The Doors became a sensation after releasing their iconic self-titled debut in the January of 1967. The record quickly became a psychedelic rock essential and to this date, it’s sold over twenty-million copies worldwide. The deluxe edition of the album is available on the 31st March and will include a 3LP/disc set comprising of the original mono mix (for the first time ever), a stereo mix remaster and a 1967 live performance at San Francisco’s The Matrix. Additionally, a hardcover book will be included, containing unseen and rare photographs and in-depth liner notes.
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Taking their name from Aldous Huxley’sbook ‘The Doors Of Perception’, The Doors offered a much darker take on psychedelia than their contemporaries such as Pink Floyd, The Byrds and The Beatles, writing songs about the Vietnam war, death, drug use and Greek mythology. The album spawned several hit singles and several of The Doors most revered tracks, including ‘Break On Through (To The Other Side), ‘Light My Fire’ and the larger-than-life album closer, ‘The End’. The album became a classic thanks to the vocal performance of the iconic frontman Jim Morrison, the intricate drumming of John Densmore, the unmistakeable organ playing of Ray Manzarek and the lucid guitar style of Robby Krieger. ‘The Doors’ is frequently categorised as being one of the greatest albums of all time so it’s only fitting that its 50th anniversary is celebrated accordingly.
1967 was perhaps the year for psychedelic music. The social phenomena of the hippie counterculture was at its peak, protests against the Vietnam war gained momentum, “the Summer of Love” arose, festivals such as Montery Pop attracted huge crowds whilst mind expansion and social consciousness was advocated. There were countless psychedelic classics released in 1967 including ‘Sgt. Peppers’, The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s debut and ‘Axis: Bold As Love’, Pink Floyd’s ‘The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn’ and Jefferson Airplane’s ‘Surrealistic Pillow’. Arguably, ‘The Doors’ is the greatest album of that year and possibly the greatest psych-rock album of all time. The group even managed to follow it up with ‘Strange Days’ within that year, offering two landmarks in a short space of time to their adoring hippie fans.
Rhino Records have announced the deluxe edition of The Doors will be available on the 31st of March this year.
Disc One (Original Stereo Mix/ Disc Two (Original Mono Mix)