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The Doors!

Post  misery guts on Sat Apr 11, 2015 12:08 pm

Legendary late 60s American rock group, Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger and John Densmore. They managed a string of decent albums in a relatively short space of time, combatting increasing notoriety, until the fateful Parisian end of their lead singer/songwriter. But their place in history was assured, a product of four greater musicians than is often given credit for. Here are a few of their gems:

Light My Fire

People Are Strange

Break On Through

Riders On The Storm

The End (live)

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Post  misery guts on Tue Apr 14, 2015 11:47 am

The Doors: No-One Here Gets Out Alive
From 1981 (!), a pleasant run-through of how The Doors got together, how they made some classic songs, and then Jim Morrison burned out. The highlight for me was the footage of them performing 'Light My Fire' on The Ed Sullivan Show in front of a backdrop... of doors Very Happy Sullivan wanted them to omit the word 'higher', and naturally enough they didn't (a bizarre censorship still in use today).

The Doors in Europe
From 1988, footage of the classic American rock band in varying performances from 1968, interspersed with some comment from Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane, who toured with the Doors and offers a contemporary analysis. The music's still good, I have learned that Ray Manzarek is the under-rated genius of the band.
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Post  misery guts on Tue Apr 14, 2015 11:55 am

Mr Mojo Rising: The Story of LA Woman
Yes, more from the Doors, this time analysing their fateful last album. I've really warmed to this band over the course of watching all these shows about them, some cracking songs in their battery.

The Doors: Soundstage Performances
From 2002, interviews with the 3 survivors, interspersed with shows from Toronto in 1967, Denmark in 1968 and New York in 1969. The archive footage is great, especially the Denmark show, and Ray, Robby & John all remain likeable and passionate guys.
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Post  misery guts on Tue Apr 14, 2015 12:13 pm

Rock Poet
Over an hour & a half on Jim Morrison, but from the perspective of his status as a poet, rather than a rock god. Jon Brewer's film spends an interminable time discussing beat poets, the poetical status of Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, John Lennon and others, and also the weird mystery of his final hours in Paris, and the subsequent disappearance of a book of his poetry. I didn't really buy into the thesis presented, I'll be honest.

The Doors: Live at the Hollywood Bowl
From Jul 5, 1968, over an hour helped along by some vamped elongation, most typically in closing number 'The End'.
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Post  misery guts on Thu Apr 16, 2015 12:24 pm

Total Rock Review: The Doors
An album-by-album effort taking nearly 2 hours, with the usual inclusions, and vt of the guys themselves too. Their first and last albums seem to be their peaks.
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Post  misery guts on Sat May 02, 2015 12:06 pm

The Doors - The Halcyon Years
Two x 1 hour shows, with 3 albums covered in either half. Many familiar faces and names like Alex Solunac and Robin LaRose were on hand, with archive of the three band members. Their experimentation on the 4th & 5th albums were seen as bold but self-defeating. It remains uncanny how their last album seemed like such a great return to form, and a sort of ending.
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Post  misery guts on Tue Jun 23, 2015 10:53 am

The Doors - Video Biography
Familiar but always entertaining story, here only covering the first 3 albums, with more on the debut than the other two. Archive of Ray, Robby and John enriched the form, as it always does. That Krieger wrote Light My Fire, Densmore contributed salsa sounds, and Manzarek had his piano-bass virtuosity really encompasses that this was far more than just a one-man band.

Classic Albums: The Doors
Engineer Bruce Botnick and record label boss Jac Holzman were useful voices, the then-three surviving members were happy to recreate the magic, and Perry Farrell and Henry Rollins made entertaining celeb fans, too. It is a great album, a great mixture too.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Dec 23, 2015 11:14 am

Mojo Working: The Doors
Was Morrison really a poet? Did the others deserve more credit? Delightfully, Screaming Lord Sutch was chosen to add his $0.02 here, and I'm sure he would have been just as useful on some of the others, too.
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Post  misery guts on Sun Feb 14, 2016 11:00 am

Jim Morrison: Life, Death, Legend, by Stephen Davis
Davis has form with a major biog on Led Zeppelin. This tome is an entertaining and thorough read, from his unhappy home life, college struggles, musical evolution, poetic odysseys, and finally his fateful love affairs. Clearly he didn't have to die at 27, but the people he mixed with personally were as deadly as any poison.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Mar 15, 2017 9:02 am

Discovering: The Doors
Not much more to say from this that hasn't already been said many times. Jim took tips as a performer from watching Van Morrison in Them! They were already experimenting by their 2nd LP. On stage arrests cemented their place in the counter culture. Drink and drugs took the shine off their middle albums. A disastrous gig in Miami brought the issue to a head. They did sort some things out for their penultimate and final LPs, but Jim had gone to Paris, never to return.
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