The Doors

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The Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, with vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger. The band took its name from the title of Aldous Huxley's book The Doors of Perception, which itself was a reference to a William Blake quotation, from his famous work The Marriage of Heaven and Hell: "If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite." They were among the most controversial, influential and unique rock acts of the 1960s and beyond, mostly because of Morrison's wild, poetic lyrics and charismatic but unpredictable stage persona. After Morrison's death in 1971, the remaining members continued as a trio until finally disbanding in 1973.

Signing with Elektra Records in 1966, the Doors released eight albums between 1967 and 1971. All but one hit the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 and went platinum or better. The 1967 release of The Doors was the first in a series of top ten albums in the United States, followed by Strange Days (1967), Waiting for the Sun (1968), The Soft Parade (1969), Morrison Hotel (1970), Absolutely Live (1970) and L.A. Woman (1971), with 21 Gold, 14 Platinum and 5 Multi-Platinum album awards in the United States alone. After Morrison's death in 1971, the surviving trio released a pair of albums Other Voices and Full Circle with Manzarek and Krieger sharing lead vocals. The three members also collaborated on the spoken-word recording of Morrison's An American Prayer in 1978 and on the "Orange County Suite" for a 1997 boxed set. Manzarek, Krieger and Densmore reunited in 2000 for an episode of VH1's "Storytellers" and subsequently recorded Stoned Immaculate: The Music of the Doors, with a variety of vocalists.

Although the Doors' active career ended in 1973, their popularity has persisted. According to the RIAA, they have sold 36.6 million certified units in the US and over 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling bands of all time. The Doors has been listed as one of the greatest artists of all time by many magazines, including Rolling Stone, which ranked them 41st on its list of The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. The Doors were the first American band to accumulate eight consecutive gold and platinum LPs.

In 2002 Manzarek and Krieger started playing together again, branding themselves as the Doors of the 21st Century, with Ian Astbury of the Cult on vocals. Densmore opted to sit out and, along with the Morrison estate, sued the duo over proper use of the band name and won. After a short time as Riders On the Storm, they settled on the name Manzarek-Krieger and continued to tour until Manzarek's death in 2013.

Three of the band's studio albums, The Doors (1967), L.A. Woman (1971), and Strange Days (1967), were featured in the Rolling Stone list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, at positions 42, 362 and 407 respectively.

The band, their work, and Morrison's celebrity continue to be considered inexorably embedded within the larger counterculture of the 1960s.

In 1993, The Doors were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1967 The Doors The Doors 4.1 22
1967 Strange Days The Doors 4 15
1968 Waiting for the Sun The Doors 14
1969 The Soft Parade The Doors 4 12
1970 Morrison Hotel The Doors 16
1971 L.A. Woman The Doors 4 21
1971 Other Voices The Doors 2
1972 Full Circle The Doors 3
1978 An American Prayer Jim Morrison, music by The Doors 4.5 5
1999 Waiting for the Sun / L.A. Woman The Doors 2
2000 L.A. Woman The Doors 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1970 13 Compilation The Doors 2
1972 Weird Scenes Inside the Gold Mine Compilation The Doors 2
1974 Star-Collection The Doors Volume 2 Compilation The Doors 1
1976 The Best Of Compilation The Doors 1
1980 Greatest Hits Compilation The Doors 1
1985 The Best of The Doors Compilation The Doors 5 8
1992 The Best of The Doors Compilation The Doors 1
1995 Greatest Hits Compilation The Doors 3
1997 The Doors Box Set Compilation The Doors 3 2
1997 Alabama Song Compilation The Doors 1
1999 The Complete Studio Recordings Compilation The Doors 4.65 1
1999 Super Stars Best Collection Compilation The Doors 1
2000 Essential Rarities Compilation The Doors 1
2000 The Best of The Doors Compilation The Doors 7
2001 The Very Best of The Doors Compilation The Doors 1
2003 Legacy: The Absolute Best Compilation The Doors 3
2003 Love Me Two Times Compilation The Doors 1
2006 Perception Compilation The Doors 4.5 3
2007 Set the Night on Fire Compilation The Doors 1
2007 The Very Best of The Doors Compilation The Doors 8
2008 The Future Starts Here: The Essential Doors Hits Compilation The Doors 1
2008 The Platinum Collection Compilation The Doors 2
2011 A Collection Compilation The Doors 1
2012 The Complete Doors Studio Albums Compilation The Doors 1
2013 Singles Box: Japan Edition Compilation The Doors 2
2013 Curated by Record Store Day Compilation The Doors 2
Best Compilation The Doors 1
Gold Compilation The Doors 1
Grand Collection Compilation The Doors 1
Greatest Hits Compilation The Doors 1
Greatest Hits Compilation The Doors 1
Greatest Hits 3 Compilation The Doors 1
Greatest Hits, Volume 2 Compilation The Doors 1
Hit Collection 2000 Compilation The Doors 1
Legendary Master Pieces Compilation The Doors 1
Scattered Sun Compilation The Doors 1
Sneaking Out the Backdoor Compilation The Doors 1
Special Collection Compilation The Doors 1
SuperDoors Compilation The Doors 1

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