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American Prayer

The Doors, Jim MorrisonAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 23, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002HJD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,883 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8. Angels And Sailors
9. Stoned Immaculate
10. The Movie
11. Curses, Invocations
12. American Night
13. Roadhouse Blues
14. The World On Fire
15. Lament
16. The Hitchhiker
17. An American Prayer
18. Hour For Magic
19. Freedom Exists
20. A Feast Of Friends
See all 23 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

The Doors recorded six studio albums with Jim Morrison as their singer from 1967 to 1971, hitting the charts with a series of pop songs that were at least as good as Tommy James and the Shondells. On their albums, they indulged in Morrison's pretentious obsessions that included extended pieces about Oedipal complexes and the end of the world. Those obsessions have been exaggerated by The Doors myth that continues to this day. This is a collection of Morrison's poetry, embellished by the surviving Doors several years after the fact. That the live rendition of "Roadhouse Blues" is the only noteworthy selection should tell you what you need to know about the poetry. --Rob O'Connor

Product Description

The last of the Doors' catalog to make it to CD, this album of spoken word performances and music comes complete with three new tracks: Babylon Fading , a never-before-heard performance; Bird of Prey , which features nearly a minute of Jim singing a cappella , and newl -recorded backing to The Ghost Song performed by Ray, Robbie and John.

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109 of 114 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The panultimate Doors experience. July 30, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I'll admit, I don't really listen to my other Doors CD's that much anymore...but "An American Prayer" is an exception. Jim Morrison will be recognized as one of the most important (and certainly the most imitated) frontmen in the history of rock/pop music, and deservedly so...but as most knowledgeable music afficianados (Rob O'Connor need not apply) will tell you, Morrison was a great deal more. As compelling (and disturbing) as his lyrics were, it was with the medium of poetry that Morrison truly felt his place to be; his desire was to use popular music as a means of presenting his writing to a greater audience. Having three of the most talented and versatile musicians of the 1960's in his band certainly didn't hurt, and this as much as Morrison's own talents as a lyricist and indominitable charisma as a frontman helped to achieve this end. The reading that he gives on this CD (recorded on Morrison's birthday in 1970, I believe) is first rate. And though it must be allowed that Morrison probably never intended for musical accompanyment to be added to his words (this was done by the surviving Doors members years after his death), it was likely Schiller probably felt the same way at the time he wrote his "Ode to Joy"...and Beethoven's use of Schiller's piece in his 9th Symphony finale certainly can't be seen as a dilution of that work by any stretch of the imagination. Nor is the subsequent Doors instrumentation (as well as the addition of previously released music) to be seen as a lessening of the experience of "An American Prayer". This is an extremely well-conceived production; the music compliments Morrison's reading perfectly. Read more ›
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for word-lovers May 31, 2005
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Format:Audio CD
Jim Morrison to many was just seen as a crazy frontman for one of the most popular bands of the Classic Rock era. To many, however, he was even more than that - he was the container of a vast amount of literary knowledge, who had the ability to completely meld peoples' minds with his words. His poetry contained depressing, frightening, haunting, and perfectly-crafted descriptions, containing some of the most professional work I've ever read, from poets and other songwriters alike.

It is sometimes incoherent, sure, but the words are just so beautiful in how they work together to create an image that doesn't necessarily come to life through the meanings of words, but by the emotions that those words portray. It takes a real gift to make lyrics like this, but Jim Morrison is able to do it without having much more than a blues vocal and a well-constructed face.

One of my favorite selections from this LP is the inclusion of Morrison's experience as a child, when he witnessed a bloody car crash containing the deaths of many Native Americans in Connecticut. This is a true story (which I am sure cannot be said about all of the poems he recites on this LP) which really gripped me to continue through the rest of the LP.

Listening to it now, I can easily say this is one of my favorite Doors albums, even if you really can't call it a real Doors record. Since this contains mostly poem reciting and with mostly background music (but some of his old songs are redone, including a live performance or two - most memorably, a fantastic version of Roadhouse Blues) I guess you can't call it much of a "musical record" but the concept of this album itself is VERY strong. It really is a unique listen.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What Morrison Wanted! - Complete your Doors collection! February 16, 2001
Format:Audio CD
If you listen closely to the Doors double album "Absolutely Live" right before they launch into "Whiskey Bar", you hear Morrison say "All right...what do you guys want to hear next?" All the teenyboppers scream out "Light My Fire!". I swear you can hear Morrison sigh into the microphone, regretting the day that Robby Krieger penned their first radio hit. The man wanted to be a poet, not necessarily a leather-panted frontman. What I'm getting at is this is what Morrison wanted the people to hear. His poetry is wonderful, thought provoking, conversational, a little sophomoric at times, and the backing of the Doors on such passages as "Newborn Awakening" and "Ghost Song" makes this a must-have album for Doors fans. This album really lets the remaining Doors shine. All of their playing is so different on the six Doors album, compared to "American Prayer" and their creative freedom really comes through here. The album also contains a smokin' live version of Roadhouse Blues, as well as snippets from other Doors albums (very cool double reading of "Texas Radio and the Big Beat" on "Stoned Immaculate" and "Riders on the Storm" on "The Hitchhiker"!) If you want more post-Jim music, the Doors "Full Circle" is interesting (though likely way out of print). Regardless, do yourself a favor: buy this and Morrison's book of poetry "Lords and the New Creatures" and you'll really experience what Morrison was trying to accomplish before he broke on through to the other side!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars American Prayer by Jim Morrison and the Doors
The CD was very entertaining and demonstrated Jim Morrison's range of talent. It arrived in good condition. I would recommend this CD to Jim Morrison's fans.
Published 27 days ago by larry yagoobian Larry Yagoobian
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Listen
I don't know why people rip on this album so bad. I think it's a pleasure to listen to. Buy it used. It's only a few bucks. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Chris Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
The CD is great but no download with it I like the auto rip then I don't have to do it myself.
Published 7 months ago by Stephanie M Isham
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting posthumous release
Even the Doors old producer at the time Paul Rothchild, complained that this was the ultimate abomination upon the legacy and memory of Jim Morrison, I feel a bit differently... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Thirty-Ought Six
1.0 out of 5 stars I did not get My Cd
I Know the economy is hard right now But I paid for the Doors CD not for the cover of the CD inside was DAVID LINDLEY & EL RAYO-X, I want MY CD THAT I PAY FOR, I am very angry!!
Published 10 months ago by Jose
3.0 out of 5 stars years after his death.....
Years after jim's death the band took tapes of him reading poetry and set it to music. Making this a unusual cd for sure. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Michael Dobey
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings back memories
Cool stuff, for me meant to be enjoyed solo. Weird to some, but I love the mix of Jim and the music. Makes me smile.
Published 13 months ago by Andrew Bowen
4.0 out of 5 stars Mezmerizing
I bought this cd because I haven't heard it since I bought the album on it's release. It's great to listen to when I'm driving down the highway and hearing "Riders on the... Read more
Published 13 months ago by R. Budenas
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Album....
I had the original record but lost it in a glad to be able to get it on CD! Anyone who loves the Doors can't help but love this album. Read more
Published 13 months ago by ellnbchristi
5.0 out of 5 stars a must have
Some Doors fans did'nt like this cd,,,,,,,But I did. It was a great tribute to Jim and his love of/for the different. Read more
Published 14 months ago by JUDAS TREES
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