Saturday, December 20, 2008

The Doors-Strange Days[1967]

Strange Days is the second album released by American rock band The Doors. The album earned a gold record and reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 200, but its producer, Paul Rothchild, considered it a commercial failure, even if it was an artistic triumph. "We all thought it was the best album. Significantly, it was also the one with the weakest sales. We were confident it was going to be bigger than anything The Beatles had done. But, there was no single. The record died on us." he said. Against this view, one could argue that the album still sold well, managing two top 30 hits, a top 3 placing on the US charts and a platinum certification. "Strange Days" certainly did nothing to derail the overall success of the Doors, as demonstrated the next year by their chart-topping Waiting for the Sun album.
"Strange Days" partially consists of songs that did not make it onto their debut album. This album imposes an eerie, bizarre feeling, containing some of The Doors' most psychedelic songs. It includes songs such as "Strange Days", "People Are Strange", "Love Me Two Times" and "When the Music's Over". The latter is an epic poem that is comparable to the famous "The End".
The album also includes "Moonlight Drive", which was one of the first songs written by Jim Morrison for The Doors. The song was recorded in 1965 (demo) and 1966 (intended for their first album). In 1967 a final version was recorded and released on this album.
The album was #3 in the US in 1967, and is #407 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. "People Are Strange" shot to #12 on the US chart, and "Love Me Two Times" followed it, going to #25, thus proving The Doors' staying power after the runaway success of their debut.

All songs written by Jim Morrison, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek, and John Densmore.
1.Strange Days" – 3:11
2.You're Lost Little Girl" – 3:03
3.Love Me Two Times" – 3:18
4.Unhappy Girl" – 2:02
5.Horse Latitudes" – 1:37
6.Moonlight Drive" – 3:05
7.People Are Strange" – 2:13
8.My Eyes Have Seen You" – 2:32
9.I Can't See Your Face in My Mind" – 3:26
10.When the Music's Over" – 10:58

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