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The Future Starts Here: The Essential Doors Hits

The Future Starts Here: The Essential Doors Hits

The Future Starts Here: The Essential Doors Hits

The Future Starts Here: The Essential Doors Hits


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Although the Doors were really only together for four years, releasing six albums between 1967 and 1971, their impact and legacy is as lasting as any in the history of rock, and no band before or since has really sounded anything like them. Driven by Jim Morrison's frequently bombastic and sophomoric but always utterly fascinating take on the colliding orbits of sex and death, the Doors managed to sound big, dangerous, and edgy while still retaining a commercial viability, placing singles high on the pop charts through every stylistic phase of the group's existence. This concise set hits all the absolute essentials, and each of these 20 tracks is a classic, from the early mission statement "Break on Through (To the Other Side)" to the unambiguous stomp of "L.A. Woman" (for the record, the chant of "Mr. Mojo Risin'" was intended as a deliberate anagram of the name Jim Morrison). What sometimes gets lost in the larger-than-life myth of Morrison was his still refreshing directness with love songs, and "Love Me Two Times," "Hello, I Love You," "Touch Me," and "Don't You Love Her Madly" all retain a surprisingly tender strength and honesty even some 40 years after they were recorded. Then, of course, there's "The End," still one of the most harrowing moments in the history of rock (the mix included here is the edit version from the film Apocalypse Now), and the song that best illustrates Morrison's over-the-top but somehow appropriately balanced sense of how theater, drama, psychology, sex, death, pop poetry, and rock all merge into a single unavoidable spectacle. No band has ever done it better, or had the courage to even try.

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Product Details

Release Date: 01/29/2008
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227994860
catalogNumber: 360060
Rank: 6356


  1. Break on Through (To the Other Side)
  2. Light My Fire
  3. Love Me Two Times
  4. Hello, I Love You
  5. People Are Strange
  6. Strange Days
  7. Riders on the Storm
  8. L.A. Woman
  9. Touch Me
  10. Roadhouse Blues
  11. Peace Frog
  12. Love Street
  13. The Crystal Ship
  14. Soul Kitchen
  15. Love Her Madly
  16. Back Door Man
  17. Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)
  18. Moonlight Drive
  19. The Unknown Soldier
  20. The End

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Doors   Primary Artist
Jim Morrison   Vocals,Group Member
Ray Manzarek   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Group Member
John Densmore   Drums,Group Member
Robby Krieger   Guitar,Group Member

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer
Kurt Weill   Composer
Doors   Composer
Ray Manzarek   Author
John Densmore   Author
Bertolt Brecht   Composer
Bruce Botnick   Producer
Paul Rothchild   Producer
Nigel Williamson   Liner Notes
Peter Halm   Cover Design
Robby Krieger   Composer,Author
Chester Burnett   Composer

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