My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Morrison Hotel was mostly recorded in November of 1969 (“Indian Summer” and “Waiting for the Sun” came from sessions in 1966 and 1968 respectively). The album was released in February of 1970.
What I think: With the exception of “Roadhouse Blues”, this album sounds like a child was writing lyrics for children’s songs. The lyrics are simply awful throughout (and really they aren’t good on “Roadhouse Blues” either, it’s just that the chant and riff behind them sound pretty cool). The band at times does do some cool things (parts of “Land Ho!” for example), but otherwise they sound childish as well.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I’m not a Doors fan and I’ve made that clear, but I go into groups I don’t like hoping they will impress and surprise me. That is certainly not the case here, this is the crap that has given The Doors (mostly do to Morrison’s bad poetry) a poor reputation among many music fans.
Rating (Out of 5): 1.5
Amazon Review (Out of 5): 4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (146/189)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 77%