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FROM 1967 4-TRACK STUDIO MASTER
Words By, Music By – The Doors
Drums – John Densmore
Guitar – Robby Krieger
Organ, Piano, Bass – Ray Manzarek
Vocals – Jim Morrison
Producer – Paul A. Rothchild
Engineer – Bruce Botnick
NOTE: THIS IS AN UNCENSORED CUT WITH "HIGH" PARTICULARLY EMPHASISED ON ACAPPELLA.....
The original album version and all reissues until the 1990s have the word "high" deleted, with Morrison singing "she gets" four times before a final wail.
Originally recorded on only 4-track master in most atrocious state with tracks mutually interbleeding, each was re-mastered and cleaned and re-processed as much as possible, still sounding pretty much raw and lo-fi, but not bad considering it was recorded in 1967, originally pressed in MONO. This here is a special vocal instrumental 6 minute version while the original was barely over 2 minutes long. Drum track was doubled and re-panned, while the best track remains the vocal, which is also the most usable.
The song is in 4/4 time and quite fast-paced, the tune being similar to that of blues guitarist Elmore James' "Stranger Blues".
The piece begins with a jazz-flavored drum groove similar to the opening phrases played by Billy Higgins on Dexter Gordon's "Soy Califa", in which a clave pattern is played as a rim click underneath a driving ride cymbal pattern. John Densmore appreciated the new (at the time) bossa nova craze coming from Brazil, so he decided to use it in the song.
It is then joined in by a disjointed quirky solo on the organ quite similar to introduction of Ray Charles' "What'd I Say", which has a few intentional misplaced notes in it, while the bass-line, similar to a typical bass line used in bossa nova, continues almost unhindered all of the way through the song.
Release/catalogue number: UNRELEASED