The Doors – Strange Days (1967)

Artist Credit
Bruce Botnick Audio Engineer, Digital Remastering, Engineer, Mastering, Remastering
Joel Brodsky Cover Photo, Photography
John Densmore Composer, Drums, Member of Attributed Artist
The Doors Arranger, Composer, Digital Remastering, Primary Artist
Bernie Grundman Remastering
William S. Harvey Art Direction, Artwork, Concept, Cover Art Concept, Cover Design
Jac Holzman Production Supervisor
Robby Krieger Composer, Guitar, Member of Attributed Artist
Doug Lubahn Bass
Douglas Lubahn Bass
Ray Manzarek Composer, Keyboards, Marimba, Member of Attributed Artist, Vocals
Jim Morrison Composer, Member of Attributed Artist, Vocals
Paul Rothchild Audio Production, Digital Remastering, Mastering, Producer

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.

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