Morrison went to many record labels trying to land a deal. He did score one at Columbia Records but it did not pan out. On August 10, they were spotted by Elektra Records president Jac Holzman, who was present at the recommendation of Love singer Arthur Lee, whose group was with Elektra Records. After Holzman and producer Paul A. Rothchild saw two sets of the band playing at the Whisky a Go Go, they signed them to the Elektra Records label on August 18 — the start of a long and successful partnership with Rothchild and engineer Bruce Botnick. The band were fired from the Whisky on August 21, 1966 when Morrison added an explicit retelling and profanity-laden version of the Greek myth of Oedipus during "The End"
Signing with Elektra Records in 1966, the band released eight albums between 1967 and 1971. All but one hit the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 and went platinum or better. The 1967 release of their debut album was the first in a series of top ten albums in the United States. Although the band's active career ended in 1973, their popularity has persisted. According to the RIAA, they have sold 33 million certified units in the US and over 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling bands of all time. The group have been listed as one of the greatest artists of all time by many magazines, including Rolling Stone, which ranked them 41st on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. They were the first American band to accumulate eight consecutive gold and platinum LPs.
The coming weeks their 6 studioalbums will be posted here
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Today's mystery album is the 4th studio album by today's mystery band, released on July 18, 1969. It saw the group totally departing from the material that encompassed their past three albums. The Doors incorporated brass and string arrangements into their compositions at a point in which the group was experiencing personal issues, particularly related to Jim Morrison. In addition, the album fulfilled the band's desire to feature jazz and blues influences into their work.
Upon release, the album peaked at number six on Billboard Top LPs chart. It was preceded by "Touch Me" in December 1968, which awarded the Doors an unexpected top ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100, and several other accolades including a number one listing in the Cashbox charts. Three additional singles, "Wishful Sinful", "Tell All the People", and "Runnin' Blue", also became moderate hits on the Billboard singles charts.
On the tail-end of their lengthy recording period, the band initiated a national tour that abruptly ended in disaster. On March 2, 1969, Morrison allegedly performed while intoxicated, and exposed himself in front of a crowd of nearly 12,000 in Miami, Florida, which Morrison's bandmates deny actually occurring. A month later, on April 4, Morrison was charged with indecent exposure, and paid a $5,000 bail, after Morrison had turned himself in to the authorities. The incident negatively reflected on the band's publicity, sparking a "March for Decency" at the Orange Bowl. Consequently, 25 dates on the Doors next tour were cancelled, and their records were blacklisted from radio airplay, resulting in the band abandoning the rest of their potential tour. (clearly it would have been prefarble if he had shot someone)
Morrison became disinterested in studio recordings and concert performances, a result of his interest in poetry and worsening alcoholism. As a result, Robby Krieger wrote about half of the tracks on the album. Morrison became increasingly uncooperative, and disruptive when recording for the album commenced as he regularly missed sessions or was intoxicated when he managed to be present. As record producer Paul Rothchild explained, "Jim was not really interested after about the third album. It became very difficult to get him involved in the records. When we made The Soft Parade, it was like pulling teeth to get Jim into it". The alcoholic dependencies caused Morrison to act estranged from his bandmates, prompting Ray Manzarek to name Morrison's, sometimes aggressive, alcoholic state, "Jimbo". Aside from the troubles originating from Morrison, the album marked the one and only time in which each songwriter was credited under his own name, instead of the band name. This stemmed from Morrison not wanting to be associated with the lyrics of "Tell All the People" as one line urges listeners to "grab your guns".
Following rehearsals in June 1968, the Doors commenced a grueling nine month recording period which concluded in May 1969 at Elektra Sound Recorders in Los Angeles, California, in contrast to the six days their debut album required. The album differed from past efforts for its addition of brass and string arrangements. For the first time, the band were required to write their compositions in the studio, while past albums featured material derived from experiments in their live performances. Rothfield brought in Paul Harris to handle the arrangements and horn overdubs, while session musicians Doug Lubahn and Harvey Brooks were hired to play bass guitar. A staggering amount of $80,000 was required to pay for the creation of the album. The complexity and difficulty of the developments prompted George Harrison, who appeared at the sessions in November 1968, to be reported as stating it resembled "the complexity required for the Sergeant Pepper recordings"
Despite making number six in the US, the album did not chart in the UK, perhaps due to the band's lack of a supporting hit single. ("Touch Me" did not chart in the UK.) Whereas the first three previous albums had two singles pulled from each of them, today's mystery album had a grand total of four, though some of them had initially been released as non-album singles significantly prior to the album's release. The only two songs on the LP that weren't released as either the A or B-side of a single were the title cut and "Shaman's Blues". The album got mixed reviews but considering its background hardly surprising.
The album was completely remixed and remastered for its 40th anniversary reissue. This practice extended to incorporating vocal and instrumental components which were not part of the original album. According to Ray Manzarek, "There are background vocals by Jim Morrison, piano parts of mine that weren't used and guitar stingers and solos by Robby Krieger that never made the original recordings, that can now be heard for the first time. Today and the coming weeks from the Perception Boxset extended remasters, it's up for grabs here...N'Joy
Goldy Rhox 214 (flac 325mb)
Goldy Rhox 214 (ogg 129mb)
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