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The Doors- Strange Days 55th anniversary- the late Ray Manzarek

“Strange Days”, The Doors’ second album in only nine months,  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 Doors’ late co-founder Ray Manzarek In the Studio for “Strange Days” to mark its 55th anniversary.

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The Doors- Ray Manzarek

In January 1967 when John Densmore’s snare drum cracked like a rifle shot before Ray Manzarek’s nimble fingers made their intricate run of baroque-sounding notes on that reedy Farfisa organ, all on the introduction to jazz/flamenco guitarist Robbie Krieger’s composition “Light My Fire”, it clearly and boldly announced a unique approach to rock and roll that really has no peer. And all of that before Jim Morrison stepped up to the microphone to introduce one of the greatest voices and hedonistic personalities in rock history. Not unlike Creedence Clearwater Revival from the same period, no other American bands put out more albums in less time which were more influential in the last 50+ years. And like CCR, no one ever sounded like The Doors ever since. Here is Doors co-founder the late Ray Manzarek with me In the Studio to mark The Doors anniversary. -Redbeard

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Doors- L.A. Woman- the late Ray Manzarek

“L.A. Woman” by The Doors is one of the greatest albums ever made by an American band, one of the first great albums to usher in the Seventies decade, the last album ever by the incomparable Jim Morrison, and a personal “desert island disc” for me that never ages; with the late Ray Manzarek In the Studio.

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Steely Dan- Can’t Buy a Thrill 50th- Donald Fagen, the late Walter Becker

“Can’t Buy a Thrill”  in November 1972 from Steely Dan this first varied assortment of smart pop from the songwriters Donald Fagen and Walter Becker sounds the least like any Steely Dan album which would follow, but my guests Donald Fagen & the late Walter Becker explain why that’s the case In the Studio on the evergreen album’s 50th anniversary.

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Jefferson Airplane- Surrealistic Pillow- Grace Slick, the late Marty Balin & Paul Kantner

To carve in three dimensions the zeitgeist of the Summer of Love in 1967 America, you would have to chisel the Jefferson Airplane’s second album “Surrealistic Pillow” into any Mt. Rushmore of Rock…Jefferson Airplane co-founder singer/songwriter Marty Balin (who passed away 2018), Grace Slick, and rhythm guitarist/songwriter Paul Kantner,  who died in 2016, joined me for this landmark recording “Surrealistic Pillow” released the first week of February 1967.

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Men At Work- Business as Usual- Colin Hay

Men At Work managed to occupy the peak slot in America for 15 weeks. The songs “Who Can It Be Now?” and “Down Under” followed the Business As Usual debut album from Men At Work to #1 sales for all three in the U.S., something never before done by a rookie band, not even the Beatles.