The Doors Strange Days was released barely nine months after The Doors’ debut opened up a meteoric new star in the rock galaxy. The late band co-founder Ray Manzarek held the key to opening the timeless Doors legacy here In the Studio during his second appearance in the series , 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. –Redbeard