The Doors: A Track-by-track Guide

by Allison Rapp

Before the Doors made a record, they developed their signature sound onstage in front of audiences.

"A lot of the songs in the beginning, me or [Robby Krieger] would come in with a basic idea, words and melody," singer Jim Morrison told Rolling Stone in 1969. "But then the whole arrangement and actual generation of the piece would happen night after night, day after day, either in rehearsal or in clubs."

When it came time to record some of those earliest songs for their debut album, the process went quickly, mainly for economical reasons. "We started almost immediately, and some of the songs took only a few takes," Morrison noted. "We’d do several takes just to make sure we couldn’t do a better one. It’s also true that on the first album they don’t want to spend as much. The group doesn’t either, because the groups pay for the production of an album."


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