Strange Days

~ Release group by The Doors

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Strange Days 12" Vinyl 10 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use) EKS 74014 [none]
Strange Days CD 10 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use) 9 74014-2 075597401424
Strange Days CD 10 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use) E2 74014 7559740142
Strange Days CD 10 DCC Compact Classics GZS-1026 010963102628
Strange Days (made in Japan) CD 10 DCC Compact Classics GZS-1026 010963102628
Strange Days CD 10 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use) 7559-74014-2 075597401424
Strange Days CD 10 Elektra Entertainment (renamed from Elektra 1989–2004; revived as Elektra 2009-06-01) 7559-74014-2 075597401424
Strange Days HDCD 10 Elektra Entertainment (renamed from Elektra 1989–2004; revived as Elektra 2009-06-01) WPCR-75074 4943674057870
Strange Days (40th anniversary mixes) Digital Media 12 Atlantic (Warner Music imprint)
Strange Days CD 12 Rhino (reissue label)
Strange Days (40th anniversary mixes) CD 12 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use), Rhino (reissue label) 8122-79998-4 081227999841
Strange Days CD 12 Doors Music Company, Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use), Rhino (reissue label) [none], R2 101183 081227999841
Strange Days CD 12 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use) WPCR-12717 4943674073597
Strange Days 2×12" Vinyl 6 + 4 Analogue Productions APP 74014-45 [none]
Strange Days (The Complete Doors Studio Albums) Digital Media 10 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use), Rhino (reissue label) 603497927852
Strange Days (AP remaster) Hybrid SACD 10 Analogue Productions CAPP 74014 SA 753088401435
Strange Days (50th anniversary expanded edition) 2×CD 10 + 10 Rhino (reissue label) 081227931872 081227931872
Strange Days (mono master) 12" Vinyl 10 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use) RM1-4014 (mono) 081227931810
Strange Days (50th anniversary expanded edition) Digital Media 20 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use), Rhino (reissue label) 603497866854
Strange Days 12" Vinyl 10 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use) RCV1-74014 081227932541
Strange Days CD 10 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use) 74014-2 075596065726
Strange Days 12" Vinyl 10 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use) 42016
Promotion
Strange Days CD 10 Rhino (reissue label), The Sunday Times, Upfront Promotions UPDOORS001 [none]

Relationships

associated singles/EPs: People Are Strange
included in: Vinyl Box
part of: Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 409)
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000189718 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/45326 [info]
Wikidata: Q212665 [info]
lyrics page: http://lyrics.wikia.com/The_Doors:Strange_Days_(1967) [info]
other databases: https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/the_doors/strange_days/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/gfcz [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...