The Doors, Other Voices (1971)
I have a love/hate relationship with The Doors more than I do with perhaps any other band of note – I wrestled with some of my understanding of the band, its music and impact here. But when I wrote about The Doors (in that link just there) I only talked about the Jim Morrison albums; fair enough really because he was in so many ways The Doors. I love the other three instrumentalists, clever, interesting players – especially the drummer and guitarist but this is the proof that they couldn’t really go on without Jim. But Other Voices was a must-purchase for me because I read about it, heard about it and could never access it. I found it a few years ago in a store, for a few bucks, can’t remember how much but it wasn’t super-expensive. I bought it expecting to not think much of it but I still wanted to experience it, to take it in – to try to imagine just what these three bozos thought they were doing basically. Now there are some okay songs on there. But really, this should not have happened. Not as The Doors, not in this way. They should have renamed themselves – or got a new singer in (and still renamed themselves). Ray can sing okay, but Robby not so much. Still, I file it under Fascinating Failure – and don’t mind listening to it from time to time. I’m really not sure why. Possibly because it is a fascinating failure. And partly because some of the music is still, ultimately, okay.
Sample Track: Variety Is The Spice Of Life
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