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Doors- Strange Days 50th Anniversary

The Doors knew it then in 1967, and boy do we know it today fifty years later, too. Strange Days  was released barely nine months after The Doors’  debut opened up a meteoric new star in the rock galaxy, and if anything the tune stack is even more satisfying: “You’re Lost Little Girl”, “Love Me Two Times“; the first song singer Jim Morrison ever wrote with keyboard maven Ray Manzarek, “Moonlight Drive“; “People Are Strange“; the second epic in less than a year, “When the Music’s Over“; and the ethereal title song with the underwater vocal, “Strange Days“. 

The Doors’ debut only nine months earlier remains more often written about, mostly because it was so startlingly fully formed and sounding unlike anything else. But Strange Days  actually is an even stronger second effort, with eight tracks of fuller arrangements instead of just four, and a wealth of A-list songs. Strange Days  was uncanny in capturing seismic changes already underway in America which would signal the end to the all-too-brief Summer of Love in 1967. The late band co-founder Ray Manzarek holds the key to opening the timeless Doors legacy here In the Studio. –Redbeard