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.
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Today's mystery album (sometimes referred to as Hard Rock Café from the title of the first side of the LP, with the second side titled mystery Hotel) is the fifth studio album by today's American psychedelic mystery band, recorded from between August 1966 and November 1969 and released by Elektra February 9, 1970. After the previous year's more experimental album The Soft Parade was not as well-received as anticipated, the group went back to basics and back to their roots. On this album, there is a slight steer toward blues.
The cover photo was taken by Henry Diltz at the Morrison Hotel located at 1246 South Hope Street in Los Angeles. The photographer told the guy at the desk they were going to take a few photos and he said they couldn’t without the owner’s permission and the owner wasn’t there. He took the pictures as the guy was inside the elevator. The elevator numbers right under the ‘son’ in ‘Morrison’ are lit in the cover. They jumped right behind the windows and hit their places without shuffling as he took their shot. The rear cover features a photograph of the Hard Rock Café on 300 East 5th Street, Los Angeles. The founders of the later and otherwise unrelated Hard Rock Cafe chain used the name, having seen it on this album.
Even though no major hit singles were drawn from the album, it reestablished the band as favorites of the critics, peaking at No. 4 on the US album chart. The album also became the band's highest charting studio album in the UK, where it peaked at No. 12. For the 40th anniversary the album was re-released in completely remixed and remastered form. 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's mystery album was, upon its release, seen by many as a comeback for the band following the critical failure of The Soft Parade and the Miami incident of 1969. Dave Marsh, the editor of Creem magazine, called the album "the most horrifying rock and roll I have ever heard. When they're good, they're simply unbeatable. Today and these last weeks from the Perception Boxset extended remasters, it's up for grabs here...N'Joy
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