Deep lyrics, catchy riffs drive ‘The Doors’

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Legendary rock band, The Doors, formed in 1965, consisting of guitarist Robby Krieger, percussionist John Densmore, keyboard and organist Ray Manzarek, and singer Jim Morrison.

The group was named after Aldous Huxley’s book “The Doors of Perception” and released its first album, “The Doors,” in early 1967.

Words cannot describe the level of musical genius this album features.

Morrison pours his heart into every song, creating a vivid image with his deep lyrics.

Manzarek’s keyboard bass gives the band driving rhythms in many of its songs. The distinct sound of his playing also gives the band its own unique style.

Krieger and Densmore both provide notable rhythms with their guitar work and percussion, respectively.

“Break on Through (To the Other Side)” opens this classic album.

This track may be the greatest opener in rock history.

Densmore’s bossa nova groove opens the song with a distinct mood and his drumming highlights this classic.

Morrison’s lyrics give texture to the song with powerful delivery and poetic grace.

Morrison sings, “You know the day destroys the night — night divides the day — tried to run — tried to hide — break on through to the other side.”

“Soul Kitchen” is the album’s second track.

As usual, Manzarek and Morrison perform beautifully, delivering a funky rhythm and catchy lyrics.

Densmore’s drumming may not be the song’s most notable feature, but he steers the song from start to finish.

Krieger’s memorable guitar solo transcends this song to excellence

“The Crystal Ship” may be one of the album’s softer songs, but it is masterfully done.

Morrison’s crooning and the rhythmic pairing of Densmore and Manzarek makes this track a soft, yet powerful composition.

The fifth track is “Alabama Song (Whisky Bar),” covered from the play “Little Mahagonny.”

The Doors’ version is better than the original.

“Light My Fire” is the album’s highlight.

It features a catchy chorus and superb guitar by Krieger.

The song was the band’s first No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.

Morrison sings, “The time to hesitate is through — no time to wallow in the mire — try now we can only lose — and our love become a funeral pyre.”

“Back Door Man,” “I Looked at You,” “End of the Night,” and “Take it as it Comes” all fall on the album’s B-side.

“The End” fittingly closes out the album.

The track is one of the band’s most iconic, being featured in the opening of “Apocalypse Now.”

It has an almost illusory, emotional feel that draws you in.

“The End” is arguably the band’s best track and has some of the deepest lyrics, though they’re sometimes explicit.

“Lost in a Roman wilderness of pain — and all the children are insane, all the children are insane –waiting for the summer rain, yeah,” Morrison sings.

The Doors’ group excellence in songwriting, as well as their individual performances, highlight the album.

There is not a bad performance on the album, and it set the foundation for the group’s success.

I highly recommend you give this album a listen.