Published in RECORD WORLD
Elektra Records has resigned the Doors – Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek, and John Densmore—to an exclusive recording agreement, announces President Jac Holzman.
“The history of the Doors and their success,” Holzman said, “closely parallels that of Elektra Records. All of us at the company who have worked for so many years with the Doors are delighted that we can continue our association which has always been so positive and filled with growth.”
With the late Jim Morrison, the Doors were originally signed to Elektra in late 1966, and following the release of their classic first album early in 1967, they rose to become one for the leading musical groups of the era, racking up countless hit singles and earning seven gold albums, the most recent of which, “L.A. Woman,” is still on the charts.
Following the death of Morrison last June, the Doors, under the management of Bill Siddons, decided to continue as a trio, with keyboarder Ray Manzarek and guitarist Robby Krieger sharing vocal responsibilities, and with John Densmore on drums. Krieger, with Morrison, had written the bulk of the Door’s material, and on his own had composed such Doors hits as “Light My Fire”, “Touch Me,” “You’re Lost, Little Girl” and the recent smash, “Love Her Madly.”
FIRST LP: ‘Other Voices’
The group’s first album as a trio, entitled “Other Voices,” will be released by Elektra before the end of October simultaneously with a single from the album “Tightrope Ride,” to coincide with a national tour by the Doors.
The tour will commence in Lincoln, Nebraska’s Pershing Auditorium on Nov. 12, and continues on the following night with an appearance at the Concert Bowl in Minneapolis. The Doors will then travel to Canada for two converts, one on the 14th at the St Lawrence Market in Toronto, and the other on the 17th at the Ottowa Civic Center. Next on the Doors’ itinerary are appearances in Buffalo at the Peace Bridge Center on the 18th, Detroit at the East Town Theatre on the 19th, and the Boston Music Hall on the 22nd. On Nov. 23, the Doors will appear at New York City’s Carnegie Hall, to be followed on the 24th by a concert at the Irvine Auditorium on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
On the 26th, the Doors return to their native Los Angeles for a convert at the Hollywood Palladium before winding up the nationwide tour on Dec. 7 at the Berkeley Community Center.