The Doors 8/21/20

Coming on October 9th from the Doors is the Morrison Hotel “50th Anniversary Deluxe,” a two-CD and single LP edition. The collection includes the original album newly remastered by Tthe Doors’ longtime engineer and mixer Bruce Botnick, plus a bonus disc of unreleased studio outtakes, and the original album on 180-gram virgin vinyl.

For the set, the original album has been expanded with more than an hour of unreleased recordings taken from the sessions for Morrison Hotel. These 19 outtakes “transport listeners into the studio with Jim MorrisonJohn DensmoreRobby Krieger, and Ray Manzarek for an unprecedented perspective on the making of the album.”

Bruce Botnick explained in the announcement, “There are many takes, different arrangements, false starts, and insightful studio conversations between the band — who were in the studio — and producer Paul Rothchild — who was in the control room. It’s like being a fly on the wall.”

According to the press release: “Several of these unheard recordings spotlight how ‘Queen Of The Highway’ and ‘Roadhouse Blues’ evolved across multiple sessions. It’s especially interesting to hear how the band played with different bass players on ‘Roadhouse Blues.’ Early versions include Harvey Brooks, who played on the band’s previous album, The Soft Parade. Later takes feature guitar legend Lonnie Mack on bass along with the Lovin’ Spoonful’s John Sebastian on harmonica who, due to contractual restrictions at the time, had to be credited as ‘G. Puglese.'”

Just prior to his 2013 death, Ray Manzarek told us he understood that the public would always be fascinated by Jim Morrison’s short time on Earth and long for more of the long-dead “Lizard King”: [“I love the fact that people love the Doors. When you say ‘The Doors,’ it’s very important to know the psyche of Jim Morrison. America cannot figure out the psyche of Jim Morrison. And they are having a marvelous Freudian struggle trying to figure out who he was, why he was that way, and they just can’t figure it out. So I understand completely why they’re so intrigued with him. And want more and more and more.”] SOUNDCUE (:29 OC: . . . more and more)

Morrison Hotel was the Doors’ fifth and second to last studio album.

The set, which was released on February 9th, 1970, peaked at Number Four in the U.S. featured such in instant staples as “Roadhouse Blues,” “Waiting For The Sun,” “Peace Frog,” “Ship Of Fools,” and “Blue Sunday,” among others.

SOURCE: Press release

TL; DR

  • Coming on October 9th from the Doors is the Morrison Hotel “50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition,” a two-CD and single LP edition. The set features plus a bonus disc of unreleased studio outtakes, and the original album on 180-gram virgin vinyl.

DID YOU KNOW???

  • Morrison Hotel is set to become a graphic novel. Surviving members John Densmore and Robby Krieger are involved in the project, which will be published on October 13th via Z2 Comics.

SIDE NOTES

The tracklisting to The Doors’ Morrison Hotel “50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition” is:

Disc One: The Original Album
“Roadhouse Blues”
“Waiting For The Sun”
“You Make Me Real”
“Peace Frog”
“Blue Sunday”
“Ship Of Fools”
“Land Ho!”
“The Spy”
“Queen Of The Highway”
“Indian Summer”
“Maggie M’Gill”

Disc Two: Mysterious Union
Black Dressed In Leather (Queen Of The Highway Sessions)
First Session (11/15/68)
“Queen Of The Highway” (Take 1, She Was A Princess)
“Queen Of The Highway” (Various Takes)
“Queen Of The Highway” (Take 44, He Was A Monster)
Second Session (1/16/69)
“Queen Of The Highway” (Take 12, No One Could Save Her)
“Queen Of The Highway” (Take 14, Save The Blind Tiger)
Third Session (Date Unknown)
“Queen Of The Highway” (Take 1, American Boy – American Girl)
“Queen Of The Highway” (Takes 5, 6 & 9, Dancing Through The Midnight Whirlpool)
“Queen Of The Highway” (Take 14, Start It All Over)
“I Will Never Be Untrue” *
“Queen Of The Highway” (Take Unknown)
Money Beats Soul (Roadhouse Blues Sessions)
First Session
“Roadhouse Blues” (Take 14, Keep Your Eyes On The Road)
“Money (That’s What I Want)”
“Rock Me Baby”
Second Session
“Roadhouse Blues” (Takes 6 & 7, Your Hands Upon The Wheel)
“Roadhouse Blues” (Take 8, We’re Goin’ To The Roadhouse)
Third Session
“Roadhouse Blues” (Takes 1 & 2, We’re Gonna Have A Real Good Time)
“Roadhouse Blues” (Takes 5, 6 & 14, Let It Roll Baby Roll)
Dawn’s Highway (Peace Frog/Blue Sunday Session)
“Peace Frog/Blue Sunday” (Take 4)
“Peace Frog” (Take 12)