Morrison Hotel

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Morrison Hotel
Studio album by The Doors



Label (s) Elektra Records

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Paul A. Rothchild

The Soft Parade
Morrison Hotel LA Woman

Morrison Hotel is the fifth music album by the rock band The Doors . It was released in February 1970.


The rather experimental previous album The Soft Parade had not sold very well. With the Morrison Hotel , the band returned to their roots. The songs on this album are rockier and blues-inspired again . The band got reinforcements in the studio for the recordings. Blues musician Lonnie Mack played bass and John Sebastian played harmonica . Sebastian performed under the pseudonym G. Puglese.

The cover shows the band in the window of a hotel. The blinds are closed by about a quarter of the way up to the Morrison Hotel advertising . Jim Morrison is behind a room price tag in a white shirt. The other band members have grouped around him sitting and standing. The Morrison Hotel is located on 1246 South Hope Street in Los Angeles . The band asked the hotel manager if they could take a picture of the hotel. When he forbade this, the band went to the hotel anyway and posed for the photographer when nobody was watching. The first side of the LP was given the additional title Hard Rock Cafe ; the view of one is shown on the back of the album.

In the Federal Republic of Germany , the Morrison Hotel also appeared in a special edition with a different cover design than the twen record of the magazine twen .

Track list

Side A - Hard Rock Cafe

  1. Roadhouse Blues ( Morrison, Doors) - 4:04
  2. Waiting for the Sun (Morrison) - 3:59
  3. You Make Me Real (Morrison) - 2:53
  4. Peace Frog (Morrison, Warrior) - 2:54
  5. Blue Sunday (Morrison) - 2:13
  6. Ship of Fools (Morrison, Krieger) - 3:08

Side B - Morrison Hotel

  1. Country Ho! (Morrison, Warrior) - 4:10
  2. The Spy (Morrison) - 4:17
  3. Queen of the Highway (Morrison, Warrior) - 2:47
  4. Indian Summer (Morrison, Warrior) - 2:36
  5. Maggie M'Gill (Morrison, Doors) - 4:23

Bonus tracks on CD (released in 2007)

  1. Talking blues
  2. Roadhouse Blues (takes 1–3)
  3. Roadhouse Blues (take 6)
  4. Carol
  5. Roadhouse Blues (take 1)
  6. Money Beats Soul
  7. Roadhouse Blues (takes 13-15)
  8. Peace Frog (false starts and dialogue)
  9. The Spy (version 2)
  10. Queen of the Highway (Jazz version)

The pieces

Roadhouse blues

Roadhouse Blues was recorded on November 4th and 5th, 1969. In March 1970 the song was released as a single. On the CD from 2007 you can hear some takes of the piece, which give an insight into the work on the recordings. Producer Rothchild can be heard giving instructions to band members. To guitarist Robby Krieger he says: we're going to the roadhouse, Robby, not the bathroom! The harmonica is played by John Sebastian. It is the artist's only appearance on the album.

The first known cover version was made in 1972. The British band Status Quo recorded the piece for their album Pile Driver . The American rock band Blue Öyster Cult covered the song during a tour in 1981 and the live recording appeared on their live album Extraterrestrial Live . Robby Krieger appears as a guest musician with the band on this recording. The Canadian Jeff Healey Band played the song in the 1989 American action film Road House . In Oliver Stone's film The Doors , the piece is played twice.

Waiting for the Sun

Waiting for the Sun was written in 1968 and was supposed to be the title track of the album of the same name. The song was eventually not released on that album, but the album's title remained. It was only released on the album but one, Morrison Hotel .

Peace Frog

The song Peace Frog flows seamlessly into the next song Blue Sunday on the album . Radio stations therefore usually play both pieces together. The lyrics are characterized by bloodthirsty lyrics. The original title of the poem by Morrison, which served as the basis for the text, was Abortion Stories . Jim Morrison processed a childhood trauma in this song . He witnessed a serious car accident as a child. Some Indians were killed in this car accident and the bodies were lying on the street. The lyrics to the song read : Indians scattered on dawn's highway, bleeding. Ghosts crowd the young child's fragile, eggshell mind . Oliver Stone later recreated the car accident in his film The Doors . The line of text blood in the streets in the town of New Haven refers to the arrest of Morrison by the police during a concert in New Haven in 1967 and the subsequent tumult among fans. The lines blood on the streets in the town of Chicago refer to what happened at the 1968 Democratic National Convention .

Queen of the Highway

Queen of the Highway is seen as a description of the relationship between Jim Morrison and Pamela Courson. Morrison describes his girlfriend in this piece with the refrain line She was a princess - Queen of the Highway and himself with the line He was a monster - Black dressed in leather . Pamela Courson only survived Jim Morrison by just under three years. She died of a heroin overdose.

Indian summer

Indian Summer was created in August 1966 while recording their debut album The Doors . It was only released on this album for the first time.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Archived copy ( Memento of the original from October 15, 2005 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  2. ^ LP Morrison Hotel Elektra EKS-75007, 1970
  3. Jerry Hopkins; Daniel Sugerman: Nobody gets out of here alive , p. 26; 251f
  4. a b David Fricke: Booklet for the CD edition of the “Perception Box” from 2007 , p. 9
  5. Song facts: Peace frog .
  6. Jerry Hopkins; Daniel Sugerman: Nobody gets out of here alive , p. 251