12/03/2009

Jim Morrison - Morrison Hotel - 1970

The Doors Morrison Hotel Album Cover
The Doors Morrison Hotel Album Cover
The Doors Fifth album, Morrison Hotel, 2nd to the last album before his demise, was not a chart topping album but still had plenty of insight to his legendary style of lyrics. The Doors music style could be described as acid rock and hard rock.

Released in February of 1970, the band was pictured inside the Hard Rock Cafe, with Morrison dressed in a white peasant shirt. Rooms were $2.50 and up!

The cover background was army green, with blinds pulled up revealing the band members. At the top center, the band name, THE DOORS printed in white.

Jim Morrison died July 3rd, 1971, at the age of 27, in Paris France. He was at the height of his popularity and the details concerning his death bred many conspiracy theories that the Lizard King faked his death and is still alive. The crux of the conspiracy, since he died in Paris, an autopsy was not performed on the body opening speculation that he died from a heroin overdose, cocaine abuse, committed suicide, and was murdered.

Some believe he went to Paris to get out of the limelight, grew a beard, changed his appearance, and staged his own death to avoid all the media hype that followed him every where he went. A movie, Eddie And The Cruisers was loosely based on Morrison. Eddie faked his death and later returned home and started up a new band only to be found out by his best pals.

The album inside jacket offered zero information about the band, lyrics, or songs. The left side of the jacket was merely two band members at the bar, supposedly the Hard Rock Cafe bar.

The right side of the jacket is a continuation of the left side, a picture of the band members at the bar.

The back cover shows several old men coming and going to the Hard Rock Cafe. It also offers the band members, Jim Morrison, Robbie Kreiger, Ray Manzarek, John Densmore, Ray Neopolitan.

Side one offered: Roadhouse Blues, Waiting For The Sun, You Make Me Real, Peace Frog, Blue Sunday, Ship of Fools.
Side two offered: Land Ho!, The Spy, Queen Of The Highway, Indian Summer, Maggie M'Gill.

The vinyl record was pressed by Elektra Records out of New York City.

Lyrics to the hit single, Roadhouse Blues is tricky at best. One stanza is nonsensical lyrics, you decide what Jim Morrison's message is.

Roadhouse Blues
Yeah, keep your eyes on the road, your hands upon the wheel
Keep your eyes on the road, your hands upon the wheel
Yeah, we're goin' to the Roadhouse
We're gonna have a real
Good time


Yeah, back at the Roadhouse they got some bungalows
Yeah, back at the Roadhouse they got some bungalows
And that's for the people
Who like to go down slow


Let it roll, baby, roll
Let it roll, baby, roll
Let it roll, baby, roll
Let it roll, all night long


Do it, honey, do it

You gotta roll, roll, roll
You gotta thrill my soul, all right
Roll, roll, roll, roll
Thrill my soul
You gotta beep a gunk a chucha
Honk konk konk
You gotta each you puna
Each ya bop a luba
Each yall bump a kechonk
Ease sum konk
Ya, ride


Ashen ladies, Ashen ladies
Give up your vows, give up your vows
Save our city, save our city
Right now


Well, I woke up this morning, I got myself a beer
Well, I woke up this morning, and I got myself a beer
The future's uncertain, and the end is always near


Let it roll, baby, roll
Let it roll, baby, roll
Let it roll, baby, roll
Let it roll, all night long



The Doors Morrison Hotel Back Cover
The Doors Morrison Hotel Back Cover

Morrison Hotel inside Cover
Morrison Hotel inside Cover

Morrison Hotel inside Cover
Morrison Hotel inside Cover

Morrison Hotel Vinyl Record
Morrison Hotel Vinyl Record





LURKING AND ROCKING ON THE GRASSY KNOLL

6 comments:

  1. Holy Cow. A vinyl record update. But you posted a great album. Morrison was way ahead of his times, and he could have been able to fake his own death. It has been reported that he had a genius level IQ.

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  2. Yes, it has been a long time since I ventured into the basement other than my treadmill workouts. However, I promise to post several more before the year is through.
    About faking his death, I just think he overdosed on drugs and conditions were right for a conspiracy.

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  3. Paris France12/05/2009 7:31 PM

    Break on through to the other side.

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  4. Wrong album but I know what you mean.

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  5. Rooms $2.50, where is this place, right down the street from the flea bag motel.
    Great record.

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  6. Yea, saw that as well, even in 1970, rooms at $2.50 is dirt cheap.

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