Strange Days

~ Release group by The Doors

Album

ReleaseArtistFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
Strange DaysThe Doors12" Vinyl10
Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use)EKS 74014[none]
Strange DaysThe DoorsVinyl10
  • -1973-09
Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use)P-8370E
Strange Days (US/Europe release, blue-gray back cover)The DoorsCD10
Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use)042 016, 74014-2, 9 74014-2075597401424
Strange DaysThe DoorsCD10
Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use)E2 740147559740142
Strange DaysThe DoorsCD10
  • US1988-05-20
Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use)9 74014-2075597401424
Strange DaysThe DoorsCD10
Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use)7559-74014-2, 974 014-2075597401424
Strange DaysThe DoorsCD10
DCC Compact ClassicsGZS-1026010963102628
Strange Days (made in Japan)The DoorsCD10
DCC Compact ClassicsGZS-1026010963102628
Strange DaysThe DoorsCD10
Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use)7559-74014-2075597401424
Strange DaysThe DoorsCD10
Elektra Entertainment (renamed from Elektra 1989–2004; revived as Elektra 2009-06-01)7559-74014-2075597401424
Strange DaysThe DoorsHDCD10
  • JP2005-08-24
Elektra Entertainment (renamed from Elektra 1989–2004; revived as Elektra 2009-06-01)WPCR-750744943674057870
Strange Days (40th anniversary mixes)The DoorsDigital Media12
  • US2007-03-19
Atlantic (Warner Music imprint)
Strange DaysThe DoorsCD12
  • CA2007-03-27
Rhino (reissue label)
Strange Days (40th anniversary mixes)The DoorsCD12
  • XE2007-03-27
Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use), Rhino (reissue label)8122-79998-4081227999841
Strange DaysThe DoorsCD12
  • US2007-03-27
Doors Music Company, Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use), Rhino (reissue label)[none], R2 101183081227999841
Strange DaysThe DoorsCD12
  • JP2007-08-29
Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use)WPCR-127174943674073597
Strange DaysThe Doors2×12" Vinyl6 + 4
Analogue ProductionsAPP 74014-45[none]
Strange Days (The Complete Doors Studio Albums)The DoorsDigital Media10
Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use), Rhino (reissue label)603497927852
Strange Days (AP remaster)The DoorsHybrid SACD (CD layer) + Hybrid SACD (SACD layer, 2 channels) + Hybrid SACD (SACD layer, multichannel)10 + 10 + 10
Analogue ProductionsCAPP 74014 SA753088401435
Strange Days (50th anniversary expanded edition)The Doors2×CD10 + 10
  • GB2017-11-17
Rhino (reissue label)R2 564359081227931872
Strange Days (mono master)The Doors12" Vinyl10
  • US2017-11-17
Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use)RM1-4014 (mono)081227931810
Strange Days (50th anniversary expanded edition)The DoorsDigital Media20
  • US2017-11-17
Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use), Rhino (reissue label)603497866854
Strange DaysThe Doors12" Vinyl10
  • US2017-11-21
Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use)RCV1-74014081227932541
Strange DaysThe DoorsCD10Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use)74014-2075596065726
Strange Days (90’s reissue with IFPI codes, Price Code WE 835, WME Pressing)The DoorsCD10Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use)7559-74014-207559740142
Strange DaysThe Doors12" Vinyl10Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use)42016, EKS 74 014
Promotion
Strange DaysThe DoorsCD10
  • GB2008-10-05
Rhino (reissue label), The Sunday Times, Upfront (UK promotions company)UPDOORS001[none]

Relationships

associated singles/EPs:People Are Strange
included in:The Complete Doors Studio Albums
Vinyl Box
part of:Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2003 edition (number: 407) (order: 407)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 409) (order: 409)
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/45326 [info]
lyrics page:https://genius.com/albums/The-doors/Strange-days [info]
reviews:https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/gfcz [info]
other databases:https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/the_doors/strange_days/ [info]
https://www.musik-sammler.de/album/24156/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000189718 [info]
Wikidata:Q212665 [info]

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Nine months after the release of The Doors self-titled debut, the band upped their game for its follow up. Strange Days is a more twisted and mature offering. The mystery was undoubtedly aided by the band's refusal to appear on the cover (except in poster form), leaving the stage to be set by circus performers. Yet, as with many second outings, the album contains a lot of material considered unfit for the debut. This probably explains why a lot of the tracks sound like variations on others. Try telling the difference betweeen the intro to When The Music's Over and, Soul Kitchen for instance. But the Southern Californian magic is still very much in evidence. But by now the band had grown. They wanted the world and they wanted it NOW...

What's most uncanny is how polite the unconventional instrumentation sounds, set against Morrison's blitzed lounge singer act. Compare their timid, aneaemic blues wiggle on Love Me Two Times with the growling beasts that emerged later on Morrison Hotel and LA Woman. Let's face it, the harpsichord probably wasn't the best choice for the middle eight... Only on the 10 minute closer does the band really shake it loose and Morrison allows his pipes to get down and really dirty. Performed live it was to be one of their most confrontational numbers. Likewise, Robby Krieger's guitar had yet to break out of the shadow of Manzarek's filigree organ fills. But on You're Lost Little Girl - the album's most affecting slice of THC-assisted strangeness - it's a barogue, latino jewel. Also exemplary is Paul A Rothchild's spacious yet warm production job that perfectly suits the Weill-meets-Owsley vibe that marked the band apart from any of their contemporaries.

Strange Days contains many of the band's classics: People Are Strange, My Eyes Have Seen You, and the jerky Moonlight Drive. Packed with such treats it fared well with the public, though the band themselves were disappointed that it didn't make them the world-beaters they now felt themselves to be. Unfortunately the road was to get even harder from this point on...