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Friday, 25 September 2015

Rewind: 1967 Strange Days - The Doors

Strange Days - The Doors
Elektra
Produced by Paul A. Rothchild
Released 25th September 1967
US Chart #3
French Chart #10

Personnel
The Doors
    Jim Morrison – vocals, percussion, Moog synthesizer on track 1
    Ray Manzarek – Vox Continental organ, Fender Rhodes piano bass on tracks 4 and 10, harpsichord on track 3, backwards piano on track 4, marimba on track 9
    Robby Krieger – guitar
    John Densmore – drums

Additional musicians
    Douglas Lubahn – bass guitar on tracks 1–3, 6–9


Following on from their hit debut album that was released at the start of 1967, The Doors released their second on 25th September and it would peak at #3 in the charts and produced two further hit singles.

Strange Days consists of songs that were written in 1965–66 but which did not make it onto The Doors, such as "Moonlight Drive", which was one of the first songs written by lead singer Jim Morrison. A demo of the song was recorded in 1965 and a proper studio version was recorded for their debut album but was not used. In 1967, a final version was recorded and released on this album.

There's a number of tracks on the album that I really like but the final track on it - When The Music's Over - is my favourite track by The Doors.

 Side A   
1.     "Strange Days" (written by Jim Morrison)     3:11
2.     "You're Lost Little Girl" (written by Robby Krieger)     3:03
3.     "Love Me Two Times" (written by Krieger)     3:18
4.     "Unhappy Girl" (written by Morrison)     2:02
5.     "Horse Latitudes" (written by Morrison)     1:37
6.     "Moonlight Drive" (written by Morrison)     3:05
 
Side B    
7.     "People Are Strange" (written by Morrison and Krieger)     2:13
8.     "My Eyes Have Seen You" (written by Morrison)     2:32
9.     "I Can't See Your Face in My Mind" (written by Morrison)     3:26
10.     "When the Music's Over"       10:58

Singles From Strange Days
    "People Are Strange"/"Unhappy Girl"
    Released: September 1967 US #12
    "Love Me Two Times"/"Moonlight Drive"
    Released: November 1967 US #25
(Links are not necessarily the studio version released as the single but live versions from various shows between 1967-68)


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