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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Most of the albums i 'll post made many millions for the music industry and a lot of what i intend to post still gets repackaged and remastered decades later, squeezing the last drop of profit out of bands that for the most part have ceased to exist long ago, although sometimes they get lured out of the mothballs to do a big bucks gig or tour. Now i'm not as naive to post this kinda music for all to see and have deleted, these will be a black box posts, i'm sorry for those on limited bandwidth but for most of you a gamble will get you a quality rip don't like it, deleting is just 2 clicks...That said i will try to accommodate somewhat and produce some cryptic info on the artist and or album.
Today's mystery album the sixth studio album by the American 'mystery' rock band, and was released on April 19, 1971 on Elektra Records. The album was the last to feature the group's lead singer, Jim Morrison, who unexpectedly died at the age of 27 three months following the album's release. It saw the band continue to integrate elements of blues back into their music, a direction that they had begun with their previous album, Morrison Hotel. In addition, it saw long-time record producer Paul A. Rothchild depart, after a fallout involving the band's musical direction. After his departure, the band would co-produce the album with sound engineer, Bruce Botnick.
In November 1970, shortly after the conclusion of Jim Morrison's controversial trial for indecent exposure, The Doors entered Sunset Sound Recorders in Los Angeles to record early versions of "L.A. Woman", "Riders on the Storm", and "Love Her Madly", three new songs they had recently composed. However, the band ran into trouble with their record company, Elektra Records, who released The Doors' first compilation album, 13, to have a product for the Christmas market. It was released without the band's input, and featured a larger-than-life image of Morrison, which upset him enough to threaten signing with another label after their contractual obligations were met. With one more album entailed in The Doors' contract, the band could do little to protest, but continue rehearsing their material.
The band and Botnick continued without Rothchild by organizing a makeshift recording studio at their private rehearsal space. This enabled the band to record in a more comfortable and relaxed setting, while, at the same time, avoiding the expenses of a professional studio. A mixing console, previously owned by Elektra, was installed into the upstairs of the Workshop, while studio monitors, microphones, and keyboards were set downstairs. To compensate for the lack of an isolated vocal booth, Morrison recorded within the facility's bathroom with the same microphone used on their latest tour. Morrison, unlike on past recording sessions, appeared on time, and reduced his alcohol consumption. However, he had to treat a lingering cough, a symptom from a persistent case of pneumonia that arose in the spring of 1970
The songs were completed in a few takes on 8-track, almost spontaneously, and, overall, the album was finished within six days. The change in pace served well for Morrison, who disliked having to conduct several takes--an issue that plagued the band's last two albums. With vocals being recorded simultaneously with the instrumentals, Morrison was consistently involved. Most of the album had a raw, live sound with few overdubs, aside from the keyboards played by Ray Manzarek. Botnick explained, "The overall concept for the recording session was to go back to our early roots and try to get everything live in the studio with as few overdubs as possible" Mixing for the album was completed at Poppy Studios between February and March 1971, by which time Morrison had relocated to Paris, France.
Upon release, the album peaked at number nine on the Billboard 200 and reached number 28 on the UK Albums Charts.It was preceded by "Love Her Madly" single in March 1971, which reached the Top 20 in the Billboard Hot 100. An additional single in support of the album, "Riders on the Storm", was also released to success on the Billboard singles charts, and managed to chart in the UK Singles Chart. Music critics Richie Unterberger and David Quantick have both noted that today's mystery album is arguably one of the band's best albums, citing Morrison's unwavering enthusiasm in his vocal performance, and the band's stripped-down return to their blues rock roots. True that the band came on the scene with a classic and left us 6 albums later with a classic.... In 2003, today's mystery album was ranked at 362 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time
Today and these last weeks from the Perception Boxset extended remasters, it's up for grabs here...N'Joy
Goldy Rhox 216 (flac 365mb)
Goldy Rhox 216 (ogg 134mb)
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