In their history that spanned from 1967 until almost 1973, The Doors released 18 singles both with frontman Jim Morrison, and as a trio after Morrison’s death. In Japan, 14 of the 18 U.S. singles were released in that country, and now a new cd box set includes the original mono sound as well as stereo single mixes well as well as the edited single versions of their songs in reproductions of the original Japanese 45rpm single picture sleeves. It’s a pretty nice box set that sure begs for the U.S. version also to be released as well, that should include the four singles not released in Japan.
The first single by The Doors, “Break On Through” was not released in Japan, so “Light My Fire” became the first single to be releases over there. Although, “Light My Fire” was a #1 hit in the U.S., the song didn’t do nearly as well in Japan. It wasn’t until 1968 that The Doors became a bona fide hit act over in Japan as well, where the Elektra U.S. single releases where on the Nippon Victor record label. “Hello, I Love You” and “Touch Me” were the band’s biggest hits in Japan before Jim Morrison’s 1969 stage antics in Miami hurt the act worldwide and made the band even more controversial than they previously were with Jim Morrison’s very dark poetry.
Also featured in this box set is just three of the post-Jim Morrison era singles, “Tightrope Ride”, “Get Up And Dance” and “The Mosquito”. And although all three songs are decidedly different than anything than Jim Morrison would have done, all three are pretty good music from three top flight musicians. “The Mosquito” is certainly the best of these three singles, and an awesome piece of music despite the radical editing chop and splice job from the original album version of the song. The rare B side of “Get Up And Dance”, “Treetrunk” is also included here. The song didn’t make it on to the OTHER VOICES album, because Robbie Krieger considered it to be an ill-fit and too “commercial” sounding.
As much credit has been given Jim Morrison as the being “The Doors”, it was actually guitarist Robbie Krieger who wrote 19 of the songs that comprise this 14 single and 28 song boxset. That’s a pretty good statement for the awesome talent of Robbie Krieger as a writer for the band. It may have often been Jim Morrison’s poetry, but it was Robbie Krieger’s music that was The Doors.
A cd box set of the U.S. singles has been a much rumored item, but so far hasn’t been released. But, this Japanese release should be a pretty satisfying item for many true fans of the band.