The Doors – ‘Morrison Hotel’ (1970)

The Doors’ fifth studio album followed “The Soft Parade” which saw the band depart from their traditional psych-blues rock and incorporate more classic and traditional arrangements within their sound. Morrison Hotel was a ‘back-to-basics’ approach, returning the already well-established sound of the band.

The album puts forward some varied material by amalgamating what the band does best; blues, psych and rock. The record kicks off with the infectious opening blues-rock riff of “Roadhouse Blues” which moves into “Waiting for the Sun”, perhaps one of the Doors’ most hard-hitting tracks and a terrific one at that. The style of sound takes a radical turn with track “Blue Sunday”, highlighting Jim Morrison’s subtle poetic ways.

Personally, the album-highlight is “Queen of the Highway”, featuring Robby Krieger’s brilliant lead guitar. Without a doubt one of my favourite Doors tracks.

Favourite track: Queen of the Highway // Least favourite track: Indian Summer


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