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I see myself as an intelligent, sensitive human, with the soul of a clown, which forces me to blow it at the most important moments. – Jim Morrison

 

Weird Scenes Inside The Goldmine

The Doors make their legendary, long out-ofprint compilation Weird Scenes Inside The Gold Mine available for the first time as a 2-CD set. Originally released in 1972, this gold-certified double album was the first compilation to be released after Jim Morrison’s death in 1971. The 22 songs that appear on the collection provide a wide-ranging introduction to the music recorded between 1967-71 by the original quartet, John Densmore, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek and Jim Morrison. The band’s longtime engineer Bruce Botnick remastered the music heard on this reissue, which takes its title from a lyric in “The End.” Mixing familiar cuts and deep tracks from six studio albums, Weird Scenes Inside The Gold Mine touches on everything from hits like “Break On Through” and “Love Her Madly” to unexpected delights like “The Spy” from Morrison Hotel and “Running Blue” from The Soft Parade. Adding yet another dimension to the album’s track list is the inclusion of two stellar b-sides: “Who Scared You” which appeared in March 1969 as the flipside to “Wishful Sinful, ” and a cover of Willie Dixon’s ” (You Need Meat) Don t Go No Further” which was paired with the smash “Love Her Madly” in 1971.

 

CLOSE UP ON: JIM MORRISON

Born on December 8th, 1943, in Melbourne, Florida, Jim Morrison was the charismatic singer and songwriter for the 1960 rock group the Doors until his death in Paris at age 27. He studied film at UCLA, where he met the members of what would become the Doors. Known for his drinking and drug use and outrageous stage behavior, in 1971 Morrison left the Doors to write poetry and moved to Paris, where he died of heart failure. Jim Morrison was a highly intelligent child, excelling at school and taking interest in reading, writing, and drawing. He was a gifted lyricist whose poetic odes to rebellion, set to the music of The Doors, inspired a generation of disillusioned youth who found in his words a moving expression of their own hopes and frustrations.

 

“There are things known, and there are things unknown, and in between are The Doors.”

-Jim Morrison