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I'm a newbie to the Doors music, so i will review this as such.,
This review is from: The Doors, A Collection, Mini Box Set (Audio CD)No bonus tracks. So what?
In the exact same way I tire of a "Director's Cut" when it comes to movies, I get frustrated by an album loaded with Bonus Tracks, that add unnecessary length to an album and damage the flow of the songs.
Aside from certain instances when record companies make odd decisions to cut the finest songs from an album (with the incentive of repackaging the album later that year as a deluxe edition- Century Media, I am looking at you), an album should be accepted for what it is: a body of work as envisioned by its creators.
So when I saw this box set going for a very reasonable price, I snapped it up immediately. I already owned a copy of the fantastic debut, and was eager to hear more. And with this release, I got what I wanted, and am very happy!
My favourite album from this band is the self-titled. This could very likely be because it was my first taste of the Doors, but the album has a very dirgy atmosphere, and Break On Through, The Crystal Ship, Alabama Song and Light My Fire are stone cold rock'n'roll classics. That's not even counting the final track, The End!
For some odd reason, The Soft Parade really appeals to me, almost as much as the self-titled debut. Its quirky, and Runnin' Blue, Wishful Sinful and Touch Me are perfect mood lifters! Over the decades, many bands have made big evolutionary leaps with their music, often in the space of just two albums, and with The Soft Parade, The Doors adapted their sound to encompass a quirker, albeit more commerial, sonic drive.
After all, The Beatles did it with Sgt. Pepper (a flawed masterpiece). The Beach Boys did it with Pet Sounds (an album very much misunderstood at the time of its release, and superior to EVERY other album released in that time period). Bruce Springsteen did it with Nebraska (did anybody see that one coming? Still needs more love). Lacuna Coil did it with Shallow Life (a newer band, but don't hold that against them, 18 years together, they deserve praise for experimentation in these dark times for the music industry). Thrice did it with Vheissu (should have been a breakthrough for them on par with Radioheads OK Computer). Metallica did it with St. Anger (OK, forget I ever mentioned that one...). I think I made my point clear...
So why not The Doors, who with Jim never released a bad album? I will never understand why this is so underrated, but maybe its me with my bad taste!
I also really admire the way the band injected a bluesy feel into the music, and Jim Morrison's voice is so full of murky warmth I never tire of listening to him!
Also, the lack of b sides really appeals to me, because I am able to listen to these albums as if I were right there in the 60's, exploring the music without the hindrance of multiple bonus tracks.
Don't get me wrong, when I'm fully satisfied with the abundance of wealth these albums provide (I'm still in the process of letting these albums grow on me, which I enjoy!), I will very likely further my interest by seeking out b-sides, previously unreleased songs and live material.
But I'm new to The Doors, and these albums are fantastic on there own terms, and fully satisfy my needs.
So, for once, a bare-bones re-release gets a high mark from me!
And for anybody else looking to explore this legendary bands music, give this a try. I did, and I'm very happy that I did!!
P.S. Once I've fully absorbed these albums, don't be surprised to find my four star review bumping up to a five!