5E-515 Greatest Hits
previously released material
Released on October 1980
US CHART POSITION #17
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5E-515 cover
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Y ou know, there was a perfectly serviceable review of mine at All Music Guide. Itís not there anymore. So my apologies if I accidentally pointed anyone to the poorly written piece of crap thatís on there now. My bad. I have to say that in principle I love what All Music Guide is about: cataloging all the creatures, tagging them and then letting them back into the wild aether of the Internet. But they havenít been able to extricate themselves from the dark side: sloppy discographies, bland reviews that state the obvious, authoritative tones and advertising (the four lazy little demons of rock criticism). Anyway, onto The Doorsí Greatest Hits, version the fourth. Fourth because Elektra first compiled the best of the band in 1970, prematurely, with 13. After Morrison died, Weird Scenes and the quadraphonic Best followed. Then sweet, merciful silence until Jerry Hopkins and Daniel Sugerman dug Jimbo up again with their book, No One Gets Out of Here Alive. Apparently, enough time had passed for the canonization of Jim Morrison to be seriously discussed. While one could fill an entire book discussing the social/musical ramifications of The Doors, Iíll spare you. Iíve heard all of this before, so Greatest Hits doesnít light a fire under my fanny, at least not enough of one to make me stand up and give a speech about Morrison as the animal-poet-antichrist. And this compilation, like those before and after, slipped back into the black tar pit what whelped it, only to re-emerge in a slightly different form (Classics, The Best of the Doors), ad infinitum. I have read several times that the 1996 compilation, Greatest Hits, is a reissue of the 1980 compilation. So for the edification of the discographically challenged among us: you can compile songs from an artist, re-compile many of the same songs-even in the same order-years later and issue them both under the same name, but what youíve got is a re-compilation not a reissue. Drives me nuts every time.

5E-515 back cover 5E-515 picture sleeve
5E-515 back cover 5E-515 picture sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. HELLO, I LOVE YOU    2:16
  2. LIGHT MY FIRE    7:05
  3. PEOPLE ARE STRANGE    2:10
  4. LOVE ME TWO TIMES    3:14
  5. RIDERS ON THE STORM    7:11
  6. BREAK ON THROUGH    2:26
  7. ROADHOUSE BLUES    4:04
  8. NOT TO TOUCH THE EARTH    3:55
  9. TOUCH ME    3:11
  10. L.A. WOMAN    7:49

    All songs written by The Doors

CREDITS

JOHN DENSMORE -- drums
ROBBY KRIEGER -- guitar
RAY MANZAREK -- keyboards, album design
JIM MORRISON -- vocals
Curtis Amy -- sax
Marc Benno -- rhythm guitar
Harvey Brooks -- bass
Doug Lubahn -- bass
Lonnie Mack -- bass
Jerry Scheff -- bass
John Sebastian -- harmonica
Paul A. Rothchild -- remastering
Bruce Botnick -- original engineer
William J. Gazecki -- remastering engineer
Joel Brodsky -- photography
Ron Coro -- art direction, album design
Dorothy Manzarek -- album design
Denise Minobe -- album design

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US October 1980 Elektra LP/8T 5E/5T8-515 picture sleeve, lyric insert
UK/GER October 1980 Elektra LP ELK-52254 picture sleeve, lyric insert
CAN 1980 Elektra LP/CS X5E/XTC-515 picture sleeve, lyric insert
JPN 1980 Elektra LP P-10936E picture sleeve, lyric insert

 

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