Drew's Album Reviews
The Doors..................The Doors first album is probably one of the greatest albums of all time and began the search for originality and new types of rock n'roll. The fact that this album was recorded with only four tracks makes it one of their best; for the unity and precision the band could have by recording at the same time made miracles. Most of this material was created by improvision and weird stage shows just a few months before at the Whisky a Go Go and other L.A. nightclubs. "Break On Through" begans the album and is a strong opener. It clearly defines the output of Jim Morrison's strong hoarse voice. The guitar riff is nice here and the keyboard solos in the fills are nice as well. "Soul Kitchen" is a lyrical masterpiece and the bass and keyboards keep the pace in a nice fashion. The chorus builds and builds and the song can go from strong to soft in a matter of seconds. "Crystal Ship" is a beautiful melody, with a few women references from good ole Jim; the sounds they brought from the studio amaze me here especially. "Twentieth Century Fox" is a nice guitar composition with a nice solo as well. Jim's lyrics are spectacular and are a symbol of his ingenious mind. "Alabama Song/Whisky Bar" is a nice old classic put into some Doors grooves. The rhythm section is excellent here and the coolest parts are Jim's lyrical fills such as his not so serious "yeah" after the chorus. "Light My Fire" is an odvious great tune which was mainly Robby's; the keyboard solo is incredable and the guitar solo has a great freaky sound to it. "Back Door Man" is a simple put together by the three in the back for Jim to have a little fun; how could he have more fun with lyrics like that, right? "I Looked At You" is a simple composition, one of their earlier ones, but can be said to be one of the best on the album from my frame of mind. Spectacular drums from John Densmore here! "End of the Night" is a slow dreary song, a pure Doors tune. Jim is spectacular here, his voice will slip in and out of key at just the right times. "Take it as it Comes" is also an excellent composition, more of the pop way i presume. Everyone is excellent here and the guitar and keyboards blend especially well on this track. "The End" is the climax of the album, a symbol and epitome of these four gentlemen. Robby's guitar is spectacular and Jim's lyrics are incredable. If you want the best Doors album, this is it.
Strange Days................an excellent follow up to one of the greatest openers of all time. The Doors had now switched to eight tracks and some of their earlier compositions were now available to record. Ray uses a new keyboard here and it's sound is especially apparent on "Unhappy Girl." The fact that this was released only a few months after the first in 1967 is amazing and shows that the band, especially Jim, were still putting music as first priority. "Strange Days" opens the album and has a tremedous chorus. Jim adds some nice screams and the riff is just incredable. Yet I still believe it to be the weakest on the album. "You're Lost Little Girl" is a beautiful Robby Krieger composition, nice guitar and bass. Jim's voice is luring and very persiasive; it can also be extremely beautiful at times during the course of the song. "Love Me Two Times" is also a Robby contribution, a radio staple, and a classic. The riff is one that sticks in your head for a week. The song nicely builds to Jim finally screaming the last line at the end. "Unhappy Girl" is my personal favorite.....a great tune and spectacular lyrics from Jim. The keyboard nicely flows with the band and slurs up and down throughout the song. "Horse Lattitudes" is a Jim Morrison poem from high school, incredable sound affects and a nice extensive vocabulary list from Jim. "Moonlight Drive" is the first song Jim ever sang to Ray; the lyrics sure are great here. The bottleneck guitar perfectly flows with the course of the song and adds a different light to the rhythm section. "People Are Strange" is a nice tune and an interesting perspective from the mind of Jim Morrison. His voice can echo in your head for months after hearing this. "My Eyes Have Seen You" is one of my favorites, a great riff and some psycology from the man himself. The song builds into a definite climax and you can be left mesemerized. "I Can't See Your Face In My Mind" is a nice lyrical composition and the quick slurs lure you right away. "When the Music's Over" is probably one of my favorite Doors songs......everything is great here and it is a Doors classic in the sense of improvision. This album takes a while to get used to, but once your in The Doors frame of mind, all of these songs will click. Strange Days is a defnite worthy follow up to The Doors if you looking for another great album.
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