In an interview in the late 1980s Paul Rothchild called the American Prayer Album "the rape of Jim Morrison". But on the 1995 remastered cd Paul Rothchild is listed as a producer. Can anyone shed any light on this.
Well, I've read quite a bit about what Paul Rothchild said about the album, and that this is not what Jim intended. It's quite a coincidence that I was listening to that exact album in my car the other day. If I'm not mistaken, I believe that album was nominated for a grammy. Someone correct me if I'm wrong. I suppose that Rothchild's opinion would be very strong in this, because he knew Jim and the Doors very well, but you also have to consider the fact that a lot of people out there will only know Jim's poetry through this album. It's sad to say, but some people would only be able to relate to the spoken word, and not the written work. So I think it's a plus for all of us, regardless of how you look at it. I am glad to have added this particular album to my collection, and it's all in who you are, and how you perceive things. Mrmohos what's your thoughts. I always adhere to the master...LOL.
Rothchild believed the three surviving Doors failed to realize Jims original intent for an audio presentation for his poetry. Prior to leaving for Paris, Jim had contacted composer Lalo Schifrin as a possible contributor for music tracks to be set to his poetry and Jim had nade it clear that this was not a Doors project. So Paul probably wanted the project to remain true to Jims vision. Yet, years later, I suppose, he understood the tribute to Jim that the project eventually became. Brian
Very interesting! Thanks for sharing.
After reading Densmore's recent book and this piece, it's clear there is a lot of politics and lawyering going on in the post-Jim era.
This may offer a bit of insight:http://johnhaeny.com/the-making-of-jim-morrisions-an-american-prayer/
Something of a start to a very complicated question...???