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, guitarist Robby Krieger, and drummer John Densmore. The band got its name from the title of Aldous Huxley's book The Doors of Perception, which itself was a reference to a quote made by William Blake, "If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite." They were unique and among the most controversial and influential rock acts of the 1960s, mostly because of Morrison's lyrics and charismatic but unpredictable stage persona. After Morrison's death in 1971 at age 27, the remaining members continued as a trio until 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 on the Billboard 200 and went platinum or better. Their self-titled debut album (1967) was their first in a series of Top 10 albums in the United States, followed by Strange Days (also 1967), Waiting for the Sun (1968), The Soft Parade (1969), Morrison Hotel (1970), Absolutely Live (1970) and L.A. Woman (1971), with 20 Gold, 14 Platinum, and 5 Multi-Platinum album awards in the United States alone. By the end of 1971, it was reported that the Doors had sold 4,190,457 albums domestically and 7,750,642 singles. The band had three million-selling singles in the U.S. with "Light My Fire", "Hello, I Love You" and "Touch Me". After Morrison's death in 1971, the surviving trio released two 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 33 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 have 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 LP's.

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's 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 at the age of 74.

Three of the band's studio albums, the self-titled debut, L.A. Woman, and Strange Days, were featured in Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, at positions 42, 362, and 407 respectively. According to The Washington Post's Martin Weil, the band rose to the center of the counterculture of the 1960s. The Doors were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1967 The Doors The Doors 4.2 25
1967 Strange Days The Doors 4.25 17
1968 Waiting for the Sun The Doors 4.25 17
1969 The Soft Parade The Doors 4.25 15
1970 Morrison Hotel The Doors 4.35 21
1971 L.A. Woman The Doors 4.15 27
1971 Other Voices The Doors 3
1972 Full Circle The Doors 4
1978 An American Prayer Jim Morrison, music by The Doors 4.5 5
1991 Live USA The Doors 1
1991 San Francisco 1967 The Doors 1
1994 Go Insane The Doors 1
2007 The Complete Stockholm ’68 Tapes The Doors 1
Elektra The Doors 1
If It Ain’t One Thing, It’s Another The Doors 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1970 13 The Doors 2
1972 Weird Scenes Inside the Gold Mine The Doors 2
1973 The Best Of The Doors 3
1974 Star-Collection The Doors Volume 2 The Doors 1
1980 Greatest Hits The Doors 1
1985 The Best of The Doors The Doors 5 10
1990 Greatest Hits 3 The Doors 1
1992 Light My Fire The Doors 1
1993 Love Me Tender: Doors Studio Session 1969 The Doors 1
1995 Greatest Hits The Doors 5
1995 Other Voices / Full Circle The Doors 2
1996 Turn Out the Lights The Doors 1
1997 The Doors Box Set The Doors 3 1
1997 Alabama Song The Doors 1
1997 Selections From the Forthcoming Box Set The Doors 1
1998 When the Music Is Over The Doors 1
1999 The Complete Studio Recordings The Doors 4.65 1
1999 Super Stars Best Collection The Doors 1
1999 Waiting for the Sun / L.A. Woman The Doors 2
2000 Essential Rarities The Doors 1
2000 The Best of The Doors The Doors 8
2001 The Very Best of The Doors The Doors 1
2003 Legacy: The Absolute Best The Doors 3
2003 Love Me Two Times The Doors 1
2006 Perception The Doors 4.5 3
2007 Set the Night on Fire The Doors 1
2007 The Very Best of The Doors The Doors 9
2007 Scattered Sun The Doors 1
2008 The Future Starts Here: The Essential Doors Hits The Doors 1
2008 The Platinum Collection The Doors 2
2011 A Collection The Doors 5 1
2012 The Complete Doors Studio Albums The Doors 1
2013 Infinite Box Set The Doors 1
2013 Singles Box: Japan Edition The Doors 2
2013 Curated by Record Store Day The Doors 2
Best The Doors 1
Gold The Doors 1
Grand Collection The Doors 1
Greatest Hits The Doors 1
Greatest Hits The Doors 1
Greatest Hits The Doors 1
Greatest Hits, Volume 2 The Doors 1
Hit Collection 2000 The Doors 1
Legendary Master Pieces The Doors 1
Set the Night on Fire The Doors 1
Sneaking Out the Backdoor The Doors 1
Special Collection The Doors 1
SuperDoors The Doors 1
The Best Of The Doors 1
The Doors The Doors 1
The Doors Anthology The Doors 1
The Greatest Hits The Doors 1
The Studio Recordings: Complete Discography The Doors 1
The Very Best of the Doors (Bonus Track Version) The Doors 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1970 Absolutely Live The Doors 8
1983 Alive She Cried The Doors 3
1987 Live at the Hollywood Bowl The Doors 2
1989 Build me a woman (Live at the Felt Forum, New York City N.Y. January 17, 1970) The Doors 1
1990 Poems, Lyrics and Stories by James Douglas Morrison The Doors 1
1990 The Matrix Tapes The Doors 1
1991 In Concert The Doors 4 4
1991 Four Closed Doors The Doors 1
1992 The Doors Live The Doors 1
1993 Lizard King (live in Seattle 5.6.70) The Doors 1
1993 Séance The Doors 1
1993 Welcome to the Soft Parade The Doors 1
1994 1970-06-05: Jim’s Alive - The Ultimate Seattle Tapes: Center Coliseum, Seattle, WA, USA The Doors 1
1994 Freedom Man The Doors 3
1995 1970: One Hundred Minutes: Vancouver, BC, Canada The Doors 1
1996 1967-03: Matrix Live Recordings: The Matrix, Los Angeles, CA, USA The Doors 1
1996 TV Bleeding The Doors 1
2000 Live in Detroit The Doors 4 1
2000 Bright Midnight: Live in America The Doors 3 3
2001 Live at the Aquarius Theatre: The First Performance The Doors 2
2001 Live at the Aquarius Theatre: The Second Performance The Doors 1
2001 Live in Hollywood: Highlights from the Aquarius Theatre Performances The Doors 2
2002 Backstage and Dangerous: The Private Rehearsal The Doors 2
2003 Live at the Matrix in Los Angeles in March 1967 The Doors 4 1
2005 Live in Philadelphia '70 The Doors 1
2006 Boot Yer Butt The Doors 1
2007 Live in Boston 1970 The Doors 1
2008 Live in Pittsburgh 1970 The Doors 2
2008 Live at the Matrix 1967 The Doors 3
2009 Live in New York The Doors 4 2
2010 Live in Vancouver 1970 The Doors 2

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