Other Voices (The Doors album)

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Other Voices
The Doors - Other Voices.jpg
Studio album by The Doors
Released October 18, 1971 (1971-10-18)
Recorded June–August 1971 using 8-track recording console
Genre Rock
Length 39:42
Label Elektra
Producer The Doors,
Bruce Botnick
The Doors chronology
L.A. Woman
(1971)
Other Voices
(1971)
Full Circle
(1972)
Singles from Other Voices
  1. "Tightrope Ride"
    Released: 1971
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau C+[2]
Classic Rock 4/10[3]
PopMatters 5/10 stars[4]
Record Collector 3/5 stars[5]
(combined score for Other Voices
and Full Circle)
Sputnikmusic 2.5/5[6]
Starpulse 4.5/5 stars[7]

Other Voices is the seventh studio album by The Doors, released in October 1971. It was the first album released by the band following the death of the lead singer Jim Morrison.

Recording[edit]

The recording of the album began while lead singer Jim Morrison was on holiday in France. The song "Down on the Farm" was allegedly already written at the time of the recording of the previous album,[citation needed] but Morrison did not want to include it. According to keyboardist Ray Manzarek, some of the songs had been rehearsed with Morrison before he left for Paris.

The three remaining members of the band regrouped and released the album in October three months after Morrison's death. Manzarek and guitarist Robby Krieger took Morrison's place as lead singers.

Later releases[edit]

The album was not released on CD until October 23, 2006, by the Timeless Holland label, along with the final Doors album, Full Circle.

The Doors have largely disregarded the last two studio albums that were recorded without Jim Morrison, and had no plans of reissuing the albums on CD. At the time, The Doors stated that they were not in possession of the master tapes, but remastered material from both the albums has appeared on various compilations, most notably the 1997 Box Set and the 2000 compilation The Best of the Doors.

On September 27, 2011, The Doors finally gave Other Voices (along with Full Circle) its first official reissue, though made available only via digital download at sites such as the iTunes Store, Amazon.com and eMusic. The original master tapes were confirmed to have been used in these reissues.[8]

On May 29, 2015 it was announced that Other Voices would be re-released on CD and 180-gram vinyl. [9]

Track listing[edit]

While Other Voices' inside gatefold cover states "All songs written by Krieger, Densmore, Manzarek," a lyric sheet was included with early LP editions of the album that listed individual writing credits, and some early versions of the LP include these credits on the LP record labels as well. These individual credits are listed below.

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "In the Eye of the Sun"   Ray Manzarek 4:48
2. "Variety Is the Spice of Life"   Robby Krieger 2:50
3. "Ships w/ Sails"   Krieger/John Densmore 7:38
4. "Tightrope Ride"   Manzarek/Krieger 4:15
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
5. "Down on the Farm"   Krieger 4:15
6. "I'm Horny, I'm Stoned"   Krieger 3:55
7. "Wandering Musician"   Krieger 6:25
8. "Hang On to Your Life"   Manzarek/Krieger 5:36

Personnel[edit]

The Doors

Additional personnel

  • Jack Conrad – bass on "In the Eye of the Sun", "Variety Is the Spice of Life" and "Tightrope Ride"
  • Jerry Scheff – bass on "Down On The Farm", "I'm Horny, I'm Stoned" and "Wandering Musician"
  • Wolfgang Melz – bass on "Hang on to Your Life"
  • Ray Neapolitan – bass on "Ships w/Sails"
  • Willie Ruff – acoustic bass on "Ships w/Sails"
  • Francisco Aguabellapercussion on "Ships w/Sails" and "Hang on to Your Life"
  • Emil Richardsmarimba, kickshaws and whimwhams on "Down on the Farm"

Chart information[edit]

Album

Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1971 Pop Albums 31
Singles
Year Single Chart Position
1971 "Tightrope Ride"
B-side: "Variety is the Spice of Life"
The Billboard Hot 100 71[10]
1971 "Ships with Sails"
B-side: "In the Eye of the Sun"
Pop Singles ?

Production[edit]

  • Producers – The Doors, Bruce Botnick
  • Engineer – Bruce Botnick
  • Cover photo – Ron Raffaelli

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lindsay Planer. "Other Voices". AllMusic. Retrieved January 11, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Album: The Doors: Other Voices". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 2012-01-11. 
  3. ^ Barton, Geoff (August 2015). "The Doors Full Circle / Other Voices". Classic Rock. p. 105. 
  4. ^ Schonbeck, Carl (February 13, 2012). "The Doors: Other Voices and Full Circle". PopMatters. Retrieved August 31, 2015. 
  5. ^ Bell, Max (September 2015). "The Doors – Other Voices/Full Circle". Record Collector. Retrieved 31 August 2015. 
  6. ^ Davis, Robert (June 15, 2014). "The Doors – Other Voices (album review)". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved August 31, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Other Voices Album Review, Songs, Ratings". Starpulse.com. Retrieved 2012-01-11. 
  8. ^ http://www.thefreedomman.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3896&start=0&postdays=0&postorder=asc&highlight= OV/FC Master Tape Discussion
  9. ^ http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/the-doors-two-post-jim-morrison-albums-set-for-reissue-20150529
  10. ^ Whitburn, Joel. The Billboard Hot 100 Annual 1955–2005. Menomonee Falls: Record Research, 2006.