The Doors - Morrison Hotel

 (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

Total download size: 2.4 GB Total play length: 1:54:04
Cover art included, liner notes not included

The Doors returned to their roots and were reborn a rock ’n’ roll band on Morrison Hotel, the group’s fifth studio album and fifth consecutive gold-certified record. Completed in only a few weeks and released in February 1970, the hard-charging album took its name from the Skid Row hotel in downtown Los Angeles that’s featured in the iconic cover photo taken by Henry Diltz.

MORRISON HOTEL: 50TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION includes the original album newly remastered by The Doors’ longtime engineer and mixer Bruce Botnick, plus a bonus disc of unreleased studio outtakes.

For this new collection, 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 Morrison, John Densmore, Robby Krieger, and Ray Manzarek for an unprecedented perspective on the making of the album. 

Botnick says: “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.”

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.”

Among the treasure trove of unreleased outtakes are also rough versions of Morrison Hotel tracks “Peace Frog” and “Blue Sunday,” as well as The Doors rarity “I Will Never Be Untrue.” The collection also captures some incredible session outtakes of the band jamming on cover versions of the Motown classic “Money (That’s What I Want)” and B.B. King’s “Rock Me.”

Veteran rock journalist David Fricke tells the tale behind this classic album in the set’s detailed liner notes. He writes: “As spring turned to summer in the last year of the 1960s, The Doors were a band in suspended animation. Singer Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger, and drummer John Densmore were off the road and in serious legal jeopardy after Morrison’s profane meltdown during a show at Miami’s Dinner Key Auditorium…The Doors were also exhausted and uncertain of their recording future after the protracted studio drama and uneven experiment of their fourth album, The Soft Parade…It was a season of chaos and anxiety. But The Doors were on the road to Morrison Hotel.”

Roadhouse Blues (2020 Remaster)
Waiting for the Sun (2020 Remaster)
You Make Me Real (2020 Remaster)
Peace Frog (2020 Remaster)
Blue Sunday (2020 Remaster)
Ship of Fools (2020 Remaster)
Land Ho! (2020 Remaster)
The Spy (2020 Remaster)
Queen of the Highway (2020 Remaster)
Indian Summer (2020 Remaster)
Maggie M'Gill (2020 Remaster)
Queen of the Highway (Take 1) [She Was a Princess] (2020 Remaster)
Queen of the Highway (Various Takes) (2020 Remaster)
Queen of the Highway (Take 44) [He Was a Monster] (2020 Remaster)
Queen of the Highway (Take 12) [No One Could Save Her] (2020 Remaster)
Queen of the Highway (Take 14) [Save the Blind Tiger] [With Robby Krieger Guitar Overdub] (2020 Remaster)
Queen of the Highway (Take 1) [American Boy - American Girl] (2020 Remaster)
Queen of the Highway (Takes 5, 6 & 9) [Dancing Through the Midnight Whirlpool] (2020 Remaster)
Queen of the Highway (Take 14) [Start It All Over] (2020 Remaster)
I Will Never Be Untrue (2020 Remaster)
Queen of the Highway (Take Unknown) (2020 Remaster)
Roadhouse Blues (Take 14) [Keep Your Eyes On The Road] (2020 Remaster)
Money (That's What I Want) (2020 Remaster)
Rock Me Baby (2020 Remaster)
Roadhouse Blues (Takes 6 & 7) [Your Hands Upon The Wheel] (2020 Remaster)
Roadhouse Blues (Take 8) [We're Goin' To The Roadhouse] (2020 Remaster)
Roadhouse Blues (Takes 1 & 2) [We're Gonna Have A Real Good Time] (2020 Remaster)
Roadhouse Blues (Takes 5, 6 & 14) [Let It Roll, Baby, Roll] (2020 Remaster)
Peace Frog/Blue Sunday (Take 4) (2020 Remaster)
Peace Frog (Take 12) (2020 Remaster)

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