Album no. 93/1001
It’s the Jim Morrison show! The Doors have arrived to push American psychedelic rock music in new directions, and we’re here to listen.
This is the debut album from The Doors, but it’s got some of their best-known songs on it. It’s also got a fair whack of organ, so we’ll see what Christie thinks of that. While writing the songs for this album Jim Morrison was allegedly living on the roof of a friend’s apartment building, eating only canned beans and LSD. What doesn’t kill you I suppose.
Have you listened to this album before?
CL: All I can say is thank heavens we’re done with the god-awful mash-up that was Frank Sinatra and bossa nova. Literally anything will do after that.
NK: Probably? Even if I have I have forgotten everything but the big ones.
CL: And no, I don’t think I’ve ever heard their first album in full. I think I just had the greatest hits album.
CL: I hate to be predictable, but the singles really are the standout tracks here. ‘Break On Through (To The Other Side)’ and ‘Light My Fire’ are classics for a reason – they’re excellent songs. But the rest of the songs on this album are pretty mediocre. None of the others are in the same league. ‘Twentieth Century Fox’ is probably the third best. ‘Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)’ is pretty fun, but it sounds a bit like a joke song. I don’t like joke songs.
NK: The whisky bar song really reminds me of The Libertines, that same sort of dancehall vibe. I miss The Libertines :-(. HOWEVER, I think ‘Light My Fire’ is the best track here. Not only do I have a stand out track, however, I have a standout moment; the best part of this album is at 5.35 on ‘Light My Fire’, when the organ goes back to the main riff after the massive solo. Really good moment. Well done The Doors. Interestingly, Jim Morrison is not featured in this part of the song. Coincidence? Who can say? Also, I thought ‘Take It As it Comes’ was not bad, definitely better than most of the tracks here.
When would be the best time to listen to this?
CL: Well, I think this is another instance where some mind-altering substances probably wouldn’t go astray. There is a LOT more organ on here than I was anticipating. Like, I knew there was an organist in the band, but I thought he sort of just stood there until ‘Light My Fire’. Turns out he’s got a pretty significant part to play on almost all of the songs.
NK: This album is pretty interesting. It’s got a couple of really really good songs, but the rest of it is kind of inconsistent. I suspect you are correct about the mind-altering substances, although I would point out that’s what Jim Morrison thought and it didn’t end so well for him.
Why has this album been included on the list?
CL: I think it’s certainly using the organ in an exciting way. There’s certainly too much of it. It wins the award for organ.
NK: It’s a cut above some of the stuff we’ve bumped into recently (I’m looking at you, Love). It’s inconsistent, but this is their first album, so you sort of expect it. The good songs are really good, they just need a few more of them. I enjoyed this more than I thought I would to be honest.
Will you be listening again?
CL: To be honest, no I don’t think so. I’ll commit the cardinal sin of music and stick to the greatest hits, thanks.
NK: I will listen to that bit on ‘Light My Fire’ again. Not the whole thing though. The last track, ‘The End’ is so self-indulgent. I’m listening to it again now, and it’s just eleven minutes of slow guitar/organ wank in between Morrison droning on and on rhyming ‘end’ with ‘friend’ Sorry Jim. Sorry The Doors.
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