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Jazz fusion with the finest percussion you'll find this side of Sergio Mendes. What more can I say? Part Herbie Hancock Headhunters, part Santana Abraxas and 100% Ray Manzarek at the helm. You get total piano driven rockers like "Downbound Train" and incredible jazz numbers like "The Purpose of Existance Is" - a song that features Ray's finest solo, bar none.
Contrary to my thought going into this album- this is not an lp filled with 20 minute organ solos over a looped drum track. This is a brilliant concept album jam packed with the most creative music I've come across since discovering Frank Zappa's best work.
Ray's vocals are very well done- only stretching a little too far at a few points (never enough to ruin the music). I can only imagine the amount of fun Ray had constructing this album. It's 100% pure Ray as I like to say. It embodies all his beliefs as well as his favorite concepts in music. I loved his autobiography, but this 45 minute album reveals just as much about the legendary keyboard player of The Doors (as he will forever be known).
I've only scratched the surface of this miracle of an album. Buy it, but do track down the authentic, original cd release on Mercury Records. This "lemon records" print is nothing more than a bootleg. On the official Mercury release, you get three bonus tracks from Ray's second solo album (and trust me- they're song's you'll want to hear).
I highly endorse the purchase of this CD. Ray Manzarek at his finest hour in his great career.
JM in OKC
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beware. I bought this CD because after 35+ years, my original LP was getting pretty tired. This Lemon Recordings CD reissue is from an LP. Read morePublished 9 months ago by desmoduc99
This & the album that came after belong in the collection of any Doors fan. They are both Ray at his best. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Michael L. Knapp
First the bad news: This CD is on Lemon Recordings. Lemon is a reissue label that typically releases classic recordings which are mastered from vinyl sources. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Geezerguy
Hard to find. Otherwise as advertised. Timely delivery at a good price.Published 17 months ago by Paul K Franzmann
I've been looking for this album since I first heard back in the mid seventies. The only reason I'm not giving it a 5 star rating (the artist and music certainly deserve it) but... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Tom Jacques
This is Ray's version of "The Tibetan Book of the Dead".This is one of my favorite albums EVER!!!This is a great concept album and the music flows perfectly from song to song. Read morePublished on July 8, 2013 by Steven Klein
Morrison said so himself. Whatever phantasmagoric scenes Jim could conjure, Ray expressed the atmosphere for them. His solo work is in some ways better, in my ears.Published on June 22, 2013 by Gino
I had the privilege and pleasure of seeing Mr. Manzarek -- who died today May 20, 2013 at age 74 -- perform in 1974 with his band at the Happy Medium in Chicago shortly after this... Read morePublished on May 20, 2013 by Dan Lauber