The Very Best of The Doors (2007 album)
The Very Best of the Doors is the ninth compilation album by the rock band The Doors. It was released on September 2007 to commemorate the band's 40th anniversary; the masters were drawn from the same remixes/remasters used for the 2006 Perception box set and 2007 Doors reissues. Three versions of the album were released. First conceived in the UK, the single CD version of this compilation is only available in the UK. There are minor differences between the U. S. and UK versions of the double CD version. Slated to be released on March 26, 2007, the release date was delayed to September 25, 2007. There was confusion as to the album's title prior to an official announcement; the Doors have an album called The Very Best of The Doors, released in 2001, that caused confusion among fans and critics. Several sources, including fan sites, claimed; the album was put up for pre-sale on some online music merchants' sites under the Jim Morrison's The Doors title. On June 18, 2007, a message was posted on The Doors' official MySpace page confirming that the title of the album would be The Very Best of The Doors 2007.
A spokesperson for Elektra Records has said that the title and theme of The Doors’ ninth compilation album is about "a new beginning and their 40th anniversary."On September 25, 2007, U. S. retailer Wal-Mart released a special edition of The Very Best of The Doors with an exclusive concert filmed during their world tour in London, England. The album was well promoted on music channels. There were many commercials on many other websites; the album has received positive reviews. AllMusic titled its review "Amazing" and called the album "an amazing greatest hits". All songs credited to The Doors unless otherwise indicated; this 2 CD and 1 DVD set contains the UK track listing. The DVD highlights performances from Live in Europe 1968; the package itself is a rectangle. Marketed as a soft/paper book with an overlapping inlay for both CD's; the book features photos, an essay, lyrics to each song found on the release. The DVD is in the back. Jim Morrison – vocals Robby Krieger – electric guitar Ray Manzarek – piano, organ John Densmore – drums Bruce Botnick – co-producer of the L.
A. Woman tracks, engineer for all tracks including the former tracks except for disc 2, track 18, remixing job for all releases Paul A. Rothchild – producer for all tracks except for the L. A. Woman selections Jerry Scheff – bass guitar on the single disc version tracks 7-8 & 15/disc 2, tracks 2-3, 7-8, 11, & 14 Larry Knechtel – bass guitar on the single disc version tracks 2, 14, & 16/disc 1, tracks 5 & 11 and disc 2, tracks 1 & 9 Douglass Lubahn – bass guitar on the single disc versions tracks 3-6, 12, & 18/disc 1, tracks 2, 4, 10, 12, & 14 and disc 2, tracks 4, 5, 6, & 16 Kerry Magness – bass guitar on the single disc version track 19/disc 1, track 8 Leroy Vinnegar – acoustic bass on disc 1, track 6 Curtis Amy – saxophone solo on the single disc version track 9/disc, tracks 4, 11, & 13 George Bohanan – trombone on the single disc version track 9/disc 2, tracks 4, 11, & 13 Harvey Brooks – bass guitar on the single disc version track 9/disc 2, tracks 4, 11, & 13 Jimmy Buchanan – fiddle on the UK version disc 2, track 5 Jesse McReynolds – mandolin on the single disc version track 9 and disc 2, track 13 Champ Webb – English horn solo on the U.
S. version disc 2, track 15 Paul Harris – orchestral arrangements on the single disc version track 9 and disc 2, track 11 Lonnie Mack – bass guitar on the single disc version track 10/disc 2, track 19 Ray Neapolitan – bass guitar on the single disc version track 11/disc 2, tracks 10 & 12 John Sebastian – harmonica on the single disc version track 10/disc 2, track 19 Marc Benno – additional guitar on the single disc version track 8/disc 2, track 11
The Doors Classics
The Doors Classics is a compilation album by the American rock band The Doors. It was released in 1985 on Elektra; the album was issued in the USA in vinyl. Side one"Strange Days" from Strange Days "Love Her Madly" from L. A. Woman "Waiting for the Sun" from Morrison Hotel "My Eyes Have Seen You" from Strange Days "Wild Child" from The Soft Parade "The Crystal Ship" from The Doors "Five to One" from Waiting for the Sun Side two"Roadhouse Blues" from An American Prayer. A. Woman "The Unknown Soldier" from Waiting for the Sun Jim Morrison – vocals Robby Krieger – guitar Ray Manzarek – piano, organ & bass John Densmore – drums Paul A. Rothchild − producer for all tracks except the L. A. Woman ones Bruce Botnick − co-producer of the L. A. Woman tracks and engineer of all other tracks including these selections Douglass Lubahn − bass guitar on tracks 1, 4-5, 7, 9-10 & 13 Ray Neapolitan − bass guitar on the Morrison Hotel tracks Jerry Scheff − bass guitar on the L. A. Woman tracks
Alive, She Cried
Alive, She Cried is the second official live album by the American rock band the Doors, released in October 1983 by Elektra. It was the second live album release following 1970's Absolutely Live and produced by Paul A. Rothchild; the album's title was taken from a line in the song "When the Music's Over". Following a resurgence in the band's popularity due to the 1979 film, Apocalypse Now featuring "The End", the 1980 release of the first Doors compilation album in seven years, Greatest Hits, the push was on to release more Doors' music; the recordings are from various concerts during the period 1968 to 1970 including shows in Los Angeles, New York, Detroit and Copenhagen. Tracks include "Gloria" a hit for Them, an extended version of The Doors' best known song "Light My Fire". John Sebastian of The Lovin' Spoonful joined the band on stage to play harmonica on Willie Dixon's "Little Red Rooster"; the album was discontinued following the 1991 release of In Concert, a double-album which included all of the songs from Alive, She Cried and Absolutely Live, as well as a few other live tracks.
The version of "Light My Fire" from this album is from a variety of sources. "The Graveyard Poem" is a recited poetry piece from Boston in April 1970. It was inserted into the break of "Light My Fire" for this album. "Gloria" was edited to exclude some risque verses. Releases of "Gloria" on the Bright Midnight label restored the edited verses. In a contemporary review for The Village Voice, music critic Robert Christgau wrote that the tapes are "of some quality" and Morrison is effective when he focuses on singing, but the album is marred by moments "when he emits his poetry" and "narcissistic" come-ons. Rolling Stone's Parke Puterbaugh rated it four out of five stars, explaining that it "brings the Doors' impossibly strange and wonderful music, Morrison's drunken loutishness and his stabbingly sober poetics, the brilliant, vivid sparking of a machine too mercurial to last." He concluded by stating that ""Light My Fire" flares upward into an intensifying bolt of passion that crescendos with a scream signifying the communal orgasm of a generation and a decade and a band that would flame out and fall silent all too quickly."
In a retrospective review, AllMusic's Bruce Eder said that Alive, She Cried "helped solve problem" of " more casual fans rather cold, owing to the absence of any of their biggest hits". However, he pointed out that "it revealed the reason why'Light My Fire' had not made it onto the prior live album". Jim Morrison – vocals Robby Krieger – guitar Ray Manzarek – organ, keyboard bass John Densmore – drums John Sebastian – harmonica Engineer – Bill Gazecki Photo – Jim Marshall Design – Jeff Lancaster
Robert Alan Krieger is an American guitarist and singer-songwriter best known as the guitarist of the rock band The Doors. Krieger wrote or co-wrote many of the Doors' songs, including the hits "Light My Fire", "Love Me Two Times", "Touch Me", "Love Her Madly". After the Doors disbanded, Krieger continued his performing and recording career with other musicians including former Doors band mates John Densmore and Ray Manzarek, he was listed by Rolling Stone as one of the greatest guitarists of all time. Krieger was born in California to a Jewish family, his father, an engineer, was a fan of marching music, much of young Robby's early exposure to music was classical, including Peter and the Wolf, the first music that captivated him. When he was seven, Krieger accidentally broke his record player, but the radio introduced him to the likes of Fats Domino, Elvis Presley, the Platters. At the age of 10, he found it was not for him, he began playing the blues on his parents' piano with much more success than the trumpet.
While Krieger was a boarding student at a private school called Menlo School in Menlo Park, there was study time at night that allowed him to teach himself to play the guitar. He began by first de-tuning a ukulele to the bottom four strings of a guitar and mimicking a record he had. In the mid-1960s, Asian American scholar Frank Chin taught Krieger how to play the flamenco guitar. During a Christmas break and two classmates took a vacation to Puerto Vallarta where he purchased a peg-tuned Ramírez guitar and took lessons for a few months, he bounced around genres, including flamenco, folk and jazz and played in a jug band—the Back Bay Chamber Pot Terriers—at Menlo. After high school, Krieger attended the University of Santa Barbara. Krieger listed guitarists Wes Montgomery, Albert King, Larry Carlton among the biggest influences on his style. Krieger's flamenco guitar playing can be found present in the song "Spanish Caravan". Krieger became a member of the Doors in 1965, joining keyboard player Ray Manzarek, drummer John Densmore and vocalist Jim Morrison, after Manzarek's brothers left the group.
At an early Doors rehearsal Morrison heard Krieger playing bottleneck guitar and wanted the technique featured on every song on the first album. Krieger's fingerstyle approach to the electric guitar, broad musical tastes, songwriting helped establish the Doors as a successful rock band in the 1960s. Together with Densmore, he studied under Indian sitarist Ravi Shankar at the Kinnara School of Music in Los Angeles. Krieger sang lead vocal with the Doors, he can be heard on the song "Runnin' Blue". He sang on the last two Doors albums, recorded after Morrison's death, Other Voices and Full Circle. After Morrison’s death in 1971, Krieger and Densmore carried on as a trio, they released two more albums as the Doors before disbanding in 1973, though they did reconvene a few years to create music for poetry that Morrison had recorded shortly before his death, released as the 1978 album An American Prayer. After the Doors disbanded in 1973, Krieger formed the Butts Band with Densmore, he enjoyed some success as a jazz-fusion guitarist, recording a handful of albums in the 1970s and 1980s, including Versions, Robby Krieger, No Habla.
For his first solo release in 1977, Robbie Krieger & Friends, Krieger worked with rock artist Jim Evans to create a painting that became the album package. In 1982, Krieger appeared on four tracks of the album Panic Station by the Los Angeles group The Acid Casualties. In the early 90s, Krieger formed a trio called the'Robby Krieger Organization' featuring Skip Van Winkle and Dale Alexander. In 1991, Krieger formed a new band known as the Robby Krieger Band, which featured his son Waylon Krieger, Berry Oakley Jr. Dale Alexander and Ray Mehlbaum; the band performed shows in North America and Europe between 1991 and 1998. In 2000, Krieger released Cinematix, an instrumental fusion album, with guest appearances from Billy Cobham and Edgar Winter. Krieger and Manzarek reformed as the "Doors of the 21st Century" in 2002 with vocalist Ian Astbury of the Cult.. Following a dispute with Densmore over the Doors name, the band became known as "Riders On The Storm", "Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger of the Doors", "Manzarek–Krieger".
For a brief period, the reformed band included Police drummer Stewart Copeland. Krieger played guitar on a few tracks by Blue Öyster Cult and has worked on a number of tribute projects organized by Billy Sherwood. Krieger has made some guest appearances with the band Particle and appears on the album Transformations Live. In June 2008, ZYX Studio released his concert with Eric Burdon, called Live at the Ventura Beach California, they played "Back Door Man" and "Roadhouse Blues". In April 2009, Krieger and Ray Manzarek appeared as special guests for Daryl Hall's monthly concert webcast Live From Daryl's House, they performed several Doors tunes, with Hall providing lead vocals. Krieger has participated in the "Experience Hendrix" series of concerts, joining a number of high-profile guitar players paying tribute to the musicianship and songwriting of Jimi Hendrix. In May 2012, Robby Krieger toured with the Roadhouse
The Doors (soundtrack)
The Doors: Original Soundtrack Recording is the soundtrack to Oliver Stone's 1991 film The Doors. It contains The Doors studio recordings, The Velvet Underground's "Heroin" as well as Carl Orff's Carmina Burana. None of Val Kilmer's performances of the Doors songs that are featured in the movie are included in the soundtrack; the cover for the album is of Jim Morrison's character portrayed by Val Kilmer. It is a photo of Kilmer looking straight in the camera's lens, his face is in black and white and his hair has the color of burning flames, it is the same effect created on the movie's posters and advertising material. The French release of the soundtrack features Jim Morrison walking in a hallway towards the viewer. All songs are performed by The Doors and written by Jim Morrison, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek, John Densmore, except where noted; the Doors: Jim Morrison – vocals Robby Krieger – guitar Ray Manzarek – piano and organ John Densmore – drumsNote: Played on all tracks except tracks 9-10 Paul A. Rothchild – producer of all tracks except for tracks 2, 9-10, & 14 Bruce Botnick – co-producer of the L.
A. Woman tracks.
Raymond Daniel Manzarek Jr. was an American musician, producer, film director, author, best known as a member of The Doors from 1965 to 1973, which he co-founded with singer and lyricist Jim Morrison. Manzarek was notable for performing on a keyboard bass during many live shows and some recordings, taking on a role filled by a bass guitar player. Manzarek recorded on every track of all eight Doors studio albums, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, he was a co-founding member of Nite City from 1977 to 1978, of Manzarek–Krieger from 2001 until his death in 2013. USA Today defined him as "one of the best keyboardists ever." Raymond Daniel Manczarek Jr. was raised on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois. He was of Polish descent. Growing up, he took private piano lessons from others, he wanted to play basketball, but he wanted to play only power forward or center. When he was sixteen his coach insisted either he play guard or not at all and he quit the team. Manzarek said if it was not for that ultimatum, he might never have been with The Doors.
He went to Everett Elementary School on South Bell Street and attended St. Rita of Cascia High School. In 1956, he matriculated at DePaul University, where he played piano in his fraternity's jazz band, participated in intramural football, served as treasurer of the Speech Club, organized a charity concert with Sonny Rollins and Dave Brubeck, he graduated from the University's College of Commerce with a degree in economics in 1960. In the fall of 1961, Manzarek enrolled at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. Unable to acclimate to the curriculum, he transferred to the Department of Motion Pictures and Radio as a graduate student before dropping out altogether after breaking up with a girlfriend. Although he attempted to enlist in the Army Signal Corps as a camera operator on a drunken lark during a visit to New York City, he was instead assigned to the selective Army Security Agency as a prospective intelligence analyst in Okinawa and Laos. While in the Army, Manzarek first smoked and grew cannabis.
However, because he wanted to visit Poland, he refused to sign the requisite security clearance and was discharged as a private first class after several months of undesignated duty. According to Britt Leach, a fellow Army Security Agency enlistee, Manzarek "had collected an entire duffel bag" of cannabis specimens during his service in Laos. Following his return to the United States, he re-enrolled in UCLA's graduate film program in 1962, where he received a M. F. A. in cinematography in 1965. During this period, he met undergraduate film student Jim Morrison. At the time, Manzarek was in a band called the Ravens with his brothers Rick and Jim. Forty days after finishing film school, thinking they had gone their separate ways and Morrison met by chance on Venice Beach in California. Morrison said he had written some songs, Manzarek expressed an interest in hearing them, whereupon Morrison sang rough versions of "Moonlight Drive", "My Eyes Have Seen You" and "Summer's Almost Gone". Manzarek co-founded The Doors with Morrison at that moment.
During this period, Manzarek met guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore at a Transcendental Meditation lecture and recruited them for the incipient band. Densmore said, "There wouldn't be any Doors without Maharishi." In January 1966, The Doors became the house band at the London Fog on the Sunset Strip. According to Manzarek, "Nobody came in the place...an occasional sailor or two on leave, a few drunks. All in all it was a depressing experience, but it gave us time to get the music together." The same day The Doors were fired from the London Fog, they were hired to be the house band of the Whisky a Go Go. The Doors' first recording contract was with Columbia Records. After a few months of inactivity, they learned. At that point, they asked to be released from their contract. Following a few months of live gigs, Jac Holzman "rediscovered" The Doors and signed them to Elektra Records; the Doors lacked a bass guitarist, so at live performances Manzarek played the bass parts on a Fender Rhodes Piano Bass.
His signature sound was that of the Vox Continental combo organ, an instrument used by many other psychedelic rock bands of the era. He used a Gibson G-101 Kalamazoo combo organ because the Continental's plastic keys broke. During the Morrison era, Manzarek was the group's regular backing vocalist, he sang lead, as exemplified by covers of Muddy Waters's "Close To You" and "You Need Meat". He went on to share lead vocals with Krieger on the albums released after Morrison's death. After recording two solo albums on Mercury Records to a muted reception in 1974, Manzarek played in several groups, most notably Nite City, he recorded a rock adaptation of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana with Philip Glass, played with Iggy Pop, backed one track on the eponymous 1987 album Echo & the Bunnymen, backed San Francisco poet Michael McClure's poetry readings and did improvisational composition with poet Michael C. Ford, he worked extensively with Hearts of Fire screenwriter and former SRC front man Scott Richardson on a series of spoken word a
A biography, or bio, is a detailed description of a person's life. It involves more than just the basic facts like education, work and death. Unlike a profile or curriculum vitae, a biography presents a subject's life story, highlighting various aspects of his or her life, including intimate details of experience, may include an analysis of the subject's personality. Biographical works are non-fiction, but fiction can be used to portray a person's life. One in-depth form of biographical coverage is called legacy writing. Works in diverse media, from literature to film, form the genre known as biography. An authorized biography is written with the permission, at times, participation of a subject or a subject's heirs. An autobiography is written by the person himself or herself, sometimes with the assistance of a collaborator or ghostwriter. At first, biographical writings were regarded as a subsection of history with a focus on a particular individual of historical importance; the independent genre of biography as distinct from general history writing, began to emerge in the 18th century and reached its contemporary form at the turn of the 20th century.
One of the earliest biographers was Cornelius Nepos, who published his work Excellentium Imperatorum Vitae in 44 BC. Longer and more extensive biographies were written in Greek by Plutarch, in his Parallel Lives, published about 80 A. D. In this work famous Greeks are paired with famous Romans, for example the orators Demosthenes and Cicero, or the generals Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar. Another well-known collection of ancient biographies is De vita Caesarum by Suetonius, written about AD 121 in the time of the emperor Hadrian. In the early Middle Ages, there was a decline in awareness of the classical culture in Europe. During this time, the only repositories of knowledge and records of the early history in Europe were those of the Roman Catholic Church. Hermits and priests used this historic period to write biographies, their subjects were restricted to the church fathers, martyrs and saints. Their works were meant to be inspirational to the people and vehicles for conversion to Christianity.
One significant secular example of a biography from this period is the life of Charlemagne by his courtier Einhard. In Medieval Islamic Civilization, similar traditional Muslim biographies of Muhammad and other important figures in the early history of Islam began to be written, beginning the Prophetic biography tradition. Early biographical dictionaries were published as compendia of famous Islamic personalities from the 9th century onwards, they contained more social data for a large segment of the population than other works of that period. The earliest biographical dictionaries focused on the lives of the prophets of Islam and their companions, with one of these early examples being The Book of The Major Classes by Ibn Sa'd al-Baghdadi, and began the documentation of the lives of many other historical figures who lived in the medieval Islamic world. By the late Middle Ages, biographies became less church-oriented in Europe as biographies of kings and tyrants began to appear; the most famous of such biographies was Le Morte d'Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory.
The book was an account of his Knights of the Round Table. Following Malory, the new emphasis on humanism during the Renaissance promoted a focus on secular subjects, such as artists and poets, encouraged writing in the vernacular. Giorgio Vasari's Lives of the Artists was the landmark biography focusing on secular lives. Vasari made celebrities of his subjects, as the Lives became an early "bestseller". Two other developments are noteworthy: the development of the printing press in the 15th century and the gradual increase in literacy. Biographies in the English language began appearing during the reign of Henry VIII. John Foxe's Actes and Monuments, better known as Foxe's Book of Martyrs, was the first dictionary of the biography in Europe, followed by Thomas Fuller's The History of the Worthies of England, with a distinct focus on public life. Influential in shaping popular conceptions of pirates, A General History of the Pyrates, by Charles Johnson, is the prime source for the biographies of many well-known pirates.
A notable early collection of biographies of eminent men and women in the United Kingdom was Biographia Britannica edited by William Oldys. The American biography followed the English model, incorporating Thomas Carlyle's view that biography was a part of history. Carlyle asserted that the lives of great human beings were essential to understanding society and its institutions. While the historical impulse would remain a strong element in early American biography, American writers carved out a distinct approach. What emerged was a rather didactic form of biography, which sought to shape the individual character of a reader in the process of defining national character; the first modern biography, a work which exerted considerable influence on the evolution of the genre, was James Boswell's The Life of Samuel Johnson, a biography of lexicographer and man-of-letters Samuel Johnson published in 1791. While Boswell's personal acquaintance with his subject only began in 1763, when Johnson was 54 years old, Boswell covered the entirety of Johnson's life by means of additional research.
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