The Doors

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The Doors is the debut album by the American rock band the Doors, released on January 4, 1967. The album features their breakthrough single "Light My Fire" and the lengthy song "The End" with its Oedipal spoken word section.

The Doors was central to the progression of psychedelic rock, and has been critically acclaimed. In 2012, it was ranked number 42 in Rolling Stone magazine's 500 greatest albums of all time.

The original album has sold 20 million copies, and has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame; "Light My Fire" was also inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. It has been reissued several times on CD, including a 1999 remaster “96/24 bit advanced resolution”, 2007 remix ”40th Anniversary new mix” and a 2017 new remastered in early 30 years in stereo and mono "50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition."

In 2015, the Library of Congress selected The Doors for inclusion in the National Recording Registry based on its cultural, artistic or historical significance.

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Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
The Doors (stereo) 12" Vinyl 11 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use) EKS-74007 [none]
The Doors (mono) 12" Vinyl 11 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use) EKL-4007 [none]
The Doors 12" Vinyl 11 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use) 42012
The Doors (reissue) 12" Vinyl 11 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use) EKS-74007 [none]
The Doors (MFSL mastered Japanese press) 12" Vinyl 11 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab MFSL 1-051
The Doors (made in West Germany) CD 11 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use) 74007-2 (242 012) [none]
The Doors (made in Japan) CD 11 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use) 74007-2 (242 012) [none]
Light My Fire CD 11 Duchesse CD 352036 [none]
The Doors CD 11 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use) 974 007-2, FRANCE WE 835 075596065429
The Doors CD 11 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use) 7559-74007-2 075597400724
The Doors CD 11 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use) 74007-2 075596065429
The Doors CD 11 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use) E2 74007 075596065429
The Doors CD 11 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use) 7559-74007-2 075597400724
The Doors CD 11 DCC Compact Classics GZS 1023 010963102321
The Doors (180g Audiophile Vinyl Steve Hoffman Remaster) 12" Vinyl 11 DCC Compact Classics LPZ-2046 010963204612
The Doors CD 11 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use) AMCY-3040 4988029304049
The Doors CD 11 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use) EW835 075597400724
The Doors HDCD 11 Elektra Entertainment (renamed from Elektra 1989–2004; revived as Elektra 2009-06-01) WPCR-75073 4943674057863
The Doors (Expanded 40th Anniversary Mixes) CD 14 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use), Rhino (reissue label) 8122-79998-3 081227999834
The Doors CD 14 Doors Music Company, Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use), Rhino (reissue label) [none], R2 101184 081227999834
The Doors CD 14 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use) WPCR-12716 4943674073580
The Doors CD 14 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use), Rhino (reissue label) 8122-79998-3 081227999834
The Doors Vinyl 11 Rhino (reissue label)
The Doors Hybrid SACD 14 Rhino (reissue label), Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use) WPCR-14174 4943674109036
The Doors 2×12" Vinyl 6 + 5 Analogue Productions APP 74007-45 [none]
The Doors (The Complete Doors Studio Albums) Digital Media 11 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use), Rhino (reissue label) 603497927838
The Doors (AP remaster) Hybrid SACD 11 Analogue Productions CAPP 74007 SA 753088400766
The Doors (50th anniversary deluxe edition) 3×CD + 12" Vinyl 11 + 11 + 8 + 11 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use), Rhino Entertainment (A Warner Music Group Company) 081227941208, R2-558716 081227941208
The Doors (50th anniversary deluxe edition) Digital Media 30 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use), Rhino (reissue label) 603497870295
The Doors (50th anniversary deluxe edition) 3×Digital Media 11 + 11 + 8 Rhino Entertainment Company (not for release label use!)
The Doors CD 11 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use) RR2 74007 081227934422
The Doors CD 11 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use) 242 012 [none]
The Doors CD 11 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use) 7559740072 9325583008429
Bootleg
Light My Fire (unknown) 11

Relationships

associated singles/EPs: Light My Fire
included in: Vinyl Box
part of: Uncut: The 100 Greatest Debut Albums (2006) (number: 28)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 42)
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000650088 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/45347 [info]
Wikidata: Q201949 [info]
lyrics page: http://lyrics.wikia.com/The_Doors:The_Doors_(1967) [info]
other databases: http://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/the_doors/the_doors/ [info]
https://www.musik-sammler.de/album/24111/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/xnwx [info]

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Sgt. Pepper's bestrode 1967 like a kaleidoscopic colossus, but another album arguably even more revolutionary appeared that year. The eponymous debut of The Doors took popular music into areas previously thought impossible: the incitement to expand one's consciousness of opener Break on Through was just the beginning of its incendiary agenda.

The Doors were those most dangerous of revolutionaries: populists. Their hooky melodies and the tousle-headed Greek God looks of lead singer Jim Morrison opened gates and hearts that their intellectualism and frequent musical exoticism might otherwise have caused to be closed to them. Meanwhile, that they made a concession to The Man they loudly despised by cutting down their awe-inspiring percolating anthem of lust Light My Fire from seven minutes to three for single release set them on the path to being Hit Parade regulars.

Light My Fire is the highlight of this set, but there are several other gems, particularly the glittering, stately The Crystal Ship and the playfully sensual Twentieth Century Fox. Though often excellent, The Doors is never warm. Icicles seem to hang off its organ-dominated music, however beautiful, while Morrison's bombastic baritone is never going to lend intimacy.

Willie Dixon's Back Door Man, covered competently herein, is a song of insinuation but the shocking innovation going on in epic closer The End inhabits a realm beyond innuendo. At a time when frank discussion of sex is still taboo, Morrison gleefully and comprehensively explores Freudian theory and Oedipal myth. That rock had never heard anything as daring gave The End a feeling of quality by default at the time, but the track has not dated well. Liberalisation of media content made it seem banal, then even ludicrous, surprisingly quickly. The End's transition from radical to risible was rather unfortunate for the original vinyl side two of the album: much of it consisted of songs that seemed like the watery dregs of side one's flavoursome casket.

The best parts of The Doors remain remarkable even where their revolutionary nature has been obscured by time. In fact, time has provided a disappointment of a different sort: subsequent corrected remasters have revealed we were enjoying The Doors all these years at - Ye Gods! - the wrong speed.