Morrison Hotel – The Doors (1969)

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.

https://open.spotify.com/embed?uri=spotify:album:6AFLOkpJjFF652jevcSOZX

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.

Standout track

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.

Rating

NK: This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.

CL: This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.

Listen to Morrison Hotel on Spotify or buy it in iTunes.

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