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This review is from: The Doors (Audio CD)
Albums weren't the main vehicle for artists back in the sixties. Seargeant Pepper's allegedly changed alot of that. However, another recording that had its hand in attracting listeners to rock n roll records was the debut Doors album. Before or since there has not been a musical group quite like the Doors. I'm not saying that no band has ever exceeded them in recording brilliance but the overall sound has yet to be duplicated. This sound was considered so unique because of Ray Manzarek's serial organ playing. The keyboards are the focal point of the Doors sound. Not that Robbie Kreiger's guitar was a mere minor part of the Doors sound, his solos and rhythms are quite excellent, but Ray's keyboard playing just takes you into another world. The intro to the classic Light My Fire is just mind blowing. The haunting tones to Take It As It Comes and Crystal Ship are simply mesmerizing. And the re-working of Alabama Song sounds beyond modern. And this was recorded in 1967. We can not forget Jim Morrison. The voice and poetry just kicks the whole sound home. Its shame he could not live forever. Or at least another decade or so. Lord knows where the Doors would have headed. Oh.. and John Densmore was a pretty cool drummer. Although The End is a bit overrated, it does discuss things that never were approached before and that's fairly interesting to say the least. Anyway, this disc belongs in any classic rock collection.
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Initial post: Nov 1, 2009 11:17:36 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 1, 2009 11:19:30 PM PST
F Fields says:
How come you consider The End "a bit overrated?" Given that it appeared on a rock album way back in 1967 and dealt with Oedipus Rex and the complex psychodynamics Freud covered at length in his own controversial-yet-uber-brilliant books, and given that it is suffused with music so hair-raising that many reported they had to sleep with the overhead lamp on for nights after listening to this track, what precisely is overrated here? This song spat in the face of those who would pigeonhole all music in the rock genre as mere "pop," i.e., popular, middle-brow-at-best music. The End is Epic, and it retains its thematic, musical, and lyrical brilliance thirty-two year after its release. Not too shabby for "pop." Underrated, if anything.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2010 7:30:03 AM PST
G. J Wiener says:
Fair points mister Five tringer. I respect the oedipal thoughts that were indeed ground breaking. However the disturbing nature of those lyrics combined with the droning draining music truthfully turns me off more than it turns me on. But its just my opinion. I definitely see your point of view. However not everyone likes chocloate ice cream!
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