The Doors

~ Release group by The Doors

Album

ReleaseFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
The Doors (mono)12" Vinyl11
  • US1967-01-04
Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use)EKL-4007[none]
The Doors (stereo)12" Vinyl11
  • US1967-01-04
Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use)EKS-74007[none]
The Doors12" Vinyl11
Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use)42012, EKS 74 007
The Doors (reissue)12" Vinyl11
Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use)EKS-74007[none]
The Doors (MFSL mastered Japanese press)12" Vinyl11
Mobile Fidelity Sound LabMFSL 1-051
The Doors (made in West Germany)CD11
Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use)74007-2 (242 012)[none]
The Doors (made in Japan)CD11
Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use)74007-2 (242 012)[none]
The DoorsCD11
  • JP1986-05-25
Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use)32XD-4054988014316231
Light My FireCD11
DuchesseCD 352036[none]
The DoorsCD11
Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use)974 007-2, FRANCE WE 835075596065429
The DoorsCD11
Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use)7559-74007-2075597400724
The DoorsCD11
Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use)E2 74007075596065429
The DoorsCD11
Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use)74007-2075596065429
The DoorsCD11
  • XE1991-02-25
Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use)7559-74007-2075597400724
The DoorsCD11
  • US1992-07-06
DCC Compact ClassicsGZS-1023010963102321
The Doors (180g audiophile vinyl Steve Hoffman remaster)12" Vinyl11
DCC Compact ClassicsLPZ-2046010963204612
The DoorsCD11
  • JP1997-11-25
Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use)AMCY-30404988029304049
The DoorsCD11
Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use)EW835075597400724
The DoorsHDCD11
  • JP2005-08-24
Elektra Entertainment (renamed from Elektra 1989–2004; revived as Elektra 2009-06-01)WPCR-750734943674057863
The Doors (expanded 40th anniversary mixes)CD14
  • XE2007-03-26
Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use), Rhino (reissue label)8122-79998-3081227999834
The DoorsCD14
  • US2007-03-27
Rhino (reissue label), Doors Music Company, Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use)R2 101184, [none]081227999834
The DoorsCD14
  • JP2007-08-29
Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use)WPCR-127164943674073580
The DoorsCD14
Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use), Rhino (reissue label)8122-79998-3081227999834
The DoorsCD14
Doors Music Company, Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use), Rhino (reissue label)R2 101184
The DoorsVinyl11
  • US2009-09-15
Rhino (reissue label)
The DoorsHybrid SACD14
  • JP2011-09-28
Rhino (reissue label), Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use)WPCR-141744943674109036
The Doors2×12" Vinyl6 + 5
Analogue ProductionsAPP 74007-45[none]
The DoorsDigital Media11
Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use), Rhino (reissue label)603497927838
The Doors (AP remaster)Hybrid SACD (CD layer) + Hybrid SACD (SACD layer)11 + 22
Analogue ProductionsCAPP 74007 SA753088400766
The Doors (50th anniversary deluxe edition)3×CD + 12" Vinyl11 + 11 + 8 + 11
  • XE2017-03-31
Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use), Rhino (reissue label)081227941208, R2-558716081227941208
The Doors (50th anniversary deluxe edition)Digital Media30
  • US2017-03-31
Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use), Rhino (reissue label)603497870295
The Doors (50th anniversary deluxe edition)3×Digital Media11 + 11 + 8
  • US2017-03-31
Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use), Rhino (reissue label)
The Doors (stereo)CD11
Doors Music Company, Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use), Rhino (reissue label)081227934422081227934422
The DoorsCD11
Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use)RR2 74007081227934422
The DoorsCD11Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use)242 012[none]
The DoorsCD11
Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use)75597400729325583008429
Bootleg
Light My FireCD11
ElektraCassette11

Relationships

associated singles/EPs:Light My Fire
included in:The Complete Doors Studio Albums
Vinyl Box
part of:Absolute Radio's The 100 Collection (number: 8) (order: 8)
Uncut: The 100 Greatest Debut Albums (2006) (number: 28) (order: 28)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 42) (order: 42)
The Guardian 100 Best Albums Ever (number: 76) (order: 76)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2020 edition (number: 86) (order: 86)
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/45347 [info]
reviews:https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/xnwx [info]
other databases:https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/the_doors/the_doors/ [info]
https://www.musik-sammler.de/album/24111/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000650088 [info]
Wikidata:Q201949 [info]

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Sgt. Pepper's bestrode 1967 like a kaleidoscopic colossus, but another album arguably even more revolutionary appeared that year. The eponymous debut of The Doors took popular music into areas previously thought impossible: the incitement to expand one's consciousness of opener Break on Through was just the beginning of its incendiary agenda.

The Doors were those most dangerous of revolutionaries: populists. Their hooky melodies and the tousle-headed Greek God looks of lead singer Jim Morrison opened gates and hearts that their intellectualism and frequent musical exoticism might otherwise have caused to be closed to them. Meanwhile, that they made a concession to The Man they loudly despised by cutting down their awe-inspiring percolating anthem of lust Light My Fire from seven minutes to three for single release set them on the path to being Hit Parade regulars.

Light My Fire is the highlight of this set, but there are several other gems, particularly the glittering, stately The Crystal Ship and the playfully sensual Twentieth Century Fox. Though often excellent, The Doors is never warm. Icicles seem to hang off its organ-dominated music, however beautiful, while Morrison's bombastic baritone is never going to lend intimacy.

Willie Dixon's Back Door Man, covered competently herein, is a song of insinuation but the shocking innovation going on in epic closer The End inhabits a realm beyond innuendo. At a time when frank discussion of sex is still taboo, Morrison gleefully and comprehensively explores Freudian theory and Oedipal myth. That rock had never heard anything as daring gave The End a feeling of quality by default at the time, but the track has not dated well. Liberalisation of media content made it seem banal, then even ludicrous, surprisingly quickly. The End's transition from radical to risible was rather unfortunate for the original vinyl side two of the album: much of it consisted of songs that seemed like the watery dregs of side one's flavoursome casket.

The best parts of The Doors remain remarkable even where their revolutionary nature has been obscured by time. In fact, time has provided a disappointment of a different sort: subsequent corrected remasters have revealed we were enjoying The Doors all these years at - Ye Gods! - the wrong speed.