Album no. 180/1001
Jim Morrison is back, and he’s a very naughty boy. This album came out while his drinking was getting worse and worse, including at one point being charged with skyjacking. What a time to be alive.
This was a bit of a bluesey turn for The Doors. Their previous album, The Soft Parade (which wasn’t on this list), had taken a more orchestral approach with a lot of horns and strings. It took a long time, cost a lot of money, and did pretty badly.
This album was a reaction to that, stripping it back to a bit more straight rock and roll. Despite the turmoil going on offstage, this is one of the band’s strongest outings.
Have you listened to this album before?
NK: Definitely not. I don’t recognise a single song from this list.
CL: I haven’t. I can only see one song I know on this list, so it could go either way.
NK: ‘Land Ho!’ is really strange. I expect somebody will hate it because of the prominent organ, but it’s a weirdo sea shanty! What is that doing here? Also ‘Roadhouse Blues’ is a banger, no question. ‘Blue Sunday’ is cool too, quiet musically. It really gives Jim a chance to show off his pipes. It’s a pretty varied album while still sounding like The Doors all the way through.
CL: ‘Roadhouse Blues’ is siiiick. Get that up ya. I particularly like the inclusion of the word ‘bungalow’. AND WOULDN’T YOU BLOODY KNOW IT, ‘Waiting For The Sun’ ALSO APPEARS ON A GIRL TALK SONG. That’s actually a real banger! ‘Peace Frog’ has a bit of a funky vibe to it – even if it does have organ.
When would be the best time to listen to this?
NK: This has a more desert feel than their opener. Well, the first half does at least, the second half goes off the rails a bit.
CL: Well. When you should keep your eyes on the road and your hand upon the wheel. When you’re going to the roadhouse and you’re going to have a real good time. Pretty self-explanatory really.
NK: ‘Land Ho!’ is a driving song but for ships. A sailing song. Listen to it on the high seas.
Why has this album been included on the list?
NK: This is a pretty solid rock and roll album. Better than I expected from The Doors. I am not convinced Jim Morrison was a genius or anything like that, but this isn’t too bad. In terms of being on this list, I am not completely sure. It’s fine, but it’s not great.
CL: Compared to The Doors, I’d say this is a pretty significant move for them. They’re trying something a little different, maybe leaving the acid and the organ for a brief moment, and focusing on their guitar. I can’t really say what the point of including this album on the list is… I think one album would’ve been enough.
Will you be listening again?
NK: I doubt it. This was ok, but I think The Doors might not be my thing.
CL: There are a quite a few decent tracks – I might put it on again, but I’ll probably have too much else to listen to. Sorry Jim.
Listen to Morrison Hotel on Spotify or buy it in iTunes.