Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar) - The Doors, Brecht, Bertolt
Five to One
Waiting for the Sun
When the Music's Over
Track Listings (8) - Disc #2
Hello, I Love You
Riders on the Storm
Love Her Madly
The Unknown Soldier
The Best of The Doors delivers exactly what it promises. Rather than relying solely on the hits, this collection also mines the darker, and often richer, recesses of The Doors material resulting in a fairly representative ... more »statement. The hits are here: "Light My Fire" with Ray Manzarek's keyboards on a dizzy, psychedelic spree; "People Are Strange," with Morrison's tortured psyche barely being held in check; "L.A. Woman," with its bluesy sexuality. More important, favorites of fans are here, like the controversially (at the time) explicit "The End," which was one of the first of Morrison's forays into narrative poetry. In hits like "Break on Through," "Hello I Love You," "Roadhouse Blues," and others, The Doors melded psychedelia, blues, hard-edged rock, and poetry from the edge like no other band before. The Best of The Doors is a trip in every sense of the word. --Steve Gdula« less
The Best of The Doors delivers exactly what it promises. Rather than relying solely on the hits, this collection also mines the darker, and often richer, recesses of The Doors material resulting in a fairly representative statement. The hits are here: "Light My Fire" with Ray Manzarek's keyboards on a dizzy, psychedelic spree; "People Are Strange," with Morrison's tortured psyche barely being held in check; "L.A. Woman," with its bluesy sexuality. More important, favorites of fans are here, like the controversially (at the time) explicit "The End," which was one of the first of Morrison's forays into narrative poetry. In hits like "Break on Through," "Hello I Love You," "Roadhouse Blues," and others, The Doors melded psychedelia, blues, hard-edged rock, and poetry from the edge like no other band before. The Best of The Doors is a trip in every sense of the word. --Steve Gdula
These songs have stood the test of time and then some. The second CD with fewer songs is as long as the first or longer because of The End song. Jim Morrison's quirky poetry never gets old even 50 years later.
Seth D. (4wallz) from SPARTA, TN Reviewed on 3/2/2012...
Lynyrd Skynyrd has Free Bird. The Eagles have Hotel California. And Led Zepplin has Stairway to Heaven. It seems like every classic rockband has their over the top, get out the lighters, let's go to rock bliss, song. I submit Light My Fire as The Doors contribution to this list. Long, majestic, and heart wrenching. Oh, and it rocks hard. With a keyboard! But then again, when were The Doors ever conventional?
Still one of my favorite bands of the 1960s. They were loud, rude, and rocking. And Jim Morrison (Vocals) had the chrisma of 5 people. He not only had a great voice, but his lyrics truly are poetry. They are dark to be sure. But they also cherish a sliver of optimism somewhere in each line.
This is a great CD to get if you have never really had much to do with The Doors. All of their hits are here, with a good mix of some songs that might have been lesser known. And my favorite Door's song of all time is on here too. People Are Strange. Indeed they are. Excellent set and it needs to be in every rock fans collection.
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Steven M. from NORTHVILLE, MI Reviewed on 12/10/2006...
excellent, complete, will send all
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Sandra L. (MusicMama) from W JEFFERSON, NC Reviewed on 8/8/2006...
Classic rock -- two discs!
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Morrison's Magnetism Prevails
Reviewer | 06/16/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A terrific retrospective of one of the most enigmatic rock groups ever, "The Best of the Doors," opens with "Break On Through," then takes you on a wild ride through nineteen cuts that illustrate just exactly why this is such an enduring group. Jim Morrison's mesmerizing vocals, Robbie Krieger's "bottle neck" guitar, Ray Manzarek's keyboards and John Densmore's drums combined to create a unique sound, later imitated, but never duplicated by anyone else since. The songs included on this two-disc album open the doors that lead you into the ethereal, sometimes spiritual world of Morrison's poetry. His use of imagery and metaphor is remarkable, especially on such cuts as "Light My Fire," "The Crystal Ship," "People Are Strange," the impassioned "When The Music's Over," the subtly disquieting "Riders On The Storm," and the quintessential Door's song, the spellbinding "The End." Then there's the hard-driving "Roadhouse Blues," and "L.A. Woman;" the admonishing "Five To One;" and the stoic "The Unknown Soldier." There's a lyrical, almost mystic, quality to the music here; a substance that is rare in rock music, and delivered with a pulsating force that is transporting. Morrison's magnetism prevails throughout, and the more you listen to it, the more you realize how good this music really is."
No One Here Gets Out Alive
Steve Vrana | Aurora, NE | 01/06/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was in high school when The Doors' debut was released and it remains the one essential album to have in The Doors' catalog. [Although LA Woman and Morrison Hotel are nearly as good.] If you're looking to expand your collection beyond that, this two-disc collection is a no-brainer. It contains all eight Top 40 hits from their all too brief 4-year history and enough key album cuts ("The End," "L.A. Woman," "Roadhouse Blues") to satisfy all but the die-hard fan. [Thankfully, there are no tracks included from either of the two post-Morrison albums released in the early Seventies.]While the identity of The Doors is linked almost exclusively to the persona of its frontman, there's no denying Ray Manzarek's keyboards and Robby Krieger's guitar playing and songwriting as crucial to The Doors' sound. And Jim Morrison's power as a vocalist was his voice, which would make the listener ignore the sometimes pretentiousness of his lyrics. My only real criticism of this collection is that for a two-disc set, it's fairly short--only 85 minutes. But it still wasn't enough to make me spring for the box set. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED"
18 Tracks Just Isn't Enough
Anthony Nasti | Staten Island, New York United States | 05/17/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"As I stated in my review for "Legacy: The Absolute Best", no collection will truly ever encompass the best work of The Doors. However, there are still some that are definitely worth owning. "The Best Of The Doors", an imported two cd set, isn't.
The reason that this collection gets three stars is because it is The Doors, one of the greatest rock and roll bands ever and music pioneers. There's some true rock classics here, such as "Light My Fire", "Break On Through (To The Other Side)", "The End", "Hello, I Love You", "Touch Me", "Love Her Madly", "L.A. Woman" and the chilling "Riders On The Storm". These are just some of the highlights.
The fact is, 18 tracks just isn't enough to cover The Doors. And while all the stuff on here is brilliant, there's some excellent stuff left off. For example, their brilliant reworking of Willie Dixon's classic "Back Door Man", one of their best known album tracks, is strangely omitted. Similarly, classics like "Not To Touch The Earth", "My Eyes Have Seen You", "The Changeling" and "Twentieth Century Fox" have also been omitted, and judging by the small amount of tracks on both discs, probably could have all fit.
My suggestion is that instead of this, you pick up "Legacy: The Absolute Best". It is also a two disc collection, but it has 34 tracks on it including all of the songs on here as well as all the songs that I mentioned should have been on here. It even includes an unreleased track, the seventeen minute "Celebration Of The Lizard".
So, while I guess this okay, I recommend either "Legacy", the boxed sets or the whole albums. This really isn't needed."
The Pieces Fit Well.
Steve Guardala | ????? | 01/06/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Morrison, Densmore, Krieger, & Manzarek fit & balanced each other like a sprawling jigsaw puzzle. They are the best American band to date. Yes, the Doors, not Nirvana! Here the 1960's aesthetics hit one of their musical highs. Sarcastic instincts & reason clash in the lyrics & the droning guitar riffs & are made new. This compilation captures the brooding dark mystique that the band wore like a cape. The long majestic "Light My Fire" has stood as a sensual anthem for over forty years. The raucous "Break On Through," a true modern rapture. The Medieval "The End, & the "Crystal Ship," are my favorites. In the latter they delicately explore intimacy. That is something you would not expect from this band."
He's hot, he's sexy and he's still dead,
Tim Brough | Springfield, PA United States | 03/23/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I got into The Doors kind of late into my long musical appreciation life. It may have something to do with the fact that, while in college, I was next-door to a guy who was Morrison-nuts...the kind of guy that insisted that Jim Morrison had faked his death and was just waiting for the right moment to come out of hiding. As such, he blasted The Doors' albums incessantly for the school year 1981, and I was over the whole thing pretty much by the time I'd graduated.
However, time has unburdened me of this irrational Doors-disgust. Which means that I was really happy to see this CD reissued as a precursor to the massive Doors campaign of 2007. A new box set, all the individual albums remastered, etc. But as a casual fan, "The Best of The Doors" is all I really need. It covers all the obvious radio hits along with some choice album tracks. (And just as obviously, ignores the postmortem Morrison records, 1971's Other Voices and 1972's Full Circle.) It also re-established Morrison's shamanistic personality. There was a deep, deep charisma about the man and it comes through on all the songs here. The other 3/4 of The Doors were just as unique.
Jim Morrison's ghost and the subsequent collapse of the band after his death - not to forget the incessant squabbling since - tends to cloud the surviving members' contributions. Ray Manzarek's keyboards are one of the reasons The Doors never needed a bass player. Those psychedelic swirls and heavy foundations provided The Doors with their pulse. Guitarist Robbie Krieger added classical fills next to Manzarek's keyboards and also wrote many of The Doors' biggest hits (including "Light My Fire"). John Densmore was a jazz drummer who brought that influence to the band, and he remains the member most opposed to the "reunion" projects. The Doors were always greater than the sum of their parts, and once the cloaking charisma of Morrison was gone, the atoms just blew apart.
The band, as members to a whole, mixed all those influences up. From the pop sense of "Light My Fire" to the Oedipal weirdness that fueled "The End," they were totally fearless about following their collective muse. They responded to accusations of pop-sellout by going to the deep blues of "LA Woman" and by nailing a cabaret number like Brecht/Weill's "The Alabama Song." They even managed one of the most paranoid mellow songs ever in "Riders On The Storm."
That is what makes "The Best Of The Doors" worth it. You may find yourself tempted to get some of the singular CD's later (I'd suggest the debut and "LA Woman"), but for a load into the MP3 player, this double CD set fills the gap. Jim Morrison remains a mystery, a loaded question that exited the world before the answers had time to form. (Or he got old enough to be boring.)
Obligatory "Wish it was on this set" songs: "The WASP," "Running Blue" "20th Century Fox."