The Doors – Strange Days (1967/2012)
DSF Stereo DSD64, 1 bit/2,82 MHz | Time – 35:21 minutes | 1,39 GB | Genre: Rock
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Sinister, beguiling … these were words reviewers used to describe The Door’s melodic psychedelic-era genre-blending sound. A mix of blues, Eastern music, classical and pop fueled hits such as the bluesy “Love Me Two Times” and “People Are Strange” from The Door’s debut follow-up, Strange Days.
Strange Days featured a smattering of edgy recitations (“Horse Latitudes”) and smoky rockers (“My Eyes Have Seen You”). Morrison’s rallying cry “We want the world, and we want it now!” from the ambitious extended track, “When the Music’s Over,” marked a touchstone for that era’s counterculture movement. Rolling Stone described Strange Days as having “all the power and energy of the first LP, but (it’s) more subtle, more intricate and much more effective.”
Analogue Productions and Quality Record Pressings are proud to announce that these six studio LP titles — The Doors, Strange Days, Waiting For The Sun, Soft Parade, Morrison Hotel and L.A. Woman — are featured on 200-gram vinyl, pressed at 45 rpm. All six titles are also available on Hybrid Multichannel SACD! All were cut from the original analog masters by Doug Sax, with the exception of The Doors, which was made from the best analog tape copy.
A truly authentic reissue project, the masters were recorded on tube equipment, and the tape machine used for the transfer of these releases is a tube machine, as is the cutting system. Tubes baby!
Many of the songs on Strange Days had been written around the same time as the ones that appeared on The Doors, and with hindsight one has the sense that the best of the batch had already been cherry picked for the debut album. For that reason, the band’s second effort isn’t as consistently stunning as their debut, though overall it’s a very successful continuation of the themes of their classic album. Besides the hit “Strange Days,” highlights included the funky “Moonlight Drive,” the eerie “You’re Lost Little Girl,” and the jerkily rhythmic “Love Me Two Times,” which gave the band a small chart single. “My Eyes Have Seen You” and “I Can’t See Your Face in My Mind” are minor but pleasing entries in the group’s repertoire that share a subdued Eastern psychedelic air. The 11-minute “When the Music’s Over” would often be featured as a live showstopper, yet it also illustrated their tendency to occasionally slip into drawn-out bombast. -AllMusic Review by Richie Unterberger
1. Strange Days 03:09
2. You’re Lost Little Girl 03:05
3. Love Me Two Times 03:15
4. Unhappy Girl 01:57
5. Horse Latitude 01:34
6. Moonlight Drive 03:05
7. People Are Strange 02:11
8. My Eyes Have Seen You 02:31
9. I Can’t See Your Face In My Mind 03:24
10. When The Music’s Over 11:02
Jim Morrison – vocals, percussion, Moog synthesizer on track 1
Ray Manzarek – Vox Continental organ, Fender Rhodes piano bass on tracks 4 and 10, harpsichord on track 3, backwards piano on track 4, marimba on track 9
Robby Krieger – guitar
John Densmore – drums
Douglas Lubahn – bass guitar on tracks 1-3, 6-9
Recorded: May-August 1967, Sunset Sound Recorders, Hollywood, California
Mastered by Doug Sax using an all-tube system. Overseen by Bruce Botnick, The Doors producer/engineer. DSD files created from the Analogue Productions SACD cutting master by Gus Skinas.