The performances will feature tunes from all of the band’s iconic albums, so before then, we caught up with frontman Rich (Jim) for a run-down of each Doors record.
Before they perform in Sydney this weekend, we caught up with Wollongong-based Unlocking The Doors for a run-down of each Doors album.
1. Self Titled- 1966
A 4 track recording of an extremely well-rehearsed Doors! LSD drenched lyrics with a touch of the “Surf Music” vibe that was popular at the time, but touched up with jazz and blues licks. What a way to start and probably my 2nd favourite album.
Favourite song: Crystal Ship.
2. Strange Days- 1967
A polished reflection of the 1st album and probably my 4th favourite ‘start to end’ album. Jim’s poetry is honoured here with Horse Latitudes & the songs get pretty dreamy and romantic in My Eyes Have Seen You and You’re Lost Little Girl.
Favourite song: Love Me Two Times.
3. Waiting For The Sun- 1968
The ‘Crooner’ in Jim really kicks in here with his hypnotic baritone voice. My favourite for lyrics and poetry in Yes The River Knows and Summer’s Almost Gone. A tied favourite with The Soft Parade… I jump between the two. The whole 2nd side was supposed to be Jim’s theatre piece Celebration of the Lizard but was dropped and killed Jim’s enthusiasm.
Favourite song: Wintertime Love.
4. The Soft Parade- 1969
The Doors taking on the “Sgt Peppers” vibe. Musically my favourite album and tied with WFTS as a ‘start to end’ album which Jim had hardly anything to do with the lyrics and songwriting here, he was on a downward spiral. The album starts with the booming horns of Tell All The People, a song that demands you to listen followed by Touch Me which needs no explanation.
Favourite song: Wishful Sinful.
5. Morrison Hotel- 1970
Some say a return to form, this is my least favourite album. I find it not as palatable as previous releases which upsets a lot of Doors fans. The blues is present here and John Densmore applies some really cool jazz and blues-fused drumming. He’s got a talent for that, it’s impressive!
Favourite song: Blue Sunday.
6. LA Woman- 1971
THIS is The Doors playing like it’s their last, which sadly it was. Jim is the poet singing the blues. I can almost hear him crying in Hyacinth House, it’s moving… self-produced with so much meaning, it’s my 3rd favourite “start to end” album.
Favourite song: Hyacinth House.