The Doors ‘The Singles’ box set, Blu-ray audio releases set

The Doors’ 50th anniversary celebration continues this summer with three new collections that spotlight every single and B-side the band released in the U.S., all gathered together for the first time. The Singles will be available in multiple formats on September 15th from Rhino Records.

A 2 CD set includes all 20 U.S. singles with their corresponding B-sides plus four mono radio versions. A 2 CD/Blu-ray edition contains adds the 1973 compilation The Best Of The Doors in high-resolution Quadraphonic mix on Blu-ray Audio. Finally, a 7″ Vinyl Box Set will be released featuring 20 7″ vinyl 45s with original sleeve art and labels, presented in an ornate, lift-top box. Limited to 10,000 copies worldwide.

The Singles shows the creative chemistry shared by drummer John Densmore, guitarist Robby Krieger, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, and vocalist Jim Morrison; four brilliant artists who made The Doors one of America’s most iconic and influential rock bands.

The collection includes the single versions from all six of the landmark studio albums the quartet released between 1967 and 1971, including classics like “People Are Strange,” “Love Her Madly” and “Riders On The Storm.” Also included on the CD versions are four mono radio versions of some of the band’s biggest hits, such as “Hello, I Love You” and “Touch Me,” which have never been made available anywhere after being sent to radio around their original release. The B-sides – many of which are making their CD debut – add another dimension to the band’s legacy with such stellar tracks as “Who Scared You,” which appeared in March 1969 as the flipside to “Wishful Sinful,” and a cover of Willie Dixon’s “(You Need Meat) Don’t Go No Further,” which was paired with the 1971 smash “Love Her Madly.”

The Singles also features several songs released after Morrison’s passing in 1971. Among those recordings are tracks the surviving trio recorded together (“Tightrope Ride” and “The Mosquito”), as well as live selections from posthumous releases (“Roadhouse Blues” and “Gloria.”)

The Blu-ray disc that accompanies the expanded version of The Singles features a high-resolution Quadraphonic mix of The Best Of The Doors. This 11 song compilation, available on Blu-ray for the first time, was remixed specifically for Quad in 1973 and offers a unique sonic experience on songs like “Soul Kitchen,” “Moonlight Drive” and “Love Me Two Times.”

The summer is already a busy one for the Doors. The group will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its first #1 hit on July 28th with a limited edition, 7” vinyl reissue of “Light My Fire” that features artwork from the Japanese version of the single. Limited to 7,500 copies, the single will be available for a suggested price of $7.98.

2 CD | 2 CD/Blu-ray | 7″ Vinyl Box Set

CD 1:

1. Break On Through (To The Other Side)
2. End Of The Night
3. Light My Fire
4. The Crystal Ship
5. People Are Strange
6. Unhappy Girl
7. Love Me Two Times
8. Moonlight Drive
9. The Unknown Soldier
10. We Could Be So Good Together
11. Hello, I Love You
12. Love Street
13. Touch Me
14. Wild Child
15. Wishful Sinful
16. Who Scared You
17. Tell All The People
18. Easy Ride
19. Runnin’ Blue
20. Do It
21. You Make Me Real
22. Roadhouse Blues
23. Love Her Madly
24. (You Need Meat) Don’t Go No Further
25. Riders On The Storm
26. The Changeling

CD 2:

1. Tightrope Ride
2. Variety Is The Spice Of Life
3. Ships W/ Sails
4. In The Eye Of The Sun
5. Get Up And Dance
6. Treetrunk
7. The Mosquito
8. It Slipped My Mind
9. The Piano Bird
10. Good Rockin’
11. Roadhouse Blues (Live)
12. Albinoni: Adagio
13. Gloria (Live)
14. Moonlight Drive (Live)
15. Hello, I Love You (Mono Radio Version)
16. Touch Me (Mono Radio Version)
17. Wishful Sinful (Mono Radio Version)
18. Tell All The People (Mono Radio Version)

Blu-ray:

1. Who Do You Love
2. Soul Kitchen
3. Hello, I Love You
4. People Are Strange
5. Riders On The Storm
6. Touch Me
7. Love Her Madly
8. Love Me Two Times
9. Take It As It Comes
10. Moonlight Drive
11. Light My Fire

Vinyl:

1a. Break On Through (To The Other Side)
1b. End Of The Night

2a. Light My Fire
2b. The Crystal Ship

3a. People Are Strange
3b. Unhappy Girl

4a. Love Me Two Times
4b. Moonlight Drive

5a. The Unknown Soldier
5b. We Could Be So Good Together

6a. Hello, I Love You
6b. Love Street

7a. Touch Me
7b. Wild Child

8a. Wishful Sinful
8b. Who Scared You

9a. Tell All The People
9b. Easy Ride

10a. Runnin’ Blue
10b. Do It

11a. “You Make Me Real
11b. Roadhouse Blues

12a. Love Her Madly
12b. (You Need Meat) Don’t Go No Further

13a. Riders On The Storm
13b. The Changeling

14a. Tightrope Ride
14b. Variety Is The Spice Of Life

15a. Ship W/ Sails
15b. In The Eye Of The Sun

16a. Get Up And Dance
16b. Treetrunk

17a. The Mosquito
17b. It Slipped My Mind

18a. The Piano Bird
18b. Good Rockin’

19a. Roadhouse Blues (Live)
19b. Albinoni: Adagio

20a. Gloria (Live)
20b. Moonlight Drive (Live)

Author: Buddy Iahn

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