The Doors

Formed 1965. Disbanded 1972.
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In Search of Jim Morrison

Suzi Quatro searches for the real Jim Morrison, the man behind the image. Contributors include Doors keyboard player Ray Manzarek and Jim's friend Alice Cooper.

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The Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, with vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger. The band took its name from the title of Aldous Huxley's book The Doors of Perception, which itself was a reference to a William Blake quotation, from his famous work The Marriage of Heaven and Hell: "If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite." They were among the most controversial, influential and unique rock acts of the 1960s and beyond, mostly because of Morrison's wild, poetic[citation needed] lyrics and charismatic but unpredictable stage persona. After Morrison's death in 1971, the remaining members continued as a trio until finally disbanding in 1973.

Signing with Elektra Records in 1966, the Doors released eight albums between 1967 and 1971. All but one hit the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 and went platinum or better. The 1967 release of The Doors was the first in a series of top ten albums in the United States, followed by Strange Days (1967), Waiting for the Sun (1968), The Soft Parade (1969), Morrison Hotel (1970), Absolutely Live (1970) and L.A. Woman (1971), with 21 Gold, 14 Platinum and 5 Multi-Platinum album awards in the United States alone. After Morrison's death in 1971, the surviving trio released a pair of albums Other Voices and Full Circle with Manzarek and Krieger sharing lead vocals. The three members also collaborated on the spoken-word recording of Morrison's An American Prayer in 1978 and on the "Orange County Suite" for a 1997 boxed set. Manzarek, Krieger and Densmore reunited in 2000 for an episode of VH1's "Storytellers" and subsequently recorded Stoned Immaculate: The Music of the Doors, with a variety of vocalists.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Live at the Bowl ‘68

    Live at the Bowl ‘68 2012

    Reviewed by Chris Roberts
    Love or loathe The Doors, this will polish the windows of your perception.
  2. Review of L.A. Woman – 40th Anniversary Edition

    L.A. Woman – 40th Anniversary Edition 2012

    Reviewed by David Quantick
    One of the band’s best, and their final fling with erratic frontman Morrison.
  3. Review of When You’re Strange: Songs From the Motion Picture

    When You’re Strange: Songs From the Motion Picture 2010

    Reviewed by Paul Whitelaw
    A concise best-of in all but name, albeit with added Johnny Depp.
  4. Review of Live At The Matrix 1967

    Live At The Matrix 1967 2008

    Reviewed by Sid Smith
    Quite literally in the case of The Doors, the stuff of legend.
  5. Review of Strange Days

    Strange Days 1967

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Morrison's blitzed lounge singer act.
  6. Review of The Doors

    The Doors 1967

    Reviewed by Sean Egan
    Took popular music into areas previously thought impossible.
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