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With an intoxicating, genre-blending sound, provocative and uncompromising songs, and the mesmerizing power of singer Jim Morrison's poetry and presence, the Doors had a transformative impact not only on popular music but on popular culture.

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  • Audio CD (March 27, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 1967
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000MCIBE8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (454 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,347 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Break On Through (To The Other Side)
2. Soul Kitchen
3. The Crystal Ship
4. Twentieth Century Fox
5. Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)
6. Light My Fire
7. Back Door Man
8. I Looked At You
9. End Of The Night
10. Take It As It Comes
11. The End
12. Moonlight Drive (Version 1) (Bonus)
13. Moonlight Drive (Version 2) (Bonus)
14. Indian Summer (8/19/66 Vocal) (Bonus)

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THE DOORS, first released in January 1967, is one of rock music's most famous debuts. It hit #2 in Billboard®, and delivered the #1 signature smash "Light My Fire" plus "Break On Through," "The Crystal Ship," and "The End." In-depth essay by Ben Fong-Torres (a principal Rolling Stone writer during the Doors heyday). Three bonus tracks include alternate takes of "Moonlight Drive" and a previously unissued version of "Indian Summer."

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On their 1967 debut album, the Doors more than fulfilled the promise of their infamously challenging gigs around Los Angeles throughout the previous year. Whether belting out a standard like "Back Door Man" or talk-singing such originals as "The Crystal Ship" and "I Looked at You," leather-clad vocalist Jim Morrison exuded both sensuality and menace. The mixture, on the outsize album finale, "The End," helped rewrite the rules on rock song composition. None of this would have worked, though, were it not for the highly visual instrumental work of keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robbie Krieger, and drummer John Densmore, whose work on tracks such as "Take It As It Comes" and the lengthy hit "Light My Fire" virtually defined the rock-blues-jazz-classical amalgam that was acid-rock. --Billy Altman

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A highly successful debut album, "The Doors" is one of the best albums ever by an American rock band.
Bryan Carey
Every song on the album is good and you can listen to this album quite a few times without getting sick of it.
Joshua Miller
The best songs are Break On Through, Light My Fire, Twentieth Century Fox, The Crystal Ship, and The End.
John McKenzie

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151 of 160 people found the following review helpful By Adam S. Carter on June 30, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This remixed debut album is supposedly the correct speed after decades of being mastered at a slower speed. Apparently, only the 45 RPM single of Light My Fire was the only record off this album cut at the correct speed, but every subsequent release has actually been a little too slow. Inside the 1st album remixed CD there is be an explanation by Bruce Botnick stating why this is so. That really piqued my curiosity.

I have also previously owned most of the Gold CDs, 1988 releases, and 1999 remasters. I have listened to the 1999 remasters and compared them to the 1988 remasters. The 1988 releases were tinny and flat sounding, while the 1999 version of this album was rich and full. I have also compared both of them with this 2007 remix. Clearly, this remix is the way to go. I CANNOT SAY THE SAME FOR THE DOORS REMIX ALBUMS AFTER STRANGE DAYS. After that, they sound waaaaay different which is not what I am pursuing. Some of you probably want a different sound and that's fine. The bottom line: the 2007 remix of the 1st album is "brighter" and "crispier" than the 1999 remasters and the 1988 CD release. I believe the 1999 release might sound a bit "fuller" than this 2007 remix, but I will definitely listen to this version from now on hopefully. Jim's voice is a tad more distant on some of the songs on the "2007" remix. It's plain as day to hear that. I think the instruments are turned up a bit higher and his voice level remains the same as before. The stereo separation is about the same as the 1999 and 1988 CD release, but the cymbals really come crashing through a lot louder and are more crisp and the drum are punchy. Any way you slice it, the remix gives your tweeters more work to do, but the organ and cymbals do tend to drown Jim out somewhat (but not too bad).
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96 of 100 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Comegys VINE VOICE on October 20, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Now this is a frustrating release. Up to now, all releases of this album has been a bit too slow and this CD thankfully corrects that. The band sounds more youthful and charged while plowing through their seminal debut.

But there's a catch; this is not the original mix either. The surviving Doors and engineer/producer Bruce Botnick have taken it upon themselves to completely remix the album. It's more like a modern mix now, and the sound is clearer and punchier. Unfortunately, this also does away with the creepy, compressed atmosphere that was a trademark of the original mixes. The balance has swung away from the psychedelic into more typical classic rock territory.

As is common with more modern mixes, the drums are also more front and center. It's fun to hear John Densmore's creative and musical drumming clearly, but it obscures the rest of the band more than I'd like.

After hearing this, I have trouble listening to the original mix's slightly flat sound, but I miss the original's atmosphere with the new mix. I guess the best thing to do is never listen to this, and grab a copy of the still fine 1999 remaster (which also includes the infamous lost vocals on "Break On Through" and "The End"). If you're new to the Doors, this new disc may serve it's purpose, I feel it's missing the aural mystery and majesty of the original.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By James M. Shertzer on July 15, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Unquestionably one of the four or five great American rock albums of the '60s, the Doors first album is a total stunner in this gold CD version. I have heard this music in almost all formats, from the first Elektra pressings through open reel to the audiophile Mobile Fidelity LP to the various CD incarnations. In the late 70s, I also attended a press preview of "Apocalypse Now" at a 70mm six-track stereo installation in New York City where Coppola had personally checked the sound just before the showing. "The End" sounds almost a good here at it did that night. I haven't been crazy about all Steve Hoffman's audiophile LP and CD remasterings at DCC, but this one is simply terrific. The sound has a presence and depth you don't hear on the aluminum version, and Morrison's vocals are just lacerating! Highly recommended, and the DCC version of "L.A. Woman," the other Doors album that really matters, is damn near as good!
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59 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Reviewer on July 15, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is the one that introduced The Doors, and the gifted poet/singer/songwriter Jim Morrison, their enigmatic lead singer, to the world. At the time, it was like nothing anybody had ever heard, and to this day their sound remains unique. There have been many imitators over the years, but none have come close to achieving that special quality of sound that began here, with "The Doors." The album begins with "Break On Through (To The Other Side)," and includes their monster hit (which took them to the top of the charts, usurping the Beatles and Stones as the number one band in America) "Light My Fire," featuring dynamic solos by guitarist Robby Krieger and keyboardist Ray Manzarek. This debut album also features one of their most controversial (and best) songs ever, "The End," into which Morrison interjects his (and rock n' roll's only) version of Sophocles' play, "Oedipus the King," through dialogue spoken over the music; it is ethereal and hypnotic, with Morrison delivering the words from an almost trance-like state of being. The final cut on the album, it underscores the fact that there is much more to The Doors than hard-edged rock. Also worthy of note is that it was used (and very effectively) by director Francis Ford Coppola during the opening credits of his film, "Apocalypse Now." Never before or since has anyone fused hard rock with poetry and mixed it with the blues to create such aural and mental images as these, and it's all delivered with an energy and intensity that can set you free.Read more ›
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