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THE DOORS

The Doors

 

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4.33 | 709 ratings

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memowakeman
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4 stars The Doors are open!

Well, i wonīt generate any kind of discussion about if the Doors are a main influence to the development of Progressive Rock, i will just review their albums, due to The Doors are one of my all time favorite bands, i think i am able to review all of their albums, but i will do that eventually.

This band is actually the only thing (musically talking) tha my father left to me, he likes good music and he listens to Alan Parsons Project which were one of the first prog (or related) bands that i knew, but the only band that i adopted from my fatherīs tastes was The Doors, so you can imagine i know them very well and iīm pleased to share my thoughts about their albums with you, so letīs start.

In 1967 a quartet of students, who had previously played in pubs and things like that, created so many songs, at the point that they were able to record a couple of albums in the same year, their debut and self titled album is probably one of the most essential albums in the history of rock, it may like you or not, but itīs a must having, and surely it is one of the most influential. So as i mentioned, it was the year of 1967 when "The Doors" started to blow peopleīs minds. Having a vast repertoire of songs, and knowing that this was only the beggining of a succesful (and controversial) career, they put 11 songs in this album and tell me if this is not a powerful and promising debut, when 3 of the albumīs songs are memorable tracks: Opening with "Break on Through" , who the hell isnīt familiar with this classic song, short i know but still great and rockier, not their best song though, but surely one of their must succesful hits. "Soul Kitchen" another classic song, very 60īs mood and with the Doors classic touch,"The Crystal Ship" as a soft melody, it doesnīt have the rockier side it is more calm and with the great Jimīs vocals, "20th Century Fox" is just another classi, one of those songs that they created but never became a favorite, and then, Alabama Song is one of my favorite songs here, we can notice a extraordinary organ playing and some little good changes throug the song.

And next to it, we have a masterpiece, "Light my Fire" is a musical piece very well written, yet better performed in their concerts, this is without a doubt one of the proggiest songs that they ever released, and again, without a doubt, one of the most significative songs in their history, and the history of rock, here we can also notice the way of the weird lyrics. "Backdoor Man" is another rockier song with the 60īs psychedelic feeling, good song always enjoyable, the next part is probably the less good,"I looked at you", "End of the Night" and "Take it as it Comes" are three short songs, not bad at all, but it wasnīt clearly the best that they could offer.

And finishing this memorable album, "The End" a challening, weird, progressive and outstanding song, this was the first over 10 minutes song that they released, and what a song, if you havenīt heard it , please buy this record and do it, is a complete trip.

So after all this is an excellent album, personally not my favorite and being a debut album, it was very promising at itīs time!

My grade, 4 stars, excellent addition to any prog lover, though this album is essential to any ROCK lover.

memowakeman | 4/5 |

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