for me to realise that this gift may become an expensive one.

I really like the feeling of the album. The sound quality is stellar. I love Jim Morrison’s voice. It sound like he is in my room, singing for me. That young man has something! I like the singing, this album is from the sixties but I think it sounds fresh.

The music is really cool, almost hypnotic in places. I adore all Ray Manzarek’s Vox Continental organ play. I am a sucker for the sounds of a Hammond organ. The Connie was apparently an smaller replacement to the bigger Hammond. John Densmore on the drums and Robby Krueger on the guitars are also great.

“Break on through” is a killer, what a nice way to start the album! After a couple of fillers we get “Alabama song” which I of course have heard sung by David Bowie. Here it is slower and maybe closer to the original? “Light my fire” is a classic and it sounds great but it’s not my favourite. The organ is prominent though which is nice.

The Rhino Vinyl 180 gram edition I got from Frans is spectacularly good. The soundscape is great, the singing is dead center and all the instruments are clearly divided and placed evenly left to right. It’s a good stereo mix, not the extreme left-right division some sixties albums are burdened by.

Ok, second side, here I come. Eagerly.

“Back door man” is also great first track of an LP side. Slow rhythmic intro that leads into Jim’s most raspy singing. Much whiskey last night, eh?

Again a couple fillers before the last song. Or? No, no fillers! “End of the night” is not a filler. It brings a very nice change of pace. It slowly builds a dark feeling. The song takes you to the blackest of the night, the hour before dawn, the end of the night basically.

“Take it as it comes” is also rather good. Seems desperate. Angry. A great short prelude to the last part of the album. The greatest.

“The end”. What a fantastic song. I have always liked it, it was used to perfection in the movie “Apocalypse now”. Here on its own it is even grander. Absolutely lovely. Soft, slow, strong, loud. Many emotions run through me. Here… Now… During these challenging times, is it the end now?

My rating: 7/10

Side A:

  1. Break on through (To the other side)
  2. Should kitchen
  3. The crystal ship
  4. Twentieth Century Fox
  5. Alabama song (Whiskey bar)
  6. Light my fire 

Side B:

  1. Back door man
  2. I looked at you
  3. End of the night
  4. Take it as it comes
  5. The end

Best songs: “The end”, “Break on through”, “Alabama song” and “End of the night”

Released on January 4, 1967

Media: Rhino Vinyl Reissue 2009, 180 gram

4 thoughts on “The Doors – The Doors (1967)

  1. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to hear it on your stellar sound system in not too long! I like the crystal ship, hypnotic lyrics or perhaps just sung hypnotically 🙂

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    1. Yes, I dream about the time when one can meet and hang out. As soon as it is clear you are invited to come visit. Listening to vinyls on the new turntable and sipping wine. I can’t wait! 🙂

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  2. Agree. Great album with no fillers. Morrison’s voice is hypnotic. The End is very suggestive and the use of it in Apocalypse Now is… probably the best use of any music in any film. Flap-flap-flap-flap.

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