Sunday, February 1, 2015

morrison hotel

The Doors made it real and let it roll with this mysterious union of hard rock and roadhouse blues.   The band had been in a slump with the poor response to 'The Soft Parade' and 'Absolutely Live'.  Legal problems came as Morrison's antagonistic onstage behavior made him the first rock artist to be arrested while performing when he was dragged off by police in New Haven.  After another show in Miami, he was charged for exposing himself in public.  

Morrison would reflect on the recent charges from police and critics:   "I think that really it was a life style that was on trial more than my specific incident. I guess that what it boiled down to was that I told the audience that they were a bunch of fucking idiots to be members of an know...what were they doing there anyway? The basic message was...realize that you're not really here to listen to a bunch of songs by some fairly good musicians. You're here for something else, and why not admit it and do something about it...I think that the music has gotten progessively better...tighter...and more professional...more interesting. I just think that people resent the fact that...three years ago, if you remember, there was a great renaissance of spirit and emotion and revolutionary sentiment. When things didn't change overnight, I think people resented the fact that we were just still around doing good music...A hero is someone who rebels, or seems to rebel, against the facts of existence and seems to conquer them, but obviously that can work at moments. It can't be a lasting thing...but that's not saying that people shouldn't keep trying to rebel against the facts of existence...Who knows, someday we might conquer death....and disease and war... I think of myself an intelligent...sensitive human being with the soul of a clown...which always forces me to blow it at the...a...most important moments."

'Morrison Hotel' featured Jim Morrison on lead vocals, maracas, and tambourine;   Ray Manzarek on tack piano, Gibson G-101 organ, Vox Continental organ, piano, Wurlitzer electric piano, Fender Rhodes Piano Bass, Hammond C-3 organ, Rocksichord, and Moog modular synthesizer;   Robby Krieger on guitar;   and  John Densmore on drums;     with Lonnie Mack and Ray Neapolitan on bass guitar;   John Sebastian (as "G. Puglese") on harmonica.   Produced by Paul A. Rothchild with Bruce Botnick engineering, the album was a return to the heavy blues sound of their earlier albums.  Two of the songs were recorded during earlier sessions:   "Indian Summer" in late August 1966 during sessions for The Doors  and  "Waiting for the Sun" during sessions for Waiting for the Sun in 1968.  

'Morrison Hotel'  went to number thirty-two in France, thirteen in Norway, twelve in the UK, six in the Netherlands, four in Australia and the US, and number three in Canada.  

"Peace Frog"

"Roadhouse Blues"

'Morrison Hotel' 
full album:

Side A: Hard Rock Café
1. "Roadhouse Blues"   (The Doors) 4:03
2. "Waiting for the Sun"   (Jim Morrison) 3:58
3. "You Make Me Real"   (Morrison) 2:53
4. "Peace Frog"   (Morrison, Robby Krieger) 2:51
5. "Blue Sunday"   (Morrison) 2:13
6. "Ship of Fools"   (Morrison, Krieger) 3:08
Side B: Morrison Hotel
7. "Land Ho!"   (Morrison, Krieger) 4:10
8. "The Spy"   (Morrison) 4:17
9. "Queen of the Highway"   (Morrison, Krieger) 2:47
10. "Indian Summer"   (Morrison, Krieger) 2:36
11. "Maggie M'Gill"   (The Doors) 4:23

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