Brilliant Debut Albums #42

The Doors – The Doors (1967) Named after ‘The Doors of Perception’ by Aldous Huxley who stole it from William Blake, the band were always more than just a pop group.  All their lyrics were written by Jim Morrison, a self-styled poet who drifted further into drugs until his death in 1971 by which time they had released 6 studio albums.  But the heart of the band were Ray Manzarak, Robby Kreiger and John Densmore – who wove great sounds behind Jim’s often bizarre lyrics.  This debut arrived just as psychedelia was breaking, and with songs such as ‘The Crystal Ship’ and ‘End Of The Night’ they were instrumental in breaking away from the classic beat music of the Sixties.  However the best songs are far more in the earlier Rock’n’Roll tradition – my faves are ‘Light My Fire’ and ‘Break On Through’ and the Kurt Weill classic ‘Alabama Song’.  Though relatively short lived the band sold over 100 million records and their bass lines are constantly being sampled by hip-hop and dance music bands of this Century

The Doors