The Very Best of The Doors (2007 album)

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The Very Best of the Doors
Greatest hits album by The Doors
Released March 25, 2007 (2007-03-25)
Recorded 1966–1971
Genre Psychedelic rock, acid rock, blues-rock, hard rock
Length 78:53
Label Elektra/Rhino
Producer Paul A. Rothchild, Bruce Botnick, The Doors
The Doors chronology
Legacy: The Absolute Best
(2003)
The Very Best of the Doors
(2007)
The Future Starts Here: The Essential Doors Hits
(2008)

The Very Best of the Doors is the ninth compilation album by the rock group The Doors. It was released on September 25, 2007 to commemorate the band's 40th anniversary. The masters were drawn from the same remixes/remasters used for the 2006 Perception box set and 2007 Doors reissues. Three versions of the album were released. First conceived in the UK, the single CD version of this compilation is only available in the UK. There are minor differences between the US and UK versions of the double CD version.

Album history[edit]

Originally slated to be released on March 26, 2007, the release date was delayed to September 25, 2007.[1]

There was confusion as to the album's title prior to an official announcement. The Doors already have an album called The Very Best of The Doors that was released in 2001, that caused confusion among fans and critics. Several sources, including fan sites, claimed Jim Morrison's The Doors would be the album's title. The album was also put up for pre-sale on some online music merchants' sites under the Jim Morrison's The Doors title.

On June 18, 2007, a message was posted on The Doors' official MySpace page confirming that the title of the album would be The Very Best of The Doors 2007. A spokesperson for Elektra Records has said that the title and theme of The Doors’ ninth compilation album is about "a new beginning and their 40th anniversary."[citation needed]

On September 25, 2007, U.S. retailer Wal-Mart released a special edition of The Very Best of The Doors with an exclusive concert filmed during their world tour in London; it also contains a special book with the lyrics of each song.[2]

Promotion[edit]

The album was well promoted on the Internet and on music channels. There were many commercials on the website YouTube and many other sites; one commercial was shown during the week of September 20 on VH1 and MTV.[citation needed]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[3]

The album has received positive reviews. Allmusic titled its review "Amazing" and called the album "an amazing greatest hits".[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs composed by The Doors (John Densmore, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek and Jim Morrison) unless otherwise indicated.

Single CD version[edit]

  1. "Break on Through (To the Other Side)" (Jim Morrison)
  2. "Light My Fire" (Jim Morrison, Robby Krieger)
  3. "Love Me Two Times" (Robby Krieger)
  4. "Hello, I Love You" (Jim Morrison)
  5. "People Are Strange" (Jim Morrison, Robby Krieger)
  6. "Strange Days"
  7. "Riders on the Storm"
  8. "L.A. Woman"
  9. "Touch Me" (Robby Krieger)
  10. "Roadhouse Blues" (Jim Morrison, the Doors)
  11. "Peace Frog" (Jim Morrison, Robby Krieger)
  12. "Love Street" (Jim Morrison)
  13. "The Crystal Ship" (Jim Morrison)
  14. "Soul Kitchen" (Jim Morrison)
  15. "Love Her Madly" (Robby Krieger)
  16. "Back Door Man" (Willie Dixon, Chester Burnett)
  17. "Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)" (Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill)
  18. "Moonlight Drive" (Jim Morrison)
  19. "The Unknown Soldier"
  20. "The End"

Double CD version (UK version)[edit]

Disc 1
  1. "Break On Through (To the Other Side)" (Jim Morrison) – 2:29
  2. "Strange Days" – 3:10
  3. "Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)" (Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill) – 3:17
  4. "Love Me Two Times" (Robby Krieger) – 3:17
  5. "Light My Fire" (Jim Morrison, Robby Krieger) – 7:01
  6. "Spanish Caravan" – 3:01
  7. "The Crystal Ship" (Jim Morrison) – 2:36
  8. "The Unknown Soldier" – 3:27
  9. "The End" – 11:41
  10. "People Are Strange" (Jim Morrison, Robby Krieger) – 2:12
  11. "Back Door Man" (Willie Dixon, Chester Burnett) – 3:34
  12. "Moonlight Drive" (Jim Morrison) – 3:05
  13. "End of the Night" – 2:52
  14. "Five to One" – 4:33
  15. "When the Music's Over" – 11:06

Tracks 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 & 13 are from the album The Doors. Tracks 2, 4, 10, 12, & 15 are from the album Strange Days. Tracks 6, 8, & 14 are from the album Waiting for the Sun.

Disc 2
  1. "Bird of Prey" (Jim Morrison) – 1:06
  2. "Love Her Madly" (Robby Krieger) – 3:40
  3. "Riders on the Storm" – 7:09
  4. "Orange County Suite" (Jim Morrison, The Doors) – 5:45
  5. "Runnin' Blue" (Robby Krieger) – 2:29
  6. "Hello, I Love You" (Jim Morrison) – 2:42
  7. "The WASP (Texas Radio and the Big Beat)" – 4:16
  8. "Stoned Immaculate" (Jim Morrison) – 1:36
  9. "Soul Kitchen" – 3:33
  10. "Peace Frog" (Jim Morrison, Robby Krieger) – 2:58
  11. "L.A. Woman" – 8:00
  12. "Waiting for the Sun" (Jim Morrison) – 4:04
  13. "Touch Me" (Robby Krieger) – 3:14
  14. "The Changeling" (Jim Morrison, The Doors) – 4:26
  15. "Wishful Sinful" (Robby Krieger) – 3:00
  16. "Love Street" – 2:57
  17. "The Ghost Song" – 4:14 [Greatest Hits Version @ 4:10 found on the original An American Prayer]
  18. "Whiskey, Mystics and Men" – 2:28
  19. "Roadhouse Blues" (Jim Morrison, The Doors) – 4:07

Tracks 1, 8 and are from the album An American Prayer. Tracks 2, 3, 7, 11 and 14 are from the album L.A. Woman. Track 4 is from the album Essential Rarities. Tracks 5, 13, and 15 are from the album The Soft Parade. Tracks 6 and 16 are from the album Waiting For The Sun. Track 9 is from the album The Doors. Tracks 10, 12 and 19 are from the album Morrison Hotel. Track 18 is from the album The Doors: Box Set.

Double CD version (US version)[edit]

Disc 1

The track list is identical to the UK version, listed above.

Disc 2
  1. "Twentieth Century Fox" – 2:35
  2. "Love Her Madly" – 3:40
  3. "Riders on the Storm" – 7:09
  4. "My Eyes Have Seen You" – 2:30
  5. "Tell All The People" – 3:22
  6. "Hello, I Love You" – 2:41
  7. "The WASP (Texas Radio and the Big Beat)" – 4:16
  8. "Not to Touch the Earth" – 4:00
  9. "Soul Kitchen" – 3:33
  10. "Peace Frog" – 2:58
  11. "L.A. Woman" – 8:00
  12. "Waiting for the Sun" – 4:04
  13. "Touch Me" – 3:14
  14. "The Changeling" – 4:26
  15. "Wishful Sinful" – 3:00
  16. "Love Street" – 2:57
  17. "The Ghost Song" (From the 1978 album An American Prayer) – 4:15
  18. "Gloria (Live)" (Van Morrison) (From the 1983 live album Alive, She Cried) – 6:20
  19. "Roadhouse Blues" – 4:07

Tracks 1 & 9 are from the album The Doors. Tracks 2, 3, 7, 11 & 14 are from the album L.A. Woman. Track 4 is from the album Strange Days. Tracks 5, 13, & 15 are from the album The Soft Parade. Tracks 6, 8, & 16 are from the album Waiting for the Sun. Tracks 10, 12, & 19 are from the album Morrison Hotel. Others as noted.

The Wal-Mart exclusive[edit]

This 2 CD and 1 DVD set contains the U.K. track listing (even if bought in the U.S.). The DVD highlights performances from Live In Europe 1968.

DVD
  1. "Light My Fire"
  2. "Hello, I Love You"
  3. "Spanish Caravan"
  4. "Unknown Soldier"
  5. "The WASP (Texas Radio and the Big Beat)" / "Love Me Two Times"

The package itself is a rectangle. Marketed as a soft/paper book with an overlapping inlay for both CD's. The book features photos, an essay, and lyrics to each song found on the release. The DVD is in the back.

Personnel[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[5] Gold 500,000^
Australia (ARIA)[6] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Italy (FIMI)[7] Platinum 80,000*
Ireland (IRMA)[8] Gold 7,500x
Belgium (BEA)[9] Gold 15,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[10] Gold 100,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Date Changed
  2. ^ Wal-Mart Special Collection
  3. ^ Allmusic review
  4. ^ The Very Best of The Doors | Music Review |Allmusic
  5. ^ "American album certifications – The Doors – The Very Best of the Doors". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  6. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2011 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  7. ^ "Italian album certifications – Doors – The Very Best of" (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry. Retrieved 29 June 2013.  Select Album e Compilation in the field Scegli la sezione. Select Week -- and Year ----. Enter Doors in the field Artista. Click Avvia la ricerca
  8. ^ "Irish album certifications – The Doors – The Very Best of The Doors". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – 2010". Ultratop & Hung Medien / hitparade.ch. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  10. ^ "British album certifications – Doors – The Very Best Of". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter The Very Best Of in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go