Discography of The Doors

 

The Doors Discography:

     

     This is the discography of The Doors starting with the 6 studio albums completed with Jim Morrison, and ending with some of the best live, box set, and compilation cd’s currently available.   Within the last few years, The Doors have begun releasing complete live concerts on their Bright Midnight Archives label, some of which are really incredible for the diehard Doors fan.  Eventually, those will be covered on this page as well.   These product links all lead to Amazon for purchase.
 

 

The Doors:  The Doors

 The  Doors debut album, The Doors was released on January 4, 1967, and was recorded between  August 24 to 31, 1966 at Sunset Sound Recorders in Hollywood CA.  The Doors peaked at #2 on the Billboard charts, and  included the group’s first #1 single, Light My Fire.  The Doors was  produced by Paul Rothchild.

Trivia:  The Doors first album was recorded in just 6 days and essentially played live in the studio.  After The Doors recorded “The End”, Jim returned to the studio that night and hosed down the instruments with a fire extinguisher.  He apparently didn’t remember this the next morning when questioned by the rest of the band.  The album was supposed to be released in October 1966, but Elektra president, Jac Holzman believed if they waited until January,they would have little to no competition, and the planned worked.

   
   
1. Break on Through (To the Other Side)
2. Soul Kitchen
3. Crystal Ship
4. Twentieth Century Fox
5. Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar)
6. Light My Fire
7. Back Door Man
8. I Looked at You
9. End of the Night
10. Take It as It Comes
11. End
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The Doors: Strange Days

The Doors second album, Strange Days was released on September 25, 1967, and it was recorded between February – August 1967 at Sunset Sound Recorders in Hollywood CA.   Strange Days peaked at #3 on the Billboard charts, and was produced by Paul Rothchild.

Trivia:  The album cover was photographed by Joel Brodsky, who also did the “Young Lion” photo shoot with Jim.  The album was the group’s first use of backward recording and strange vocal effects on Jim’s voice, heard on the song “Strange Days”.  They used the studio itself as an instrument.

  
  
1. Strange Days
2. You’re Lost Little Girl
3. Love Me Two Times
4. Unhappy Girl
5. Horse Latitudes
6. Moonlight Drive
7. People Are Strange
8. My Eyes Have Seen You
9. I Can’t See Your Face in My Mind
10. When the Music’s Over
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The Doors: Waiting for the Sun
 The Doors third album, Waiting for the Sun was released on July 11, 1968, and was recorded between February – May 1968.  Waiting for the Sun peaked at #1 on the Billboard charts, and it includes their second #1 single, Hello, I Love You.  Waiting for the Sun was produced by Paul Rothchild.
Trivia:  Waiting for the Sun was the group’s only #1 album of their career.  Jim wanted his poem “Celebration of the Lizard” on the album, which took up one side.  It was added as a bonus to the 40th anniversary edition.  The title track “Waiting for the Sun” wasn’t even on this album, but was included on The Doors 5th studio album, “Morrison Hotel”.
 
  
   
 
1. Hello, I Love You
2. Love Street
3. Not to Touch the Earth
4. Summer’s Almost Gone
5. Wintertime Love
6. Unknown Soldier
7. Spanish Caravan
8. My Wild Love
9. We Could Be So Good Together
10. Yes, the River Knows
11. Five to One
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The Doors: The Soft Parade
 The Doors fourth album, The Soft Parade was  released on July 18, 1969, and it was recorded between July 1968 – May 1969 at Elektra Sound Recorders in Los Angeles CA.  The Soft Parade peaked at #6 on the Billboard charts, and was produced by Paul Rothchild.
Trivia:  The Soft Parade marks a departure from The Doors stripped down sound and featured brass and stringed instruments on most tracks.  It’s also the first album to credit the individual song writer (previous albums stated all songs written by The Doors).  Jim didn’t want people to think he wrote the lyrics to “Tell All the People”, which Robby Krieger had written.
 
 
 
 
 1. Tell All The People
2. Touch Me
3. Shaman’s Blues
4. Do It
5. Easy Ride
6. Wild Child
7. Runnin’ Blue
8. Wishful Sinful
9. Soft Parade
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The Doors: Morrison Hotel
 The Doors fifth album, Morrison Hotel was released on February 1, 1970, and was recorded in November 1969, except for “Indian Summer”, recorded in late 1966, and “Waiting for the Sun”, which was recorded in 1968.  Morrison Hotel peaked at #4 on the Billboard charts, and was produced by Paul Rothchild.   
Trivia:   John Sebastian played harmonica and Lonnie Mack played bass guitar on the album.  The back pictures of The Doors features the group in a bar called “The Hard Rock Cafe”, which is unrelated to the current chain of the same name, however that is where the inspiration came from for the name.
 
 
 
1. Roadhouse Blues
2. Waiting for the Sun
3. You Make Me Real
4. Peace Frog
5. Blue Sunday
6. Ship of Fools
7. Land Ho!
8. The Spy
9. Queen of the Highway
10. Indian Summer
11. Maggie M’Gill
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The Doors: L.A. Woman
  The Doors sixth album, L.A. Woman was released on April 29, 1971,  was recorded between December 1970 and January 1971 at The Doors Workshop, which was the first floor underneath their office. L.A. Woman peaked at #9 on the Billboard charts,  and was produced by The Doors and Bruce Botnik.
Trivia:  The last studio album by The Doors with Jim Morrison included.  The group released two albums after Jim passed.  This is the only album that Paul Rothchild didn’t produce.  After falling asleep at the controls and calling the music “cocktail music”, he walked out.  While several sources claim that Rothchild was referring to “Riders on the Storm”, in an interview, he stated that he made that comment when the band played “Love Her Madly”.  During the recording of this album, Jim had been depressed, so to lift his spirits, the band brought in Elvis Presley’s bass player, Jerry Sheff, who brought energy to the album and really rounded out the sound.  The Doors recorded L.A. Woman on the first floor of their office, producing it themselves with Bruce Botnik, who had been their engineer on all previous albums. 
 
 
 
 
 1. Changeling
2. Love Her Madly
3. Been Down So Long
4. Cars Hiss by My Window
5. L.A. Woman
6. America
7. Hyacinth House
8. Crawling King Snake
9. WASP (Texas Radio and the Big Beat)
10. Riders on the Storm
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The Doors: An American Prayer
 
 Jim Morrison’s spoken poetry was put to music on an album called  An American Prayer. An American Prayer was released on November 17, 1978.  Morrison’s words were recorded in 1969 and 1970, with remaining Doors recording the music in 1978.
 
 
 
 
 Awake
  1. “Awake” – 0:36
  2. “Ghost Song” (edit) – 2:50
  3. “Dawn’s Highway” – 1:21
  4. “Newborn Awakening” – 2:26

To Come of Age

  1. “To Come of Age” – 1:01
  2. “Black Polished Chrome” – 1:07
  3. “Latino Chrome” – 2:14
  4. “Angels and Sailors” – 2:46
  5. “Stoned Immaculate” – 1:33

The Poet’s Dream

  1. “The Movie” – 1:35
  2. “Curses, Invocations” – 1:57

World on Fire

  1. “American Night” – 0:28
  2. “Roadhouse Blues” – 5:53
  3. “The World on Fire” – 1:06
  4. “Lament” – 2:18
  5. “The Hitchhiker” – 2:15

An American Prayer

  1. “An American Prayer” – 3:04
  2. “Hour for Magic” – 1:17
  3. “Freedom Exists” – 0:20
  4. “A Feast of Friends” – 2:10 (also known as “The Severed Garden”)

Bonus tracks

  1. “Babylon Fading” – 1:40
  2. “Bird of Prey” – 1:03
  3. “The Ghost Song” (Extended Version) – 5:16 (There’s a “hidden track” 34 seconds after the fade-out.)

 

The Doors In Concert 

 On May 21, 1991, The Doors released the double CD In Concert.  It was pieced together from many shows recorded between 1968 and 1970.  The In Concert CD was produced by Paul Rothchild.

 

 

The Doors Box Set

On October 28, 1997, The Doors released a 4 CD set called The Doors Box Set.  It includes a booklet as well of several never before released tracks, perhaps most significantly are all 6 demo tracks recorded at the World Pacific Studios on September 2, 1965.  These were recorded before Robby Krieger had joined the band.  This box set was produced by Bruce Botnick and The Doors.

 

 

The Very Best of The Doors

 On March 25, 2007, The Doors released a greatest hits package called The Very Best of the Doors.  The songs have been remixed, and “The End” is the version from the movie Apocalypse Now.   The CD set lists the producers as Paul Rothchild, Bruce Botnick, and The Doors.

 

 

  1. “Break on Through (To the Other Side)” 
  2. “Light My Fire” 
  3. “Love Me Two Times” 
  4. “Hello, I Love You”
  5. “People Are Strange” 
  6. “Strange Days”
  7. “Riders on the Storm”
  8. “L.A. Woman”
  9. “Touch Me” 
  10. “Roadhouse Blues”
  11. “Peace Frog” 
  12. “Love Street”
  13. “The Crystal Ship”
  14. “Soul Kitchen” 
  15. “Love Her Madly” 
  16. “Back Door Man” (Willie Dixon, Chester Burnett)
  17. “Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)” (Kurt Weill, Bertolt Brecht)
  18. “Moonlight Drive” 
  19. “The Unknown Soldier”
  20. “The End (Apocalypse Now Edit)”

 


 

Most of these CDs and individual songs can also be downloaded as mp3s from Amazon