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Boxset/Compilation, released in 1973

Songs / Tracks Listing

Side 1:

1. Waiting for the Sun (3:58)
2. Roadhouse Blues (4:04)
3. My Wild Love (2:50)
4. Unhappy Girl (2:00)
5. Light My Fire (6:30)

Side 2:

1. Maggy M`Gill (4:24)
2. Back Door Man (3:30)
3. Land Ho (6:08)
4. Peace Frog (2:52)
5. Wishful Sinful (2:56)

Total Time 37:12

Line-up / Musicians

- Jim Morrison / vocals
- Ray Manzarek / keyboards
- Robby Krieger / guitars
- John Densmore / drums

Releases information

L.P.: Midi Records, MID 22 001 (a product of WEA, Germany)

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Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(10%)
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(40%)
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Collectors/fans only (30%)
Poor. Only for completionists (10%)

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Review by Guillermo
2 stars One of my brothers bought the first copy of this album, released in Mexico in 1975. In 1982, when I saw the German import copies from The Doors`"Other Voices" and "Full Circle" albums, I also saw the German import copy of this album, and I also bought it that day (including the English import stereo L.P. of The Beatles` "Sgt. Pepper`s... album).

It seems that this compilation is well- known now, thanks to be announced in used L.P.`s websites. I know that there is a Vol. 2 of this "Star Collection" compilation, and even a 2 record set which includes Vols. 1 and 2 in the same package. But I only have this Vol. 1.

It seems that the Midi Records label was (or maybe still is) a mid-price label created by WEA in Germany in the early seventies. Curiously, the back cover of this L.P. has miniatures of the covers from other albums by The Doors, but released by Elektra Records! (including "Full Circle", "Weird Scenes Inside the Gold Mine", "13", "L.A. Woman" and "Other Voices"). The release date of this album is a bit confusing, because the back cover says "1973", but the label says "1972" !

But, it is a good compilation, despite including five of the songs from the "Morrison Hotel" album ("Waiting for the Sun", "Roadhouse Blues", "Maggy M`Gill", "Land Ho" and "Peace Frog"). "Peace Frog" is included in this album without being segued into "Blue Sunday", and it is cut after the six first notes of the bass guitar of "Blue Sunday", but it sounds good anyway.

The album also includes songs from the "Waiting for the Sun" album ( "My Wild Love"), the "Strange Days" album ("Unhappy Girl"), "The Doors" album ("Light My Fire", "Back Door Man"), and "The Soft Parade" album ("Wishful Sinful").

The cover design and printing is good, and the quality of the sound of the L.P. is very good, more than can be expected being released by a mid-price label.

This compilation is more for the greatest fans of the Doors who want to have anything released by the band. It is a vey good colectors`item.

Review by ZowieZiggy
2 stars This is a rahter poor Doors compilation. Only two great numbers of the band are featured : "Light My Fire" and "Back Door Man". Some other tracks are valuable as well as "Waiting For The Sun", "Land Ho!" and "Maggie M'Gill".

But let's face the truth, the majority of the songs are sub-par Doors ones. I do not posses this compilation as such (I doubt that it had been released on the CD format actually). It is made only for completionists. If you are one of them and pass in front of it you might grab it.

If you are a casual fan or just interested in the band, just pass your way or buy "The Best Of The Doors" which is to date the best compilation of this great band.

Even die-hard fans (like I am) can not find it interesting. What's the point in grouping five weak Doors numbers on a compilation ?

One star for the idea and still two stars for the music (but I am generous with my Doors review, I admit).

Review by VianaProghead
2 stars Review Nš 554

"Star Collection (Vol. 1)" is a compilation of The Doors and was released in 1973. This compilation is, in a certain way, twin of another compilation, the "Star Collection (Vol. 2)", which was originally issued separately and released in the next year, in 1974. Each compilation is housed in its own original unique portrait style bordered picture covers featuring a large photo with a smaller picture of the other band's members. Vinyl and sleeve on both compilations were both in superb conditions and, at the time that they were released, they were, without any doubt, a must for any collection for The Doors fans. I own a copy of both compilations. However, and just only for information purposes, it seems that there is a special version of a "Star Collection" with two record set which includes Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 in the same package.

"Star Collection (Vol. 1)" has ten tracks. It features tracks from five of their six studio albums wh en Morrison was alive and was member of The Doors. It has two tracks from "The Doors" of 1967, one track from "Strange Days" also of 1967, one track from "Waiting For The Sun" of 1968, one track from "The Soft Parade" of 1969 and five tracks from "Morrison Hotel" of 1970. However, it hasn't any tracks from their sixth and last studio album when Morrison was member of the band, the album "L.A. Woman". So, "Light My Fire" and "Back Door Man" are from "The Doors". "Unhappy Girl" is from "Strange Days". "My Wild Love" is from "Waiting For The Sun". "Wishful Sinful" is from "The Soft Parade". "Waiting For The Sun", "Roadhouse Blues", "Maggie M'Gill", "Land Ho!" and "Peace Frog" are all from "Morrison Hotel".

"Waiting For The Sun" is a great song. It's slightly a psychedelic song that changes from the quiet to more heavy musical passages, with an excellent musical work and a very melodic vocal performance. It represents the highlight of "Morrison Hotel" and is a song with some progressive lines. "Roadhouse Blues" has some memorable lyrics, lyrics that reflect the rock lifestyle of many musicians in those times. It seems that it was inspired by Morrison's lifestyle. It's a blues/rock song with great works of harmonica and piano and with the guitar helping to keep the rhythm. "My Wild Love" is a song performed in a Cappella style. Morrison's vocals are backed up by the band's members vocals, performing different sorts of sounds, with their mouths and clapping hands. It's, in reality, a very weird song, and it isn't, definitely, one of the highlights of The Doors. "Unhappy Girl" is a song very similar to "You're Lost Little Girl" of the "Strange Days" too. Its lyrics are about a woman and have a bit of a humoristic feeling. Musically, it's a mellow psychedelic song that represents a naive, innocent and very beautiful musical moment. "Light My Fire" was the first great success of the band. It has brought the world fame and recognition to the band in the summer of 1967, bringing The Doors to the top of the charts and a symbol of that generation of the late 60's. This is one of the songs that contributed to immortalize The Doors. "Maggie M'Gill" is one of the best songs on "Morrison Hotel". It's full of a great guitar work and it has some beautiful keyboard parts. This is one of the songs on that album with some harder sound. It isn't one of their best songs but it's nice and interesting to hear. "Back Door Man" was originally a blues song written by Willie Dixon and was recorded by Howlin' Wolf, in 1961, and it became considered a classic of the Chicago blues. This version of The Doors is the bluesiest number on that album and represents a great cover. "Land Ho!" is a nice and pleasant song to hear with some creativity, fine musicianship and with some good guitar parts too. It's a fun song, with a kind of a childish feel to it. There are some beguiling and subtle harmonic dissonances during the haunting slower section that I like. "Peace Frog" is a song that blends seamlessly with "Blue Sunday" of "Morrison Hotel" too. Because they're two very short songs, it was very common that some radio stations played both songs together. "Peace Frog" has good lyrics and good rhythm, nice guitar and good keyboard playing. "Wishful Sinful" is a very good and beautiful ballad, which is simply beautiful from start to finish. Actually, it's one of the best ballads created by them with some fantastic orchestral arrangements. This song represents, without any doubt, one the highlights on "The Soft Parade".

Conclusion: Somehow, I always felt the two compilations, "Star Collection (Vol. 1)" and "Star Collection (Vol. 2)" linked together. For many years, they were my only albums from The Doors and I got used to hearing them together. It seems that I wasn't the only one to feel that. A record label decided to edit both compilations in a double LP. "Star Collection (Vol. 1)" isn't bad, but we can't say that we are in presence of a great collection of songs. I always thought that "Star Collection (Vol. 2)" is better than "Star Collection (Vol. 1)" because the selection of the tracks is better and well balanced. Overall, the repertoire is very unbalanced. Half of the songs on "Star Collection (Vol. 1)" are from one of their weakest albums, if not the weakest, "Morrison Hotel". So, if you want to buy a great compilation of The Doors, you must buy "The Best Of The Doors" of 1973, "The Best Of The Doors" of 1985 or "The Very Best Of The Doors" of 2007.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

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