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Title:
Essential Rarities

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Album Details

Release Date: October 12, 2012
Label: 
Rhino

This collection, originally available only as a bonus disc in The Doors: The Complete Studio Recordings box set (fleshed out here with another outtake track, "Woman Is a Devil," from that set) is split just about evenly between a sometimes motley collection of outtakes and demos and a better slate of live material. It also argues that while most rock bands cut their teeth on blues and other roots music, then develop a distinct sound (or sell out to pop fashion trends), the Doors seemed to evolve ass-backwards, the band's, and particularly Jim Morrison's, college poet-nihilist pretensions slowly giving way to more blues-based influences. Indeed, after a few legendary years of late-1960s success and excess, Morrison had more than enough reasons to sing the blues. The studio leftovers here underscore why they're called "outtakes" (1965 demos of "Hello, I Love You" and "Moonlight Drive" are historically interesting, if a bit bubblegummy) though there are some highlights.

THE doors

JIM MORRISON Vocals, Spoken Word
RAY MANZAREK Organ, Piano, Bass
ROBBY KRIEGER Guitar
JOHN DENSMORE Drums

Producer: PAUL A. ROTHCHILD  & BRUCK BOTNICK
Management: DANNY SUGERMAN
Art Direction & Design: RICHARD EVANS
Photo Archivist: TODD GRAY

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