Although I am amazed at my own propensity to shell out my hard-earned on records that I have already got, I don't care, when the albums are as good as this. This nicely-packaged set contains a wonderful mono vinyl copy of The Doors' first album, as well as mono and stereo CD versions, and a good early club performance of the band from The Matrix back in the day.
'The Doors' is simply one of the finest debut albums of all time. Half a century on, the band's ethereal, genuinely spooky music still shimmers and surprises. One of the big revelations to me (and why this should be so, when I have been listening to them over forty years), is just how superbly good a drummer John Densmore is. His contributions are as vital as guitarist Robbie Kreiger and keyboard player Ray Manzarek - as essential, in fact, as Jim Morrison himself. In fact, The Doors were as much the ultimate Rock Band Ensemble as The Band. The mono version is bright, full-sounding and really immersive. Densmore's snare drum cracks, Kreiger's guitar stings, floats and stuns, and Manzarek's keyboards are sinuous and deeply groovy. The packaging - with a fine essay by Rolling Stone journalist David Fricke - is informative and engaging, and although this set ain't cheap, it is stunning, and I shall be returning to it many times over. Priceless music from a stellar band.
Doors were always aeons ahead of their time. That this album still sounds great, some 45 years after the vinyl version, is testament to the music, lyrics, sound engineers and, of course, the band.
There isn't a bum track on this album and for a debut, it's mind blowing. There's poetry in many of the lyrics and drug induced or not, their language is powerful and relevant. I love the album and can't believe it was only £1.99.