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STRANGE DAYS

The Doors

 

Proto-Prog

4.20 | 330 ratings

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memowakeman
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4 stars My personal favorite!!

Well maybe you can imagine the fate of this review since the first phrase, i consider myself a great The Doors follower and lover of their music, they are one of my favorite bands ever, and as i know them very well, i will review all their albums eventually, this time im taking the time to talk a bit about their second effort, released in 1967 and called "Strange Days" and who has become in my personal The Doors favorite album, i honestly like them all, but i adopted this since long time ago and whe ni listen to it i simply love it.

In the review of their first album, i mentioned that it was a must having in every rock fan, now i will repeat it, because this album is also essential to any collection, so if you don`t have it yet, go and buy it, actually their albums are very cheap nowadays, this album doesn`t have that memorable songs as Break on Through, The End and Light my Fire, but it has it`s own masterpieces.

Also the cover art in this album is pretty different to the other ones, and even looking at the album we may imagine that it is a weird musically and lirically composed album. After a powerful debut, and with the huge amount of repertoire, the placed 10 songs within this record, some are good, some are pretty good, some are excellent and one is a masterpiece.

"Strange Days" is te opener song here and here what i love the most is the bass which is playing with the synths of Manzarek, the lines are excellent and the song is one of the best here, with the authentical style of the band, and the extravagant lyrics. "You`re lost Little Girl" a soft ballad with again noticeable bass lines, they are simple but good, a nice song here, "Love me Two Times" is probably the better hit of this album, not a complex song, not the best, but definitely good and made to sing, who doesn`t recognize it since the first notes. "Unhappy Girl" not so known and probably one of the less good songs here, i still like it a lot, "Horse Latitudes" is the prelude to another memorable song, this is kind of poem (you know Jim was also a poet), good because of the meaning, so next is "Moonlight Drive" one of my favorite songs, i love it and it is so memorable, it`s actually one of the earlier songs that they created. "People are Strange", when you`re a stranger, faces look ugly, when you`re alone... well what more can i say about it, great! "My Eyes Have Seen You" is the worst song here, good anyway, but nothing new. "You`re Lost Little Girl" is another soft song with the bass lines, another good one. And.... the last songs, pleas people prepare yourself to the best songs that The Doors ever released, "When the Music`s Over", this song is a complete masterpiece, and (yes, a song which fits perfectly in the progressive realm) 11 minutes of a weird and mystic trip to the doors of perception, as Jim said, thw whole song is fantastic, it blows my mind away every time i listen to it, the lyrics are weird but excellent and the music is simply amazing.

So i repeat, this is my favorite The Doors album, i really love it, and this has influenced so many popular bands, but this is definitely NOT a prog album, (but When the Music`s Over itself could make your day), my grade in a ROCK site would be without a doubt 5 stars, here i make public that for me is a 5 star album because is excellent and essential, but this is not a masterpiece of proggresive music, so i cannot give it 5 stars, 4 are perfect here, excellent addition to any prog music collection!!!

memowakeman | 4/5 |

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