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Stoned Immaculate: Music of the Doors

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More fun than any tribute album has a right to be, Stoned Immaculate is clearly a labor of love that manages to embrace the spirit of the Doors without regressing into parading a line of Jim Morrison impersonators through the studio. Much credit goes to producer Ralph Sall, who--in addition to setting up collaborations between the surviving Doors and an array of artists from John Lee Hooker to Days of the New--also breaks out the beats and samples to create a few "new" Doors tracks. While Sall is no Fatboy Slim (despite the winking nod to "Bird of Prey" during the fadeout of "Under Waterfall"), his reconstructions add texture and variety, especially when the late William Burroughs steps up to the mic. But the true highlights here are the more organic collaborations: the three remaining Doors backing Bo Diddley and Ian Astbury; an unexpectedly great "Love Me Two Times" from Aerosmith; and Stone Temple Pilots helping Kreiger and Manzarek "Break on Through" even harder on a track that threatens to transcend the original. Hell, even the weaker contributions beat out Jose Feliciano. Come to think of it, if the Doors are still auditioning Morrison replacements (Kevin Coyne and Howard Werth no longer being available), STP's Weiland, Creed's Stapp, or the Cult's Astbury all acquit themselves well enough here to warrant an offer. -- Bill Forman

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Break On Through - Stone Temple Pilots
  2. Riders On The Storm - Creed
  3. Light My Fire - Train
  4. Peace Frog - Smash Mouth
  5. L.A. Woman - Days Of The New
  6. Love Me Two Times - Aerosmith
  7. Under Waterfall - The Doors
  8. Wild Child - The Cult
  9. Roadhouse Rap - Jim Morrison
  10. Roadhouse Blues - John Lee Hooker/Jim Morrison
  11. Is Everybody In? - William S. Burroughs
  12. Hello I Love You - Oleander
  13. Touch Me - Ian Astbury
  14. Children Of Night - Perry Farrell/Exene
  15. Love Her Madly - Bo Diddley
  16. The Cosmic Movie - The Doors
  17. The End - Days Of The New

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 14, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B00002R0K6
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,909 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is the Doors tribute album I have so eagerly awaited. I am a huge Doors fan and maybe I expected the second coming of the Doors to happen on this disc. Unfortunately that doesn't happen. Not to say that this isn't a good album, but I just couldn't bear to hear Train hack up "Light My Fire." First of all, whoever the lead singer of Train is needs to sit down and smoke a few cigarettes and indulge in some Wild Turkey to rough up his prissy voice a little before even attempting to cover a Morrison classic. Second, Ray Manzarek was nowhere to be found on this song, and it was a sheer disappointment to not hear a new fabulous organ solo. Ok, enough venting about that...
STP, Days of the New, and Creed all turn out fabulous renditions of the songs they cover, and Aerosmith hasn't sounded so raw since 1975! I expected more from Smash Mouth on "Peace Frog," and the pairing of John Lee Hooker's adlibs with Jim Morrison's pre-recorded vocals on "Roadhouse Blues" seem a little out of place. This disc really shines on the "new" Doors material. None of it is really new, though. The new material features new, haunting intrumentals of Doors classics not covered by other bands on the compilation played by the surviving members of the band. Jim himself, William Burroughs, and a few others recite miscellaneous lines of poetry over the familiar melodies that make you wonder where the Doors could be now had Jim not died.
Please don't expect a complete Doors revival from Stoned Immaculate:The Music of the Doors. Give it a few listens to let it all sink in, and enjoy...
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The Doors remain one of the most influential bands of all time and so it seems fitting that big names like Creed, Stone Temple Pilots and Aerosmith would pay them tribute, and they do it with flare and gusto. The album is a great exhibit of the theater, poetry and sound The Doors brought to rock music. Yet, this album could have been much more. First let's look at the performances. Stone Temple Pilots open the album with a stylish, energetic "Break On Through" that serves as great modernization of the song but also a loving homage to the original. One of the band's stellar tracks (especially when you look at their recent material). Creed follows with another masterful cut, their "Riders On The Storm" pulses and builds, it is a perfect hybrid of the Creed sound and Doors spirit. Robby Krieger here adds a great slide guitar solo. Train kills the mood with a horrible "Light My Fire" that totally loses the timeless essence of the original and makes the lame assumption it is nothing more than a hippie tune. Smash Mouth delivers a fun "Peace Frog" that keeps the spirit of the original with a little modern fusion of what one can see as hip-hop and semi-Punk feels. Days Of The New also delivers with an exhilarating, edgy "L.A. Woman" (eventhough I would have preferred Iggy Pop here considering he was the original rumored name for this song). Aerosmith burns and grinds with an awesome "Love Me Two Times" that stands as the best cover of this song ever performed. The Cult proves to be a metal band of great magnitude with "Wild Child," a burning cover that retains the tribal feel of the original. Ian Astbury delivers one of the best vocals on the record. Some have given a bad look towards the combination of John Lee Hooker's vocals with Jim Morrison's for "Roadhouse Blues," this is not a bad track though.Read more ›
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Let me start by saying I'm 18 years old so I can't claim to possess the amazing Doors experience that some of the older fans received by actually seeing them in person. All I have is the albums (and the bootlegs wink, wink), and along with Zeppelin and Aerosmith I consider them the Holy Trinity of Rock N Roll. Encomium is the tribute cd by which all others should be measured, so how does this hold up? Pretty darn well I must say! Several good points were raised regarding some of the weaker points on the album, which is why I didnt give it a five. I'm not too familiar with Train, but wow, they just butchered "Light My Fire". I happened to like the Smashmouth version of "Peace Frog." It seemed to be just the right merging of pop music and that Morrison vibe we all love. Yeah, some of the sampled stuff is a bit unnecessary, but look at the high points: STP's cover of "Break on Through" is a sonic assault that currently has me questioning which lead singer I like singing it better, the highest compliment to a cover I can give. Creed's arrangement of "Rider's on the Storm" transforms a mellow song into a rising crescendo much in the vein of "Stairway to Heaven." Outstanding stuff! Other highlights include Aerosmith's raw "Love Me Two Times," the hard-hitting "Wild Child" performed by Ian Astbury of the Cult, and Bo Diddly turning in a funked out intepretation of "Love Her Madly." As it states within the liner notes, this is an influences album, and any fan of The Doors should buy this just to see how omnipresent Jim and the gang truly are in today's music scene.
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By A Customer on April 28, 2002
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A smokin' tribute album, but even more IMHO...I bought it just to see what the "new breed" was doing with these classic songs. ...I was floored to hear Scott Weiland fronting the original members with a new version of Break on Through, my first experience with the Doors some 30 years ago. A very trippy, psychedelic interpretation! Then Scott Stapp and Creed just tore up "Riders on the Storm" and created a new and wonderful hybrid-every bit as fresh as the original! Patrick Monahan did "Light My Fire" (albeit a shorter 3 minute version) with a bouncier beat to it. Just so tasty! Smashmouth interpreted Peace Frog with acceptable results, a good choice for the singer, I feel. Steven Tyler sang "Love me 2 Times" as though he was born to it... I guess he was, really. A little studio magic on the Doors/"Under Waterfall" with some spoken word samples and remixing-again, very bouncy and accessible with a Haight Ashbury feel to it. Tastey! Ian Astbury does "Wild Child" w/ Ray on keys. Again, a very powerful voice and a great interpretation. ...William Burroughs (who I was unfamiliar with heretofore) did a wonderful reading of Is Everybody In? with some studio mixing. Bo Diddley and the late John Lee Hooker also get a time up at bat...I've got to reserve my biggest praise for Travis Meeks and the now defunct (original line-up anyway) of Days of the New...Wow, what a voice and a feel this kid has! Just 19 and a powerhouse singer. He sang La Woman with the band and finished the album with The End (backed by the surviving members of the Doors. It's eerie and a little unsettling. He sings the song with similar angst as Jim, but with a modern proceeded to buy a copy of everything he's done, all 3 DotN CDs and the video). I'm a convert to Travis and his music and this compilation will be getting some serious rotation on my truck deck! The Lizard King lives!
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