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Show #226: Other Voices – The Doors Post Jim Morrison

October 11th, 2010

This summer saw the release of When You’re Strange: A Film About The Doors and I recently listened to a Planet Rock special dedicated to the documentary which featured Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger. With this in mind, I decided to post some Doors.

doors othervoices Show #226: Other Voices   The Doors Post Jim Morrison

But this is going to be from the oft-ignored era after Jim Morrison’s death. That was one of my gripes with the movie – it completely ignored the fact that the band continued for a couple years after Morrison’s death and even released two albums, Other Voices in October 1971 and Full Circle the following August. While Ray Manzarek, who does the lead vocals, is certainly not as dynamic a singer as Morrison nor does he have the drama in his voice, there are some good songs here. To be sure, there is definitely throw-away to be found (see “I’m Horny, I’m Stoned”) but, still, they made some great music as a three-piece.

I guess I’m a purist, of sorts, because I find it irritating when certain albums or whole periods of a given band’s history are summarily ignored. At the very least, less popular albums or stretches in a group’s history when they’re out of the spotlight can throw the elements which make them great and/or popular into relief. At the worst, ignoring any particular part of a band’s catalogue or history leaves behind some great songs and gives an incomplete picture. Plus this topic makes great fodder for music fans to argue over. Was Black Sabbath still Black Sabbath after Ozzy left? Were The Allman Brothers any good after Duane Allman died?

As for The Doors here, I think that their post-Morrison era is fun. The drama and the poetry are gone but you’re left with some good classic rock. Manzarek, Krieger, and Densmore got a lot of credit for their musicianship when Morrison was still alive so why ignore their talent in his absence?

This is an FM broadcast of The Doors’ show at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago on 21 July 1972. It’s mostly material from Other Voices with a few from Full Circle which was still a month away from store shelves. And, of course, there’s a couple Morrison-era tunes. Joining the remaining members are Jack Conrad on bass and Bobby Ray on percussion.


In The Eye Of The Sun
I’m Horny, I’m Stoned
Love Me Two Times
The Mosquito
Ships With Sails
Good Rockin’
Light My Fire

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I couldn’t find any live footage of the reduced Doors except this clip of them performing “I’m Horny, I’m Stoned” from the Old Grey Whistle Test in ’72.

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