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13 (The Doors album)

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Released  30 November 1970
Length  43:59
Artist  The Doors
Label  Elektra Records
Recorded  1966–1969
13 (1970)  L.A. Woman (1971)
Release date  30 November 1970
Producer  Paul A. Rothchild
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Genres  Rock music, Psychedelic rock, Blues rock, Hard rock, Acid rock
Similar  The Doors albums, Rock music albums

13 is the first compilation album by The Doors. Released on 30 November 1970 by Elektra Records, it debuted at number 75 on December 19, 1970, peaked at Number 25 for two weeks (January 2 and January 9, 1971) and was off the charts after May 8. It spent a total of 21 weeks on the charts. The album has never been issued on CD because, while it was the only compilation released before lead singer Jim Morrison's death, it does not include songs from L.A. Woman, released in 1971.

Contents

Background

13 was a project instigated by Elektra Records, who wanted product from the band for the Christmas season, and the band reluctantly agreed. Morrison even agreed to shave off his beard for the album cover's photo shoot, but the label opted for a younger photo of the singer, which they had also opted to do for the group's live album Absolutely Live, also released in 1970. Morrison's image is much larger than those of guitarist Robby Krieger, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, and drummer John Densmore. As Danny Sugarman observes in his band memoir No One Here Gets Out Alive, "Elektra obviously wanted the 'pretty' Jim Morrison...Although Ray, Robby, and John had become accustomed to the attention directed towards their lead singer, it upset Jim." The album's back cover features the band posing with what some think is a small bust of occultist Aleister Crowley.

Track listing

All songs written by Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger, and John Densmore except where noted.

US release

Side one
  1. "Light My Fire" (Robby Krieger) – 6:50 (actually 7:06)
  2. "People Are Strange" (Jim Morrison, Krieger) – 2:13
  3. "Back Door Man" (Willie Dixon) – 3:34
  4. "Moonlight Drive" (Morrison) – 3:05
  5. "The Crystal Ship" (Morrison) – 2:34
  6. "Roadhouse Blues" (Morrison) – 4:03
Side two
  1. "Touch Me" (Krieger) – 3:12
  2. "Love Me Two Times" (Krieger) – 3:18
  3. "You're Lost Little Girl" (Krieger) – 3:03
  4. "Hello, I Love You" (Morrison) – 2:14
  5. "Land Ho!" (Morrison, Krieger) – 4:10
  6. "Wild Child" (Morrison) – 2:38
  7. "The Unknown Soldier" – 3:23

UK release

In the UK, the LP was released through Elektra and Kinney Group Records Ltd (EKS-74079). The track listing was the same as the US release but individual authorship was listed for each track. The duration of the tracks also differed markedly from that listed on the US version.

Side one
  1. "Light My Fire" (Krieger) – 6:50
  2. "People Are Strange" (Morrison, Krieger) – 2:10
  3. "Back Door Man" (Dixon, Chester Burnett; Jewel Music) – 3:30
  4. "Moonlight Drive" (Morrison) – 3:00
  5. "The Crystal Ship" (Morrison) – 2:30
  6. "Roadhouse Blues" (Morrison) – 4:04
Side two
  1. "Touch Me" (Krieger) – 3:15
  2. "Love Me Two Times" (Krieger) – 3:23
  3. "You're Lost Little Girl" (Krieger) – 3:01
  4. "Hello, I Love You" (Morrison) – 2:22
  5. "Land Ho!" (Morrison, Krieger) – 4:08
  6. "Wild Child" (Morrison) – 2:36
  7. "The Unknown Soldier" – 3:10

Personnel

  • Jim Morrison - lead vocals
  • Ray Manzarek - piano, organ, marimba, bass
  • Robby Krieger - guitar
  • John Densmore - drums
  • Production

  • Paul A. Rothchild - producer
  • Jac Holzman - production supervisor
  • Bruce Botnick - engineer
  • Track origins

    Tracks 1, 3 & 5 from The Doors
    Tracks 2, 4, 8 & 9 from Strange Days
    Tracks 10 & 13 from Waiting for the Sun
    Tracks 7 & 12 from The Soft Parade
    Tracks 6 & 11 from Morrison Hotel

    Songs

    1Light My Fire6:50
    2People Are Strange2:12
    3Back Door Man3:34

    References

    13 (The Doors album) Wikipedia


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