Released in 1967 on the Elektra label, the eponymous debut from the Los Angeles based band The Doors scored big time with the singles ‘Break On Through‘ and ‘Light My Fire‘.
With the charismatic Jim Morrison on vocals, the self proclaimed Lizard King would lead the band through a number of follow up albums, all building on the solid musical groundings of Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger and John Densmore. Courting controversy with the lyrical content and some of his on stage antics, Morrison became a notorious figure throughout the bands career, until his demise in Paris in 1971.
The bands fusion of garage style blues rock with the heady psychedelic brew meant tracks like ‘Light My Fire’ and ‘The End‘ could be turned into extensive jams when played live. Shifting over 12 million copies and issued in mono and stereo versions it’s the bands most successful release. The use of The End in Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now in 1979 revitalised interest in the band which continues to this day.