Mojo Risin'" chant an anagram for his name is silly but effective. And the band revs up for its big finish after almost eight minutes of steady acceleration. Still, it's a remarkably efficient performance and highlight from one of the group's best albums. The opening song on the band's classic debut album didn't chart, never making it any higher than No. But the Doors' first single still manages to sound like a monster hit. The band's template was pretty much set on 'Break on Through': Manzarek's elastic keyboard riffing, Krieger's piercing guitar lines, John Densmore's jazzy drumming and Morrison controversy-courting lyrics his original "she gets high" line remained unreleased for 30 years.
This is the beginning. The Doors' epic closer to their debut album sounded monumental even before Francis Ford Coppola used it in Apocalypse Now a dozen years later. The band honed its tight performance of the song at its nightly gigs in Los Angeles. From its opening spare drum smack to the entire band's closing shot seven minutes later, "Light My Fire" sums up just about everything you need to know about the Doors.
It's sexy, a little too long, a little too fussy, kinda pretentious and absolutely brilliant. The song hit No. It's a perfect symbol of the era. The original handwritten lyric has some interesting doodling in blue biro, depicting a kite in a lightning flash and a stylised straw man, and credits the song, which he actually called L.
A: Woman , to J. Unusually, it was recorded in the morning it was unlikely that Morrison had been to bed. The original album came with a yellow inner sleeve that showed a woman crucified on a telephone pole. The art director, Carl Cossick, provided a visual metaphor for the cultural exploitation of women. Cher was never paid for posing naked.
Instead she was given five copies of the finished album. The Amtrak howl and the chugging rhythm make this the ideal way to enter the City of Night.
The last track on the final Doors album recorded while their frontman was alive, Riders On The Storm could be viewed as a portent of impending doom. While Robby Krieger vamped surf-style, Morrison scribbled lyrics in his notebook. Once he had the verses, he asked the band to interpret the song and slow the tempo to a walking blues.
The idea of a solitary road trip also emerged in his unfinished film HWY: An American Pastoral , where he looms like a deranged Charles Manson — the killer on the road. Ray Manzarek and bassist Jerry Scheff hit upon the loping A-minor-to-A-major riff underpinning a dark jazz figure. Engineer Bruce Botnick raided his effects library for the distant desert thunder that appears as a motif.
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