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After Jim Morrison's unexpected death on July 3, 1971, The Doors scrambled to record their first album without their visionary leader. The songs were being worked up while Morrison was in Paris, being prepped for his eventual return to America. When Morrison never made it back, the remaining members took up vocal duties. While there's an obvious void here, there's also much to recommend. "In the Eye of the Sun" is a spunky opener, a virile blues with keyboardist Ray Manzarek taking the reins. "Tightrope Ride" is even more galvanizing and telling. Listen closely, and you'll hear the tale of rockers who passed too soon, from Brian Jones to Morrison himself. "Ship with Sails" recalls the Doors of L.A. Woman with a slinky, motoring groove. "Down on the Farm" possesses the dreamlike quality of the best Doors material, where genres melt into a peculiar organ-guitar fueled melody. "I'm Horny, I'm Stoned" uses unexpected harmonies to do battle with a song that explores the post-psychedelic era. "Wandering Musician" and "Hang on to Your Life" further reflect the group's shock at losing their leader. 

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I know, I know,

They're not the Doors without Jim. However, this was still a solid record. Ships with Sails was pretty tight, as was the primary "hit" Tightrope Ride. Hang On To Your Life is pretty cool as well.

A solid album despite Jim's passing

Despite the fact that Jim Morrison's life ended in Paris the remaining members delivered their best, what makes the Doors a great band was of course Jim's voice but another thing too was that the band was able to grow. Jim's death made the band grow even more, they had to deal with loss and turned to music to offer a tribte to what Jim started as a student/poet.

Oh the pain!

I can't really listen to this album and it all comes down to the singing. Oh, the pain of hearing Ray Manzarek sing! Robby Kreiger isn't much better but at least he wasn't aspiring to be a great singer. If only the album consisted of all instrumentals, I could almost recommend it. I don't think The Doors were wrong in carrying on w/o Jim Morrison, I just think they should have hired a real singer. For the curious only.


Formed: July, 1965 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s

The Doors, one of the most influential and controversial rock bands of the 1960s, were formed in Los Angeles in 1965 by UCLA film students Ray Manzarek, keyboards, and Jim Morrison, vocals; with drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger. The group never added a bass player, and their sound was dominated by Manzarek's electric organ work and Morrison's deep, sonorous voice, with which he sang and intoned his highly poetic lyrics. The group signed to Elektra Records in 1966 and released its...
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