The Doors Re-emerge Feb 1, 2011 19:56:31 GMT
Post by TheWallsScreamedPoetry on Feb 1, 2011 19:56:31 GMT
The Doors after Morrison
By Chris Van Ness for Poster Scene November 1971
Jim Morrison went to Paris to die.
We know that now in retrospect.
What not too many people know is that he also went to Paris to get away from The Doors and all the confusion with rock and roll that can destroy an artist.
Even before Jim had left there were rumours that The Doors were finished. Their contract with Elektra had just expired and no one was excited about getting back into the grind of recording and live performances for another four years. Nevertheless the Doors still exist.
Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger and John Densmore made a decision shortly after Jim’s death and their decision was to continue as The Doors. The immediate result is a new Doors album appropriately titled Other Voices. The album itself is a very uneven package to which all three contributed material.
The vocal assignment went mainly to Manzarek although Krieger also contributed.
The question most writers are asking is.
Is Other Voices a new Doors album or is it simply the debut album of a new group of familiar names.
The fact is that Jim Morrison clearly dominated the group and after his death The Doors were bound to take on a new sound.
Certainly there are traces of sounds with which we have become familiar but basically The Doors is a new group. As the title suggests the names are the same but the voices are other than we have come to know.
I spoke with Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger and John Densmore a couple of weeks ago in an attempt to find out just how they had gone about reactivating the group after Jim’s death. Although I sensed some differences amongst the group and some general uncertainty about what they were doing I got mostly straight answers.
They had obviously thought very carefully about the subject before talking.
If I am correct you were planning on going out on your own before Jim died.
ROBBIE: Not exactly, no it was up in the air as to what we were going to do.
JOHN: Jim had gone to Paris because we were all just a little tired of the whole thing and he wanted to get away. I don’t know if he was writing or not!
RAY: We really didn’t know. We really didn’t know exactly what the fuck we were going to do.
JOHN: But we were all sort of still rehearsing because we liked to. And we thought Jim was writing lyrics but we were vague as to when he was coming back and decided to just take three or four months and …… let it all hang out.
RAY: It was one of those periods in life that you go through not too many times fortunately. When you don’t know what the hell you are going to do. It’s like graduating school or something. There you are the whole thing is over with….. now what are you going to do?
And that’s where we were. We didn’t know what we wanted to do and we didn’t know what Jim wanted to do. He didn’t know what he wanted to do.
But like John said we still kept coming down stairs and just fooling around with no specific direction in mind but we just kept making music just for the hell of it.
Cause you have to make music. You don’t lay off too long or you get itchy and you’ve got to get back and play.
When was the new album recorded?
RAY: Late July, August, September, right in there. I guess it took about two months mostly August and Sptember.