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Morrison Hotel

24 Jan. 2009 | Format: MP3

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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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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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This gets 5 stars not because it's the best Doors album, although it's still excellent, but because it hasn't 'suffered' too much from the interfering of the Remastering Brigade. Why don't they just leave things alone? The original vinyl is the best, this comes a close second.
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The Doors are one of the best bands ever, if not THE best. And they themselves wrote almost all the songs on their 6 studio albums.
But one word of warning - if you want the original authentic recordings DO NOT BUY the "remastered" cds released in 2007 as these are actually remixes. Buy the remastered series of cds released around 1989, of which this is one.
Incidentally I saw the Doors at the 1970 Isle of Wight Pop Festival and they were fantastic - the best act there.
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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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Even though I'm a big Doors fan, I still haven't heard The Soft Parade, which apparently isn't too good. This album was the follow up, and an almighty effort it was too. The powerful opener "Roadhouse Blues" is fantastic and became a popular live song for the band to perform (one of which is heard on "The Best Of" album). "Waiting For The Sun" is equally as unique and powerfull, with surreal noises eminating from the background as Morrison croons lovingly over the top. "You Make Me Real" is another classic Doors song, but it's the truly funky "Peace Frog" that keeps things rolling nicely. One of their most controversial songs it indeed is, and at mid-point in the song Jim breaks out into a poem - "Ghosts shroud the children's fragile egg shell minds". The song eases nicely onto the next track "Blue Sunday" without the listener noticing, which is a clever technique for the early 70s. Another highlight of the album is the soothing "Indian Summer", which really could have been made longer (it stands at only two minutes and a bit). It seems strange that Morrison missed the opportunity to make another epic, but in the end it just shows their brilliance by being able to produce epics, or be remarkably concise. "The Spy" uses blues as its roots, hinting at what would come in their stunning final album (as the original four piece) "L.A. Woman". Morrison Hotel isn't perfect, though. "Land Ho" is just plain corny and "Maggie 'M'Gill", whilst interesting, is not really worthy of a second listen. On the whole, a strong album that returns the four members to their absolute best, well, almost anyway.
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