Full Circle (The Doors album)

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Full Circle
Studio album by The Doors
Released July 17, 1972 (1972-07-17)
Recorded Spring 1972
Genre Funk rock, jazz fusion
Length 40:05
Label Elektra
Producer The Doors
The Doors chronology
Other Voices
(1971)
Full Circle
(1972)
An American Prayer
(1978)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau C[2]

Full Circle is the eighth studio album by the Doors, released in July 1972. It is the second album after Jim Morrison's death, and would be the last album they would compile until 1978's An American Prayer. The album includes "The Mosquito", the last Doors' single to chart.

Keyboardist Ray Manzarek and guitarist Robby Krieger provided lead vocals on the album. Also, unlike their earlier work, bassists were used collaboratively on every track.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Get Up and Dance" (Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek) 2:26
2. "4 Billion Souls" (Robby Krieger) 3:18
3. "Verdilac" (Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek) 5:40
4. "Hardwood Floor" (Robby Krieger) 3:38
5. "Good Rockin" (Roy Brown) 4:22
Side two
No. Title Length
6. "The Mosquito" (John Densmore, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek) 5:16
7. "The Piano Bird" (Jack Conrad, John Densmore) 5:50
8. "It Slipped My Mind" (Robby Krieger) 3:11
9. "The Peking King and the New York Queen" (Ray Manzarek) 6:25

B-Side[edit]

In 1972, the Doors released "Get Up and Dance" as a single in the UK; the B-Side was the non-album "Tree Trunk", one of only three non-album studio tracks released by the band.

According to Robby Krieger, the track was left off the album because "it sounded too commercial."[3] The song was finally given official release as part of the Japan edition of the Doors Singles Box in 2013. [4]

CD releases[edit]

The Doors have largely disregarded the two post-Morrison albums, with no official American CD releases of the albums. Full Circle was released on CD October 23, 2006 by the Timeless Holland label, along with the previous (post-Morrison) Doors album Other Voices.

It is relatively easy to find unofficial CD copies of Full Circle and Other Voices on the Internet, but most of these vinyl-to-CD transfers do not contain the single-only "Treetrunk", except for the Howling Wolf Records 2010 release of the two albums on one CD. This release also featured the edited single versions of "The Mosquito" and "The Piano Bird."[5] "Treetrunk" was finally given official release as part of the Japan edition of the Doors Singles Box in 2013.[6]

The Doors' management has stated they are not in possession of the master tapes to the two post-Morrison albums, but remastered tracks from both of the post-Morrison albums can nevertheless be found on later official releases. The only track from Full Circle the Doors have reissued is "The Mosquito". The track was released in 2000 as "No Me Moleste Mosquito" on the double-disc version of The Best of the Doors.

On September 27, 2011, the Doors finally gave Full Circle, along with Other Voices, its first official reissue that's currently available only for digital download via stores such as iTunes, Amazon.com and eMusic. It was confirmed that the original master tapes were used for these reissues.[7]

Personnel[edit]

The Doors
Additional personnel
  • Chico Batera – percussion on "The Piano Bird" and "The Peking King and the New York Queen"
  • Jack Conrad – bass on "4 Billion Souls", "Good Rockin", "The Piano Bird" and "The Peking King and the New York Queen"
  • Chris Ethridge – bass on "Get Up and Dance"
  • Venetta Fields – vocals
  • Bobbye Hall – percussion on "Verdilac", "The Piano Bird" and "The Peking King and the New York Queen"
  • Clydie King – vocals
  • Charles Larkey – bass on "Verdilac" and "The Piano Bird"
  • Charles Lloydtenor saxophone on "Verdilac", flute on "The Piano Bird"
  • Melissa MacKay – vocals
  • Leland Sklar – bass on "Hardwood Floor", "The Mosquito" and "It Slipped My Mind"
Technical staff and artwork
  • The Doors – producer
  • Henry Lewy – engineer
  • Pacific Eye & Ear – cover concept
  • Joe Garnett – cover illustration

Chart information[edit]

Album

Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1972 Pop Albums 68[8]
Singles
Year Single Chart Position
1972 "The Mosquito"
B-side: "It Slipped My Mind"
Pop Singles 85[9]
1972 "Get Up and Dance"
B-side: "Tree Trunk"
Pop Singles ?
1972 "The Piano Bird"
B-side: "Good Rockin"
Pop Singles ?

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