Morrison Hotel – The Doors (1970)

Morrison Hotel is the fifth studio album by American rock band the Doors, released February 9, 1970 by Elektra Records. Following the use of brass and string arrangements recommended by producer Paul A. Rothchild on their previous album, The Soft Parade, the band returned to their original blues-rock style and was largely seen as a return to form for the band. The Doors entered Elektra Sound Recorders in Los Angeles in November 1969 to record the album which is divided into two separately titled sides; ‘Hard Rock Cafe’ and ‘Morrison Hotel’. The group included session bassists Lonnie Mack and Ray Neapolitan on the album’s songs. … The accompanying ‘You Make Me Real’ / ‘Roadhouse Blues’ single peaked at No. 50 in May 1970 on the Billboard 100 chart. The album’s cover photo was taken by Henry DiltzOn March 1, 1969, Jim Morrison performed while intoxicated and allegedly exposed himself in front of a crowd of nearly 12,000 at the Dinner Key Auditorium in Coconut Grove, Florida, for which he was charged with indecent exposure on April 4. … Although Morrison Hotel contains no major hit singles, it features some of the band’s most popular songs, including ‘Roadhouse Blues‘ and ‘Peace Frog‘, which would go on to become staples of classic rock radio. ‘Roadhouse Blues’ took two days to record (November 4–5, 1969) with Paul Rothchild striving for perfection. Several takes from these sessions were included on the 2006 remastered album, with Morrison repeating the phrase ‘Money beats soul’ over and over again. The sessions only took off on the second day, when distinguished blues guitarist Lonnie Mack (also signed to Elektra Records) joined in on bass and former Lovin’ Spoonful bandleader John Sebastian (appearing under the pseudonym G. Puglese either due to the constraint of his Reprise Records recording contract) joined in on harmonica. Over the course of the session, keyboardist Ray Manzarek switched from his Wurlitzer electric piano to a tack piano previously used on the Beach BoysGood Vibrations‘. The hook of ‘Peace Frog’ is a distorted G5 chord played three times by Krieger, followed by a brief percussive wah-wah effect. Morrison, who took the words from a notebook entitled Abortion Stories, begins nearly every line with the word ‘blood’, often referring to ‘Blood in the streets’. …”
The Doors’ Morrison Hotel set for 50th anniversary deluxe edition (Video)
Discogs (Video)
amazon: Morrison Hotel, Morrison Hotel (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)
YouTube: Morrison Hotel Full Album 1:18:22, The Morrison Hotel – photographer Henry Diltz 8:58

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