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There are things to like about every Doors album, but their best was first. From the quick and cocky "Break on Through" to the mesmerizing, druggy, Oedipally complex "The End," this was the work of a band that, once it got its chance, took it right to the finish line. It's anchored by "Light My Fire," the brainchild of the guitarist Robby Krieger, who came up with the first verse and chorus. Morrison added the second verse, the one about the funeral pyre; Manzarek, inspired by Bach and Coltrane, came up with the intro and the foundation for the long instrumental break. And, after producer Paul Rothchild cut it down from seven to three minutes for Top 40 radio, the Doors did break on through.
Morrison's wolf whistle, "Twentieth Century Fox," "Soul Kitchen," an appreciation for a soul food joint that kept the band alive in its scuffling days on Venice Beach, and "Crystal Ship," a psychedelic cruise, offer further evidence of this rookie band's range. And that's not including "Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)" by Kurt Weill and Bertoldt Brecht. "Show me the way to the next whisky bar…" A foreign song, but so close to home.