The debut album by the American rock band The Doors. Originally released in significantly different stereo and mono mixes, the album features the breakthrough single "Light My Fire", extended with a substantial instrumental section mostly omitted on the single release, and the lengthy song "The End" with its Oedipal spoken-word section. The Doors credit the success of their first album to being able to work the songs out night after night at the Whisky a Go Go and the London Fog.
*Featured song samples are taken from the 40th Anniversary release.
Words and music to all songs by The Doors (unless otherwise indicated) © Copyright Nipper Music ASCAP
JIM MORRISON vocals
RAY MANZAREK organ, piano, bass
ROBBY KRIEGER guitar
JOHN DENSMORE drums
Produced by PAUL A. ROTHCHILD
Production Supervisor: JAC HOLZMAN
Engineering: BRUCE BOTNICK, Sunset Sound Recorders, Hollywood
Front Cover Photo: GUY WEBSTER
Back Cover Photo: JOEL BRODSKY
Art Direction & Design: WILLIAM S. HARVEY
The Doors stands as the L.A. foursome's most successful marriage of rock poetics with classically tempered hard rock — a stoned, immaculate classic.
The combination of Ray Manzarek's baroque organ and keyboards, drummer John Densmore's jazz background, Robby Krieger's classically-influenced guitar work and songwriting contributions, and Morrison's Dionysian mythology and beat-style poetry created a unique symbiosis of rock, blues, punk, bossa nova, spoken-word, and jazz that can't be defined with less than a handful of hyphens.
The Doors is an album of magnitude. Thanks to the calm surefootedness of the group, the producer, the record company, there are no flaws