Strange Days (album)
|Studio album by The Doors|
|Released||September 25, 1967|
|Recorded||May–August 1967 at Sunset Sound Recorders, Hollywood, California using 8-track recording console|
|Producer||Paul A. Rothchild|
|The Doors chronology|
|Singles from Strange Days|
Strange Days is the second studio album by American rock band The Doors, released in September 1967. It was a commercial success, initially earning a gold record and reaching No. 3 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. The album also yielded two top 30 hit singles, "People Are Strange" and "Love Me Two Times", and eventually a platinum certification.
Strange Days consists of songs that were written in 1965–66 but which did not make it onto The Doors, such as "Moonlight Drive", which was one of the first songs written by Jim Morrison. A demo of the song was recorded in 1965 and a proper studio version was recorded for their debut album but was not used. In 1967, a final version was recorded and released on this album.
Strange Days was released on September 25, 1967 by Elektra Records. It reached No. 3 in the US in November 1967, while The Doors' debut was still sitting in the top ten over ten months since its release. Despite its success, the album's producer, Paul Rothchild, considered it a commercial failure: "We all thought it was the best album. Significantly, it was also the one with the weakest sales. We were confident it was going to be bigger than anything The Beatles had done. But, there was no single. The record died on us."
"People Are Strange" reached No. 12 on the US chart, and "Love Me Two Times" followed, going to No. 25, thus proving the band's staying power after the runaway success of their debut. In the UK, they had yet to score a big hit single and Strange Days became one of two Doors studio albums not to chart, despite subsequent strong sales. The album has sold over 9 million copies to date.
Music critic Robert Christgau called the album "muscular but misshapen" in a May 1968 column for Esquire, but went on to write that The Doors had come "from nowhere to reign as America's heaviest group." In 2003, Strange Days ranked at number 407 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. In 2007, Rolling Stone included it on their list "The 40 Essential Albums of 1967.
The album cover of Strange Days, photographed by Joel Brodsky, depicts a group of street performers in New York. The location of the photograph is at Sniffen Court, a residential alley off of East 36th Street between Lexington and Third Avenue in Manhattan. The availability of such performers pictured was low, so Brodsky's assistant stood in as a juggler while a random cab driver was paid $5 to pose playing the trumpet. Twin dwarfs were hired, with one appearing on the front cover and one appearing on the back cover, which is the other half of the same photo on the front cover. However, a group shot of the band does appear on a poster in the background of both covers, bearing captions of the band and album name. (The same photograph previously appeared on the back cover of the band's debut album.) Because of the subtlety of the artist and album title, most record stores put stickers across the cover to help customers identify it more clearly.
|1.||"Strange Days" (written by Jim Morrison)||3:11|
|2.||"You're Lost Little Girl" (written by Robby Krieger)||3:03|
|3.||"Love Me Two Times" (written by Krieger)||3:18|
|4.||"Unhappy Girl" (written by Morrison)||2:02|
|5.||"Horse Latitudes" (written by Morrison)||1:37|
|6.||"Moonlight Drive" (written by Morrison)||3:05|
|7.||"People Are Strange" (written by Morrison and Krieger)||2:13|
|8.||"My Eyes Have Seen You" (written by Morrison)||2:32|
|9.||"I Can't See Your Face in My Mind" (written by Morrison)||3:26|
|10.||"When the Music's Over"||10:58|
|40th Anniversary Edition CD bonus tracks|
|11.||"People Are Strange" (with false starts and studio dialogue)||1:57|
|12.||"Love Me Two Times (Take 3)"||3:19|
- The Doors
- Jim Morrison – vocals, percussion, Moog synthesizer on track 1
- Ray Manzarek – Vox Continental organ, Fender Rhodes piano bass on tracks 4 and 10, harpsichord on track 3, backwards piano on track 4, marimba on track 9
- Robby Krieger – guitar
- John Densmore – drums
- Additional musicians
- Paul A. Rothchild – production
- Bruce Botnick – engineering
- Joel Brodsky – cover photography
- William S. Harvey – cover concept and art direction
- Jac Holzman – production supervisor
- Billboard Music Charts (North America)
|1967||"People Are Strange"
B-side: "Unhappy Girl"
|1967||"Love Me Two Times"
B-side: "Moonlight Drive"
|United States (RIAA)||Platinum||1,000,000^|
|Canada (Music Canada)||Platinum||100,000^|
|France (SNEP)||2× Gold||200,000*|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Gold||100,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
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