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The Doors



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3 stars Better than you think.

The record starts off strong with the gospel of "Get Up And Dance", a jamming feel good rock tune. "4 Billion Souls" is a decent song with some good guitar and organ parts but in the end, not too memorable. With "Verdilac" the album takes a funkier turn. There's horns and a groovy bass line with some great saxophone and guitar soloing. Jazzy and a real jewel. "Hardwood Floor" brings back the country western bar atmosphere heard on 'Other Voices' and is a good song with harmonica playing. "Good Rockin'" is a cover song and works well, rocking and rolling. Next one, "The Mosquito" is the only song from the non-Morrison era that made it to Elektra's 2000 'The Best Of The Doors' compilation and it's definitely one of the better songs here. Humorous and well written & arranged. Then "The Piano Bird" brings back the soul and funk influences and it is good in all it's trippyness. "It Slipped My Mind" is a more average Doors song and not very memorable, while the ending track "The Peking King and the New York Queen" is an upbeat rocker with some well arranged parts and pretty good lyrics.

Overall: This is probably one of the most experimental Doors albums. The jazz and funk influences make this an interesting one. The material is suprisingly good throughout, maybe even more so than on 'Other Voices'. 'Full Circle' still lacks any absolute highlights and this makes it a rather forgettable album. By itself, it may not be all too tempting of a purchase but nowadays when you can get it on the same disc with 'Other Voices', you've got little to lose. It's still quite an alright Doors release.

Jimsey | 3/5 |


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