ROCK BLOG: The Doors - 50 years since debut album

January 4, 2017

Imagine living in America back in 1967.  Lyndon B. Johnson was President, the family median income was around $7,200 per year, Super Bowl I is played with the Green Bay Packers defeating the Kansas City Chiefs 35–10, the waterbed as we know it today was created, and a psychedelic rock band from Venice, CA called The Doors released their debut album, self-titled The Doors on January 4th.  That's right, January 4th, 2017 marks 50 years since the release of The Doors, featuring their breakthrough single "Light My Fire".   

Here are the infinite 11 tracks that make up the album, The Doors .  If time travel existed, and you could go back to 1967 to watch one of these songs live, which one would you choose?

1."Break On Through (To the Other Side)"  2."Soul Kitchen"  3."The Crystal Ship"  4."Twentieth Century Fox"  5."Alabama Song (Whisky 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."The End".  

In 1969, Jim Morrison stated:  "Everytime I hear "The End", it means something else to me. It started out as a simple good-bye song ... Probably just to a girl, but I see how it could be a goodbye to a kind of childhood. I really don't know. I think it's sufficiently complex and universal in its imagery that it could be almost anything you want it to be."

 January 4th, 2017 will be proclaimed “Day Of The Doors” in the city of Los Angeles.  Founding Doors members John Densmore and Robby Krieger will be present, as will family members of the late Ray Manzarek and Jim Morrison at a ceremony that will take place at the "Venice" sign in Venice, Los Angeles.

Morrison was known for his unpredictable behavior on stage.  One of the most talked about moments was of course their performance of "Light My Fire" on September 17th, 1967 on the Ed Sullivan Show.  The band was told to not sing "Girl, we couldn't get much higher".  As you will see below...Jim didn't listen. 

After Morrison's death in 1971 at age 27, the remaining members continued as a trio until disbanding in 1973.  As of today, over 100 million album copies have been sold worldwide from those six active years.

- C.C.