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"Tell All the People" has a melody very similar to "Touch Me", and it boggles the mind why "Touch Me" continues to receive all the classic rock radio play when it's not even the best song on the album. Sure, the horns are great, and the vocal melody is really beautiful, but it's NOT the best song on the album.
"Shaman's Blues" might be the very best song on the album. It's a blues song with a special mystical-like atmosphere. Plus it's just an exciting song. I love it. "Do It" has a chorus for a vocal melody and a guitar riff repeating for only a couple minutes. "Wild Child" has a chugging blues riff. It's a highly memorable track as well. You know, the whole album feels really good because it's so exciting and electric and mystical. Great stuff.
What would a Doors album be without a spooky chilling Jim Morrison vocal melody? That's what "Wishful Sinful" is for!
You won't hear rock music like this anymore. Oh, and the title song is over eight minutes of jamming, and not much atmosphere (which is what separates it from stuff like "The End" and "When the Music's Over"). It's more musically focused in comparison. Overall, a very solid effort.
The remix is another issue: I have nothing against remixing classic titles when they try to duplicate the original mix in an effort to improve the overall sound quality. I also don't have a problem when they remix to deliberately alter the music, but I'm not sure if they don't belong in a box set or as bonus tracks. In this case, the only significant alteration occurs on the title track, and I don't care for it. Unfortunately it's not presented as a bonus track, but as a part of the original album.
This smells like another attempt to simply sell us the same title again. All I want is an identical remix, remastered to sound as good as possible - but if they did that, I wouldn't have to buy it again!
Edit 9-26-10: Audio Fidelity recently released an audiophile version of this, and it sounds quite good. There have been problems with their releases, and this one is no exception, but overall, it is definitely the one to buy.
August of 1969 saw the unfolding of Woodstock, it also saw me folding as much as I could stuff into an olive drab footlocker, stenciling my name across the top, and shipping it out ahead of me ... destination, Vietnam. Like Morrison, I seem to have stepped off the planet as well, though with a stack of musical rags under my arm. Let me sort through some of these issues and clippings and tell you what filtered though my head that hot August in the summer of 1969, and attempt to show you why The Doors had no choice but to release this album.
-Morrison moves full throttle from the loveliness of psychedelics, to the bottomless pit of booze ...
-Morrison even more than before doubts the quality of his voice, even though The Village Voice credits him as the vocalist of the year ...
-Morrison moves from Elvis Presley as his favorite singer to Frank Sinatra and the seamy underbelly of Las Vegas ... truly the town that never sleeps ...
-Morrison is no longer just the music, Morrison has become a spectacle, he's unwinding and loosing himself ...
-Morrison is going crazy, no longer is he able to separate himself from the stage, the studio, or on the street, he's become a reflection that's colliding with the mirror, and shattering ...
-Ray Manzarek and Morrison publish individual songwriting credits ...Read more ›
The Rhino remix includes several additional tracks including Who Scared You and 2 versions of Whisky, Mystics and Men. These tracks are hard to find elsewhere, very strong, and bump this version of the CD up to 4 stars.
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GREAT ALBUM! In the late 80's this album was stuck in my friends tape deck in his car and you couldn't listen to anything else. Not even the radio. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Iknowgoodstuff
if anyone is a huge fan of the doors/jim Morrison this is the cd for you.Published 2 months ago by Sergio delgado
The only way I would love this more is if it was the original studio recording. I'm not wild about enhancements but I still like this recording. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Roddy Moody
Probably the weakest album in The Doors career in my opinion but doesn't make it bad by any stretch. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Drew T. '77
The least popular Doors album, but it has some nice songs. Tell all the People, Wishful Sinful and Touch Me are classics. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Charlie B