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    Posted: June 10 2010 at 17:54
Ray Manzarek is, in my opinion, one of the best keyboardists in rock's history and the mastermind behind The Doors' fabulous music... but I perceive that he is often overlooked...

So, lets talk about our favorite Ray Manzarek moments on The Doors' music

Mine is the organ work in "Light my Fire"
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote The Quiet One Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 10 2010 at 18:14

My favorite Manzarek moments is his gentle playing on Riders on the Storm and his fabulous organ work on When The Music's Over.

Though got to admit I'm neither a fan of The Doors nor of Ray.
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Albinoni's Adaggio, When The Music's Over, L'America, The Wasp.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote jammun Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 10 2010 at 19:27
In a decade full of memorable organ riffs (Green Onions, In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, 96 Tears, She's About A Mover), it's too bad that the most iconic -- Light My Fire -- and it's creator are largely forgotten, swept aside by the Emerson's and Wakeman's and Lord's that ensued.  Not surprising however.
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I'll be the third to mention When The Music's Over
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Riders of the Storm is smooth.
Soft Parade has it's progressive moments.
Light my Fire is classic.

Everything on The Doors album has great keyboard work really
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Cactus Choir Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 11 2010 at 02:30
The great piano on The Crystal Ship and the organ runs on Spanish Caravan. Loads of other good stuff too.
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Originally posted by The Wrinkler The Wrinkler wrote:

Riders of the Storm is smooth.
Soft Parade has it's progressive moments.
Light my Fire is classic.

 
That would be also my top three
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Well, all of his work sounds pretty basic, but with my band we covered first Riders on the Storm and then Light My Fire. I can say that they're both more than just classics. Light My Fire has lots of progressivness and I love to improvise the solo in a little funky way, so LMF for me. Allthough  Albinoni's Adaggio and Spanish Caravan are brilliant tunes.
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The organ on Hyacinth House has such a beautiful tone.
The awesome intro to Changeling.  
The piano in The Spy.
The creepy organ in Not to Touch the Earth.

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The Light My Fire opening.  Really makes the song.  What's really cool about Ray's work is that you don't miss the band not having a bass player.
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I thought Manzarek was the most important member of the Doors, in terms of the sound and atmosphere the band produced. Jon Densmore and the guitarist (name escapes me) could have been replaced by virtually anyone at the time. Morrison had a unique voice and approach to writing lyrics, I guess.

Fave Ray moments 'The End' and 'Riders on the storm'
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Gotta go with Riders on the Storm.
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Originally posted by Blacksword Blacksword wrote:

I thought Manzarek was the most important member of the Doors, in terms of the sound and atmosphere the band produced. Jon Densmore and the guitarist (name escapes me) could have been replaced by virtually anyone at the time. Morrison had a unique voice and approach to writing lyrics, I guess.
 

The man whose name escapes you is Robby Krieger and he wrote their biggest hits, such as "Light My Fire" and "Love Her Madly." I think he was the best member of the band, a textbook case of an overnight sensation. And it was "Light My Fire" that made them one.

Personally, I think Manzarek is overrated and don't care for his keyboard work.
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Originally posted by Ronnie Pilgrim Ronnie Pilgrim wrote:

Originally posted by Blacksword Blacksword wrote:

I thought Manzarek was the most important member of the Doors, in terms of the sound and atmosphere the band produced. Jon Densmore and the guitarist (name escapes me) could have been replaced by virtually anyone at the time. Morrison had a unique voice and approach to writing lyrics, I guess.
 

The man whose name escapes you is Robby Krieger and he wrote their biggest hits, such as "Light My Fire" and "Love Her Madly." I think he was the best member of the band, a textbook case of an overnight sensation. And it was "Light My Fire" that made them one.

Personally, I think Manzarek is overrated and don't care for his keyboard work.
 
I don't think Manzarek is as skilled a musician as some other keyboardists whose names frequent this site, but he did excel at setting an atmosphere and mood in which boththe lyrics and guitar seemed at times to float. Regarding Robbie Krieger, I agee that he is a gifted musician. He was quite young when they made their first record, and I think his playing really matured as they progressed. I've heard some of his post-Doors work and found it quite good as well.
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Manzarek's style did define The Doors, once they were established. And I didn't jump on this thread to bash him, either. But if "Light My Fire" didn't open the door for The Doors LOL that might have become a moot point. Therefore saying Krieger could have easily been replaced is rather questionable.

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Originally posted by Ronnie Pilgrim Ronnie Pilgrim wrote:

Manzarek's style did define The Doors, once they were established. And I didn't jump on this thread to bash him, either. But if "Light My Fire" didn't open the door for The Doors LOL that might have become a moot point. Therefore saying Krieger could have easily been replaced is rather questionable.
 
I agree: Krieger could not have been replaced. He was not a generic guitarist by any means, and his creative contributions were, as you point out, important both for their musical content and for their impact on the band's career.
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Imho, the two fast organ solos in Take It As It Comes are pretty hard to beat Clap
Manzarek may not be on a par with Minnear, Emerson and Wakey technically speaking, but he's got the psych groove and unique sound!
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