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The Doors, one of the most influential and controversial rock bands of the 1960s, were formed in Los Angeles in 1965 by UCLA film students Ray Manzarek, keyboards, and Jim Morrison, vocals; with drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger. The group never added a bass player, and their sound w ...

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The Doors, one of the most influential and controversial rock bands of the 1960s, were formed in Los Angeles in 1965 by UCLA film students Ray Manzarek, keyboards, and Jim Morrison, vocals; with drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger. The group never added a bass player, and their sound was dominated by Manzarek's electric organ work and Morrison's deep, sonorous voice, with which he sang and intoned his highly poetic lyrics. The group signed to Elektra Records in 1966 and released its first album, The Doors, featuring the hit "Light My Fire," in 1967.

Like "Light My Fire," the debut album was a massive hit, and endures as one of the most exciting, groundbreaking recordings of the psychedelic era. Blending blues, classical, Eastern music, and pop into sinister but beguiling melodies, the band sounded like no other. With his rich, chilling vocals and somber poetic visions, Morrison explored the depths of the darkest and most thrilling aspects of the psychedelic experience. Their first effort was so stellar, in fact, that the Doors were hard-pressed to match it, and although their next few albums contained a wealth of first-rate material, the group also began running up against the limitations of their recklessly disturbing visions. By their third album, they had exhausted their initial reservoir of compositions, and some of the tracks they hurriedly devised to meet public demand were clearly inferior to, and imitative of, their best early work.

On The Soft Parade, the group experimented with brass sections, with mixed results. Accused (without much merit) by much of the rock underground as pop sellouts, the group charged back hard with the final two albums they recorded with Morrison, on which they drew upon stone-cold blues for much of their inspiration, especially on 1971's L.A. Woman.

From the start, the Doors' focus was the charismatic Morrison, who proved increasingly unstable over the group's brief career. In 1969, Morrison was arrested for indecent exposure during a concert in Miami, an incident that nearly derailed the band. Nevertheless, the Doors managed to turn out a series of successful albums and singles through 1971, when, upon the completion of L.A. Woman, Morrison decamped for Paris. He died there, apparently of a drug overdose. The three surviving Doors tried to carry on without him, but ultimately disbanded. Yet the Doors' music and Morrison's legend continued to fascinate succeeding generations of rock fans: in the mid-'80s, Morrison was as big a star as he'd been in the mid-'60s, and Elektra has sold numerous quantities of the Doors' original albums plus reissues and releases of live material over the years, while publishers have flooded bookstores with Doors and Morrison biographies. In 1991, director Oliver Stone made The Doors, a feature film about the group starring Val Kilmer as Morrison.

The remaining three members of the Doors -- Manzarek, Densmore, and Krieger -- were involved in various musical activities in the decades following Morrison's death but never saw successes approaching the levels of the original Doors. After the turn of the millennium, Manzarek and Krieger performed live under the name Doors of the 21st Century with singer Ian Astbury of the Cult handling vocals; a legal battle ensued when Densmore filed suit against his former bandmates over use of the Doors name. Ray Manzarek died in May 2013 in Rosenheim, Germany after battling bile duct cancer; he was 74 years old. On February 12, 2016, Krieger and Densmore reunited as a tribute to Manzarek at the benefit concert Stand Up to Cancer. Later that year, the earliest known live tapes of the Doors were released as London Fog 1966, and early in 2017 the Doors celebrated their 50th anniversary with deluxe reissues of their debut album and Strange Days, along with a new compilation called Singles. ~ William Ruhlmann & Richie Unterberger

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The Doors - Riders On the Storm

Riders On the Storm

  The Very Best of The Doors

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The Doors - Light My Fire

Light My Fire

  The Very Best of The Doors

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The Doors - Roadhouse Blues

Roadhouse Blues

  The Very Best of The Doors

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The Doors - L.A. Woman

L.A. Woman

  The Very Best of The Doors

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The Doors - People Are Strange

People Are Strange

  The Very Best of The Doors

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The Doors - Break On Through (To the Other Side)

Break On Through (To the Other Side)

  The Very Best of The Doors

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The Doors - Love Her Madly

Love Her Madly

  The Very Best of The Doors

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The Doors - The End

The End

  The Future Starts Here: The Essential Doors Hits

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The Doors - Touch Me

Touch Me

  The Very Best of The Doors

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The Doors - Hello, I Love You

Hello, I Love You

  The Very Best of The Doors

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The Doors - Love Me Two Times

Love Me Two Times

  The Very Best of The Doors

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The Doors - Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)

Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)

  The Very Best of The Doors

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The Doors - L.A. Woman

L.A. Woman

  L.A. Woman

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The Doors - Peace Frog

Peace Frog

  Morrison Hotel

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The Doors - Soul Kitchen

Soul Kitchen

  The Very Best of The Doors

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The Doors - Five To One

Five To One

  The Very Best of The Doors

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The Doors - Riders On the Storm

Riders On the Storm

  L.A. Woman

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The Doors - Roadhouse Blues

Roadhouse Blues

  Morrison Hotel

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The Doors - The Unknown Soldier (Live at Falkoner Centeret, Copenhagen 9/17/68)

The Unknown Soldier (Live at Falkoner Centeret, Copenhagen 9/17/68)

  Waiting For the Sun (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

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The Doors - Five To One (Live at Falkoner Centeret, Copenhagen 9/17/68)

Five To One (Live at Falkoner Centeret, Copenhagen 9/17/68)

  Waiting For the Sun (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

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The Doors - Back Door Man (Live at Falkoner Centeret, Copenhagen 9/17/68)

Back Door Man (Live at Falkoner Centeret, Copenhagen 9/17/68)

  Waiting For the Sun (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

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The Doors - Hello, I Love You (Live at Falkoner Centeret, Copenhagen 9/17/68)

Hello, I Love You (Live at Falkoner Centeret, Copenhagen 9/17/68)

  Waiting For the Sun (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

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The Doors - Texas Radio & the Big Beat (Live at Falkoner Centeret, Copenhagen 9/17/68)

Texas Radio & the Big Beat (Live at Falkoner Centeret, Copenhagen 9/17/68)

  Waiting For the Sun (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

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The Doors - My Wild Love (Rough Mix)

My Wild Love (Rough Mix)

  Waiting For the Sun (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

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The Doors - Five To One (Rough Mix)

Five To One (Rough Mix)

  Waiting For the Sun (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)