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Morrison Hotel [Import]

The DoorsAudio CD
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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: 1970
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000MG1ZG0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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1. Roadhouse Blues
2. Waiting For The Sun
3. You Make Me Real
4. Peace Frog
5. Blue Sunday
6. Ship Of Fools
7. Land Ho!
8. The Spy
9. Queen Of The Highway
10. Indian Summer
11. Maggie M'gill
12. Talking Blues (Bonus)
13. Roadhouse Blues (11/4/69, Takes 1-3) (Bonus)
14. Roadhouse Blues (11/4/69, Take 6) (Bonus)
15. Carol (11/4/69) (Bonus)
16. Roadhouse Blues (11/5/69, Take 1) (Bonus)
17. Money Beats Soul (11/5/69) (Bonus)
18. Roadhouse Blues (11/5/69, Takes 13-15) (Bonus)
19. Peace Frog (False Starts & Dialogue) (Bonus)
20. The Spy (Version 2) (Bonus)
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Editorial Reviews

MORRISON HOTEL, released in 1970 in the wake of Morrison's infamous indecency bust, hit #4 and introduced "Waiting For The Sun," "Roadhouse Blues," and "Ship Of Fools." Insightful liner notes from David Fricke. Ten bonus tracks include eight previously unissued takes of "Roadhouse Blues, a run-through of Chuck Berry's "Carol," a jazz version of "Queen Of The Highway," and the previously unreleased "Money Beats Soul."

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remixed, remastered, extended and awesome. April 13, 2007
Format:Audio CD
If you want the same version of Morrison Hotel you had way back when, you might avoid this version. You might be better off with the remastered edition from 1999. But if you want to hear this classic Doors album with some unused vocals and instruments mixed back in, pick up this latest release from Rhino/Elektra. If you're a longtime fan you'll probably want to have both in your collection. I have been digging these in a big way. Highly recommended!!!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars INTERESTING RE-RELEASE August 1, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This is about the 4th reincarnation of MORRISON HOTEL (one has to wonder if in years to come we'll be treated to takes 4,8 and 25 of "Roadhouse Blues" before the well runs dry) and I've owned them all. Basically, if you're a casual fan stick with the earlier remasterings as the 40th Anniversary will be a bit unusual to the ear...the extra vocalizations do not detract from the songs and they can be gotten used to and, what the heck, the remaining members need the money so shell out the bucks (they're bargain priced anyway). Of all the recent re-releases, this one is the best as there's lots of bonus tracks (uneven quality but different versions of Peace Frog, The Spy, Queen of the Highway are good for repeated listenings). Personally, MORRISON HOTEL is probably their most variable release: rocking out (Roadhouse, Peace Frog, Land Ho), spooky-beautiful ballads (Blue Sunday, Indian Summer, The Spy) and just plain Morrison wierd (Waiting for the Sun, Queen of the Highway) that only the Doors could do. One of the reasons people will continue to listen to these classics is the wonderful musicianship these guys (who were only in their early to mid 20s) displayed in their relatively short time together. It was obvious they would burn bright and if Morrison didn't die when he did (but how could he not) they'd be on their 5th reunion tour rehashing these classics. The Doors sounded like professionals right out of the gate and the 6 remasters will live on (how many versions is up the surviving members and their heirs). Great re-engineering, liner notes, pix, etc.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Morrison Hotel March 22, 2011
By Rose
Format:Audio CD
Dry spell? Cocktail music? whatever!
I enjoy all of their music, even when Jim is riprourin drunk! lol
Paul Rothchild IMHO sucked the joy & life out of the music for Jim with his millions of retakes.
(Funny thing on this CD every-time Rothchild calls for a do-over Jims says "Money beats soul every-time!")
Perfectionist are control freaks as we all know, & one thing Jim did not like was being controlled.
This I think is proven by how long it took Rothchild to produce & how fast the next album was recorded after he walked out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars remix is different but great. April 18, 2013
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This is a solid remix. I do have the earlier versions though in the earlier boxset. Which are the versions you heard for all those years of this classic disc. the doors had been attacked for making a lush pop rock disc in 1969. ((which is a great disc actually) and had a number one hit on it! Still this was the age of rock must be rock only and the boys bounced back with this classic. It's almost as good as the monster classic 'la woman' even. It's got solid songs and the fantastic 'roadhouse blues' , 'peace frog'' , 'blue sunday' , 'you make me real' and others are on here. Strangely they finally put out their 1968 song 'waiting for the sun' on this one. (and it fits in well, although one must wonder why they named that earlier disc 'waiting for the sun' when the didn't have the title song on it! However fans finally got to hear that song on this one. the remixes are good but have added some changes that were left off when the disc was mastered in 1970. this may upset some people. but these were recorded at the time and not in 2007. I am glad though that I have the earlier boxset for sure. However this is a great version of this classic disc. and worth owning.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic album February 20, 2013
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This is an edgy classic album. There are outtakes from the studio sessions... what a pleasure to hear the songs go their their evolution.

Anyone who says Lonnie Mack did the Roadhouse Blues solo, for Robbie Krieger, will be proven wrong.... as the takes were done complete as a band, not via tracks. Bruce Botnick did a lot of snipping work on the ABSOLUTELY LIVE album, but here, it appears to be "as laid down", and clearly Robbie is wailing thru Roadhouse Blues.

Moonlight Drive has a few outtakes, Peace Frog, the amazingly soft Blue Sunday (with great work by Robbie again). Its a classic album, and a "must have" on any Doors short list.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Morrison Hotel, Brilliant & Uneven May 7, 2007
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This latest release of the remastered tracks in Morrison Hotel and the ten bonus tracks is astounding in some places and dull in others. But one could never expect the near-perfection of their first two albums to be rivalled by the follow-ups. But still, Morrison Hotel, especially this remastering, is a great spiritual victory for Doors fans and for the surviving band members, producers and engineers.

The long liner-notes are a must read for those of us too lazy to read whole books on the doors. Indeed, if one reads the liners to all these re-releases, one will get a tremendous and condenced and poetic sense of the doors and their mission. Just because the Doors were egomaniacs, and just because they were rather primitive musically, does not mean that they were not giants. Critics often make the mistake of believing that skill, professionalism and accurate self-assessments are some profoundly determining factor in art. They are not. Many of the most competent and sane folks on the planet are also the dullest and finally the most discouraging.

Doors believers, of which I am one, having been a real member of the now dormant "Church of The Doors," can truly take solace in this re-release series. The focus on the multiple takes of Roadhouse Blues reveals not only a certain lack of technical talent, but also a wonderful and child-like curiosity and experimentalism, which, finally, is more important that excellent craftsmanship. Sorry, you classical music didacticians and cynical, nihilist rock critics.

One great gift on this album that bears retelling is the simplistic and Wagnerian "Waiting for The Sun." The song was dumped from the album which bears its name, and one can see why, because it's a rather half-complete concept.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Jungle Jim!
My favorite doors album, to this day roadhouse blues has to be one of the greatest songs of all time! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Anthony Gentile
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It!
I had the album "Waiting For The Sun" years ago and this CD is amazing. All the old tunes with many I've never heard. Love all of them.
Published 7 months ago by Jeanne Scarff
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem...
Love the bluesy style of most of the songs. A departure from routine Doors-style rock. The Doors' version of Exile on Main Street.
Published 9 months ago by Aaron Lara
4.0 out of 5 stars A Basic Blues- Rock Album
"Morrison Hotel" is basically a blues rock album, without the inventive quirks which in varying degrees characterized the previous albums. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Morten Vindberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
Loved the quality. Great remix. Viva la Doors. This is a keeper. Grab a Blatz, throw this on and it's a little party at your place.
Published 10 months ago by Vomit
5.0 out of 5 stars Good CD
This to me is one of the Doors best albums, the music is awesome!! Thanks for the as new condition and the fast delivery!
Published 11 months ago by Randy Phelps
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Star
I rate the Doors album, Morrison Hotel, a five Star rating. It's been my one of my favorate Doors albums, since I was a little kid.
Published 13 months ago by Justin
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated. One of their top 3 albums. What is their top 3 again?
The DVDA 24/96 remixes for this album are gorgeous. While the remixes made some of their early stuff a bit different this album improves immensely. Read more
Published 21 months ago by crank
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS THE DOORS!!!
MORRISON HOTEL is another AMAZING album by the legendary THE DOORS!!!!!!on MORRISON HOTEL, DOORS start to record with a real BASS player, and the result is a TOTAL ROCK MASTERPIECE... Read more
Published on March 31, 2012 by Rio Fluzão
5.0 out of 5 stars The Doors...Need I say more!
I find it funny that at the time of the release of this ablum it was not very welcome by the critics...Goes to show you. What do critics know.
Published on March 12, 2012 by David Mende
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