Wed, Oct. 1, 9pm EDT - 'The Doors' by The Doors

1967. Rock's first billboard. The Doors. The self-titled debut album by bandmates Densmore, Krieger, Manzarek and Morrison.  Yes, it contains "Light My Fire", The Doors most popular song, but frankly that's just the beginning.  "Break on Through" is an earth shaking opening, and what can be said about "The End"?  You never feel that it's over eleven minutes long.  It's positively stunning.  And every track tucked between those two really illustrate what a classic album is: brilliant from start to finish!

Unfortunately I will most likely never be able to fully and truly grasp all that this album meant at the time of it's release, since it was before my time.  With war, assassinations and the changing of American culture (by the 'counter-culture') affecting every household in America in the 60's, music was more than just entertainment.  It was more than just art.  It was something that unified like-minded people who believed in causes beyond the scope of the music.  Wow, can music really do that?  Of course it can!  

Let's take a step back to those days of political and social turmoil and listen to one of the true gems of the time.  Join me on Wednesday October 1, at 9pm EDT for a 1967 classic. I promise it won't be a bad trip!

44 comments

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    In preparation for tonight's I event, here's a couple of things to mention: 1) As usual, please make sure to periodically refresh your browser during the event so you can see all the comments as they are posted. 2) Here's link to the lyrics for the album if you like to follow along while listening: http://lyrics.rockmagic.net/lyrics/doors/the_doors_1966.html See everyone in a couple of hours!

    In preparation for tonight's I event, here's a couple of things to mention:

    1) As usual, please make sure to periodically refresh your browser during the event so you can see all the comments as they are posted.

    2) Here's link to the lyrics for the album if you like to follow along while listening:
    http://lyrics.rockmagic.net/lyrics/doors/the_doors_1966.html

    See everyone in a couple of hours!

  • Sarah

    Sarah NY

    howdy y'all!

    howdy y'all!

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Hey Sarah. Nice to 'see' you. Thanks for joining another "Album Night"! I'm excited about every song on this album. I hope you are too!

    Hey Sarah. Nice to 'see' you. Thanks for joining another "Album Night"! I'm excited about every song on this album. I hope you are too!

  • Sarah

    Sarah NY

    4 sure! it's been some time since i listened but there's some super memories attached. is it 9 yet...? :)

    4 sure! it's been some time since i listened but there's some super memories attached. is it 9 yet...? smile

  • John T

    John T NY

    Hi everyone. Being the senior of the group here I can tell you I was a freshman in college when this album came out. It was in many ways a shock to the system from the mysterious looking cover to the songs and their lead singer. It was quite a time and unforgettable to this day. I still enjoy these songs and looking forward to hearing them this evening.

    Hi everyone. Being the senior of the group here I can tell you I was a freshman in college when this album came out. It was in many ways a shock to the system from the mysterious looking cover to the songs and their lead singer. It was quite a time and unforgettable to this day. I still enjoy these songs and looking forward to hearing them this evening.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    "Album Night" officially starts now! Start track 1 (hit play or put the needle down on side one) of 'The Doors' by The Doors. Share your thoughts right here as you listen! I'm spinning the vinyl for this one

    "Album Night" officially starts now! Start track 1 (hit play or put the needle down on side one) of 'The Doors' by The Doors. Share your thoughts right here as you listen!

    I'm spinning the vinyl for this one

  • Steve S

    Steve S NY

    She get, she get! Break on Through, what an opening…wow. Hello everybody!

    She get, she get! Break on Through, what an opening…wow. Hello everybody!

  • John T

    John T NY

    The band introduces itself by "breaking through" but to what or where? The mystery and story of the Doors begins. Jim Morrison dominates as he will for as long the group was together.

    The band introduces itself by "breaking through" but to what or where? The mystery and story of the Doors begins. Jim Morrison dominates as he will for as long the group was together.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Thanks for joining again John T! Great opener here. It's hard to imagine these days that they wouldn't let him say "She gets high" in that one

    Thanks for joining again John T!

    Great opener here. It's hard to imagine these days that they wouldn't let him say "She gets high" in that one

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    John T - was there anything else like this out there back then? I've never really come across any band that has The Doors sound, even now

    John T - was there anything else like this out there back then? I've never really come across any band that has The Doors sound, even now

  • John T

    John T NY

    Soul Kitchen is one of my favorites on the album. Jim sounds like he wants to to escape to some dark, sensuous place. Speak in secret alphabets is a great example of how the lyrics added to the overall question of meaning and mystery.

    Soul Kitchen is one of my favorites on the album. Jim sounds like he wants to to escape to some dark, sensuous place. Speak in secret alphabets is a great example of how the lyrics added to the overall question of meaning and mystery.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Welcome Steve S! Glad to have you aboard

    Welcome Steve S! Glad to have you aboard

  • John T

    John T NY

    Hi John, There was so much new music happening back then the Doors were part of that scene but distinctly different in sound from the others like the Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead and British bands. They were special from the beginning.

    Hi John,

    There was so much new music happening back then the Doors were part of that scene but distinctly different in sound from the others like the Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead and British bands. They were special from the beginning.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Crystal Ship can only add to the mystery. Another great song!

    Crystal Ship can only add to the mystery. Another great song!

  • John T

    John T NY

    The Crystal Ship was one of many drug references within the lyrics that added to need for close listening. That was a very important part of the group - what were they really trying to say. People would debate this endlessly. Made for great late night dorm room discussions.

    The Crystal Ship was one of many drug references within the lyrics that added to need for close listening. That was a very important part of the group - what were they really trying to say. People would debate this endlessly. Made for great late night dorm room discussions.

  • Steve S

    Steve S NY

    Happy to be here John!

    Happy to be here John!

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Thanks John. Some interesting insights!

    Thanks John. Some interesting insights!

  • Sarah

    Sarah NY

    alabama song! great one

    alabama song! great one

  • John T

    John T NY

    Light My Fire was one of the great songs of the 60's and helped launch the group and sell the album. Interesting fact that many of you might not know is that AM radio dominated in those days and was essential to groups making it big. But AM had time limits of no more than 3 minutes per song usually so they created a special version of Light My Fire that cut off before the organ solo began - the best part of the song!!!!

    Light My Fire was one of the great songs of the 60's and helped launch the group and sell the album. Interesting fact that many of you might not know is that AM radio dominated in those days and was essential to groups making it big. But AM had time limits of no more than 3 minutes per song usually so they created a special version of Light My Fire that cut off before the organ solo began - the best part of the song!!!!

  • John T

    John T NY

    What a song and Ray Manzarek's playing is unbelievable. I still get goose bumps hearing it. What a song!!

    What a song and Ray Manzarek's playing is unbelievable. I still get goose bumps hearing it. What a song!!

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Yeah, I can imagine Ray Manzarek was not thrilled about getting his solo axed. It is amazing though. So much energy. It's really powerful. And then they bring it down for Robby to let him do his thing

    Yeah, I can imagine Ray Manzarek was not thrilled about getting his solo axed. It is amazing though. So much energy. It's really powerful. And then they bring it down for Robby to let him do his thing

  • Steve S

    Steve S NY

    Great lyrics on "Light My Fire". On the organ solo. So good. You don't want it to stop. There's a reason the song is 7 mins long. They were having so much fun jamming.

    Great lyrics on "Light My Fire". On the organ solo. So good. You don't want it to stop. There's a reason the song is 7 mins long. They were having so much fun jamming.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Yeah, there's some brilliant playing here. Robby never played with a pick in those days. He played all fingerstyle

    Yeah, there's some brilliant playing here. Robby never played with a pick in those days. He played all fingerstyle

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Funny though. I got goosebumps listening to that organ solo too. Wow!

    Funny though. I got goosebumps listening to that organ solo too. Wow!

  • John T

    John T NY

    Nice bit of info John. Never knew that about Robby's playing.

    Nice bit of info John. Never knew that about Robby's playing.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Thanks. I believe he started out playing flamenco style classical guitar. I think it really helped define their sound

    Thanks. I believe he started out playing flamenco style classical guitar. I think it really helped define their sound

  • Steve S

    Steve S NY

    And now for my favorite song on the album. "Backdoor Man" Such grooving song. Great organ again and guitar again. John on the drums keeping a steady beat. And of course Jim singing and acting all crazy. Great stuff!

    And now for my favorite song on the album. "Backdoor Man" Such grooving song. Great organ again and guitar again. John on the drums keeping a steady beat. And of course Jim singing and acting all crazy. Great stuff!

  • John T

    John T NY

    Back Door Man is an old Howlin' Wolf song that Morrison transformed into his own. A brilliant choice and one that became a staple of Morrison's in concert for years. When I originally heard it on this album back then I sought out Wolf's. Different for sure and for those who have not had heard it a great version as well. Glad I did.

    Back Door Man is an old Howlin' Wolf song that Morrison transformed into his own. A brilliant choice and one that became a staple of Morrison's in concert for years.

    When I originally heard it on this album back then I sought out Wolf's. Different for sure and for those who have not had heard it a great version as well. Glad I did.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    I like this song but there's so many greats on this album that it's probably mid pack for me. I'm really looking forward to "The End". That's probably my favorite, but then again "Light My Fire" just blew my mind!

    I like this song but there's so many greats on this album that it's probably mid pack for me. I'm really looking forward to "The End". That's probably my favorite, but then again "Light My Fire" just blew my mind!

  • Steve S

    Steve S NY

    Sounds cool John T. Will check that out. Love going back and always hearing the original version. The Doors definitely did a great job with it.

    Sounds cool John T. Will check that out. Love going back and always hearing the original version. The Doors definitely did a great job with it.

  • John T

    John T NY

    I Looked at You is a nice change of pace. Boy this album is flying by quickly. Hard to keep up.

    I Looked at You is a nice change of pace. Boy this album is flying by quickly. Hard to keep up.

  • Steve S

    Steve S NY

    I know John, it's tough. My favorite is probably between "Backdoor Man" and "The End" but leaning more towards "The End". I mean come on. Looking forward too.

    I know John, it's tough. My favorite is probably between "Backdoor Man" and "The End" but leaning more towards "The End". I mean come on. Looking forward too.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    "I Looked At You" is probably one of the weakest of the album (in my opinion), but it's a really good song nevertheless. The pause is great when you think the song is over and then it comes roaring back

    "I Looked At You" is probably one of the weakest of the album (in my opinion), but it's a really good song nevertheless. The pause is great when you think the song is over and then it comes roaring back

  • Steve S

    Steve S NY

    This album is produced by Paul Rothchild. He produced many albums with Elektra records for artists like John Sebastian and Tom Paxton. Two of my favorites!

    This album is produced by Paul Rothchild. He produced many albums with Elektra records for artists like John Sebastian and Tom Paxton. Two of my favorites!

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    I want to go back to hear the Howlin' Wolf version too. Is there an original of Alabama Song by the original writers also? Were they musicians or just writers? Anyone have any idea?

    I want to go back to hear the Howlin' Wolf version too. Is there an original of Alabama Song by the original writers also? Were they musicians or just writers? Anyone have any idea?

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    fantastic bass line in "Take it as it Comes"!

    fantastic bass line in "Take it as it Comes"!

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    And now "The End". Even just the intro is so enchanting. What are they brining us into? Amazing song!

    And now "The End". Even just the intro is so enchanting. What are they brining us into? Amazing song!

  • John T

    John T NY

    The End was considered blasphemy and the one song that created the most notoriety for the group. Never played on the radio but one we listened to over and over wanting desperately to understand the meaning of this Freudian psycho drama. Still sounds scary doesn't it? The opening sends chills even to this day. I'm just going to sit back and listen. Whew!

    The End was considered blasphemy and the one song that created the most notoriety for the group. Never played on the radio but one we listened to over and over wanting desperately to understand the meaning of this Freudian psycho drama. Still sounds scary doesn't it? The opening sends chills even to this day. I'm just going to sit back and listen. Whew!

  • John T

    John T NY

    John, Alabama Song was by Brecht/Weill who wrote for theater and opera most famously Threepenny Opera which I have a version of but don't believe the song was from that. Will have to check it out.

    John, Alabama Song was by Brecht/Weill who wrote for theater and opera most famously Threepenny Opera which I have a version of but don't believe the song was from that. Will have to check it out.

  • John T

    John T NY

    I always feel exhausted after listening to The End. Layers of meaning and intense music and of course Morrison's singing. One of the great moments of the 60's for sure and solidified their place in rock history forever. As a post script there has always been some debate whether Morrison faked his own death. Who knows what lied beneath all of this.

    I always feel exhausted after listening to The End. Layers of meaning and intense music and of course Morrison's singing. One of the great moments of the 60's for sure and solidified their place in rock history forever.

    As a post script there has always been some debate whether Morrison faked his own death. Who knows what lied beneath all of this.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    yeah, that was amazing, and i agree that i'm a little exhausted after listening. "The End" is just superb. The interesting thing that I read about it is that it originally started off as a 3 minute love song, before eventually morphing into what we just heard

    yeah, that was amazing, and i agree that i'm a little exhausted after listening. "The End" is just superb. The interesting thing that I read about it is that it originally started off as a 3 minute love song, before eventually morphing into what we just heard

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    It's staggering how much different these albums are when I actually sit down to listen vs just listening to them in the background of another activity. You can tell how much hard work was put into them, because they just sound great.

    It's staggering how much different these albums are when I actually sit down to listen vs just listening to them in the background of another activity. You can tell how much hard work was put into them, because they just sound great.

  • Sarah

    Sarah NY

    wow! what an album! i'm just coming back down to earth now. reluctantly though. what an amazing group!!! i wonder why no other band was ever able to sound like them at all? i guess they were just all so unique that no one else can ever have that recipe again. great album john. thanks for picking it. i'm blown away!!! see ya next time :)

    wow! what an album! i'm just coming back down to earth now. reluctantly though. what an amazing group!!! i wonder why no other band was ever able to sound like them at all? i guess they were just all so unique that no one else can ever have that recipe again. great album john. thanks for picking it. i'm blown away!!!

    see ya next time smile

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    John T, Sarah and Steve S - thank you all for joining another "Album Night"! It was a great one. I'm still in awe of the music and have yet to turn on anything else since it ended. I'm still letting it all sink in. Amazing stuff! "Album Night" will return on Wed, October 15 with 'The Friends of Rachel Worth' by The Go-Betweens. This album was suggested by John T. I've never heard it before and am really eager to listen to it in two weeks! Thanks for the choice John! See you all on the 15th!

    John T, Sarah and Steve S - thank you all for joining another "Album Night"! It was a great one. I'm still in awe of the music and have yet to turn on anything else since it ended. I'm still letting it all sink in. Amazing stuff!

    "Album Night" will return on Wed, October 15 with 'The Friends of Rachel Worth' by The Go-Betweens.

    This album was suggested by John T. I've never heard it before and am really eager to listen to it in two weeks! Thanks for the choice John! See you all on the 15th!

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