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Morrison Hotel

The Doors

1970

Morrison Hotel

Album Summary

Morrison Hotel is the fifth studio album by American rock band the Doors, released on February 9, 1970, by Elektra Records. After the use of brass and string arrangements recommended by producer Paul A. Rothchild on their previous album, The Soft Parade (1969), the Doors returned to their blues rock style and this album was largely seen as a return to form for the band. The group entered Elektra Sound Recorders in Los Angeles in November 1969 to record the album which is divided into two separately titled sides, namely: "Hard Rock Café" and "Morrison Hotel". Blues rock guitar pioneer Lonnie Mack and Ray Neapolitan also contributed to the album as session bassists. The album reached No. 4 on the Billboard 200, and performed better overseas than the preceding album (it was the group's highest-charting studio album in the United Kingdom, where it peaked at No. 12). The accompanying "You Make Me Real" / "Roadhouse Blues" single peaked at No. 50 in May 1970 on the Billboard 100 chart. The cover photo was taken by Henry Diltz.

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Rating

3.62

Votes

5467

Genres

  • Rock
  • Psychedelic Rock
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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

Loved it. Never listened to an entire Doors album. This is down to my assumption that they were pretty depressing to listen. I’ve been missing out though. It had everything, and Maggie Magill the last song was sensational

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Wed May 19 2021
5

Amazing album. Loved it from front to back. Lots of good blues stuff with killer keyboards

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Thu Feb 04 2021
5

Clean, loud, stereoscopic. Great.

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Wed Jun 16 2021
5

Such a weird, yet cool blend of blues and psychedelic rock. Normally this isn’t something I’d like but The Doors just pull it off so we’ll. I especially love “Waiting for the Sun”. Such a cool groove to it.

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Thu May 06 2021
5

Bluesy with some funky undertones and the classic Jim scatting riffs.

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Mon Aug 23 2021
2

Well this album does nothing to change my perception that Rge Doors are the most overrated "great" band from the 60s.Even the one hit is pretty icing to me and no other song does anything to save this very ordinary album. 2 🌟

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Wed Jan 06 2021
5

All doors is great!

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Mon Mar 29 2021
5

great album, pretty much all the songs are good, worthy of my 5 stars.

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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

Love The Doors, really had a good time listening to this again

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Mon Apr 19 2021
5

Awesome

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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

A classic!

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Mon Feb 08 2021
2

I reckon these guys have better and more adventurous albums than this. Sometimes there were moments when they diverted from the normal blues formula, but this was rare and fleeting. After some research...apparently these guys were the pioneers of edgy, social-outcast, counterculture (which I'm all about). But I think it's partly coz people fancied Jim Morrison and loved that he sang low and about ominous and dark subjects. "Peace Frog" and "Indian Summer" were good, but they're no "Riders on the Storm". They deserve credit but this album in particular is probably not the one for me.

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Wed Jul 27 2022
2

Waiting for the Sun was good, but nothing else left much of an impression.

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Thu Feb 25 2021
1

don't like the style

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Wed Jan 13 2021

Man I hate The Doors

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Tue Feb 02 2021
5

excelente, peace frog é minha musica favorita deles

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Thu Jan 21 2021
5

awesome

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Wed Feb 03 2021
5

Descomunal

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Sat Jul 10 2021
5

The Doors es una bandota que por alguna razón la evadí inconscientemente mucho tiempo y quizá me arrepiento un poco, pero no cuando puedo emocionarme por primera vez. Gran disco. Todo se oye lo más rockero. Mis preferidas: "Waiting for the Sun", "Ship of Fools", "Indian Summer" y "Roadhouse Blues", que sí conocía, rolón. 10/10

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Fri Jun 04 2021
5

Historia de la musica

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Thu Feb 04 2021
5

Sublime

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Sun Jan 17 2021
5

Great album.

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Wed Feb 24 2021
5

one of The Doors better albums. I thoroughly enjoyed it and give it seven deadly baths

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Sat Jul 10 2021
5

Grandísimo disco. 45 estrellas.

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Sat Feb 20 2021
5

Imprescindible

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Thu Feb 04 2021
5

Love this album, one of their best. Land Ho! is a great song.

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Wed Apr 07 2021
5

Loved it, already loved it

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Thu Mar 25 2021
5

love love love love

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Thu Mar 25 2021
5

All doors albums are absolutely legendary

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Thu Apr 15 2021
5

So GOOD!

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Mon Jun 07 2021
5

Excellent

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Wed May 19 2021
5

Such a great album, one of my all time favorites.

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Tue Jul 20 2021
5

Awesome

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Wed Sep 15 2021
5

sick

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Fri Sep 24 2021
5

Rock

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Tue Oct 12 2021
5

This is probably my favorite Doors album. Incredible return to form after the Soft Parade, which is my least favorite Doors album. Everything about this album is great. 5 stars.

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Thu Oct 21 2021
5

This is why people like the doors.

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Thu Oct 21 2021
5

What Tom said

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Sat Oct 23 2021
5

Просто Моррисон. Прекрасен

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Wed Nov 03 2021
5

Can’t believe I hadn’t listened to this yet. Love the doors

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Tue Nov 09 2021
5

Phonetically fantastic, a classic

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Fri Nov 12 2021
5

Moody, smooth, dark but not depressed.

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Sat Nov 13 2021
5

POKER TIME

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Sat Nov 13 2021
5

Amazing!

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Mon Nov 15 2021
5

one of the best Doors albums

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Tue Nov 16 2021
5

Classic Doors. Very enjoyable. Could be in regular rotation

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Mon Nov 22 2021
5

One of their best end-to-end listens, maybe second only to their debut.

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Fri Nov 26 2021
5

One of the best bands from the rock history.

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Fri Nov 26 2021
5

One of the best blues albums I've come across. Not a bad song on there but special mention to Peace Frog and Queen of the Highway (obviously).

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Mon Dec 06 2021
5

The Doors are absolutely LEGENDARY and this album is no exception. Jim was an enigma and blessing in one.

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Fri Dec 10 2021
5

Probably the best their album

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Mon Dec 20 2021
5

From one Jim to another, great work Jim

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Wed Dec 29 2021
5

I'm 30 albums into this project and this is the first to come up that I actually own. And love. I had Jim Morrison on my dorm room wall -- you know that poster. The last album served me by the generator was by Living Color, which rocks but is let down by the lyrics, which remain relevant and are presumably heartfelt, but they aren't poetry. Morrison Hotel, on the other hand, is the whole package. Roadhouse Blues is a strong opener, very bluesy Doors-y with the music supporting/echoing/riffing on the sung melody, with some classic Morrison flourishes and lyrics like "The future's uncertain and the end is always near". Waiting for the Sun paints a darker picture, I think, and gives us the uber Doors line "This is the strangest life I've ever known." You Make Me Real is back to a rockin' good time love song, but then Peace Frog gives us the unsettling imagery of "Indians scattered on dawn's highway bleeding / Ghosts crowd the young child's eggshell mind." Even the (slightly) weaker tracks towards the end Queen of the Highway and Maggie M'Gill are like snuggling up in a thick velvet blanket, although admittedly one made of scotch and sex. TL;DR: This album is a journey. I was born in the wrong time and place and introduced to The Doors at the wrong age to have any genuine perspective on this music. This album mother's milk to me.

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Mon Jan 10 2022
5

A classic.

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Wed Jan 12 2022
5

Amazing group, amazing album. I wish I could give it ten stars.

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Sat Jan 29 2022
5

I love the doors; soulful, bluesy, groovy! Much derided, but extremely unfairly!

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Sat Jan 29 2022
5

Hey, one I already own! There's a rockin' start to this album with 'Roadhouse Blues'. The album keeps it up mostly, though it stalls at times when it gets slower and more contemplative. Overall, however, the album comes together as a cohesive vision, which I really appreciate. So many albums feel fragmented and broken apart from song to song, but this one maintains a steadiness throughout that makes it an engaging listen from beginning to end. I also really like that it doesn't linger longer than it needs to. It's a little bit of a shorter album than some of the other's on here, and I can appreciate getting in, making your point, and getting out.

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Wed Feb 02 2022
5

Top album. The Doors at their peak

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Tue Mar 15 2022
5

Kolejne Doorsy na liscie, jesli pamiec mnie nie myli bedzie to juz ich trzeci album, kolejna klasyczna pozycja ich dyskografii, czyli Morrison Hotel z 1970, chronologicznie piaty krazek, wydane po mocno srednim soft parade, ktory swoja eksperymentalnoscia brzmial tak jak polowa muzyki wydawana w tamtym okresie, Morrison Hotel byl powrotem do tego co Doorsy robily najlepiej czyli granie hardego rokowego bluesa, mniej tu psychodelciznosci z pierwszych materialow, a za to wiecej klimatycznego zawodzenia w akompaniamencie ktory nigdy sie nie nudzi, wiec przede wszystkim Manzarekowe klawisze, Kriegera gitara i Densmorowe drumsy, do tego goscinny bas od Raya Neapolitankiego, co do samych wokali Morrisonowych, to plyta powstawala w ciezkim okresie dla frontmena bandy, co slychac zarowno w glosie jak i w kontencie lirycznym albumu, bo sporo jest tutaj materialu z starszych nagran, najbardziej rzucajacym sie w oczy jest pojawienie sie kawalka waitining for the sun, ktory byl pisany na plyte o tym samym tytule, ale nie znalazl na niej dla siebie miejsca, a dostal drugie zycie tutaj, podobnie z peace frogiem czy indian summer, ale jak to bywa odpadki po poprzednich sesjach staja sie glownym daniem nastepnych, tak jest rowniez w tym wypadku, bo hajlajtowymi momentami plyty sa dla mnie wlasnie te dwa pierwsze wspomniane utwory, pewnie przemawia przeze mnie fangejowosc doorsowa, ale ciezko doszukac mi sie czegos co by mi nie pasowalo w tym 37 minutowym krazku, nagranym zgrabnie i dosc szybko, ale prosto i autentycznie, juz tyle odtworzen nabitych na last fmie, choc nadal nie jest to najbardziej osluchany album z dyskografii zespolu, dopiero teraz przy systematycznym sluchaniu nowych plyt czlowiek jest w stanie docenic prawdziwe perelki, nie ma jeszcze polowy listy, a juz pojawilo sie to co obstawialem, ze bedzie doorsowego, teraz tylko czekac na pozytywne zaskoczenie gdy pojawia sie kolejne dwie pozycje

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Fri Apr 22 2022
5

This was released one day before my anniversary! (22 years before I was born.)

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Tue Apr 26 2022
5

Not one of my favorite Doors albums but honestly The Doors were my first favorite band as a teen, and it still sounds as great to me two decades later.

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Wed May 04 2022
5

Fabulous solid 5 album. Loves me a bit of dirty rock & roll blues.

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Sun May 29 2022
5

Blues-rock de The Doors. Vinilo.

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Mon May 30 2022
5

Roadhouse Blues tem vários instrumentos interessantes.

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Wed Jun 01 2022
5

In my opinion, this is not their best, but hey... how can I give under 5 stars to a Doors album?

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Wed Jun 01 2022
5

#Classic 5 stars no question.

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Wed Jun 01 2022
5

Not even the best from The Doors, but still one hell of an album.

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Sun Jun 12 2022
5

Haven’t listened to this full album in years. Great album

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Tue Jun 14 2022
5

Damn this is really great album. A couple stinkers but overall I loved it.

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Mon Jun 20 2022
5

morrison el rey largarto de ruta 3

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Mon Jul 25 2022
5

whoof what a ride. love love love the doors. they can manage to make any subject matter harrowing and expressive, that being said, the subject matter in Morrison Hotel is one track, and for that reason I'm docking as many points as I probably could for a 70s doors album 9.7/10

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Sun Jul 31 2022
5

First time listen to thr full record. Immaculate vibes.

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Tue Aug 16 2022
5

Classic doors album. Roadhouse blues, waiting for the sun.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
5

Peace Frog is a bop, and I enjoy the groovy keyboard action throughout the album. Morrison's lyrics are amusingly on-the-nose, at times. Not exactly wall-to-wall bangers tho.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
5

5 star

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Mon Sep 19 2022
5

Peace frog and roadhouse blues are in Unbelievable, rest of the album was very solid but those are timeless bangers

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Tue Sep 20 2022
5

Loved it such a joy to listen to

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Sat Sep 24 2022
5

4,8/5 Kannte ich schon BANGER The doors sind premium haben aber NOCH bessere Alben

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Fri Oct 14 2022
5

White boy blues, sure. But The Spy? Indian Summer? I'd never have lost my virginity without this album.

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Tue Oct 18 2022
5

A remarkable comeback to formula. Fantastic dark blues with utterly beautiful themes. Morrison has some of his best works on the album, and also not to neglect Manzarek too. And oh, Kreiger does some great work and Densmore does his best work on this album. Ok, so all of them are on top of their game on this album. The album has some of the band's greatest songs. A strong recommendation!

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Mon Oct 31 2022
5

Erg goede muziek!

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Tue Nov 01 2022
5

cool

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Mon Nov 14 2022
5

Yeah!!

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Mon Nov 14 2022
5

Koja slučajnost da se baš nakon one žustre rasprave kod Ivana u stanu ko je zgodniji našao ovaj album. Nije čista petica, fali do toga, ali svejedno mislim da bez problema mogu dati toliko.

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Mon Nov 21 2022
5

The Doors will always rank at the top for me

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Fri Nov 06 2020
4

THE DOORS! YES THAT INTRO!

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Wed Feb 17 2021
4

7/10 FT: Queen of the highway

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Thu May 27 2021
4

I've yet to hear a perfect Doors album, but they're clearly a band that has the ability to pull one off. The moment that convinces me of that fact in Morrison Hotel is the build-into-change in the middle of Waiting for the Sun. The rest of the A-side immediately appeals as well, while the backside is sparser in its spots of beauty. Powerful closer, though. I'm not sure if my feelings about The Doors make me too hard or too easy on them. The day I can rock out to an entire LP without thinking is when I'll know for sure.

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Tue Mar 30 2021
4

Say what you will about Morrison being a bit pretentious, he and the other fine gentlemen of The Doors knew how to write a song. Fantastic blues rock with a very energetic performance. Two songs ("Indian Summer", "Queen of the Highway") feel superfluous. Favorite tracks: "Roadhouse Blues", "Peace Frog", "The Spy", "Maggie M'Gill"

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Tue Jan 26 2021
4

Enjoyed the bluesy nature

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Wed Jun 16 2021
4

Okay, I went into this album expecting to dislike it because of my general disdain for Jim Morrison. Honestly, I thought it was a pretty fun album. Morrison's attempts at poetry bog it down at times, but the music is great throughout. 4/5

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Mon Mar 29 2021
4

Very good album with some classics

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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

Really enjoyed this. My jam.

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Thu Mar 11 2021
4

Good old classic rockin blues

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Thu Feb 04 2021
4

This is right up my alley. Love it! I haven't really heard much of this album before, so it's like getting new Doors material. It's actually not that Doors'ey, they're very simple songs, bluesy stuff. Yes, love it.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Bestial

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Not bad but really not a genre for me.

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Thu Apr 29 2021
4

You’re only supposed to blow the bloody Doors off!

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Tue Feb 02 2021
4

The Doors are good. This album was okay

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Sat Jan 23 2021
4

The doors go bluesy. Didn’t realise how much I like the doors as I scarred myself as a child by listening to some of Jim Morrison’s drug fuelled poetry and therefore avoiding their music aside from the well known tracks. Enjoyable to hear again

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Mon Feb 22 2021
4

Finally one I already know really well.

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Fri Apr 16 2021
4

Pretty darn good.

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Fri Feb 19 2021
4

First real listen to The Doors outside of House of the Rising Sun. I love their dirty, raw, bluesy rock. I get why they got so famous! I enjoyed the raw outtakes at the end of the 40th anniversary version of this album. The Frog song stood out the most to me, and I think Side A is stronger overall than Side B.

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Mon Apr 26 2021
4

There’s no holier storm like Morrison, piano, guitar, and harmonica. A bit more honky tonk than I expected

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Tue Feb 16 2021
4

The Doors have not weathered as well as one might have expected. It will be interesting to see if Nirvana suffers the same "fall from grace." With that said, this is their 2nd best, after their eponymous debut. "Peace Frog," alone makes this a solid 4.

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Tue Jan 26 2021
4

Cool

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

good!!!!

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Sun Jan 24 2021
4

This album fucking rules and will always rule.

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Sat Jan 16 2021
4

roadhouse blues, magic mac gill, queen of the hadway

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Tue Feb 23 2021
4

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

Surprisingly Western, Definitely "Heroin-Feel"

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Sat Jul 10 2021
4

Chido... supongo que he escuchado mejores de Las Puertas. Un disco divertido como eram de esperarse de estas banda, mis favs fueron Peace Frog que tiene un final super ritmico, super funky y Maggie M'Gill que suena sensualona. Mood: Esperando al sol contra la depresión tropical

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Sun Jan 24 2021
4

Solid, nice n bluesy at the extremities with rock n roll center. Favorite was probably You Make Me Real, followed by Peace Frog (but what a title!)

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Sun Jul 04 2021
4

Again a sound all of their own, a little too experimental to be a 5 though

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Thu Jan 28 2021
4

Roadhouse blues

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Sun Feb 28 2021
4

Hadn’t listen to this in years. Wasn’t one that I thought of as being up there amongst their best when comparing to the first 3 albums but really enjoyed it. Peace Frog a stand out but almost rate the more bluesy standards such as road house and I’m a spy

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Mon Feb 08 2021
4

Loved the bluesy feel on that first track. The staccato piano was refreshing and a fantastic opener. Same with ‘You Make Me Real’, guitar was brilliant on this one. Stand out for me was Peace Frog. Reminded me of The Charlatans with that crazy back beat. Very ‘Mad’chester, right up my street. Blue Sunday was also a welcomed calm before jittery Ship of Fools. Overall, really happy with this, tough to rate properly with a quick listen but I’ll go with a solid 4/5.

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Sun May 16 2021
4

Peace frog is the standout, some good bluesy jams, complicated songs too

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Sat Apr 03 2021
4

Wonderful.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

More variety than I was expecting, I quite enjoyed it all.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

Like the previous Doors album from this list it's simply a very good album. Not much more to say - just good music.

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Mon Apr 12 2021
4

All american music. Vielleicht nur nach den letzten Alben aber viel eingängiger als erwartet

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Thu Mar 18 2021
4

Наконец-то альбом, что я слушал до этого. Он даже на плеере имеется в составе дискографии The Doors. Впрочем, не относится к любимым: для меня после 2 первых и до L.A. Woman альбомы The Doors сливаются в какую-то единую аморфную кашу, которую я употребляю лишь при прослушивании дискографии от корки до корки. Употребляю, однако, не без удовольствия. Ныне прослушал 3 раза. Всё равно альбом не обрёл для меня лица. На следующий день уже без подсказки и не помню, что там за треки были. Кроме Waiting for the Sun, но этот трек я помню из-за того, что за 2 года до Morrison Hotel у The Doors был альбом Waiting for the Sun, где трека этого не было. Подобная бестактность обескураживает. На памяти аналогичным примером предстаёт дискография Queen, где спустя годы после альбома Sheer Heart Attack на альбоме News of the World выходит трек Sheer Heart Attack. У нормальных пацанов всё логичнее: группа Iron Maiden - альбом Iron Maiden - трек Iron Maiden, группа Black Sabbath - альбом Black Sabbath - трек Black Sabbath. Вот за такое уважаем. Да и за Morrison Hotel как альбом тоже The Doors уважаем, но меньше.

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Mon Apr 12 2021
4

Gutes Album! Wenn auch ohne die großen Hits

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Mon Mar 29 2021
4

Love some of the songs on this album. Some are arduous.

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Wed Apr 21 2021
4

I like all of the songs on this album. I actually really like Jim Morrison's voice, it's very mysterious sounding and I think that's what draws me in to this band. Plus, I love the organ sound that they often used.

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Tue May 11 2021
4

Pretty classic

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Fri May 07 2021
4

Blues-rock

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Thu May 13 2021
4

I woke up this morning and I got myself a beer. Mostly great album, has all the things I like about The Doors and only a bit of what I hate. Why they followed the stellar “Land Ho!” with the meandering “The Spy” is beyond me, but otherwise it’s pretty solid.

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Sat Jul 03 2021
4

Not my favorite Doors album, but with Roadhouse Blues, Waiting for the Sun, Queen of the Highway, and Peace Frog, this is still a very strong album. As always, Ray Manzarek's keyboard work is incredible. I'm also a fan of Robbie Krieger's guitar work.

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Fri Jun 04 2021
4

Constantly surprising and interesting - low key weird as hell, in a good way. Waiting for the Sun is a great track

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Thu Jul 01 2021
4

Everything there is to say about this album has already been said. Diverse and utterly compelling.

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Thu Aug 19 2021
4

Another fantastic album by The Doors. After their failure of Soft Parade, they returned to their initial sound, relying on psychedelic sound and poetic lyrics. This time many songs demonstrate a shift toward blues right that would be fully explored in LA Woman. "Peace Frogs" is a favorite of mine, but many of the tracks are great in their own ways. Some can be considered weaker until you listen to the fitting lyrics. Probably my 3rd favorite Doors album, maybe tied with Strange Days.

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Fri Aug 20 2021
4

Feels surprisingly modern for many songs, great vibes

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Wed Aug 25 2021
4

good listen

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Sat Aug 28 2021
4

The Doors are great sometimes or, for me at other times, they can be a miss. Personally, never liked "Light my Fire," but always loved "L.A. Woman." This album has a lot of blues elements, and it falls into the great Doors category.

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Wed Sep 01 2021
4

There's quite a mix of moods on this LP. The bluesy feel of Roadhouse, Maggie M’Gill, the funky protest Peace Frog, up against ballads and more run of the mill, 60s Doors songs. I think their following album was more consistent, but it doesn’t have the line "woke up this morning and got myself a beer". Could this sound be a little over the hill for its time? Spotify seemed to be implying that when it queued up The Stooges "Be your Dog" after this LP finished - something that came out a year earlier in 69!!!

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Wed Sep 01 2021
4

My vinyl of this bad boy was chewed up to shreds. I searched high and low for it. The continual snap-crackle-pop made it difficult to listen to and I expect I may have sent it off to heaven a decade or so ago. This much wear and tear on an album is a badge of honour. Sure Roadhouse Blues and Peace Frog are insane but the song with the second lowest number of listens by Spotify's count is Ship of Fools which is also an amazing song. This album is raw and sounds like it was made to play live. Since I'm a big Doors fan, I need to reign in my "5s for all y'all" instinct. By way of comparison, while I quite like the line "When I was back there in seminary school . . . " on The Soft Parade, Morrison Hotel is superior by a long shot. But it just isn't in the same league as their first album.

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Wed Sep 01 2021
4

All hail the Lizard King!!!!!!!!!!!

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Wed Sep 08 2021
4

Loved it.

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Wed Sep 08 2021
4

8/10

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Mon Sep 27 2021
4

good but not great, some of the tunes are filler, but the good tunes (roadhouse blues, you make me real and peace frog) are really well made and stand the test of time. 7/10

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Mon Sep 27 2021
4

love it.

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Wed Sep 29 2021
4

i love the rhythm and experimentation with tempo on this record, it has such a good first half too. Blue Sunday is my fav track but will 100% need to listen to this more.

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Mon Oct 04 2021
4

Cool mash of blues and psych rock

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Tue Oct 12 2021
4

Ah, a test of my Doors fandom. Aside from the self-titled, I think I have only listened to some greatest hits albums prior to this. This is a solid album too. It includes some of the recognizable for hits for me, like Waiting for the Sun and Peace Frog. A bit more blues influence in this one, which isn't bad, though maybe less interesting to me than the psychedelics. Not as memorable as the self-titled, but a great and enjoyable album nonetheless. Favorite tracks: Waiting for the Sun, Peace Frog, Ship of Fools, Blue Sunday. Album art: Another fantastic one from the Doors. Not just a band photo, but the band posing like a shot from some wicked '70s thriller. Once again, Jim Morrison's narcissism on full display, which is hilarious. Bright white shirt, smolder, and you just know he picked the spot for the name. 4/5

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Sun Oct 31 2021
4

Doors sliding spectacularly into blues.

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Mon Nov 01 2021
4

Not the doors best but still some classic tunes on here

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Mon Nov 01 2021
4

It’s hard to top the doors

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Wed Nov 03 2021
4

return to form

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Tue Nov 09 2021
4

old school cool white people blues

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Mon Nov 15 2021
4

This is the 100th album I’ve been served by the wonderful 1001 project (big thank you!). To celebrate this, here is my first review. For sure it will make some people happy. Apart from a few songs, the Doors were actually unknown territory for me. I was prepared for some tedious stuff but this turned out to be a lovely collection of bluesy tunes. If I need to pick a favourite, it is 'Waiting for the Sun'. A quite enjoyable album for the Sunday afternoon indeed. Ok, it’s not anywhere near the level of ‘Siamese Dream’, but man what a relief after yesterday’s unlistenable ‘A Wizard/A True Star’!

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Sun Nov 28 2021
4

Classic

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Wed Dec 01 2021
4

Listening to this, I hear where a lot of more contemporary bands got their sound; while some tracks seem to meander, the album is strong overall and certainly reminiscent of its time.

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Thu Dec 02 2021
4

Really nice, bluesy and synthy

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Fri Dec 03 2021
4

The Doors invite us all to "Morrison Hotel", getting down to brass tacks with dirty blues, sleazy rock and roll and some spectacular songwriting. I've been a casual Doors fan for many years, but have never gone far beyond their self-titled debut, a masterclass in pseudo-intellectual psych. As far as this album, I'd only heard "Roadhouse Blues" a couple of times and didn't realise the ride I was in for. The first thing that hit me was how rip-roaringly tight the band are. "Morrison Hotel" showcases The Doors at their most primal, with Morrison's philosophising toned down and the amps dialled up. Robby Krieger's guitar is searing throughout, and there's really strong interplay between the band- it feels leaner, more developed from their Manzarek/organ-dominated early sound. "Roadhouse Blues" is a raunchy, twisted take on a familiar blues, with the doors blown off and a smoke bomb thrown in. Straight afterwards, "Waiting for the Sun" treats us to a psychedelic assault of fuzzed out bass, with a thick and crunchy sound and a powerful climactic bridge. "Ship of Fools" is the most riotous, swinging apocalypse I could ever hope to be part of, but "Peace Frog" is the real standout for me: boasting a palpable crossover funk flavour, with a classic bit of Jim Morrison poetry seeping in the middle. It had a stronger groove than any other Doors track I've heard, and a killer bassline carrying it for an exhilarating three minutes. Crucially, it's not all rockers here: the band's sensitive side comes out in the understated, plaintive "Blue Sunday". Meanwhile, "Indian Summer" is a gorgeous exercise in restraint, structured almost entirely around one chord until it shifts towards mantra territory. Some may argue this album isn't as innovative or groundbreaking as the band's earlier material: there are no 11 minute odysseys, no Oedipal howls, no spoken word poetry recitals. But in the same way those trademarks can feel stagey and hokey, here the Doors are more grounded, tied to the physical. It's not as though the lyrics are lacking: the doom-laden content of "Peace Frog" and "Ship of Fools" show the band haven't abandoned Morrison's knack for poetry or voicing some of the anxieties of his generation. Altogether, it makes for a dynamic listen which - at its best - is The Doors firing on all cylinders. It lags at times: "The Spy" is a meandering and "Maggie M'Gill" is a poor way to end, but there are so many great songs here and I was surprised by the quality of the material across the rest of the record. Definitely worth a listen for anyone getting into The Doors!

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Fri Dec 03 2021
4

I did enjoy this but I feel as if it's something I need to be in a specific mood for. It has that 60s rock sound to a T. I can see how this would be great to listen to while smoking some weed. I just can't see it being something I put on every single time I'm in the car. But for a specific mood or vibe, it's great.

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Sat Dec 04 2021
4

A nice listen.

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Tue Dec 07 2021
4

Great album....

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Sat Dec 18 2021
4

Люблю этих ребят.

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Thu Dec 23 2021
4

Best Song: Waiting for the Sun. Maggie M'Gill. Psychedelic, with moments where Morrison lets loose. Worst Song: Land Ho. The whole song sounds restrained. Overall: Bluesy, with a sort of drugged and drunken swagger. Is at its best when Jim Morrison is wild and uninhibited, and at its worst when he tries scatting.

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Tue Dec 28 2021
4

4/5, blues rock? gimme that.

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Tue Jan 04 2022
4

My knowledge of The Doors is embarrassingly poor, but this seems like a step away from psych-rock and towards noodley blues.

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Wed Jan 05 2022
4

Niet de grote hits, maar wel een goed album

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Mon Jan 10 2022
4

As with all Doors albums the heady mix of filthy blues, psychedelia and that great voice and disturbed lyrics creates a great music.

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Mon Jan 10 2022
4

Classic Morrison

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Fri Jan 14 2022
4

Good

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Sat Jan 15 2022
4

Starts out Bluesy with, well, Roadhouse Blues - this is the Doors at their best for me. Steady rhythm with commanding vocals and big time harmonica. After roadhouse it dabbles with a few styles and recording effects including old time keys/organ and distortion. Highlights RH Blues, Peace Frog, Maggie MGill. Not as tight as LA woman but still a great listen altogether.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
4

There’s a Kids in the Hall sketch where a deranged record store owner tells Kevin McDonald’s character that he won’t know the Doors until he goes on a three week bender, listening to nothing but Morrison Hotel until he finds himself behind the wheel of a stolen car driving into the middle of the desert. I don’t know the Doors THAT well, but I have enjoyed listening to Morrison Hotel.

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Thu Jan 27 2022
4

Roadhouse blues is a vibe! love this album so far

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Tue Feb 01 2022
4

Iconic

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Wed Feb 02 2022
4

classic rock and roll!

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Thu Feb 03 2022
4

Geniaal album, blijft prachtig. Vooral natuurlijk roadhouse blues

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Wed Feb 09 2022
4

Honestly, that was a mostly okay Doors album. Nothing to hate and it's The Doors so there was a lot to like. Problem is, there wasn't much to LOVE. So it gets four stars instead of five.

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Wed Feb 09 2022
4

Af hverju er Roadhouse blues vinsælasta lagið? Það er bleh. Friðarfroskurinn og Sólarbiðin eru t.d. mun skemmtilegri. Fín plata, betri en ég taldi að hún yrði, Doors eru verri í minningunni en í raun.

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Tue Feb 15 2022
4

Another band I never gave a chance to. This is awesome.

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Wed Feb 16 2022
4

Much much better than the last doors album I had to listen to. It has a couple of classics on here and all of the rest of the songs were really good

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Fri Feb 25 2022
4

FULL DISCLOSURE! I love The Doors. While this isn’t their best effort Morrison is undeniably the man and the rest of his merry band sound extra crisp thanks to great production.

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Tue Mar 08 2022
4

4.4 - Another Doors album I slept on because it contained only some of their slightly lesser hits ("Waiting..." and "Roadhouse Blues"). But this is a great record. What this album doesn't have is some of their meandering explorations (e.g. "The End", "L.A. Woman"), instead showcasing tight song structures mostly under 4 minutes. I love the way the freaky "Peace Frog" flows quietly into the gorgeous "Blue Sunday." The mix of songs shows restraint and balance - there are blues-tinged rockers and pretty ballads.

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Tue Mar 08 2022
4

Great album full of classic songs.

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Fri Mar 18 2022
4

Very enjoyable to listen to this again!

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Sat Mar 19 2022
4

I'm a sucker for the doors, this is however not their best album. Still got some huge tunes on it.

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Mon Mar 28 2022
4

The greatest soundtrack to a movie that does not exist. Barry Adamson is a maestro. Side note, if you are a fan of the classic, first Bad Seeds album, this should appeal

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Thu Mar 31 2022
4

Classic

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Wed Apr 13 2022
4

Stomping start but ends with a whimper. Definitely a side 1 side 2 album. Side 2 improves on listening Cover art 4/5

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Tue Apr 19 2022
4

Enjoyed this

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Tue Apr 19 2022
4

Maybe I'm just dumb, but I always assumed the doors were more dour and depressing, this shit rocked and was much more up tempo and lively

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Thu Apr 28 2022
4

4.5

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Sun May 01 2022
4

A great album.

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Wed May 04 2022
4

Great album, loved the mix of psychedelic and blues. Though I think this album just falls short of the masterpiece status of their debut and LA women.

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Mon May 23 2022
4

Syns da va ganske bra egentlig. Gøy med litt synth (orgel?)

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Tue May 24 2022
4

I’m sure I heard it when I was a kid but don’t quite remember. It is a classic alright! My approach to The Doors is mainly via the hits but albums are good alright!

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Thu May 26 2022
4

Another band I never gave a chance to. This is awesome. {prior rating} Also rocks a lot better than the later album on this list!

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Thu May 26 2022
4

A much better Doors album than L.A. Woman.

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Thu May 26 2022
4

Awesome album. I was disappointed with LA Woman and I’m not sure this record is all that different, but it just struck me as more solid. Jim’s voice is legendary.

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Wed Jun 01 2022
4

One of the most consistent Doors albums, I think. But while it has no real filler, it also kinda lacks in truly glorious and magical moments, save for the two first songs.

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Sun Jun 12 2022
4

4.5

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Sat Jun 18 2022
4

Non-troglodytic classic rock. Morrison’s got the archetypal rock star voice and mien and the band are so tight and polished behind, even when they are aiming to show rough edges. Opens with an all-time lick and, after a few weaker cuts, excels from “Peace Frog” right through to the end. It all feels fresh and even a bit fun, too. One always worries about the Doors taking themselves a bit too seriously, and one suspected this would have not aged well (one took it so seriously when one was younger, that how could one take it seriously now?) but there’s still a vitality and relevance to the mood and tone. They were in a groove about this time and it plays out to pretty powerful and enjoyable effect overall. And we’ve all had time enough away and one is comfortable enough of his own skin not to not feel embarrassed about liking it now.

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Mon Jun 27 2022
4

I already knew this is a good one

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Thu Jun 30 2022
4

Self titled better

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