The Doors were the antithesis of windblown Californian pop. Dark, brooding and alienated, every element of the quartet’s métier was unveiled on their debut album. In Jim Morrison they possessed one of rock’s authoritative voices, while the group’s dense instrumental prowess reflected his lyrical mystery. Highly literate, they wedded Oedipean tragedy to counter-culture nihilism and, in ‘Light My Fire’, expressed erotic images previously unheard in pop. Howlin’ Wolf, Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill are acknowledged as musical reference points, a conflict between the physical and cerebral that gives The Doors its undiluted tension. Or you can just enjoy it as a brilliant album that sucks you in as it breathes out the 60s.
Tracks: Break On Through; Soul Kitchen; The Crystal Ship; Twentieth Century Fox; Alabama Song; Light My Fire; Back Door Man; I Looked At You; End Of The Night; Take It As It Comes; The End....