dhouston, on 15 November 2010 - 02:36 AM, said:
There is no doubt without Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Albert, Freddie, BB, Willie Dixon and all the other greats ( way too many to mention ) that Blues as we know it would not have the foundation of a true genre of music it is today. However, look at what Jimmy Page, The Stones, The Doors, SRV, Hendrix and Eric Clapton did to take it to another level during their era. To those musicians Blues was studied, honored and paid tribute to. They lived it and applied it to their style. I don't see it as black and white, but blues is simply the blues and it crosses cultures and can be made to fit a bands style.
The Doors certainly loved playing the blues and did it well, maybe their repetroir was not extensive. But look at Ray's piano and Jim's drive toward bluesy vocal work all along. Very influenced by the early greats.
I just hope the next generations will keep that Blues flame burning. As a white guitarist myself, I know that I try to do my part. I honor the past, present and future of Blues - black or white - it's all the same. Blues.
Not to bring up earlier debates, but The Doors were not a blues band--or a rock band, or a psychedelic band, or an experimental band, etc.--they brought all those elements together, and more, and created something that hasn't been comparable before or since... they were truly a one-of-a-kind band which I think is keeping them relevant after all these years. Could they play the blues? Hell yeah... To the person who said they sound like a redneck bar band, especially on "Who Do You Love," that's not hillbilly, they played the hell out of that song with more soul and rhythm, imo, than Bo Diddley.... If you're looking for a redneck bar band vesion of that song, listen to the George Thorogood version, or any other of his songs for that matter. Or another good example of redneck blues, would be Canned Heat, which I think The Doors' "kindred" connection to had more to do with Morrison's friendship with the Heat's Alan Wilson than his actual affinity for their music--no soul in that band. The Doors had soul, and Morrison had the blues, and it sure came through when he sang blues as well as non-blues songs. And it shows in Vancouver...
This is in no way another BMR "Matrix" fiasco, as someone suggested. We were not misled with this one as for where the source came from (and at least they are rectifying their mistake and re-releasing The Matrix in its rightful form). The source of this recording was known long before it officially came out, and most of us with an ear for recording processes knew we shouldn't expect the sound quality as say Boston or Detroit on this one with the way Treanor recorded it and while not perfect, it is more than listenable--I'd love to see some official '67 and '68 shows in this quality, or better, of course. And their performance at this concert was by far from flat, like some suggested, and the way it was recorded, plus the addition of Albert King on a few numbers, makes it unique among the BMR releases. Pittsburgh, imho, has been the only "flat" show amongst the bunch, although the setlist, and the "When the Music's Over/Break on Through/Soft Parade Vamp" surely makes up for it for me. But every single BMR release has it's own "lovable" quality, so far; Detroit with its tight, flawless performance (albeit the two songs Ray sang on and muffed, although Jim did save the day on "Close to You); the Aquarius shows with their "comeback" performance and Ray's switching back to the Vox while playing some rare in-concert songs; Philly with its soul and blues feel; and of course, my favorite, Boston with inebriated intensity--the BMR show I wish I was at the most. But Vancouver definitely holds its own amongst the rest...
"When the Music's Over" is possibly the best I've heard. And the Albert King cuts gives you a different take on the band, as there are not many recordings with The Doors jamming out with other musicians (eg. oh, what could have been had Morrison not been as "groovy" during the Scene Club-Hendrix Jam). But Vancouver is a welcome addition to any Doors' fans, and I hope to hear more soon--although something other than a '70 show!!!
Edited by crazyhorse80, 27 November 2010 - 01:48 AM.