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  • Audio CD (26 Aug. 1988)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra Records
  • ASIN: B0000264WI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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Doors - Morrison Hotel - Cd

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Amazingly, Morrison Hotel marked a return to form for the Doors - and what a return to form! Gone the brass of the Soft Parade and the psychedelia of Strange Days, replaced by a ballsy, raw, bluesy sound. And Morrison's voice had gained depth and soul - the upside of heavy smoking?. There isn't a duff song here. Roadhouse Blues is the textbook road song - and full of classic quotes. Ship of Fools, Land Ho, Maggie M'Gill all plough a similar bluesy furrow. But other songs conjure other moods, take Blue Sunday and Indian Summer for example. These are soft, atmospheric songs. Indian Summer sounds different too because it was recorded four years earlier in 1966 during the recording sessions for the first album. Notice the difference in Morrison's voice!
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This has to be one of the best albums ever made by the Doors in my opinion. The range of differences in the album make it so interesting to listen to. For example if you listen to a song such as Peace Frog it has a superb drum beat and bass line that intermingles with Jim Morrison's vocal talent, thus creating a more hard hitting rock feel than the usual Pschadelic feel associated with the Doors. But, on the other hand, if you were to take a song such as Indian Summer you can almost feel the psychadelia coming out of your hifi. Morrison's voice croons softly, the guitar rifts are plucked with an equal delicacy by Robby Krieger to Morrison's calming voice. These two songs are just examples of how fantastic this album actually is. My advice is to buy the album and experience it for yourself because there will never be another band like the Doors.
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By Siriam TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Nov. 2006
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The general perceived wisdom is that the Doors made two outstanding records at the outset and then it was a story of continual decline except for the odd highlight track until Jim Morrison's death in a bath in Paris. Well, listening to the remastered set of Doors CDs, leaves one feeling that 40 odd years on that initial assessment may be up for challenge.

The reason being that listening now to "Morrison Hotel" one is not left feeling that this was a group in exit mode. Instead it was one that could still lay down a full set of energetic and memorable songs all well sung and played and well recorded and produced by the duo of Paul Rothschild and Bruce Botnick. The three musicians show yet again why LA always had a harder edge than SF in the late 1960s when it came to playing rock and blues. While a number of songs may recycle prior ideas not least due to Morrison's continual plagiarising of book titles to inpsire his song writing, they are none the worse for that.

When it came out this record got panned based largely on people's memories of those first two recordings and claims of it being just more of the same. However the lack of over inflated workouts ("The End" and "When the music's over") and a better focus on shorter and sharper songs plus a greater energy and sense of rock and roll ("Roadhouse Blues" & "You make me real") make for my ears a much better overall set. Special highlight is Robbie Krieger's guitar playing throughout of short and memorable solos and licks - a continual joy and sadly heard too little of post the Doors demise. It is no surprise that such energy was also on show in the subsequent Live double LP set.

With the final recording "LA Woman" yet to come, "Morrison Hotel" has no sense of decline or despair about it - it is just great music that as a whole is a much more enjoyable listen in 2006 than the now rather thinner sounding first two LPs.
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After a couple of albums that were more noted for hit singles that smacked too much of pop music for their fans, namely 1968's "Waiting for the Sun" with "Hello, I Love You" and 1969's "The Soft Parade" with "Touch Me," the Doors got back to their roots with "Morrison Hotel." This is clear from the opening track on this 1970 album, the rock 'n' booze anthem "Roadhouse Blues," which blasts this album into the stratosphere. Robbie Krieger's opening riff sets the tone and Ray Manzarek pounds away on the piano to establish the mood, with the whole thing capped off by Jim Morrison's vocalized howls. You can hear live versions of "Roadhouse Blues," but unfortunately none of them were ever performed in the perfect locale, which would have been a bar. But you can imagine how great it would sound to hear this one blasting the top off of some juke joint.
There are not any hit singles on the group's fifth studio album, which is undoubtedly why it went over better with the fans of the Doors, even if it only made it to #4 on the Billboard album charts. To help validate the blues the Doors brought in the great sessions jazz guitarist Ray Neopolitan, albeit as a bass player (the Doors never really bothered with one). The requisite touch of the exotic can be found in songs like "Waiting for the Sun," "Queen of the Highway," and "Indian Summer." Morrison, who was noticeably disengaged in terms of both his lyrics and his singing on previous albums, is back to waxing poetic big time, as evidenced by "Ship of Fools," which mixes nihilistic imagery with prospects for hope. Again, Morrison is found commenting on the counterculture, singing about how "Everyone was hanging out/Hanging up and hanging down/Hanging in and holding fast.
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