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The Best Of The Doors
The Best Of The Doors
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
  •  Track Listings (11) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (8) - Disc #2

The Best of The Doors delivers exactly what it promises. Rather than relying solely on the hits, this collection also mines the darker, and often richer, recesses of The Doors material resulting in a fairly representative ...  more »


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All Artists: Doors
Title: The Best Of The Doors
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 1
Label: Rhino / Wea
Original Release Date: 1/1/2006
Re-Release Date: 8/8/2006
Album Type: Original recording remastered
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
Styles: Hardcore & Punk, Oldies, Psychedelic Rock, Album-Oriented Rock (AOR), Supergroups
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPCs: 075596034524, 075596034548, 075596034562

The Best of The Doors delivers exactly what it promises. Rather than relying solely on the hits, this collection also mines the darker, and often richer, recesses of The Doors material resulting in a fairly representative statement. The hits are here: "Light My Fire" with Ray Manzarek's keyboards on a dizzy, psychedelic spree; "People Are Strange," with Morrison's tortured psyche barely being held in check; "L.A. Woman," with its bluesy sexuality. More important, favorites of fans are here, like the controversially (at the time) explicit "The End," which was one of the first of Morrison's forays into narrative poetry. In hits like "Break on Through," "Hello I Love You," "Roadhouse Blues," and others, The Doors melded psychedelia, blues, hard-edged rock, and poetry from the edge like no other band before. The Best of The Doors is a trip in every sense of the word. --Steve Gdula

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Louis G.
Reviewed on 3/21/2017...
These songs have stood the test of time and then some. The second CD with fewer songs is as long as the first or longer because of The End song. Jim Morrison's quirky poetry never gets old even 50 years later.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Seth D. (4wallz) from SPARTA, TN
Reviewed on 3/2/2012...
Lynyrd Skynyrd has Free Bird. The Eagles have Hotel California. And Led Zepplin has Stairway to Heaven. It seems like every classic rockband has their over the top, get out the lighters, let's go to rock bliss, song. I submit Light My Fire as The Doors contribution to this list. Long, majestic, and heart wrenching. Oh, and it rocks hard. With a keyboard! But then again, when were The Doors ever conventional?

Still one of my favorite bands of the 1960s. They were loud, rude, and rocking. And Jim Morrison (Vocals) had the chrisma of 5 people. He not only had a great voice, but his lyrics truly are poetry. They are dark to be sure. But they also cherish a sliver of optimism somewhere in each line.
This is a great CD to get if you have never really had much to do with The Doors. All of their hits are here, with a good mix of some songs that might have been lesser known. And my favorite Door's song of all time is on here too. People Are Strange. Indeed they are. Excellent set and it needs to be in every rock fans collection.
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Steven M. from NORTHVILLE, MI
Reviewed on 12/10/2006...
excellent, complete, will send all
0 of 5 member(s) found this review helpful.
Sandra L. (MusicMama) from W JEFFERSON, NC
Reviewed on 8/8/2006...
Classic rock -- two discs!
0 of 4 member(s) found this review helpful.

CD Reviews

Morrison's Magnetism Prevails
Reviewer | 06/16/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A terrific retrospective of one of the most enigmatic rock groups ever, "The Best of the Doors," opens with "Break On Through," then takes you on a wild ride through nineteen cuts that illustrate just exactly why this is such an enduring group. Jim Morrison's mesmerizing vocals, Robbie Krieger's "bottle neck" guitar, Ray Manzarek's keyboards and John Densmore's drums combined to create a unique sound, later imitated, but never duplicated by anyone else since. The songs included on this two-disc album open the doors that lead you into the ethereal, sometimes spiritual world of Morrison's poetry. His use of imagery and metaphor is remarkable, especially on such cuts as "Light My Fire," "The Crystal Ship," "People Are Strange," the impassioned "When The Music's Over," the subtly disquieting "Riders On The Storm," and the quintessential Door's song, the spellbinding "The End." Then there's the hard-driving "Roadhouse Blues," and "L.A. Woman;" the admonishing "Five To One;" and the stoic "The Unknown Soldier." There's a lyrical, almost mystic, quality to the music here; a substance that is rare in rock music, and delivered with a pulsating force that is transporting. Morrison's magnetism prevails throughout, and the more you listen to it, the more you realize how good this music really is."
No One Here Gets Out Alive
Steve Vrana | Aurora, NE | 01/06/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I was in high school when The Doors' debut was released and it remains the one essential album to have in The Doors' catalog. [Although LA Woman and Morrison Hotel are nearly as good.] If you're looking to expand your collection beyond that, this two-disc collection is a no-brainer. It contains all eight Top 40 hits from their all too brief 4-year history and enough key album cuts ("The End," "L.A. Woman," "Roadhouse Blues") to satisfy all but the die-hard fan. [Thankfully, there are no tracks included from either of the two post-Morrison albums released in the early Seventies.]While the identity of The Doors is linked almost exclusively to the persona of its frontman, there's no denying Ray Manzarek's keyboards and Robby Krieger's guitar playing and songwriting as crucial to The Doors' sound. And Jim Morrison's power as a vocalist was his voice, which would make the listener ignore the sometimes pretentiousness of his lyrics. My only real criticism of this collection is that for a two-disc set, it's fairly short--only 85 minutes. But it still wasn't enough to make me spring for the box set. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED"