Morrison Hotel

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Morrison Hotel
The Doors - Morrison Hotel.jpg
Studio album by The Doors
Released February 9, 1970 (1970-02-09)
Recorded November 1969
August 1966 ("Indian Summer") 4-track recording
March 1968 ("Waiting for the Sun") at Elektra Sound Recorders using 8-track recording console
Genre Psychedelic rock, blues rock
Length 37:05
Label Elektra
Producer Paul A. Rothchild
The Doors chronology
The Soft Parade
(1969)
Morrison Hotel
(1970)
L.A. Woman
(1971)
Singles from Morrison Hotel
  1. "You Make Me Real"/"Roadhouse Blues"
    Released: February 1970

Morrison Hotel (sometimes referred to as Hard Rock Café from the title of the first side of the LP, with the second side titled Morrison Hotel) is the fifth studio album by American psychedelic rock band The Doors, recorded from between August 1966 and November 1969 and released by Elektra in February 1970.

Background[edit]

After the previous year's more experimental album The Soft Parade was not as well received as anticipated, the group went back to basics and back to their roots. On this album, there is a slight steer toward blues, which would be fully explored by the band on their next album L.A. Woman.

Recording[edit]

Morrison Hotel consists of music recorded between August 1966 and November 1969. "Indian Summer" was recorded in late August 1966 during sessions for The Doors. "Waiting for the Sun" began during sessions for Waiting for the Sun in 1968.

Additional session musicians include John Sebastian (credited as "G. Puglese" for contractual reasons)[1] on harmonica and Lonnie Mack on bass and guitar.

Album cover[edit]

The cover photo was taken by Henry Diltz at the actual Morrison Hotel, located at 1246 South Hope Street in Los Angeles. Diltz told the desk clerk they were going to take a few photos, and the clerk said they couldn’t without the owner’s permission and the owner wasn’t there. They took the pictures while the clerk was inside the elevator. The elevator numbers right under the ‘son’ in ‘Morrison’ are lit in the cover. The band jumped right behind the windows and hit their places without shuffling as Diltz took the shot.[1] The rear cover features a photograph of the Hard Rock Café on 300 East 5th Street, Los Angeles.[2] The founders of the later (and otherwise unrelated) Hard Rock Cafe chain used the name, having seen it on the Doors' album. The original cafe is no longer open for business.

Release[edit]

Even though no major hit singles were drawn from the album, Morrison Hotel reestablished the Doors as favorites of the critics, peaking at No. 4 on the US album chart. The album also became the band's highest charting studio album in the UK, where it peaked at No. 12.

For the 40th anniversary the album was re-released in completely remixed and remastered form. This practice extended to incorporating vocal and instrumental components which were not part of the original album. According to Ray Manzarek, "There are background vocals by Jim Morrison, piano parts of mine that weren't used and guitar stingers and solos by Robby Krieger that never made the original recordings that can now be heard for the first time."[citation needed]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau B+[4]
Rolling Stone (mixed)[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 5/5 stars[6]
Slant Magazine 3/5 stars[7]
Virgin Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4/5 stars[8]

Morrison Hotel was, upon its release, seen by many as a comeback for the Doors following the critical failure of The Soft Parade and the Miami incident of 1969. Dave Marsh, the editor of Creem magazine, called the album "the most horrifying rock and roll I have ever heard. When they're good, they're simply unbeatable. I know this is the best record I've listened to [...] so far",[9] while Rock Magazine called it "without any doubt their ballsiest (and best) album to date".[9] Circus praised it as "possibly the best album yet from the Doors" and "good, hard, evil rock...and one of the best albums released this decade".[9]

Track listing[edit]

Side A: Hard Rock Café
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Roadhouse Blues"   Jim Morrison 4:03
2. "Waiting for the Sun"   Morrison 3:58
3. "You Make Me Real"   Morrison 2:53
4. "Peace Frog"   Morrison, Robby Krieger 2:51
5. "Blue Sunday"   Morrison 2:13
6. "Ship of Fools"   Morrison, Krieger 3:08
Side B: Morrison Hotel
No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. "Land Ho!"   Morrison, Krieger 4:10
8. "The Spy"   Morrison 4:17
9. "Queen of the Highway"   Morrison, Krieger 2:47
10. "Indian Summer"   Morrison, Krieger 2:36
11. "Maggie M'Gill"   Morrison 4:23

Personnel[edit]

The Doors
Additional musicians
Technical personnel

Chart positions[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Position
1970 Pop Albums 4

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
1970 "You Make Me Real"
B-side: "Roadhouse Blues"
Pop Singles 50

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[10] Platinum 1,000,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[11] Platinum 100,000^
France (SNEP)[12] Platinum 300,000*
Poland (ZPAV)[13] Platinum 100,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[14] Platinum 100,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[15] Gold 25,000x
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[16] Gold 25,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[17] Gold 100,000^

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Densmore, John (1991). Riders on the Storm: My Life with Jim Morrison and The Doors. London: Bloomsbury, Arrow. pp. 234–237, 244. ISBN 0-09-993300-4. 
  2. ^ "The Doors Original "Hard Rock Cafe" in Downtown Los Angeles | FeelNumb.com". FeelNumb. November 17, 2009. Retrieved December 22, 2014. 
  3. ^ Unterberger, Richie. "Morrison Hotel – The Doors | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved December 22, 2014. 
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: Album: The Doors: Morrison Hotel". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved December 22, 2014. 
  5. ^ Bangs, Lester (April 30, 1970). "[Morrison Hotel review]". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 22, 2014. 
  6. ^ "The Doors: Album Guide". rollingstone.com. Archived from the original on January 13, 2013. Retrieved August 31, 2015. 
  7. ^ Cinquemani, Sal (April 18, 2007). "The Doors: Morrison Hotel | Album Review | Slant Magazine". Slant Magazine. Retrieved December 22, 2014. 
  8. ^ "The Doors Morrison Hotel". Acclaimed Music. Retrieved August 31, 2015. 
  9. ^ a b c Hopkins, J.; Sugerman, D. No One Here Gets Out Alive. p. 284. 
  10. ^ "American album certifications – The Doors – Morrison Hotel". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  11. ^ "Canadian album certifications – The Doors – Morrison Hotel". Music Canada. 
  12. ^ "French album certifications – Doors – Morrison Hotel" (in French). InfoDisc.  Select DOORS and click OK
  13. ^ "Polish album certifications – ATB – Distant Earth" (in Polish). Polish Producers of Audio and Video (ZPAV). 
  14. ^ "Solo Exitos 1959–2002 Ano A Ano: Certificados 1991–1995". Solo Exitos 1959–2002 Ano A Ano. ISBN 8480486392. 
  15. ^ "Austrian album certifications – The Doors – Morrison Hotel" (in German). IFPI Austria.  Enter The Doors in the field Interpret. Enter Morrison Hotel in the field Titel. Select album in the field Format. Click Suchen
  16. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (The Doors; 'The Morrison Hotel')". Hung Medien. 
  17. ^ "British album certifications – Doors – Morrison Hotel". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Morrison Hotel in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search

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