Riders on the Storm.

Riders on the Storm.
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One of the most overlooked and under rated bands of the nineteen sixties was surely The Doors. Led by their charismatic lead singer Jim Morrison the band produced some extremely evocative blues based music whilst tapping into the counter culture vibe possible deeper and more insight fully than many other more lauded bands ever did or have done afterwards. The name comes from the Aldous Huxley book The Doors of Perception which they had read vociferously. The book relates to Huxley’s experiences on mescaline which can give visions and is a psychedelic.  The band themselves had had similar experiences and were keen to use this in their music especially Morrison.  Doors offer us opening to new experiences and new worlds but they also offer us protection and security. For example Tring Garage Door installation specialist http://garagedoorsrus.co.uk/garage-door-installation-tring can offer a great service on your door needs to keep you belongs and car safe. What about the musically doors though?

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There is no doubt that the band were very talented but Morrison was a troubled soul who relied to heavily on the other means to fuel his skills. He was a handsome man to say the least and was adored. He was pretty much what any band would initially want in a lead singer. Byronesque good looks, a flair for poetry and artistry and a smooth melodic voice that could span into the aggressive and “rawk” style when it needed to and the song required it. It was ultimately Morrison’s band. When the group were the house band for the famous LA club the Whiskey a Go Go he would perform the songs initially with his back to the audience. This was not some fear thing like Nick Drake and done this was vanity. Morrison understood the effect he would have on the audience especially it’s female members and he would time his turn around in songs like “Break on through” onto the last few lines and bars hitting the audience full on with his shamanic presence.

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It is easy to start going on about Morrison because of this but a word should be said about the brilliant skilled Ray Manzarek. The Doors had dispensed with a bassist and no one seems to fit the dynamic. Manzarek was a classical and penalty trained Manzarek solved the problem for the band by playing a lead keyboard and a bass keyboard simultaneous plus providing backing vocals. It is and incredible difficult thing for the brain to do. A great band with some great albums and a legacy that still remains.

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