Morrison Hotel [Expanded] [40th Anniversary Mixes]
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Whichever side of the fence you're on, you can't deny that `Morrison Hotel' contains some great rock-blues numbers. The band is on top form, with Morrison's gravelly baritone never better as the band belts through red-blooded rock-blues classics like `Roadhouse Blues', `Peace Frog', `Ship of Fools' and `Maggie McGill'. There are mellower moments too, particularly the melodious `Blue Sunday' and the atmospheric `Indian Summer' and seminal Morrison-poetic moments in `Queen of the Highway'.
The 40th Anniversary remasters of the original analogue tapes improve the 1970-released material, sometimes markedly so. You get 10 extra tracks, including no fewer than five separate takes of `Roadhouse Blues', all on one disk. This is the one to go for, IMO.
Interesting factoid: the picture on the back of the original 12" album cover featured the band in the street outside the original Hard Rock Café on East 5th Street, LA, and the first-side label featured the name. This exposure gave birth to the `Hard Rock Café' international chain, but sadly the original joint on East 5th Street is no more.
"Roadhouse Blues" starts off the fun "let it roll baby roll all night long" what a corker of a tune !
"Waiting for the sun" is strangely on this album and not the previous one but a great tune nether the less.
"Peace frog" "Ship of fools" and the most gorgeous beautiful "Indian Summer" make up a amazing album.
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But while the explosive and hugely influential self-titled debut album "The Doors" along with winners like October 1967's "Strange Days" and July 1969's "Soft Parade" have always gathered the plaudits – for me – my poison has always been their cool Seventies output - especially the first two of the decade – February 1970's "Morrison Hotel/Hard Rock Café" and April 1971's "L.A. Woman". For this review we're going to focus on the first...
Often shortened to just "Morrison Hotel" – their first LP of the new Hard Rock decade was an accomplished blast – a band renewed and ready to take on all-comers. Opening with the fantastic Rock-Blues of "Roadhouse Blues" and working its way to the hooky "Peace Frog" and on the very-Doors sound of "Maggie McGill" – I've always felt it's been overlooked in favour of their more famous predecessors. Let's get to 'the spies in the house of love'…
You can buy the "Morrison/Hard Rock Cafe" album as a March 2007 Rhino single-disc 'Expanded Edition' with 10 Bonus Tracks pretty cheaply – but even though it costs more my preferred tipple is part of an older Box Set that keeps it simple.Read more ›
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!
Bonus cuts on this CD comprise a whole load of extra goodies, including multiple takes of Roadhouse Blues (showing us how they sweated to get that *perfect take* (thanks guys!)), and jazzy versions of The Spy, Queen of the Highway and Peace Frog. I like these a lot, and think them as strong as the originals. They certainly show the band's musicianship and ability to play diverse styles of music.
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Ok, but i've concluded that the Doors are one of those bands that can be fully appreciated in a 'best of album'. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Classic album but unfortunately unrippable so I can't listen on ipod... no good for me.Published 7 months ago by B. Weaver
CD doesn't play properly bought as gift so stuffed as I found out latePublished 21 months ago by viewer