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The Doors’ second album, Strange Days, continues to plunder the band’s early L.A. club repertoire. “Moonlight Drive” had been among the group’s earliest tunes and was given the full psychedelic treatment in the studio with Robbie Krieger’s hallucinatory guitar runs brilliantly complimenting singer Jim Morrison’s visions of sex and death. “You’re Lost Little Girl” emphasizes Morrison’s crooner ambitions, while “People Are Strange” is a hard-hitting piece of truth wrapped up as a pop song. “Horse Latitudes” is poetry backed by music concrete. “Love Me Two Times” is the perfect straightforward pop number, complete with Krieger’s guitar twirls. However, it’s the ominous keyboard-driven pop of the title track, “I Can’t See Your Face In My Mind” and “My Eyes Have Seen You” that present the Doors in the strongest form to date. The eleven minutes of “When the Music’s Over” remains one of the Doors’ most powerful and cathartic statements, riveting from its butterfly whisper to the scream of “We want the world and we want it now.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Doors’ second album, Strange Days, continues to plunder the band’s early L.A. club repertoire. “Moonlight Drive” had been among the group’s earliest tunes and was given the full psychedelic treatment in the studio with Robbie Krieger’s hallucinatory guitar runs brilliantly complimenting singer Jim Morrison’s visions of sex and death. “You’re Lost Little Girl” emphasizes Morrison’s crooner ambitions, while “People Are Strange” is a hard-hitting piece of truth wrapped up as a pop song. “Horse Latitudes” is poetry backed by music concrete. “Love Me Two Times” is the perfect straightforward pop number, complete with Krieger’s guitar twirls. However, it’s the ominous keyboard-driven pop of the title track, “I Can’t See Your Face In My Mind” and “My Eyes Have Seen You” that present the Doors in the strongest form to date. The eleven minutes of “When the Music’s Over” remains one of the Doors’ most powerful and cathartic statements, riveting from its butterfly whisper to the scream of “We want the world and we want it now.”

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Customer Reviews

5 out of 5

44 Ratings

Great Follow-Up

Desensitize35,

After the enormous success from their first record, the pressure was on for a brilliant follow-up. At the time, many fans disliked this album because it was too abstract. That's actually why I love it. This album is more loose compared to their first hard hitting masterpiece. "People Are Strange," "Moonlight Drive," and "Love Me Two Times," lyrically are brilliant. "Moonlight Drive" was the very first song ever written by Jim. As to the long track "The End," "When the Music's Over" is very similar as well with Jim's poetry overflowing as the track progresses. An overlooked album that should defiantly deserve a second listen.

Still Sticks in my Mind

greyrcker,

The Doors first album obviously has it's place in rock history, but Strange Days to me is equally as important, partially because it brought the eerie, slightly creepy, yet seductive music of the Doors, which was part of Morrison. The album cover itself brings the shivers of the carnival's dark side. I remember buying this album and bringing it to my girlfriend's house.....when Horse Latitudes came on, she cried and made me stop the record!!!! Ah, those were the 60's.....to me, the songs Strange Days, and People are Strange really typify the feel of the album. "People are uneven, when your down" just like walking through the Mirror Mazes with the crazy mirrors! Miss you creepy humor, Jim!

About The Doors

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 first album, The Doors, featuring the hit "Light My Fire," in 1967.

Like "Light My Fire," the debut album was a massive hit, and endures as one of the most exciting, groundbreaking recordings of the psychedelic era. Blending blues, classical, Eastern music, and pop into sinister but beguiling melodies, the band sounded like no other. With his rich, chilling vocals and somber poetic visions, Morrison explored the depths of the darkest and most thrilling aspects of the psychedelic experience. Their first effort was so stellar, in fact, that the Doors were hard-pressed to match it, and although their next few albums contained a wealth of first-rate material, the group also began running up against the limitations of their recklessly disturbing visions. By their third album, they had exhausted their initial reservoir of compositions, and some of the tracks they hurriedly devised to meet public demand were clearly inferior to, and imitative of, their best early work.

On The Soft Parade, the group experimented with brass sections, with mixed results. Accused (without much merit) by much of the rock underground as pop sellouts, the group charged back hard with the final two albums they recorded with Morrison, on which they drew upon stone-cold blues for much of their inspiration, especially on 1971's L.A. Woman.

From the start, the Doors' focus was the charismatic Morrison, who proved increasingly unstable over the group's brief career. In 1969, Morrison was arrested for indecent exposure during a concert in Miami, an incident that nearly derailed the band. Nevertheless, the Doors managed to turn out a series of successful albums and singles through 1971, when, upon the completion of L.A. Woman, Morrison decamped for Paris. He died there, apparently of a drug overdose. The three surviving Doors tried to carry on without him, but ultimately disbanded. Yet the Doors' music and Morrison's legend continued to fascinate succeeding generations of rock fans: in the mid-'80s, Morrison was as big a star as he'd been in the mid-'60s, and Elektra has sold numerous quantities of the Doors' original albums plus reissues and releases of live material over the years, while publishers have flooded bookstores with Doors and Morrison biographies. In 1991, director Oliver Stone made The Doors, a feature film about the group starring Val Kilmer as Morrison.

The remaining three members of the Doors -- Manzarek, Densmore, and Krieger -- were involved in various musical activities in the decades following Morrison's death but never saw successes approaching the levels of the original Doors. After the turn of the millennium, Manzarek and Krieger performed live under the name Doors of the 21st Century with singer Ian Astbury of the Cult handling vocals; a legal battle ensued when Densmore filed suit against his former bandmates over use of the Doors name. Ray Manzarek died in May 2013 in Rosenheim, Germany after battling bile duct cancer; he was 74 years old. On February 12, 2016, Krieger and Densmore reunited as a tribute to Manzarek at the benefit concert Stand Up to Cancer. Later that year, the earliest known live tapes of the Doors were released as London Fog 1966, and early in 2017 the Doors celebrated their 50th anniversary with a deluxe reissue of their debut album. ~ William Ruhlmann & Richie Unterberger

  • ORIGIN
    Los Angeles, CA
  • GENRE
    Rock
  • FORMED
    Jul 1965

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