Download as PDF Printable version. Paul A. Rothchild Bruce Botnick the Doors. Other Voices Weird Scenes Inside the Gold Mine Full Circle Christgau's Record Guide. B— . The Doors , Strange Days , It might have been a good idea to have released both of them on a double CD but as far as I know, none will get on CD. If you are a collectionist, you might get "Weird Scenes Inside the Gold Mine" rather cheap though on the web from as little as 11?
Three stars. I'm one of those annoying purists who hates the "greatest hits" albums and pointless compilations put out incessantly by bands. I rarely buy them as I believe most old school bands made albums best heard in context. There is nothing more absurd than some of the prog "best ofs" which provide such a convoluted presentation of the songs think Floyd's "Great Dance Songs". Here is a collection that served a purpose beyond collecting hits, the songs appear to have been chosen to create a worthwhile listening experience as opposed to purely commercial considerations.
Unlike most collections it has maintained listenability over the years because it contains songs you don't hear on the radio much, even some hard to find rarities. The album culled Doors tracks from various albums which might be referred to as the more "mystical" songs, the "stoned immaculate" songs as Jim would say, songs which leave you off balance and take you on a journey through the desert. These are songs which mostly show off the Doors "late night" side.
Their dark side, their psych-bluesy side, and their wild side. Blissfully free of "Light My Fire" and "Touch Me" this album is solid cover to cover and shows how truly great this band could be. You never get tired of "Weird Scenes. This is a compilation album that stood on its own and one that felt like somebody actually gave a damn. This is carried through to the outstanding artwork and the heartfelt liner notes.
You can currently only get it on vinyl, but someday, perhaps one of the suits will figure out this album has a following all its own. We'd buy it again on CD, provided it is duplicated per the original. In fact, they should try being classy and doing a gatefold mini-lp sleeve of thisnow THAT would be a gold mine. This is "13" part 2, as far as I'm concerned. This is a very good collection of Doors music for the novice. Will you try, little try? Please stop and you remember We were together, anyway, all right And if you have a certain evenin' You could lend to me I'd give it all right back to you A how it has to be with you I know your moves and your mind And your mind And your mind And your mind And your mind And your mind And your mind Will you stop and think and wonder?
Just what you'll see Out on the train yard Nursin' penitentiary It's gone, I cry out long Go head, brother Did you stop it to consider? Although these may not be the new mixes based on the remasters. For starters the Doors classics like "Break On Through" and "The End" originally from their debut album are the standard mixes not the remasters where you hear the missing word "high" on the former or Jim Morrison's vocal utterances on the hypnotic build-up on the latter.
This was the first compilation of the Doors assembled following Morrison's death in and sandwiched in between the 2 post-Morrison albums Other Voices and Full Circle [Those albums are another story]. Twenty-two Doors classics featured here were culled from 6 studio albums as well as 2 B-sides. Woman if not the pending sessions for Other Voices. You also get to hear the Dylanesque vocal of guitarist Robby Krieger on the mid-section of "Running Blue", the tune he penned on honor of soul great Otis Redding[Poor Otis dead and gone left me here to sing a song, Pretty little girl with the red dress on That was one of two selections from Soft Parade, the second is "Shaman's Blues".
That album was their most commercially released one[IMO]because of the use of horns and strings. The titled songs of Strange Days and L. Woman are featured here. For any Doors lovers you can't go wrong with this collection.
After all, as Jim Morrison said, music is your only friend until the end. I had been a casual Doors fan by that time with the release of the Greatest Hits collection in , but I hadn't yet bonded with the group. As we played the four sides of this album in our dorm room, I saw that the Doors were more than just a greatest hits band, but a really significant band from the whole wave of music of the late '60s.
These songs show Morrison's vocal and lyrical talents in ways that overplayed songs like Hello I Love You never can. It showed that Jim Morrison wasn't just a vapid rock singer, but a poet with a message.
This CD collection has a few hits, but many deeper tracks that show not only Morrison, but the whole band, at their peak form. The songs flow so well from one to the next that you just can't stop listening. Some of the songs bridge both hits and deep tracks LA Woman, Riders on the Storm , and some underplayed or nearly unavailable songs Love Street, Who Scared You , are hidden gems that are every bit as good as the band's biggest hits.
As a complete Doors fan, there wasn't much logical reason to buy this CD, but I'm doing it for nostalgia reasons. It's a CD that I wish had come out 20 years ago, but better late than never. Now, I'm going back to my college years to re-live some not-so-sober nights in the dorm room Maybe it will sound like sheer exageration; but every six months or less there is a "new" Doors release.
Live recordings, "Best Of" recopilations You name it. Highly recomended for those who are bored just to hear "the hits" but can't stand hear the whole Doors discography.
Great Vinyl Album good quality recording. Brought back a lot of memories. I have no problem recommending this record.
I gave it 5 stars without hesitation. See all reviews. Top reviews from other countries. Been waiting over 25 years for this to be available on CD. I have the vinyl double album and the CD is just the same.
No out takes or bonus tracks. Just a well recorded version of the original vinyl. I was pleased to see it was a "Rhino" release. They usually stay true to the original recording, unlike others that ruin classic albums.
In my opinion this album shows the very best stuff the Doors ever recorded.
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