Light My Fire - A Classic Rock Salute to the Doors

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Light My Fire - A Classic Rock Salute to the Doors

The Doors only recorded with Jim Morrison between 1966 and 1971, leaving behind six excellent studio albums and a few stray tracks. Morrison’s untimely death on July 3, 1971, froze the band in time. Yet their songs have proven eternal, with other bands occasionally covering a track with great success. Here, an enviable list of classic rockers come together to “salute” The Doors in unexpected configurations. ELP’s Keith Emerson and The Doobie Brothers’ Jeff “Skunk” Baxter provide an “intro” to “People Are Strange” that’s then given a vocal treatment by David Johansen of The New York Dolls and Yes' Billy Sherwood. (Sherwood pulled together this magical feat.) Even if The Doors aren’t your personal favorite band, there’s still the fantastical idea of Todd Rundgren, Yes’ Geoff Downes, and Captain Beefheart’s Zoot Horn Rollo coming together for Brecht-Weill’s “Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar).” These modernized versions give an idea of what the songs might’ve sounded like had The Doors continued on with Morrison into future decades. The electrified version of “Break On Through” with Grand Funk Railroad’s Mark Farner and Ten Years After’s Chick Churchill provides an idea of what could’ve been.

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