ARTIST:

THE DOORS

(UNITED STATES)
TITLE:

MORRISON HOTEL

(1970)
LABEL:

AUTRE LABEL

GENRE:

ROCK

TAGS:
Folk, Old School, Psychedelic
"At the top of their art, the Doors release "Morrison Hotel", their most accomplished album, like a return to the roots of rock/blues that the group masters to perfection."
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"Morrison Hotel" appeared in February 1970 in a particular context, a few months after a major incident in the career of The Doors, during the concert in Miami where Morrison is drunk and insults the crowd before exposing himself. This episode will be worth to him a condemnation and will make him become aware of certain things. The group then returned to its roots and the new Jim Morrison, without becoming the ideal son-in-law, radically changed his behavior and resumed writing.  

All the compositions are signed Morrison and the album returns to a more classic rock tradition ('Roadhouse Blues', 'Queen Of The Highway'). The new serenity of the group and its charismatic leader is felt clearly in the music and the subject seems calmed with texts committed in the field of the environment ('Ship Of Fools'). Morrison, for whom poetry continues to take a growing part in his life, is inspired by love on the twirling 'You Make Me Real' or the sweet lament that is 'Indian Summer'.

However, titles like 'Land Ho!' with country accents or the trippy 'Waiting For The Sun' are more elaborate compositions with lyrics in which the lyricism dear to Morrison still takes a predominant part. In the same way, the dark and disturbing aspects of "Strange Days" come back to the surface in the lyrics of 'The Spy', a bluesy ballad which reminds the ambiences of the very first albums. The album ends with 'Maggie M'Gil', a haunting lament with country-blues accents of the best effect. Morrison is poignant with emotion, pushing his voice in dark and flayed tones, foreshadowing what will be the success of the next and last album with the whole band the following year.

With 'Morrison Hotel', The Doors' career takes off again and reaches artistic and commercial heights unhoped for even six months earlier. The album is of a great homogeneity and all the titles deserve to appear in any good best-of of the band. It confirms above all the return to the roots operated by the Californians. The critics of the time were not mistaken because this fifth opus of The Doors received a warm welcome and marked a rebirth which propelled them to the apogee of their career which will last until the release of the mythical "L.A. Woman" in 1971.


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TRACK LISTING:
01. Roadhouse Blues
02. Waiting For The Sun
03. You Make Me Real
04. Peace Frog
05. Blue Sunday
06. Ship Of Fools
07. Land Ho
08. The Spy
09. Queen Of The Highway
10. Indian Summer
11. Maggie M Gill

LINEUP:
Jim Morrison: Chant
John Densmore: Batterie
Ray Manzarek: Claviers
Robby Krieger: Guitares
   
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