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THE DOORS

The Doors

 

Proto-Prog

4.30 | 464 ratings

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friso
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4 stars The Doors - s/t (1967)

Such and excellent year to make such an excellent album!

Wowh this is one of the very first great rock albums! With little but no point of reference the Doors created a new world of music with this amazing début. They took some rock, added some psychedelia, some gothic, a lot of sexual power and some of the finest compositional achievements of rock'n roll. This distinguished them from all other bands around and made them so famous. This is rock with all it's good and bad expects wit as an result an album with 60% hits in the charts and of my all time favourites: The End.

The Doors became famous because of the great gothic blues voice of Jim Morrison. He sings great throughout the album and wrote some great lyrics. His performance on The End is memorable and timeless. But there is more! What about those groundbraking keys of Ray Manzarek? He plays both chords/solos and bass on his key equipment. His sound is always great and his chord progressions are more then just blues/rock'n roll. On tracks like the Qrystal Ship his keywork is turned into pure magic! Robby Krieger has never been my favourite guitarist, be he shines on The End with some highly original aggressive/hypnotic guitar playing. His finger style is also very rewarding on Break on Through. Drummer John Densmore has a functional drumming style with some nice rhythmical subtleties and great rhythmic interpretation of the harmonic section.

We all know tracks like the rockin' Break on Through, The funny and catchy Alabama Song, The sexual Light my Fire with the relaxing solo parts, the rewarding blues interpretation called Back Door Man and the great story of The End. Other tracks are highly rewarding too. The spacey/dreamy Crystal Ship with it's intelligent vocals and keys and the rhythmical Take it as it Comes are both great tracks too.

Conclusion. This is an important historical document of human culture. Furthermore it is as masterpiece of psychedelic and classic rock. It is quite Progressive (as in developing), but it ain't very progressive (as a genre), which isn't very strange because of the lack of the progressive scene in 1967. This is still an highly rewarding proto-prog record for fans of all genres and I can recommend this very much. Four stars!

friso | 4/5 |

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