The Doors - Morrison Hotel - 1970 Analogue Productions Psych Blues Rock 200 Grm 2LP
The Doors - Morrison Hotel
Label: Analogue Productions APP 75007-45, Elektra EKS-75007 Format: 2 × Vinyl, 12", 200 Grm 45 RPM, Album, Reissue, Remastered, Gatefold
200-gram vinyl pressing from Analogue Productions
Mastered at Sterling Sound by Ryan Smith
Plated and pressed at Quality Record Pressings
Stoughton Printing old-style deluxe film-lamination tip-on jacket
limited edition numbered copies
Style: Classic Rock
A1 Roadhouse Blues
A2 Waiting For The Sun
A3 You Make Me Real
B1 Peace Frog
B2 Blue Sunday
B3 Ship Of Fools
C1 Land Ho!
C2 The Spy
D1 Queen Of The Highway
D2 Indian Summer
D3 Maggie M'Gill
Remastered At The Mastering Lab
Pressed By Quality Record Pressings
Bass Ray Neopolitan
Design Gary Burden
Drums John Densmore
Engineer Bruce Botnick
Guitar Robbie Krieger*
Music By The Doors
Photography By Henry Diltz
Piano, Organ Ray Manzarek
Producer Paul A. Rothchild
Remastered By Doug Sax, Sangwook "Sunny" Nam*
Vocals Jim Morrison
Analogue Productions says old-school audio tubes were used to transfer and cut the recordings.
Digital was just a word, says Doors audio engineer Bruce Botnik, who oversaw the Analogue Productions releases. The tubes were glowing and lit up the control room.
as good as an audiophile reissue can get. There was a quiet, ultra-dynamic pressing
"Morrison Hotel" is neither a return to the sound of the Doors early albums nor is it a follow-up to the styling of its immediate predecessor "The Soft Parade." Rather, "Morrison Hotel" opens a new chapter in the Doors history all together. Gone were the psychedelic trimmings of the first two albums. Gone was the commercialism of the last two. "Morrison Hotel" is distinctly stripped down, and edgier. It was akin to what Credence Clearwater Revival were doing at the time. All in all, "Morrison Hotel" is an album of unadulterated, meat-and-potatoes, no-nonsense, blues-tinged, rock n' roll.
Although "Morrison Hotel" embraces a new sound, all the elements of the Doors are firmly in place; Jim Morrison's soulful baritone, John Densmore's jazzy percussion, Robbie Krieger's bluesy guitar, all the while peppered with Ray Manzarek's wholly unique signature organ and piano. So while "Morrison Hotel" sees the Doors exploring new ground, they do so in a way that doesn't forget what made the Doors, the Doors.
Some of Morrison's best poetry is on "Morrison Hotel." While all his work is good, with "Morrison Hotel," he was just starting to blossom as a writer and was becoming more refined.
In some respects, "Morrison Hotel" is a precursor or sister album to its more renowned follow-up, "LA Woman" (1971). Both albums are cut from the same cloth in the sense that they are both blues-tinged hard-rock, but "Morrison Hotel," while hardly cheerful, is distinctly less dark, perhaps because the listener knows that Morrison's death is not imminent.
The straight-forward "Roadhouse Blues" was the most rocking song the Doors recorded since "Break on though (to the other Side) from the Doors debut. John Sebastian of the Lovin' Spoonful (though not credited by name) adds the perfect touch of harmonica to give the song a gritty edge.
Rolling Stone proclaimed that Morrison Hotel opens with a powerful blast of raw funk called Roadhouse Blues. It features jagged barrelhouse piano, fierce guitar, and one of the most convincing raunchy vocals Jim Morrison has ever recorded.
In short, the harsh brilliance of Roadhouse Blues was its angry hard rock manner, brought to fore in brooding fashion with a chillingly true Morrison lyric: "I woke up this morning and I got myself a beer/The future's uncertain and the end is always near."
Making it one of The Doors best-ever tracks, Roadhouse Blues was joined as praise-worthy in Rolling Stones review by the buoyant catchiness of another Morrison Hotel single, Land Ho. A chanty that sets you rocking and swaying on first listen and never fails to bring a smile every time it's repeated.
"Waiting for the Sun," which was originally penned for the album by that name, begins slowly and serene, with an underlining pressure slowly building up beneath the surface, as forceful keyboards pierce their way though from time to time.
Then, as the chorus sets in, the song yields to Morrison, demanding to know "what went wrong." The upbeat "You Make Me Real," while not bad, lacks the grit of the rest of "Morrison Hotel," and is not one of the albums better songs. The highly underrated melodic "Peace Fog" gets the album back on track and features one of Krieger's best solos. The serene "Blue Sunday" is simply enchanting, and Morrison had never given a more soulful delivery (although by now his voice was not what it had been). Cut from the same cloth, the jazzy "Ship of Fools" and the bluesier "Land Ho!" acts effectively as a semi-medley. On the low-key, serene, "The Spy," one really believes that Morrison is omni-present, as he states he is.
The easygoing "Queen of the Highway" follows nicely, keeping up the momentum. "Indian Summer" is simply one of the most beautiful Doors compositions ever. More than just another balled, Morrison never sounded so vulnerable or sincere. Though Morrison's voice is nearly shot for the closing "Maggie Mc'Gill," this bluesy rocker makes for a good finale.
Unfortunately for Morrison and the band as a whole, by the recording of "Morrison Hotel," Morrison's heavy drinking and drugs were beginning to take a toll on his voice. While his voice isn't a ghost of its former glory as it is in the follow-up "LA Woman," Morrison does sound strained.
Upon its release, "Morrison Hotel" was greeted with a warm reception among fans and critics alike, and the album was praised as the groups' best work since "Strange Days."
The Doors - Roadhouse Blues
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The Doors - Blue Sunday
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The Doors - Peace Frog
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The Doors Morrison Hotel 45 RPM. Analogue Productions LP
45 RPM. Analogue Productions LP,B&W, MartinLogan Speakers, B&W MartinLogan Subwoofers, Marantz Amp, Pro Ject Turntable
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