Greatest Hits (The Doors album)

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Greatest Hits
The Doors - Greatest Hits -1980-.jpg
Greatest hits album by
ReleasedOctober 1980 (Vinyl LP)
October 15, 1996 (CD)
Recorded1966-1971
GenrePsychedelic rock, blues rock, acid rock
Length48:10 (1980 version)
55:57 (1996 version)
LabelElektra
ProducerPaul A. Rothchild, Bruce Botnick, The Doors
The Doors chronology
An American Prayer
(1978)
Greatest Hits
(1980)
Alive, She Cried
(1983)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic link3.5/5 stars

Greatest Hits is a compilation album by American rock band the Doors, released in 1980. The album, along with the film Apocalypse Now, released the previous year, created an entirely new audience which was too young to have remembered the band years before. The album went on to become one of the highest selling compilations of all time, with combined CD and vinyl sales of 5,000,000 in the United States alone.

The album was re-released in 1996 as an enhanced CD with a different track listing and cover art. The songs "The Ghost Song", "The End" and "Love Her Madly" were added, whereas "Not to Touch the Earth" was omitted.

1980 Vinyl LP and cassette track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Original albumLength
1."Hello, I Love You"Jim MorrisonWaiting for the Sun, 19682:23
2."Light My Fire"Robby KriegerThe Doors, 19676.50
3."People Are Strange"Morrison, KriegerStrange Days, 19672:10
4."Love Me Two Times"KriegerStrange Days3.16
5."Riders on the Storm"Morrison, Krieger, Ray Manzarek, John DensmoreL.A. Woman, 19717:05

Side two[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Original albumLength
1."Break On Through (To the Other Side)"MorrisonThe Doors, 19672.25
2."Roadhouse Blues"MorrisonMorrison Hotel, 19703:20
3."Not to Touch the Earth"MorrisonWaiting for the Sun2:14
4."Touch Me"KriegerThe Soft Parade, 19693:10
5."L.A. Woman"MorrisonL.A. Woman, 19707:47

1996 CD track listing[edit]

  1. "Hello, I Love You" (Morrison) – 2:12
  2. "Light My Fire" (Krieger) – 7:05
  3. "People Are Strange" (Morrison, Krieger) – 2:09
  4. "Love Me Two Times" (Krieger) – 3:14
  5. "Riders on the Storm" – 7:09
  6. "Break On Through (To the Other Side)" (Morrison) – 2:26
  7. "Roadhouse Blues" (live) (Morrison) – 6:14
  8. "Touch Me" (Krieger) – 3:10
  9. "L.A. Woman" (Morrison) – 7:47
  10. "Love Her Madly" (Krieger) – 3:17
  11. "The Ghost Song" (Morrison) – 4:13
  12. "The End" – 6:28 (edited version for George S. Clinton from Apocalypse Now (1979))

Note: Japanese version of this CD has 13 tracks : Track 13 "Wintertime Love".

Personnel[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

Other personnel[edit]

  • Paul A. Rothchild - re-mastered by
  • Bruce Botnick - original engineering
  • Joel Brodsky – photography
  • Ron Coro – original art direction
  • Ray and Dorothy Manzarek, Ron Coro, Denise Minobe – original album design
  • William Gazecki - re-mastering engineer

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[1] Gold 30,000^
Australia (ARIA)[2] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[3]
CD edition
5× Platinum 500,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[3]
LP edition
2× Platinum 200,000^
France (SNEP)[4] Gold 100,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[5] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[6]
CD edition
2× Platinum 2,000,000^
United States (RIAA)[7]
LP edition
3× Platinum 3,000,000^

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Discos de oro y platino" (in Spanish). Cámara Argentina de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  2. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2001 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association.
  3. ^ a b "Canadian album certifications – The Doors – Greatest Hits". Music Canada.
  4. ^ "French album certifications – Doors – Greatest Hits" (in French). InfoDisc. Select DOORS and click OK. 
  5. ^ "British album certifications – Doors – Greatest Hits _1996_". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Greatest Hits _1996_ in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  6. ^ "American album certifications – The Doors – Greatest Hits _1996_". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
  7. ^ "American album certifications – The Doors – Greatest Hits _LP_". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.