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The Doors - Essential Rarities [Remastered] (1999)

Hard Rock, Classic Rock, Blues Rock | Author: artmuss | 8-04-2019, 18:38
The Doors - Essential Rarities [Remastered] (1999)Artist: The Doors
Title Of Album: Essential Rarities
Year Of Release: 1999
Label (Catalog#): Elektra [62530-2]
Country: United States
Genre: Classic Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Blues Rock, Acid Rock
Quality: FLAC (*tracks,cue,log,scans)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 1:13:26
Full Size: 429 mb

This collection, originally available only as a bonus disc in The Doors: The Complete Studio Recordings box set (fleshed out here with another outtake track, "Woman Is a Devil," from that set) is split just about evenly between a sometimes motley collection of outtakes and demos and a better slate of live material. It also argues that while most rock bands cut their teeth on blues and other roots music, then develop a distinct sound (or sell out to pop fashion trends), the Doors seemed to evolve ass-backwards, the band's, and particularly Jim Morrison's, college poet-nihilist pretensions slowly giving way to more blues-based influences. Indeed, after a few legendary years of late-1960s success and excess, Morrison had more than enough reasons to sing the blues. The studio leftovers here underscore why they're called "outtakes" (1965 demos of "Hello, I Love You" and "Moonlight Drive" are historically interesting, if a bit bubblegummy) though there are some highlights. "Whiskey, Mystics and Men" showcases another side of the band's tastefully odd Kurt Weill fetish; a '69 alternate of "Queen of the Highway" is almost lounge hipster chic; and "Orange County Suite" is a dirge from '70. Live cuts (all from '69 and '70) range from a baroque, affected PBS telecast of "The Soft Parade" to an apocalyptic, overwrought "The End." --Jerry McCulley


1. Hello To The Cities (00:56)
2. Break On Through (04:32)
3. Roadhouse Blues (04:19)
4. Hyacinth House (02:40)
5. Who Scared You (03:16)
6. Whiskey, Mystics & Men (02:19)
7. I Will Never Be Untrue (03:56)
8. Moonlight Drive (02:31)
9. Queen Of The Highway (03:32)
10. Someday Soon (03:41)
11. Hello, I Love You (02:28)
12. Orange County Suite (05:27)
13. The Soft Parade (10:03)
14. The End (18:01)

Bonus Track:
15. Woman Is A Devil (04:08)

Robby Krieger – guitar, bass
Jim Morrison – vocals, piano on "Orange County Suite"
Ray Manzarek – organ, piano, keyboards, backing vocals
John Densmore – drums, percussion, backing vocals
Paul A. Rothchild – original producer
Bruce Botnick – producer
Danny Sugerman – management
Richard Evans – art direction and design
Todd Gray – photo archivist



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