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MORRISON HOTEL

The Doors

 

Proto-Prog

3.37 | 314 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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3 stars The Doors could only produced a better album after the boring and incomprehensively poor "The Soft Parade". It leans more towards the blues genre which was deeply investagated on stage.

"Roadhouse Blues" is a very good opener. IMO it is precursory of "L.A. Woman" (the track). A brilliant and very strong blues number. One of my preferred song on this album is "Waiting For The Sun". It should have been the title track of their third album but I do not know why it was not featured there. It has some psyche flavour and sounds very nice.

The rock'n'roll "You Make Me Real" sis outdated (but it IS of course an old song). It is an almost revival number : Jerry Lee Lewis is not far away. Still it is not bad a track but nothing essential of course.

"Blue Sunday" is a nice rock ballad. Manzarek displaying a nice keyboard sound and Krieger being outstanding in his guitar work. Jim is very subtle and calm. As if he was completely normal...

Still, the problems with him are really complex to manage for the trio. Extravanganza on stage made them famous of course, but there was always a (huge) risk of deviation with Jim. He was not really nice with the fans. He had maybe forgotten that without them, The Doors would not have reached stardom so fast. A rather weird (but a genious) character to handle.

The next two songs on this album will be good rocking tunes. Nothing outstanding, nothing truely memorable. But after the disastrous "Soft Parade" they almost sound as great numbers to my ears. "Ship Of Fools" and "Land Ho!" are of that vein.

Two bluesy numbers will follow : "The Spy" is not as good ""Roadhouse Blues". Just a filler. "Queen Of The Highway" on the contrary is a good number. From a pure blues song it evolves into a rather catchy tempo during the second half. The next and short "Indian Summer" is another very quiet song. The wild side of the band has gone (at least in the studio).

The closing number "Maggie M'Gill" is another good song. It sounds more like a traditional Doors song. It might well be the best number here (at least it is my fave).

This album does not contain the crappy numbers of its predecessor which is a good news. But you won't get a lot of great Doors songs either. This album is not for newbies of the band. Only for confirmed fans. These ones (like myself) might give it a spin once in a while (but not too often, let's be honest). Too monotonous really. There is of course nothing prog in here. Three stars.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |

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