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The Doors' 'Soft Parade' Gets the Deluxe Edition Treatment and a Chance for Reassessment

The Doors' fourth album was a deeply polarizing work and perhaps their most difficult to love. But the 50th anniversary deluxe edition goes a long way in spotlighting its many highlights.

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The Strength of "Anatomy of a Song" Is Found in Its diverse and Impressive Group of Interviewees

A self-described “oral history jukebox” gives behind-the-scenes details about popular songs and the historical circumstances that shaped pop culture as we know it.

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Persona and Modern Music in 17 Songs

Persona -- the “I” of the song -- has evolved, broadened, and expanded to more fully represent a diversity of experiences as well as emotional, political, and cultural orientations.

John Amen
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Songs of the Summers: The '60s

As it turns out, America's infatuation with sometimes kooky summer tunes is an old one.

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Gov't Mule + Robby Krieger: 30 October 2013 - Los Angeles

The spirits of Morrison and Manzarek feel like they’re in the house ...

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Ray Manzarek: The Key to the Doors

Ray Manzarek left his handiwork all over several of the more resilient and extraordinary songs from one of the enduring American bands.

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Ten Songs From 1967 That Shaped Prog Rock

If 1967 characterizes a high point in rock music, it also initiated an explicit realignment of what was possible in the genre -- for better or worse.

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1967 and the Prog-Rock Progenitors

If 1967 characterizes a high point where rock music could be appraised as Art, it also initiated an explicit realignment of what was henceforth possible.

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The Doors: Live at the Bowl '68

One of the group's definitive live releases, for sure. It's fantastic.

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The Doors: L.A. Woman (40th Anniversary Edition)

To put it as succinctly as possible, this is the version of L.A. Woman to get.

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The Doors: Other Voices and Full Circle

Doors leading nowhere but to drek? Not quite so fast. The now digitally reissued post-Jimus Doors offer up a few choice nuggets worth hearing. Just tread carefully....

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When the Music’s Over: Greil Marcus on the Doors

Apparently seeking to account for every important rock act of the '60s, Greil Marcus turns his critical attention to the Doors.

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Moonlit Romance: Zito & Trov's Moon Girl #2

Writers Johnny Zito & Tony Trov recall a time when art and social commentary were once one. In Moon Girl, they give us the most poignant, and most important use of the superhero genre yet this century.

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Rocking Chair Blues: Howlin' Wolf - 'Back Door Man'

On "Back Door Man", Howlin' Wolf offers the alluring promise of illicit midnight pleasure.

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Counterbalance No. 24: 'The Doors'

Before you slip into unconsciousness, Counterbalance's Jason Mendelsohn and Eric Klinger have put together a few thoughts on the Doors' 1967 debut album. It's number 24 on the Big List.

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Santana and Various Artists: Guitar Heaven

Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time comes off as a celebrity version of American Idol.

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Laura Huxley Has Her Say About Laura Huxley in 'Huxley on Huxley'

Aldous Huxley's second wife discusses her life before, during and after her marriage to the eminent author of Brave New World and The Doors of Perception.

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The Vast Immensity of it All: Fear and Loathing on Sunset Boulevard

Faces of Sunset Boulevard is, without a doubt, one of the strongest statements about man’s dark fate in the West ever committed to paper in the author and photographer’s chosen form.

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The Doors: Live at the Matrix 1967

Live at the Matrix 1967 works as an archival document of the Doors before the band exploded and fame overtook them.

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The Doors: Open for Business (Again)

If the first two Doors albums are drugs, they’d be of the decidedly psychedelic variety; the next couple are a dangerous cocktail of amphetamines and Quaaludes. Morrison Hotel is beer: authentic, unfiltered, as American as it gets. L.A. Woman manages to be all of the above.

Sean Murphy
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The Doors by The Doors by The Doors, with Ben Fong-Torres

Death has been very good to Jim Morrison, but it's been even better for those who continue to profit from his fleeting but fruitful body of his work. Not to mention his body. With that in mind, the following words will be eschewed for the duration of this discussion: Shaman, Dionysus, Rimbaud, God, Satan, and Witchcraft.

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The Doors: The Very Best of the Doors

Why did Elektra release this? Did some marketing survey reveal that there are fans out there who simply won't pay the extra six bucks for a double album? I don't get it -- but maybe that's why I had such a short-lived career in music marketing and promotions.

Andy Hermann
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The Doors: The Bright Midnight Sampler

Jim Morrison's legacy makes it easy to forget that the Doors were primarily a pop band.

Fred Kovey
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