50 years ago in 1967, The Doors broke through to the other side for the first time with its eponymous début on Elektra Records. The Doors would go on to sell millions of copies and made stars of John Densmore, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek, and Jim Morrison. Today, the album is widely considered to be one of the all-time classic rock and roll debuts.
To celebrate this landmark recording’s 50th anniversary, the band has released THE DOORS: 50TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION.
Packaged in a 12 x 12 hardcover book, THE DOORS: 50TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION includes a remastered version of the album’s original stereo mix, available on CD for the first time in a decade and remastered for the first time in nearly 30 years. The album’s original mono mix was also remastered for this set and is making its CD début here. An LP-version of the mono mix is also included. The third disc features live performance from The Matrix in San Francisco recorded just weeks after The Doors was released. Music journalist David Fricke provides detailed liner notes for the set, which includes a selection of rare and previously unseen photographs.
THE DOORS: 50TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION offers a rare opportunity to hear the band on the verge of superstardom with live performances recorded during a March 7, 1967 show at the Matrix in San Francisco. The Matrix recordings heard on this deluxe edition were sourced from the recently discovered, original tapes, previously thought to be lost. The Matrix recordings originally released in 2008 were from a third-generation source, so the sound quality of the versions debuting here is second to none.
Packed with electrifying performance, the disc has live versions of eight tracks on The Doors, including “Twentieth Century Fox,” “The Crystal Ship” and “Back Door Man.”
50 years to the day of the release of their début album, January 4, 2017 will be proclaimed “Day Of The Doors” in the city of Los Angeles. The proclamation will be made Los Angeles City Council member Mike Bonin during a public event at the intersection of Pacific and Windward Avenues, the location of the iconic “Venice” sign.
Founding Doors members John Densmore and Robby Krieger will be on hand at the event as will family members of the late Ray Manzarek and Jim Morrison.
The special Day of the Doors sign made by local Venice artist Alberto BevacquaI.
I recommend a couple of Doors publications to enhance the celebration.
First, try to find the Music Icons magazine on your local newsstand, The Doors, 50 Year Salute to the Dark Poets of Rock, The Story Behind Every Album.
It is well-organized. I took my time with the magazine, listening each day to a Doors album and reading the related pages. I found the content comprehensive and an entertaining read.
Second, I suggest acquiring the coffee table sized book, The Doors by The Doors with Ben Fong-Torres. It is a structured reference of The Doors history, told directly by Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger and John Densmore. It is illustrated with lots of their private archive Doors photographs which I have never seen before.
The book is available from amazon third-party sellers.
Finally play some Doors music to take part fully in the “Day Of The Doors”.
Before The Doors took the music scene by storm in 1967, they were the house band at the London Fog, a Sunset Strip dive bar located just footsteps away from the world-famous Whisky a Go Go, the future home of many of the band’s most legendary performances.
The Doors will open a virtual time capsule this month with LONDON FOG 1966, a Collector’s Edition boxed set that features unearthed audio recorded at the club in May 1966. Previously unreleased and not even known to exist until recently, this marks the earliest recordings of the band and finds the quartet mixing blues covers with early versions of Doors originals. LONDON FOG 1966 is the first of many special activities and releases coming to celebrate The Doors’ 50th Anniversary in 2017.
LONDON FOG 1966 will be available as an individually numbered limited edition of 18,000 copies from Rhino/Bright Midnight Archives on December 16 for $49.98. Presented in a lift-top package designed to look like a vintage storage box, the set features seven songs on both CD and a 10-inch record that’s made to resemble a test pressing. Noted Doors engineer Bruce Botnick recently mastered the audio for this collection.
LONDON FOG 1966
- “Rock Me”
- “Baby, Please Don’t Go”
- “You Make Me Real”
- “Don’t Fight It”
- “I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man”
- “Strange Days”
Record Store Day 2016 will be holding a major press conference at Electric Lady Studios in Greenwich Village on Tuesday March 8th, 2016. It will be attended by Lenny Kaye of The Patti Smith Group and John Densmore of The Doors to announce the 2016 Record Store Day special releases. This announcement is expected to include a vinyl release of the live recording of Horses that Patti Smith recorded on 26 August 2015. This will be the first offering from Electric Lady Records.
(JAMIE MCCARTHY/GETTY IMAGES FOR ELECTRIC LADY)
Patti Smith went into Electric Lady to record a very special Record Store Day release, and that title will mark the first of what we hope will be a series of collaborations between Record Store Day and Electric Lady. All the details will come out on the 8th when they launch the list.
Patti Smith Guitarist Lenny Kaye Subbing for Smith at Record Store Day Announcement Event.
To celebrate this new partnership, Electric Lady has created this shirt for RSD 2016. They‘re making it to order, so they have a deadline for ordering. That deadline is March 5. The street date for this item is Record Store Day.
Order Link: http://recordstoreday.com/Item/9008123179
I think of Ray Manzarek often. I found him to be a very approachable artist. I met Ray Manzarek several times before and after performances. I miss his spirit and soulful intellect.
We wish we could attend the celebration for Ray Manzarek. Robby Krieger, John Densmore, and an all-star band will be performing play in Ray’s memory at the Fonda Theater in Los Angeles on February 12th, Ray’s 77th birthday. Robby and John will also be joined by some very special friends throughout the evening.
All proceeds will benefit Stand Up To Cancer.
I find myself more in synch with The Doors these past two weeks. Recently I purchased the Doors tour documentary, Feast of Friends as a Blu-Ray movie option. It is a 40 minute film that centers around The Doors 1968 tour. I watched on my MacBook Pro. I was captivated by the footage of the band members. I especially love “The End” performed live at The Hollywood Bowl.
Funded by the band and directed by Paul Ferrara, one of Morrison’s film-school friends, ‘Feast of Friends’ doesn’t stick to typical rock documentary territory, expanding to focus on interactions with fans, friends and bystanders. The climate of American politics and fashion, circa 1968, is also captured along the way, as ‘Feast of Friends’ veers off the beaten path to tell its story.
Read More: The Doors, ‘A Feast Of Friends’ – DVD Review
This Classic Rock issue is available via Apple iTunes and can also be found on newsstands such as Barnes & Noble. Since this publication comes from the UK it will carry an import duty when you purchase it at the store. The publisher will reward the in store purchaser with a CD rubber glued to the front cover. (See picture below)
That is how I used to buy Classic Rock Magazine at Barnes & Noble. Due to the fact the publication ships from the UK you may not see the hard copy magazine at Barnes & Noble until the 20th of the month or later. My preference is shifting to the digital edition via the Web or on my iPad.
Digital publishing and the nature of online subscription is an ever moving target. TeamRock (the UK parent publishing firm for multiple rock magazines) has come up with a new way to meet the demands of its international readership.
You can trial the Web HTML5 digital editions of Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and Prog Rock for 30 days for free at TeamRock+. After 30 days it will cost you $3.99 British Pounds, $6.25 US a month for all three digital mags ($2.08 each digital publication a month is a good deal to stay up to speed on these rock genres.) They differ from the iPad edition in layout, appearance, etc.
This is quite the nod to Web browser readers by TeamRock. I trust it will be a successful business model for this UK specialty publisher.
December 8, 2013 marks the 70th birthday of the late singer, songwriter and poet, Jim Morrison of The Doors.
I always think of Jim Morrison as poet first, singer second. The posthumous recording An American Prayer evidences Jim’s poetic pentameter in a haunting, personal dimension.
Five years after the group disbanded (1973), Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger, and John Densmore reunited for the recording of this album, produced by superimposing the voice of Jim Morrison (mostly taken from a recording of poems recited by the singer in 1970) the music composed for the occasion.
A major fan of Jim Morrison’s poetry is Patti Smith our poetess of punk. Patti Smith wrote a review of An American Prayer in Creem Magazine in 1979, american prayer (scream of the butterfly).
“His fatal flaw was that his most precious skin was the thin membrane that housed the blood of the poet,” she wrote.
“He pledged his allegiance, in the end, to language, to the word. And it did him in…An American Prayer resounds in the silence that surrounds the cocoon of the lord, he is sleeping, hibernating, awaiting the changeling and the elegance of his change.”
I plan to honor Jim Morrison’s birthday by listening to An American Prayer. I played this album often on the air when I was an FM disk jockey in the 70s.
A challenge I especially enjoy as a music enthusiast is staying in league with artists I admire. The Doors hold a sacred place in the music of our heart.
This past week provided exciting moments for Doors fans. Robby Krieger and John Densmore, the surviving Doors members made an appearance together on December 5th at the Los Angeles screening of Mr. Mojo Risin’ : The Story of L.A. Woman at the Bing Theatre, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).
The multi-tiered event “An Evening With the Doors” provided a warm atmosphere for Krieger and Densmore to reflect upon The Doors, Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek.
The special surprise was that Robby Krieger and John Densmore performed four Doors songs together, “People Are Strange”, “Love Me Two Times”, “Spanish Caravan,” and “Riders On The Storm” (with a little “Ghost Riders In The Sky”).
Here is a YouTube video of their performance that was leaked onto the Web.
I also refer you to the Rolling Stone Magazine article listed in the Related Articles section below. You will find an interview conducted after the event with Robby Krieger and John Densmore.
The Doors iPad App Version 2.0
Earlier that same day The Doors iPad app was updated to include a new section, “Ray Remembered” which features drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger’s first interview together in more than a decade, held to commemorate keyboardist Ray Manzarek. “Ray Remembered” also includes a new slide show of rare and unseen images and an essay about Ray Manzarek by Adam Holzman, son of Elektra Records’ Jac Holzman, the architect behind The Doors iPad app.
I had reported in October that Gov’t. Mule would host Robby Krieger of The Doors for their annual Halloween concert, Mule-O-Ween.
I downloaded the Mule Tracks from the 10/30 show in LA in ALAC-HD. Man are they sweet, Where’s My Mule?
The event went so well (it was a two night gig, with a 10/31 show in Oakland) that Gov’t. Mule and Robby Krieger are repeating the event for East Coast fans on New Years Eve 12/31 at where else but The Beacon 😉
I posted a “speculative” blog post on September 27th, Mule-O-Ween 2013 – A Doors Tribute?. My personal thanks to Ida Miller Doors Super Fan who has been responsible for publishing an authoritative Doors Fan Site for many years. Ida substantiated that my door of perception about the Gov’t. Mule 2013 Mule-O-Ween shows would be about The Doors and more exciting than that Robby Krieger will be playing along with Gov’t. Mule in Los Angeles, 10/30 and Oakland 10/31.
I know deep inside the music of our heart that these shows will pay loving tribute and honor to Ray Manzarek’s memory, which is ever-present like Jim Morrison.
Robby Krieger posted the substantiation of his participation in Mule-O-Ween 2013 on his Facebook page on 10/12:
Every Halloween, Gov’t Mule does a show featuring the music of another band. This year it’s The Doors with special guest, Robby Krieger! On the 30th they will do a show in LA at the Fonda Theater, and then on the 31st in Oakland at the Fox Theater. Check it out of you can!
I sure do wish I could get out to LA for the 10/30 show. At the very least I plan to order the 10/30 & 10/31 shows from MuleTracks when they become available. 🙂
Where’s My Mule? 😉 Rocking real soon with Robby Krieger!