I am pleased to welcome Morrison Hotel on this anniversary list, one of my all time favorite albums! It’s the fifth studio album by The Doors and a brilliant follow-up from The Soft Parade, released the year before.
The album also kick-started a new comeback after Jim Morrison exposed himself in front of a crowd of 12,000 people at the Dinner Key Auditorium in Florida, for which he was charged with indecent exposure. The happening caused a ban from a lot of concert events and radio stations, for some period of time.
Morrison Hotel is recorded at Elektra Sound Recorders in Los Angeles, November 1969 and is divided into two separate titled sides; “Hard Rock Cafe” and “Morrison Hotel”. My personal favorite is the Hard Rock Cafe side, but somehow the B side is a perfect slowdown to an ending of a great album.
I have seen this album tagged as “Blues Rock” lots of places. Though I can agree it has some fragments of blues rhythms, I have to tag it as “Psychedelic Rock” more that blues. Now we just have to wait until next year for a even better done album by The Doors. Yes, that’s L.A. Woman of cause 🙂
Jim Morrison – vocals
Ray Manzarek – piano, organ, tack piano on “Roadhouse Blues”
Robby Krieger – guitar
John Densmore – drums
Ray Neapolitan – bass guitar
Lonnie Mack – bass guitar on “Roadhouse Blues”
John Sebastian – harmonica on “Roadhouse Blues”