As you may know, Saturday is Record Store Day and there are hundreds of exclusive titles being released just for the occasion. Some of them don’t seem so essential—do you really need a 12″ picture disc of Toto’s “Africa” that’s in the shape of Africa? (ok, maybe you do)—but there are always a few things that get us excited. (We did want those Spacemen 3 reissues until we learned Sonic Boom and Jason Pierce asked fans not to buy them.) We also hope to find one of those free Hollie Cook singles on our journeys Saturday, but here are 17 things we’re actually looking for.
The Doors - ‘Live at the Matrix ’67’
Especially because Jim Morrison died before many of us younger fans could ever see him perform, The Doors’ live recordings and live films are worth treasuring. In honor of The Doors’ 50th anniversary, they’re giving the first-ever vinyl release to the recording of this show from the first year they were a band.
BrooklynVegan Staff. (2017, April 21). 2017 Record Store Day releases we’d actually like to own. Retrieved from www.brooklynvegan.com
OK, we’re shakin’ things up a bit this week, dipping a toe into the rock music world with Andrew Zohn’s sensuous and bluesy take on The Doors’ moody 1971 hit Riders on the Storm. Hey, you all love classical guitar versions of Beatles songs, so why not a tune from one of the great bands to emerge from Los Angeles in the late 1960s? The song is credited to all four members of the group: singer Jim Morrison (d. 1971), guitarist Robby Krieger, keyboardist Ray Manzarek (d. 2013), and drummer John Densmore, and is actually the final number the group recorded before Morrison’s death in Paris on July 3, 1971, at the age of 27. It appeared on the album L.A. Woman, released in April of that year. Andrew Zohn’s imaginative arrangement manages to combine elements of both the original slinky guitar and jazzy electric piano parts of the song, not to mention the rumbling bass line (played on the record by session musician Jerry Scheff).
Lest you think Zohn is just some “pop guy,” he has extensive and impressive classical guitar credentials that include playing on five continents; publishing numerous original pieces (around two dozen of them reviewed in the pages of Classical Guitar), as well as his transcriptions of works by Bach, Haydn, Rossini, Vivaldi, and others; and many years teaching at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University in Georgia—several of his students have gone on to win prizes at guitar competitions around the world. If you have the time, check out his YouTube channel, where you can see and hear him play everything from Bach to Gnattali to Gershwin to Assad, alone and in combination with other players.
Jackson, B. (2017, April 14). Video Pick of the Week: Andrew Zohn Plays The Doors’ ‘Riders on the Storm’. Retrieved from www.classicalguitarmagazine.com
There was a time when being in a tribute band in L.A. was frowned upon. But over the years that opinion has changed and Peace Frog is in part responsible for the elevation of tribute acts in the L.A. music scene. Peace Frog IS the ultimate Doors’ tribute band and has been sending chills down the spines of their concert goers for over 20 years.
Fronted by Tony Fernandez, Peace Frog was conceived in Venice Beach in 1998 and has played to sold-out concerts around the world.
McElroy, C. (2017, February 14). Peace Frog - Tribute to the Doors. Retrieved from www.nohoartsdistrict.com
From a more scientific standpoint, it has been argued that melancholy music is linked to the production of the hormone prolactin, a chemical associated with the curbing of grief. When listening to "The End" by The Doors, for instance, your brain's pituitary glands will release the hormone in anticipation of the traumatic event that Jim Morrison builds to—the fictional parricide. The brain is essentially preparing you for this event actually happening. When it doesn't materialise in real life, the body is left full of pleasure-inducing opiates with nowhere else to go, leading to a feeling of elation and happiness. Similarly, listening to any type of music will cause the release of dopamine—the hormone associated with activities such as sex, drugs, and eating, which will induce similar feelings of happiness.