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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Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2012 Live at the Bowl '68 The Doors 4 2
1968-04-19: Westbury Music Fair, New York, NY, USA The Doors 1
1968-04-19: Westbury Music Fair, New York, NY, USA The Doors 1
1968-09-14: The Night on Fire: Jahrhunderthalle, Frankfurt, Germany The Doors 1
1968-12-14: L.A. Forum, CA, USA The Doors 1
1969-03-01: Miami Dinner Theatre, Miami, FL, USA The Doors 2
1970-05-05: Wanted - In The County of Dade The Doors 1
1970-08-29: Palace of Exile: Isle of Wight Festival, UK The Doors 1
Apocalypse Now The Doors 2
Autumn Life (Matrix 67) The Doors 1
Canadian Night The Doors 1
Celebration The Doors 1
Classics Cover 1967-1970 The Doors 1
Classics Live 1967/1968 The Doors 1
Classics Live 1970 The Doors 1
From the Inside (Live and Unreleased) The Doors 1
High School Confidential The Doors 1
Last Exit to L'America The Doors 1
Limitless and Free The Doors 1
Liquid Night The Doors 1
Live in Europe The Doors 1
Live in Europe: 1968 The Doors 1
Live in Los Angeles The Doors 1
Live in Seattle, June 5th 1970 The Doors 3 1
Live in Stockholm 1968 The Doors 1
Lucifer Rising The Doors 1
Missing Tapes The Doors 1
Resurrection The Doors 1
The Complete Matrix Tapes The Doors 1
The Complete Matrix Tapes, Volume 1 The Doors 1
The Doors Dallas 1968 The Doors 1
The Live Doors (It Was More Than 20 Years Ago) The Doors 1
The Riot Show The Doors 1
The Stockholm Tapes The Doors 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 The Doors The Doors 5
2010 When You're Strange: Songs From the Motion Picture The Doors 2


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1967 Light My Fire The Doors 3
1968 Hello, I Love You, Won't You Tell Me Your Name? The Doors 5 1
1969 Wishful Sinful The Doors 1
1970 You Make Me Real The Doors 1
1979 Hello, I Love You The Doors / Jim Morrison 1
1991 Riders on the Storm The Doors 1
1997 Peace Frog The Doors 1
2004 Bossa Rocker The Doors / Patti Drew 1
2004 Stormy Dance (remix) Deep Dish vs. The Doors 1
2006 Hello, I Love You (Freeland Remixes) The Doors 1

Single + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2012 Breakn' a Sweat (Zedd remix) Skrillex & The Doors 2

EP + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1968 Wild Child The Doors 1
1993 The Doors with Eddie Vedder The Doors with Eddie Vedder 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1969 Missing Links The Doors 2
1997 Memorial Coliseum, Dallas, July 9, 1968 The Doors 1
Mystic Man: The Uncut Soft Parade Sessions 1968-69 The Doors 1

Other + Interview

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 No One Here Gets Out Alive The Doors 1
Interview Disc The Doors 1
Lost Interview Tapes Featuring Jim Morrison, Volume 1 The Doors 1
Lost Interview Tapes Featuring Jim Morrison, Volume 2: The Circus Magazine Interview The Doors 1
Opening the Doors of Perception The Doors 1
The Doors Interviewed The Doors 1
The Doors: The Ceremony Continues The Doors 1

Other + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1968 Live in Konserthuset Stockholm (Late Show) The Doors 1
1969 Toronto Rock & Roll Revival 1969 The Doors 1
1970 The Isle of Wight Festival 1970 The Doors 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1968 Unknown Soldier The Doors 1
1969 Rock Is Dead Sessions The Doors 1
1994 Live in Vancouver The Doors 1
2012 L.A. Woman: The Workshop Sessions The Doors 1
'Missing Tapes' Rock Is Dead Jam Session The Doors 1
Blues Before Sunrise: The Black Angel's Death Song The Doors 1
Crawling King Snakes The Doors 4 1
Ghost Songs on Dawn's Highway The Doors 1
Los Grandes Del Rock 3: No Limits (Doors) The Doors 1
New York Blues The Doors 1
Outtakes The Doors 1
Replica Blues The Doors 1
The Doors The Doors 1
The Doors (Show Bizz) The Doors 1
The Doors of Heaven The Doors 1
The End The Doors 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 Light My Fire The Doors 2
1994 Mr. Mojo Risin’ The Doors 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1968 Live in Konserthuest Stockholm 1968 (Early Show) The Doors 1
Orange County Suite The Doors 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2008 This Is the End / Danger The Doors / Electric Six 1

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