Hailed as one of the most influential groups of the sixties, in part due to Morrison’s stage persona, lyrics and vocals, they have stood the test of time with a sound that although dated by lyrics in some cases, still sounds cutting edge. Having signed initially to Columbia Records the band would get an early release from their contract as the label failed to secure them a producer for the album.
Following their release from Columbia they would take up residencies in two of the most famous clubs of all time; The London Fog and Whiskey a Go Go. There they would be spotted by Love singer Arthur Lee who recommended them to the Head of Elektra Records, Jac Holzman, who would go on to sign the band and release their debut album ‘The Doors’.
The band would work with producer Paul A. Rothchild (who also worked with Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Janis Joplin) and engineer Bruce Botnick on the album. With a clear vision of what they wanted the album to sound like they went to work trying to harness the raw energy they had seen the band produce on stage. Botnick would go on to say “What you hear on the first album is what they did live. It wasn't just playing the song–it transcended that.” It was this sound that helped propel ‘The Doors’ to the recognition it deserved.
We’ve touched on how influential the album was and in fact Paul McCartney has stated that when he heard the album, he wanted to capture The Doors musical style as one of the alter egos on Sgt. Peppers. Ironically it would be Sgt. Peppers that would keep ‘The Doors’ from the top spot in the US chart. Being the bands most successful album, having been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, the Library of Congress has selected it for inclusion in the National Recording Registry based on historical, cultural or artistic importance. The Doors were the first American band to receive eight consecutive gold LPs, and although the band would meet with tragedy with the untimely death of Morrison in 1971, they have lived on and produced some of the greatest tracks ever written.
The Final Word
“This is the end, beautiful friend
This is the end, my only friend
The end of our elaborate plans
The end of everything that stands
Till next time Brewers,