Album Review #137: The Doors (The Doors)

in music •  6 months ago

THE DOORS
1967-ELEKTRA
Produced By PAUL A ROTHCHILD

  1. Break On Through (To The Other Side)
  2. Soul Kitchen
  3. The Crystal Ship
  4. Twentieth Century Fox
  5. Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)
  6. Light My Fire
  7. Back Door Man
  8. I Looked At You
  9. End Of The Night
  10. Take It As It Comes
  11. The End

Ah, The Doors. There was a time when I could listen to this band any time. Then, once every six months was a reminder of how burned out I got on them. Maybe it was the whole 80's revival, or maybe it's just that Jim Morrison got on my nerves. Either way, I couldn't go there very often. And now, I can enjoy them as before without being bored at all.

Their debut album is undeniably very good. Even with Morrison's shortcomings as a vocalist, the rest of the band is strong. Instrumentally, songs like "Light My Fire" and "Soul Kitchen" are excellent, and Morrison makes "The End" something magical. His voice can grate, but in this band, it turned out he was the perfect fit. Later versions of this have Morrison's obscenities on "The End" intact, if you need to hear them.

This is album #137 in an ongoing series.

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I've written reviews for 10 years approximately, but on a whole other subject: PC vodeo games. I've freelanced for PC Zone, PC Gamer, Computer ID and some other Dutch publications (although the magazines operated under their English mother companies). Now I wonder if there are somewhat "objective" measures by which you can grade music? Isn't that extremely difficult? For example, when I reviewed a game that wasn't up my alley, like a mech- or flight-simulator, there were still things like graphics and sound-quality, story-originality, use of available technology I could grade a game by. Even if I personally don't like the genre or gameplay mechanics, it doesn't mean that the game is bad... Do you feel what I mean?

With what you do, reviewing music albums and music artists, I have no clue how I would review an album that I personally don't like; I wouldn't know what else to "measure" music with, other than my personal taste... This is part of why I admire what you do with these posts, next to your incredible consitency, something I'm trying to copy from you ;-)

But I'm really curious how, and even if you would go about reviewing music that's popular, but not your personal cup of tea. Or are you one of those rare persons that can see the beauty in everything? That wouldn't surprise me either 😍

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I used to be a huge music snob. I hated so much more music than I allowed myself to enjoy. But over the years, I've allowed myself to become more and more open. And while there is still music out there that I don't particularly enjoy, and while there are albums that are poorly made or planned, I have learned to find something in everything. A thing that I find very helpful...especially with people. There's something in everything. And in everybody.

I have found that I can write reviews for albums that are not in my wheelhouse...things that are not what I would choose to play for pleasure. I can still listen to them, and I can still find what's good in them. And I'm not afraid to give something a failing grade either. But I guess it just comes down to treating the album as fairly as possible, and while remembering past impressions you may have had, also remembering to take your personal rating back to zero and reviewing with as open a mind as you can.

Hope that makes sense!

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Aaah , love this album ! My personal favorite is the ''Crystal Ship'' . Such ethereal song ! But my all time favourite of theirs is actually L.A. Woman :)

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