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Founded in LA, USA in 1965 - Disbanded in 1973 - Reformed in 2002 as Doors Of The 21st Century (later renamed)

THE DOORS is one of the most legendary Los Angeles-area bands. They were part of the adventurous and prolific USA West Coast music scene that emerged in the exciting second half of the Sixties. Their story starts when Jim MORRISON meets Ray MANZAREK on the beach of Venice in July 1965. They already know each other from the University of California at Los Angeles film academie (UCLA).

Jim (born December 8th, 1943); his father was a high-ranking naval officer, born in a family with a long history of career militarists. Jim turned into a bright and good looking young man but he suffered from a dysfunctional background: a 'militiary household', numerous removals of the Morrison family and a non-affective and very demanding attitude of his parents. This resulted in an emphasis on showing negative behaviour from an early age: rebellious, unpredictable and agressive, often making sick jokes and acting sociopathic towards his best friends to avoid deeper relationships ('fear of bonding'). But on the other hand he impressed his friends and teachers with his great knowledge about philosophy, history and psychology and his humour and creative ideas. In order to escape the pressure of his parents, Jim leaves the university and moves to LA where he joins the UCLA in 1964.

Raymond Daniel MANZAREK (February 12th, 1939 - May 20th, 2013) grew up in a working class family but he got the opportunity to study first piano and then economics. Unfortunately Ray doesn't finish that study and starts to work as junior-manager at a bank. This is only for three months because Ray decides to join the UCLA where he got in touch with fellow student Jim Morrison. During their meeting on that beach in Venice, Jim tells Ray that he writes lyrics. Jim is asked to sing a few lines, he quickly succeeds to make impression on Ray with a song that later turned out to be "Moonlight Drive". Then Ray invites Jim to join his band, the trio RICK AND THE RAVENS featuring his two brothers Rick and Jim. After some line-up changes the band members are Ray, Jim, drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger.

John Paul DENSMORE (born December 1st, 1944) is a fanatic swimmer in his childhood but from his 10th he starts to learn piano and on his 12th he switches to drumming (timpanist). During this study his love for jazz music begins to develop.

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THE DOORS top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.33 | 754 ratings
The Doors
1967
4.25 | 580 ratings
Strange Days
1967
3.62 | 381 ratings
Waiting for the Sun
1968
2.93 | 323 ratings
The Soft Parade
1969
3.36 | 354 ratings
Morrison Hotel
1970
4.01 | 543 ratings
L.A. Woman
1971
2.70 | 116 ratings
Other Voices
1971
2.35 | 103 ratings
Full Circle
1972
3.13 | 140 ratings
An American Prayer
1978

THE DOORS Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.75 | 88 ratings
Absolutely Live
1970
3.32 | 50 ratings
Alive, She Cried
1983
3.80 | 63 ratings
In Concert
1991
3.31 | 13 ratings
Bright Midnight: Live In America
2001
3.33 | 3 ratings
Live in Hollywood: Highlights from the Aquarius Theatre Performances
2001
4.10 | 10 ratings
Live At The Aquarius Theatre: The First Performance
2001
4.11 | 9 ratings
Live At The Aquarius Theatre: The Second Performance
2001
4.00 | 5 ratings
Live in Hollywood: Highlights from Aquarius Theatre Performances
2002
3.00 | 4 ratings
Backstage and Dangerous: The Private Rehearsal
2002
5.00 | 1 ratings
Boot Yer Butt! - The Doors Bootlegs
2003
3.86 | 7 ratings
Live In Detroit
2004
3.00 | 5 ratings
Live in Philadelphia '70
2005
3.96 | 14 ratings
Live In Boston 1970
2007
2.70 | 10 ratings
Live at the Matrix '67
2008
4.25 | 8 ratings
Live in Pittsburgh 1970
2008
4.00 | 7 ratings
Live in New York
2009
4.11 | 9 ratings
Live In Vancouver 1970
2011
3.82 | 11 ratings
Live At The Bowl '68
2012
2.33 | 3 ratings
London Fog 1966
2016
0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at the Matrix
2017
0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At The Matrix Part 2: Let's Feed Ice Cream To The Rats, San Francisco, CA - March 7 & 10, 1967
2018

THE DOORS Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

3.71 | 7 ratings
Dance On Fire
1985
4.63 | 15 ratings
Live At The Hollywood Bowl
1987
3.00 | 2 ratings
The Doors
1987
3.75 | 13 ratings
Live In Europe 1968
1988
2.55 | 6 ratings
No One Here Gets Out Alive - The Doors' Tribute to Jim Morrison
1990
3.04 | 4 ratings
The Doors Are Open
1991
3.60 | 5 ratings
The Soft Parade A Retrospective
1991
3.00 | 2 ratings
The Best of The Doors
1997
4.20 | 5 ratings
The Doors Collection: Collector's Edition
1999
3.91 | 4 ratings
The Doors 30 Years Commemorative Edition
1999
3.00 | 2 ratings
The Last American Interview
2000
3.00 | 4 ratings
VH-1 Storytellers: A Celebration
2001
3.12 | 13 ratings
Soundstage Performances
2002
3.80 | 5 ratings
The Doors of the 21st Century - L.A. Woman Live
2004
3.00 | 2 ratings
Videobiography
2007
3.67 | 3 ratings
Classic Albums: The Doors - The Doors
2008
2.33 | 3 ratings
Collector's Edition
2008
2.47 | 15 ratings
When You're Strange
2010
3.80 | 5 ratings
Mr. Mojo Risin': The Story of L.A. Woman
2012
4.36 | 12 ratings
Live At The Bowl '68
2012
1.00 | 1 ratings
R-Evolution
2013
2.50 | 2 ratings
Feast Of Friends
2014
3.05 | 2 ratings
Live at the Isle Wight Festival 1970
2018

THE DOORS Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.68 | 19 ratings
13
1970
3.81 | 19 ratings
Weird Scenes Inside the Gold Mine
1972
2.71 | 11 ratings
The Best of the Doors
1973
2.18 | 9 ratings
Star Collection (Vol. 1)
1973
3.00 | 1 ratings
Star Collection (Vol. 2)
1974
4.05 | 2 ratings
Star Collection (Vol. I + II)
1977
4.25 | 58 ratings
The Best of The Doors
1985
3.40 | 11 ratings
The Doors OST
1991
3.21 | 10 ratings
The Doors Box Set
1997
3.35 | 7 ratings
Essential Rarities (The Best of the '97 Box Set)
1999
3.00 | 3 ratings
Love Me Two Times
2002
4.02 | 5 ratings
Legacy: The Absolute Best
2003
3.58 | 12 ratings
Perception
2006
3.31 | 20 ratings
The Very Best of The Doors
2007
4.00 | 3 ratings
When You're Strange (OST)
2010
4.52 | 8 ratings
A Collection (6CD)
2011
3.50 | 3 ratings
L.A. Woman: The Workshop Sessions
2012
1.00 | 1 ratings
Curated By Record Store Day
2013
3.86 | 2 ratings
Other Voices / Full Circle
2015
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Singles
2017

THE DOORS Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.40 | 6 ratings
The Doors (1965 demo)
1965
4.79 | 10 ratings
Break On Through
1967
4.86 | 9 ratings
Light My Fire
1967
3.80 | 5 ratings
Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar)
1967
4.33 | 6 ratings
People Are Strange
1967
4.33 | 6 ratings
Love Me Two Times
1967
4.14 | 7 ratings
The Unknown Soldier
1968
4.33 | 6 ratings
Light My Fire 5'' vinyl
1968
4.14 | 7 ratings
Hello I Love You Won't You Tell Me Your Name
1968
3.33 | 8 ratings
Touch Me
1968
4.20 | 5 ratings
Tell All the People
1969
3.27 | 7 ratings
Wishful Sinful
1969
4.00 | 5 ratings
Runnin' Blue
1969
4.00 | 5 ratings
Road House Blues
1970
4.00 | 5 ratings
You Make Me Real
1970
3.39 | 9 ratings
Love Her Madly
1971
2.79 | 10 ratings
Riders on the Storm
1971
3.09 | 4 ratings
Tightrope Ride
1971
4.40 | 5 ratings
Hello I Love You
1971
3.50 | 2 ratings
The Mosquito promo
1972
2.14 | 3 ratings
Get Up and Dance
1972
3.09 | 4 ratings
The Mosquito
1972
3.13 | 4 ratings
The Piano Bird
1972
3.25 | 4 ratings
Hello I Love You 2 x 7'' single
1979
3.25 | 4 ratings
People Are Strange
1981
4.00 | 3 ratings
Gloria
1983
2.30 | 10 ratings
Live at the Hollywood Bowl
1987
3.83 | 6 ratings
Break On Through
1991
4.25 | 4 ratings
Riders On The Storm
1991
4.00 | 6 ratings
Light My Fire
1991
3.33 | 3 ratings
The Ghost Song
1995
5.00 | 1 ratings
Paris Blues
2022

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 A Collection (6CD) by DOORS, THE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2011
4.52 | 8 ratings

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A Collection (6CD)
The Doors Proto-Prog

Review by Warthur
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5 stars No-frills, compact presentation of the six Doors studio albums that had Jim Morrison on lead vocals - which for many will be the only Doors albums they particularly need. Indeed, for some it will be too many - not everyone gets on with The Soft Parade - but I'm much happier to have it as part of this sleek package, since at least it isn't taking up too much room. As an instant, cost-effective way to get the true Doors classics (the debut, Strange Days, and L.A. Woman) and their second-tier albums all in one fell swoop, this package is really hard to beat, even if three of the albums here stand head and shoulders above the rest.
 Waiting for the Sun by DOORS, THE album cover Studio Album, 1968
3.62 | 381 ratings

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Review by theCoagulater

4 stars Everybody has their controversial opinions about a band's discography, this album sucks, this album's the best, and whatnot. With me, this is the best Doors album, almost, on some days it's L.A. Woman and on others it's this. But for the sake of this review Waiting For The Sun is my favorite.

The albums starts with Hello, I Love You. It's people like Morrison who can make these songs so weirdly amazing. Lines like "She's walking down the street, blind to every eye she meets, do you think you'll be the guy to make the queen of the angels sigh?" are so mystical and abstract. I don't quite get what it means (and if you say you do you're lying), but it still paints a weird picture in my head that fits everything else about this song perfectly.

Love Street continues this theme of love song with funky poetry, but I get this one even less. Still a great song. Fits perfectly in the album, it works great separating the poppy keyboard heavy sound of Hello, I Love You to the existential worrying of Not To Touch The Earth. I also just like the way he says "I see you live on Love Street, there's this store where the creatures meet."

Not To Touch The Earth is a very horrifying Halloweenish song, warning you of the mansion at the top of the hill, and finding JFK's corpse in some sort car that runs on "glue and tar". And then the song ends, you hear Jim heavily breathing, you figure that it's gonna fade out. Then you hear him starting to speak... "WHOA!!" Boom now the song's actually started. There's instruments in the back repeating this heavy jumping tone. The keyboard on one side making these unnatural noises and the guitar on the other doing the same thing while Morrison screams at you to run with him, as well as other obscene things. This is definitely one of The Doors' best.

Summer's Almost Gone is also haunting, but in a different way. Instead of knocking you to the floor and giving you a panic attack; it gives you a helping hand and wants away, with an annoying look in its eyes.

Wintertime Love brings it back to what the first two tracks were, it's a love song, great lyrics, but I like it better. Like the title implies, it's an extremely warm song, more than Hello, I Love You and Love Street. It takes you inside, gives you a warm blanket and fresh hot chocolate. It brings you back to health before throwing you out to the wolves again after less than two minutes.

The Unknown Solider is different wolf though, instead of making you imagine weird mansions and odd cars, it's a very real world song. Telling you about an unknown and unnamed solider, before playing the shot that killed him. The rest of the song is musically upbeat, dancing around the death of people who had no choice but to be there and die there, instead celebrating the end of this war regardless. Though the music still has an uneven quality to it, it knows what happened and it doesn't feel good about it.

As the first song on side two, Spanish Caravan brings you back around to imagining unusual scenes. Instead of horror, it's very adventurous. Talking about wanting to ride with a Spanish caravan. The switch of modes in the middle implies that our protagonist was taken by the caravan. The song speeds up and more electric instruments are added. This all paints a picture of an old caravan being dragged by horses speeding through hot unpopulated areas of Europe, while the protagonist is in the back writing about what he sees outside.

My Wild Love is a much softer song, talking about his "wild love" going around making enemies with the devil and such. This is definitely the least involved of all the songs here, but still enjoyable.

We Could Be So Good Together is very reminiscent of their first two albums. Almost sounds like's a Strange Days song that someone accidently put here. Very Doors lyrics, not as good a love song as this album's previous, but still a bop.

Yes, The River Know is another clam haunting track. To me it sounds like a very old and experienced man, on the verge of death, is relaying his life story to me in cryptic yet understandable terms, on a bench, near a river, in a park. He's using the river as sort of an analogy of the passing of life and the bringing a new. Each verse sounds like he remembers something, a regret, a love one he didn't spend enough time with, things he'll never be able to do. The song doesn't end in a bombastic way, it's sounds like I left the bench, said goodbye to the old man and went on my way/ Thinking and gaining things from the experience, looking at trees and dogs as I walk my way out of the park.

Five To One sounds like it starts where Yes, The River Knows left off. Having learned from whatever the old man said, and applying it to whatever sort of social change we're protesting for. This song is a slapper, if this isn't getting you to jump out of your seat and put a picket in your hand, than your listening to a completely different album.

 A Collection (6CD) by DOORS, THE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2011
4.52 | 8 ratings

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The Doors Proto-Prog

Review by VianaProghead
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Review Nš 567

"A Collection" is a very special compilation of The Doors and was released in 2011. This is a package that includes their six studio albums, "The Doors" and "Strange Days", both from 1967, "Waiting For The Sun" from 1968, "The Soft Parade" from 1969, "Morrison Hotel" from 1970 and "L.A. Woman" from 1971. All these albums were recorded when Jim Morrison was alive and was member of the band. It doesn't include their ninth very special studio album "An American Prayer", also featuring Jim Morrison, but recorded and released only after his dead, by the remaining band's members.

As I've already reviewed all these six albums previously on Progarchives, in a more extensive way, I'm not going to do it again. So, if you are interested to know, in more detail, what I wrote about them before, I invite you to read those my reviews. However, in here I'm going to write something about them in a more short way. So, of course, I'm not going to analyze them track by track, as I made before, but I'm only going to make a global appreciation of all those albums. "The Doors": "The Doors" is considered the great masterpiece from th e band, one of their most progressive albums. This is a perfect album with no weaknesses. Some of the songs included on this album, such as "Light My Fire", "Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)", "Break On Through (To The Other Side)" and "The End" are successes that have been immortalized by the band and who contributed to immortalize the band too. When we heard "Light My Fire" and "The End" we can see why The Doors is considered one of the most important bands to the foundation of progressive rock.

"Strange Days": Although not as good as "The Doors", "Strange Days" can still be considered a masterpiece. The album consists of songs that didn't make part of their debut album. "Strange Days" is a great album, well balanced and with great songs like "When The Music's Over", which follows the same musical formula of "The End" of "The Doors". It's a fantastic album if you enjoy their first album and it's also very special for people like me who love more their earlier musical works. "The Doors" and "Strange Days" are the best representative albums of the style of The Doors.

"Waiting For The Sun": After the first two very strong psychedelic albums, their third album appeared softer and full of ballads, which has been criticized by fans and critics. However and despite not be as good as "The Doors" and "Strange Days" are, it still is a great album, very well balanced and that maintain the same musical formula of the two previous albums. It's one of their best works and remains a perfect partner to their two first albums. All in all, it's a very good album, not up to the level of the two preceding ones, but still is a great piece of psychedelic, blues, jazz and rock.

"The Soft Parade": "The Soft Parade" is considered the weakest studio album of The Doors. A big change in the production didn't help the album's success, especially the addition of brass and string arrangements. It was much criticized and even be considered as a sellout commercial album. I can't agree with most of the critics about it. It's true that it's less good than their previous albums but it has a handful of good songs and quality enough to be seen as a good album of their psychedelic style. And I'm not pretty sure if "The Soft Parade" is weaker than "Morrison Hotel" is. "Morrison Hotel": After their more experimental previous work "The Soft Parade", which wasn't very well received, the group went back to their more traditional roots. On this album, there is a slight steer toward the blues, which would be fully explored by the band on their next studio album "L.A.Woman". Nothing complex here, but the arrangements are good, the same happens with the recording and the mixing. As I said before, I'm not sure if "The Soft Parade" is weaker than "Morrison Hotel" is. Anyway, "The Soft Parade" and "Morrison Hotel" are the weakest studio albums of The Doors.

"L.A. Woman": "L.A.Woman" is a great album and represents one of the best works of The Doors. It represents a clear change into their musical direction, from their earlier psychedelic musical period to a more blues/rock oriented style. Personally, I must confess that I'm not a great fan of blues. So, I prefer their earlier psychedelic period. However, "L.A.Woman" is an album full of great songs, especially "Riders On The Storm", which is a masterpiece. Though I prefer the earlier phase of The Doors, maybe here they were most inventive. It's their best album since "Strange Days".

Conclusion: "A Collection" is a very nice compilation album because it has all the six studio albums released by The Doors when Jim Morrison was in the band. So, it comprises all the essential works that you really must have from The Doors. But, if you already have all the six studio albums you don't need to buy this compilation, because it hasn't anything new to offer, like bonus tracks. Still, if you are a beginner with the band and you don't have all these albums yet, this is an excellent alternative to own all the essential discography from The Doors. If you aren't a great fan, how I am, and you don't need to buy the original albums, it's the better option, because you maybe save in money and space.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Essential Rarities (The Best of the '97 Box Set) by DOORS, THE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1999
3.35 | 7 ratings

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Review by VianaProghead
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3 stars Review Nš 564

"Essential Rarities (The Best Of '97 Box Set)" is a compilation of The Doors and was released in 1999. It was released as part of the Box Set "The Complete Studio Recordings" which was released in 1999. "Essential Rarities" was released in 1999 as a single CD. It contains studio cuts, live cuts and demos taken from "The Doors Box Set" released in 1997.

So, all the tracks have been released on the 1997 Box set, with the exception of the bonus track "Woman Is A Devil", which was edited from the 1969 Elektra Studios "Rock Is Dead" sessions, and wasn't included in original the Box set. It has also some tracks that appear in a more complete form than their Box set versions. For instance, "Roadhouse Blues" has a thirty-five second musical section that was cut from the song and "Who Scared You?" has an extra verse.

"Essential Rarities (The Best Of '97 Box Set)" has fifteen tracks. "Hello To The Cities" represents the presentation of the band on a live show. It was taken from a live recording on Ed Sullivan Show in 1967 and at Cobo Hall, Detroit in 1970. It's a very short track with less than a minute, a presentation to all the cities. "Break On Through (To The Other Side)" was originally recorded on "The Doors". This version was recorded live at the Isle of Wight Festival, England in 1970. It's a great version because it has an extended introduction with a back and forth playing of the keyboards and guitar, and a lengthy guitar playing. "Roadhouse Blues" was originally recorded on "Morrison Hotel". This version was recorded live at Madison Square Garden, New York in 1970. This is another great version of the song. "Hyacinth House" was originally recorded on "L.A. Woman". This version is a demo recorded at Robby Krieger's home studio in 1969. This is a faster version, without keyboards and drums. It's a good version and is cool to have Densmore on the bongos. "Who Scared You?" was never released on any of their studio albums. This version was recorded at Elektra Studios in 1969. It's a bluesy song more focused on Morrison's vocals than any other instrument. It has a cool beat and a cool chorus too. "Whiskey, Mystics And Men" was never released on any of their studio albums. This version was also recorded at Elektra Studios in 1970. It's a nice song, one more bluesy song with a cool story. Probably, it was a leftover song of "Morrison Hotel". "I Will Never Be Untrue" was never released on any of their studio albums. This version was recorded live at the Aquarius Theatre, Hollywood in 1969. It's a slow blues song, that at sometimes can be funny due to its lyrics. "Moonlight Drive" was originally recorded on "Strange Days". This version is a demo recorded at World Pacific Studios in 1965. Originally, it's a very catchy song. On this version Morrison sounds a little bit different and the recordings aren't quite the best. "Queen Of The Highway" was originally recorded on "Morrison Hotel". This version is an alternative version that was recorded at Elektra Studios in 1969. It's another catchy song. This new version sounds like something you'd hear in a lounge singing room with a piano to a group of friends. "Someday Soon" was never released on any of their studio albums. This version was recorded live at the Seattle Centre in 1970. This song starts out slow but then starts to pick up higher. It's a good song that could be part of "Waiting For The Sun" or "Morrison Hotel". "Hello, I Love You" was originally recorded on "Waiting For The Sun". This version is a demo recorded at World Pacific Studios in 1965. It's a faster version and where we have a harmonica being played after every verse. It's very cool. "Orange County Suite" was never released on any of their studio albums. This version was recorded at Elektra Studios in 1970. It's a blues song that is slow and provides a good story. "The Soft Parade" was originally recorded on "The Soft Parade". This version was recorded live on PBS Television, New York in 1969. Originally it's a great song that goes through so many styles that it's mind blasting. But, this version was recorded on the television which means that it was recorded badly. Still, it's cool. "The End" was originally recorded on "The Doors". This version was recorded live at Madison Square Garden, New York in 1970. It's probably the most known, better and progressive song of The Doors. What I can say about this version? I can say that it's even lengthier. A version with about more six minutes extended.

"Essential Rarities" has an extra track "Woman Is A Devil" which was never released on any of their studio albums. It's the only track that wasn't on the Box set. This version was also recorded at Elektra Studios in 1969. This is a song very calm and reserved, which sounds like from it was played in a smoky pub with the wonderful guitar playing by Krieger.

Conclusion: "Essential Rarities (The Best Of '97 Box Set)" is a collection of rare demos and live tracks previously available only as a bonus disc in "The Complete Studio Recordings". It's a bunch of stuff that many hard core fans need, and that probably some have already purchased as part of the Box set or as bootlegs. If not, this is a good way to get a bunch of pretty good cuts, highlighted by the 1969 outtakes "Woman Is A Devil", and "Who Scared You?" and the 1965 demo "Moonlight Drive". Still, this is just for hardcore fans since there just isn't anything that is noteworthy for the casual listener, apart from possibly those three previously mentioned tracks. However, those are still specialized items.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 The Very Best of The Doors by DOORS, THE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2007
3.31 | 20 ratings

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Review by VianaProghead
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3 stars Review Nš 562

"The Very Best Of The Doors" is a compilation of The Doors that was released in 2007. It's a compilation with songs belonging to their six previous studio albums, the albums with Morrison. It has the same songs released on "The Best Of The Doors (1985)" with more 15 songs. The Wal-Mart edition, besides the two mentioned CD's, has also a DVD filmed during their European tour, in 1968. The DVD has five tracks: "Hello, I Love You" (it isn't a live version but a studio version played over footage), "Light My Fire", "Spanish Caravan", "Love Me Two Times" and "Unknown Soldier".

So, "The Very Best Of The Doors" has thirty four tracks. "Break On Through (To The Other Side)" is one of the band's most popular songs. "Strange Days" is a dark song with great atmosphere. It has the use of a synthesizer, one of the earlier examples. "Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)" is a song of "Hauspostille" of Bertolt Brecht with music by Kurt Weill. This is a great version. "Love Me Two Times" has a slight touch of blues, an usual thing in many of their songs. "Light My Fire" brought the fame and recognition, bringing The Doors as a symbol of the generation of the late 60's. "Spanish Caravan" is a flamenco song with the beginning riffs taken from "Asturias (Leyenda)" of Isaac Albeniz. The composition and arrangements are original and great. "The Crystal Ship" is a love song inspired by Morrison's first love. It has a mysterious and dark sound. "The Unknown Soldier" is Morrison's reaction to Vietnam War and the way the conflict was depicted in American's media. It's a classic protest song. "The End" was about the breaking with Morrison's girlfriend Mary Werbelow. It's one of their best and most progressive songs. "People Are Strange" is about the alienation, be an outsider and a loner person. It's a sad song with a dark atmosphere. It has ironic and sarcastic lyrics. "Back Door Man" is a blues song written by Willie Dixon and recorded by Howlin' Wolf. This version is a great cover. "Moonlight Drive" is one of the first songs written by Morrison. It's the song that Morrison sung to Manzarek in Venice Beach. It's a good song with a nice rhythm. "End Of The Night" is an obscure ballad with a dark atmosphere that makes of it a hypnotic song. "Five To One" is a heavy song, with energetic Morrison's vocals and the distorted guitar of Krieger. It's also memorable due to the lyrics. "When The Music's Over" grows in intensity, like "The End". It has a great climax and is one of their most progressive tracks. "Bird Of Prey" wasn't released in any studio album of the band. It was taken from "An American Prayer". "Love Her Madly" is a great rock song with nice lyrics and good performances. The guitar performance of Krieger is great. "Riders On The Storm" is a legendary track. It was their last song recorded, as well as Morrison's last recorded song. It was played live on their last live performance. "Orange County Suite" wasn't released in any studio album of the band. It was taken from "Essential Rarities". "Runnin' Blue" has a country style, with violin, brass and string instruments. Krieger shares the vocal duties with Morrison, a rarity in their career. "Hello, I Love You" is one of their most pop songs. It's a nice catchy song. I never understood the dislike of many fans. "The WASP (Texas Radio And The Big Beat)" is a great song, with good riffs, nice drumming and where Morrison recites lyrics. "Stoned Immaculate" wasn't released on any studio album of the band. It was taken from "An American Prayer". "Soul Kitchen" is a nice rock song performed with great energy. It's a tribute to restaurant "Olivia's" in Venice Beach, where Morrison and Manzarek met for the first time. "Peace Frog" has good lyrics and rhythm, nice guitar and good keyboard playing. "L.A. Woman" is a great song with a nice combination of the traditional rock with jazzy elements. It has a great vocal work by Morrison. "Waiting For The Sun" is a psychedelic song that changes from the quiet to heavy passages. It has a great work and a melodic vocal performance. "Touch Me" is notable for the extensive use of brass, string instruments and the saxophone solo by Curtis Amy. The orchestral arrangements accent Morrison's vocals. "The Changeling" is an obscure and strange song. It's a great song with good guitars by Krieger. The bass lines are great. "Wishful Sinful" is a good and nice ballad, one of the best ballads created by them. It has nice orchestral arrangements. "Love Street" is a nice and soft ballad with great piano and guitar arrangements, supported by the beautiful voice of Morrison. "The Ghost Song" wasn't released on any studio album of the band. It was taken from "An American Prayer". "Whiskey, Mystics And Men" wasn't released on any og their studio albums. It was taken from "The Doors: Box Set". "Roadhouse Blues" has lyrics about the lifestyle of many rock star musicians. It's a blues/rock song with great harmonica and piano works.

Conclusion: Of the so many compilations released by the band, "The Very Best Of The Doors" is really one of the best compilations of the band and the most complete of all compilations I know from them. Besides be well representative of the band, it has also some tracks that weren't released on any of their studio albums. It has also some iconic and progressive tracks, like "Light My Fire", "The End", "L.A. Woman" and "Riders On The Storm". So, if you don't know well The Doors career when Morrison was in the group, this compilation is probably the right place to start with them.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Love Me Two Times by DOORS, THE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2002
3.00 | 3 ratings

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Love Me Two Times
The Doors Proto-Prog

Review by VianaProghead
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3 stars Review Nš 560

"Love Me Two Times" is a compilation album of The Doors that was released in 2002. It's a two disc compilation album consisting of some songs that belong to their six previous studio albums, the albums released before Morrison's death.

"Love Me Two Times" has twenty-five tracks. "Soul Kitchen", "The Crystal Ship", "Twentieth Century Fox", "Back Door Man", "I Looked At You", "End Of The Night" and "Take It As It Comes" are from "The Doors" of 1967. "Soul Kitchen" is a nice rock song played with energy. It's a tribute to the restaurant "Olivia's" in Venice Beach, where Morrison and Manzarek met for the first time. "The Crystal Ship" is a love song inspired by Morrison's first love, Mary Werbelow. It's mysterious and has a dark sound. "Twentieth Century Fox" is about a fashionable but unfeeling woman. It's a metaphor for the famous movie and TV Company. This is a light soft ballad, a song with a bit humour. "Back Door Man" was originally a blues song written by Willie Dixon and recorded by Howlin' Wolf. This version is a great cover. "I Looked At You" is a rock ballad, a light and soft song. The structure of the song is simple, but it's a nice and pleasant song to hear. "End Of The Night" is an obscure ballad with a dark atmosphere that makes of it a hypnotic song. "Take It As It Comes" is a beautiful pop rock song, well made, which still sounds fresh and young today. "When The Music's Over", "Strange Days", "Horse Latitudes", "Love Me Two Times", "Moonlight Drive", "My Eyes Have Seen You" and "You're Lost Little Girl" are from "Strange Days" also of 1967. "When The Music's Over" grows in intensity, like "The End". It has a great climax and is one of their most progressive tracks. "Strange Days" is a dark song with great atmosphere. It has the use of a synthesizer, one of the earliest examples of the use of a synthesizer in rock. "Horse Latitudes" is a spoken word by Morrison with noises in the back. It's a strange track, the weirdest thing they ever made. "Love Me Two Times" is about a sailor and his last day with his girlfriend before shipping out to the Vietnam War. It has a slight touch of blues, a common thing in many of their songs. "Moonlight Drive" is one of the first songs written by Morrison. It's the song that Morrison sung to Manzarek in Venice Beach. It's a good song with a nice rhythm. "My Eyes Have Seen You" is a short, simple and nice rock song with the dark, evil and impetus vein of some songs in their earlier days. It's a love and a perverse song. "You're Lost, Little Girl" has a nice atmosphere, especially provided by the guitar work of Krieger. It's a simple and nice rock ballad with beautiful lyrics that sounds fresh, even today. "Hello, I Love You", "My Wild Love", "Summer's Almost Gone", "Five To One", "Wintertime Love", "Spanish Caravan", "Not To Touch The Earth" and "We Could Be So Good Together" are from "Waiting For The Sun" of 1968. "Hello, I Love You", despite be considered one of their most pop songs, it's a great and catchy song. I never understood the dislike of many fans of it. "My Wild Love" is performed in a Cappella style. Morrison's vocals are backed up by the band's members vocals, performing different sorts of sounds. "Summer's Almost Gone" is a quiet soft ballad. It's a mellow, sensitive and sad song with the psychedelic sound of them in their early days. "Five To One" is a heavy song, with Morrison's vocals energetic and with the distorted guitar sound of Krieger. It's also memorable because the lyrics. "Wintertime Love" is a waltz performed in a soft style. It's a small song that represents a beautiful moment. "Spanish Caravan" is, basically, a flamenco song with the beginning riffs taken from "Asturias (Leyenda)" of Isaac Albeniz. The texture of the composition and arrangements are original and great, really. "Not To Touch The Earth" is a fragment taken from Morrison's poem, "Celebration Of The Lizard". It belongs to their earlier psychedelic sound and represents a real heavy moment. "We Could Be So Good Together" was recorded during the sessions for "Strange Days". It's a pop rock song, but isn't a great song. "Touch Me" is from "The Soft Parade" of 1969. It's a notable song for the extensive use of brass and string instruments and because of the use of a saxophone solo by Curtis Amy. The orchestral arrangements work well and accent Morrison's vocals. "Waiting For The Sun" is from "Morrison Hotel" of 1970. It's a psychedelic song that changes from the quiet to heavy passages, with an excellent work and a melodic vocal performance. "Love Her Madly" is from "L.A. Woman" of 1971. It's a great rock song with good lyrics, good performances, especially the guitar performance of Krieger is great.

Conclusion: "Love Me Two Times" is a strange compilation. Of the six albums released by The Doors, with Morrison, twenty-wo songs are taken from three of those albums. So, despite "Love Me Two Times" be a good compilation, it's an unbalanced compilation. It's true that the twenty-wo songs belong to three of their best studio albums, "The Doors", "Strange Days" and "Waiting For The Sun", but incomprehensibly, it has only one song from "L.A. Woman" that is one of their best studio albums. By the other hand, it lacks on it some of their icon songs, "Light My Fire", "The End", "Soft Parade", "L.A. Woman" and "Riders On The Storm". So, I cannot recommend it as one of the best compilations of them. I recommend "The Very Best Of The Doors" which is probably the best and most complete compilation from the band.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Star Collection (Vol. I + II) by DOORS, THE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1977
4.05 | 2 ratings

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Star Collection (Vol. I + II)
The Doors Proto-Prog

Review by VianaProghead
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4 stars Review Nš 558

"Star Collection (Vol. I + II)" is a compilation of The Doors that was released in 1977. It's nothing more than the join of two previous compilation albums from the band, "Star Collection (Vol. 1)" released in 1973 and "Star Collection (Vol. 2)" released in 1974, issued on the same package. The cover of "Star Collection (Vol. I + II)" is similar to the cover of "Star Collection (Vol. 1)". The only differences are the inscription of "Vol. I + II" and the E of Electra instead the M of Midi.

"Star Collection (Vol. I + II)" has twenty one tracks. "Light My Fire", "Back Door Man", "Soul Kitchen" and "The Crystal Ship" are from "The Doors" of 1967. "Light My Fire" brought the world fame and recognition of the band, bringing The Doors to the top of the charts and a symbol of that generation of the late 60's. "Back Door Man" was originally a blues song written by Willie Dixon and recorded by Howlin' Wolf, in 1961. This version is a great cover. "Soul Kitchen" is a nice rock song played with energy. It's a tribute to the restaurant "Olivia's" in Venice Beach, where Morrison and Manzarek met for the first time. "The Crystal Ship" is a love song inspired by Morrison's first love, Mary Werbelow. Like many of the songs written by Morrison, it has a mysterious and dark sound. "Unhappy Girl", "My Eyes Have Seen You" and "Horse Latitudes" are from "Strange Days" also of 1967. "Unhappy Girl" has lyrics about a woman and has a humoristic feeling. It's a mellow psychedelic song that represents a naive, innocent and beautiful moment. "My Eyes Have Seen You" is a short, simple and nice rock song with the same dark, evil and impetus vein of most of the songs of their earlier days. It's a love and a perverse song. Only they would able to do such thing. "Horse Latitudes" is a spoken word by Morrison with the band providing noises in the background. It's a strange track, the weirdest thing the band ever made. It's more an experimental than a true song. "My Wild Love", "Hello, I Love You" and "Love Street" are from "Waiting For The Sun" of 1968. "My Wild Love" is 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. "Hello, I Love You", despite be considered one of the most pop songs of them, it's a great and very catchy song. I never understood the dislike of many fans about it. "Love Street" is a nice and soft ballad with great piano and guitar arrangements, complemented by the beautiful voice of Morrison. "Wishful Sinful", "Runnin' Blue", "The Soft Parade", "Touch Me" and "Wild Child" are from "The Soft Parade" of 1969. "Wishful Sinful" is a good and beautiful ballad. It's one of the best ballads created by them with fantastic orchestral arrangements. This is one of the highlights on "The Soft Parade". "Runnin' Blue" has a country style feel, with violin and the use of brass and string instruments. Krieger shares the vocal duties with Morrison for the chorus, a rarity in their entire career. "The Soft Parade" is a great progressive music with nice arrangements and strange lyrics. It has an excellent and unforgettable vocal performance by Morrison. "Touch Me" is a notable song for the extensive use of brass and string instruments and because the use of a saxophone solo by Curtis Amy. The orchestral arrangements work well and accent Morrison's vocals. "Wild Child" is a guitar driven song that sounds similar to many other songs of them. It's a song with excellent arrangements, particularly on the guitars. "Waiting For The Sun", "Roadhouse Blues", "Maggie M'Gill", "Land Ho!" and "Peace Frog" are from "Morrison Hotel" of 1970. "Waiting For The Sun" is slightly a psychedelic song that changes from the quiet to heavy passages, with an excellent musical work and a very melodic vocal performance. "Roadhouse Blues" has some memorable lyrics that reflect the rock lifestyle of many musicians in those times. It's a blues/rock song with great works of harmonica and piano and with the guitar helping to keep the rhythm. "Maggie M'Gill" has great guitar work and has some beautiful keyboard parts. Isn't one of their best songs, but it's nice and interesting to hear. "Land Ho!" is a song with some creativity, fine musicianship and good guitar parts. There are some beguiling and subtle harmonic dissonances during the haunting slower section that I like. "Peace Frog" has good lyrics and good rhythm, nice guitar and good keyboard performance. "Riders On The Storm" is from "L.A. Woman" of 1971. "Riders On The Storm" is a legendary track, one of their best. It was the last song recorded by The Doors, as well as Morrison's last recorded song.

Conclusion: As I mentioned above, "Star Collection (Vol. I + II)" is nothing more than the two previous compilations of The Doors, "Star Collection (Vol. 1)" and "Star Collection (Vol. 2)" joined together in one double compilation. As I wrote on my previous reviews about both those compilations, I've mentioned that they were two sister compilations, and that the best way to listen to them was listen both together, as I always did. I also said that "Star Collection (Vol. 1)" isn't as good as "Star Collection (Vol. 2)", because is less balanced and the selection of tracks is less good too. So, with "Star Collection (Vol. I + II)" we have the problem solved. Thus, "Star Collection (Vol. I + II)" can be joined to "The Best Of The Doors" of 1973, "The Best Of The Doors" of 1985 and "The Very Best Of The Doors" of 2007 as their best compilations.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 The Doors by DOORS, THE album cover Studio Album, 1967
4.33 | 754 ratings

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The Doors
The Doors Proto-Prog

Review by Progexile

5 stars This must be a strong contender for the best debut album ever made. Whether it's prog or not is immaterial - it's quality, especially side 1 of the original album.

Morrison has, in my view, the best male voice in rock and his bandmates were a formidable force with just 3 instruments. The album starts with "Break on Through", possibly the weakest track on side 1 but everything afterwards till you reach "Light My Fire" is class. Highlights of this side include "Crystal Ship", a melodic ballad and "Soul Kitchen" but all tracks on this side are excellent (even the opener).

The masterpiece is, of course, "Light My Fire" which needs no analysis from me. The first track to be proggy as everything so far has been quality rock. They showed here how good they were on their instruments and longer arrangements. No self-indulgence here just great instrumental skill.

Side 2 is the weaker side of the original though the weaker side of a great album is no criticism. I find the shorter songs here weaker than those on side 1 with "End of the Night" being the best of them before the second proggy song, the "The End".

I couldn't fathom this one when I first heard it but it grew on me until it became my fave on the album. Imaginative, powerful, emotional and sometimes controversial ("Mother I want to....), Jim's lyrics went beyond the norms of the time and set the scene for other writers to push the boundaries. But John Densmore's drumming on this track is superb, particularly his drum rolls. One of the first great prog epics.

The Doors set a very high bar for their ensuing albums and never beat this one though LA Woman came close. This is quintessential Doors and is a must for any prog rock historian.

 Star Collection (Vol. 2) by DOORS, THE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1974
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Star Collection (Vol. 2)
The Doors Proto-Prog

Review by VianaProghead
Prog Reviewer

— First review of this album —
3 stars Review Nš 555

"Star Collection (Vol. 2)" is a compilation of The Doors and that was released in 1974. This compilation is, in a certain way, twin of another compilation, the "Star Collection (Vol. 1)", which was originally issued separately and released in the previous year. Each compilation housed in their 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. 2)" has eleven tracks. It features tracks from five of their six studio albums when Morrison was in The Doors. It has two tracks from "The Doors" of 1967, two tracks from "Strange Days" also of 1967, two tracks from "Waiting For The Sun" of 1968, four tracks from "The Soft Parade" of 1969 and one track from "L.A. Woman" of 1971. However, it hasn't any tracks from their fifth studio album when Morrison was in the band, "Morrison Hotel". So, "Soul Kitchen" and "The Crystal Ship" are from "The Doors". "My Eyes Have Seen You" and "Horse Latitudes" are from "Strange Days". "Hello, I Love You" and "Love Street" are from "Waiting For The Sun". "Runnin' Blue", "The Soft Parade", "Touch Me" and "Wild Child" are from "The Soft Parade". "Riders On The Storm" is from "L.A. Woman".

"Hello, I Love You" was a big commercial success as a single. Despite be considered one of the most pop songs by The Doors and be frequently criticized, this is a great and very catchy song. I never understood the dislike of many fans of the band about it. This is another The Doors anthem and is very well known of course. "Soul Kitchen" is a tribute to the soul food restaurant "Olivia's" in Venice Beach, Los Angeles, California, where Morrison and Manzarek met for the first time and represents the place where all began. It's a nice rock song played with energy. "My Eyes Have Seen You" is a short, simple and nice rock song with the same dark, evil and impetus vein of most of the songs of their earlier days. This is an incredible song which is, at the same time, a love song and a perverse song. Only The Doors would be able to do such thing. "Runnin' Blue" is a country style song, with violin and the use of brass and string instruments. On this song Krieger shares the vocal duties with Morrison for the chorus, and this was one of the few songs where that happened, in their entire career. "The Soft Parade" is a great progressive music with great musical arrangements and strange lyrics and it has also an excellent and unforgettable vocal performance by Morrison. It follows the good old tradition of the band, to close their albums with great epics, like "The End" on "The Doors" and "When The Music's Over" on "Strange Days". "Touch Me" is a notable song for the extensive use of brass and string instruments and also because the use of a saxophone solo by Curtis Amy. The orchestral arrangements work perfectly well and they accent Morrison's vocals, even further. "The Crystal Ship" is a wonderful love song inspired by Jim Morrison's first love, Mary Werbelow, a girlfriend with whom he has ended. Like many of the songs written by Morrison, it has a mysterious and dark sound. "Wild Child" is a typical and classic The Doors' songs. It's a harder guitar driven song that sounds similar to many other great songs of them. It's a song with excellent musical arrangements, particularly on the guitars. This is one of the greatest songs of the band. "Love Street" was originally a poem written by Morrison about Rothdell Trail, a street in Laurel Canyon, California. It's a very nice and soft ballad with some great piano and guitar arrangements and with a beautiful voice by Morrison. "Horse Latitudes" is a spoken word by Morrison with the band providing noises in the background. This is, without any doubt, a very strange track, the weirdest thing the band ever made. It's more an experimental track than a real song. "Riders On The Storm" is a legendary track, which seems to be the last song recorded by The Doors, as well as Morrison's last recorded song. It seems it have been played live only once, on The Doors last public performance with Morrison, on the "L.A.Woman" tour at The Warehouse, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Conclusion: As I wrote on my previous review about "Star Collection (Vol. 1)", I always felt the two compilations, "Star Collection (Vol. 1)" and "Star Collection (Vol. 2)" linked together. During many years, they were my only albums from The Doors and I got used to hearing them together. But, it seems that I wasn't the only one to feel that. A record label decided to edit both compilations in a double LP. As I also mentioned on the conclusion of that review, "Star Collection (Vol. 1)", isn't bad, but it hasn't a great collection of songs. I also said that 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. So, if you want to buy a great compilation of The Doors, you must buy "Star Collection (Vol. 1)" and "Star Collection (Vol. 2)" or in alternative, "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*)

 Star Collection (Vol. 1) by DOORS, THE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1973
2.18 | 9 ratings

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Star Collection (Vol. 1)
The Doors Proto-Prog

Review by VianaProghead
Prog Reviewer

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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