Other Voices (The Doors album)

Other Voices is the seventh studio album by the Doors, released by Elektra Records in October 1971. It was the first posthumous album released by the band following the death of the lead singer Jim Morrison in July 1971 with keyboardist Ray Manzarek and guitarist Robby Krieger sharing lead vocals. Tracks for the album had begun before Morrison's death and the band hoped that Morrison would return from Paris to finish them.

Other Voices
The Doors - Other Voices.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 18, 1971 (1971-10-18)
RecordedJune–August 1971 using a professional 8-track machine
StudioThe Doors Workshop, Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood
GenreRock
Length39:42
LabelElektra
Producer
The Doors chronology
L.A. Woman
(1971)
Other Voices
(1971)
Weird Scenes Inside the Gold Mine
(1972)
Singles from Other Voices
  1. "Tightrope Ride"
    Released: 1971
  2. "Ships w/Sails"
    Released: 1972

Background and recordingEdit

Following the success of L.A. Woman (1971), the surviving members of the Doors continued as trio to record their seventh album as "the critics were already calling it".[1] Reflecting on the album in 2021, Robby Krieger noted the band's difficulty to continue recording following Jim Morrison's death:

It was a tough time, of course. When Jim was gone … we had kept going. The three of us were practicing all the time, writing new stuff. When Jim passed, we said, "Jeez, what're we going to do?" We could just give it up, or, you know, we have all these songs. Let's go in and record and see what happens. We probably shouldn’t have put it out that quick after Jim’s passing. We just felt like that was all we could do. We could've sat around and be depressed. Which we were. But, I don't know. The record company, Elektra, they were wanting us to continue. It wasn’t that hard of a decision.[2]

Later releasesEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [3]
Christgau's Record GuideC+[4]
Classic Rock4/10[5]
PopMatters          [6]
Record Collector     [7]
(combined score for Other Voices
and Full Circle)
Sputnikmusic2.5/5[8]

The album was not released on CD until October 23, 2006, by the Timeless Holland label, along with the final Doors album, Full Circle. For years, the Doors largely disregarded the last two studio albums that were recorded without Morrison, and had no plans of reissuing the albums on CD. At the time, the Doors stated that they were not in possession of the master tapes, but remastered material from both the albums has appeared on various compilations, most notably the 1997 Box Set and the 2000 compilation The Best of the Doors.

On September 27, 2011, The Doors finally gave Other Voices (along with Full Circle) its first official reissue, though made available only via digital download. The original master tapes were confirmed to have been used in these reissues.[9]

On May 29, 2015, it was announced that Other Voices and Full Circle would be re-released together on a 2-CD set and individually on 180-gram vinyl by Rhino Records on September 4 of that year. The CD set features "Treetrunk"—the B-side of the "Get Up and Dance" single—as its only bonus track.[10]

Track listingEdit

While Other Voices inside gatefold cover states "All songs written by Krieger, Densmore, Manzarek", a lyric sheet was included with early LP editions of the album that listed individual writing credits, and some early versions of the LP include these credits on the LP record labels as well. These individual credits are listed below.

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalLength
1."In the Eye of the Sun"Ray ManzarekManzarek4:48
2."Variety Is the Spice of Life"Robby KriegerKrieger2:50
3."Ships w/ Sails"Krieger, John DensmoreManzarek7:38
4."Tightrope Ride"Manzarek, KriegerManzarek4:15
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalLength
5."Down on the Farm"KriegerKrieger4:15
6."I'm Horny, I'm Stoned"KriegerKrieger3:55
7."Wandering Musician"KriegerManzarek6:25
8."Hang On to Your Life"Manzarek, KriegerManzarek5:36

PersonnelEdit

The Doors

Additional personnel

  • Jack Conrad – bass guitar on "In the Eye of the Sun", "Variety Is the Spice of Life" and "Tightrope Ride"
  • Jerry Scheff – bass on "Down On The Farm", "I'm Horny, I'm Stoned" and "Wandering Musician"
  • Wolfgang Melz – bass on "Hang on to Your Life"
  • Ray Neapolitan – bass on "Ships w/ Sails"
  • Willie Ruff – acoustic bass on "Ships w/ Sails"
  • Francisco Aguabellapercussion on "Ships w/ Sails" and "Hang on to Your Life"
  • Emil Richardsmarimba on "Down on the Farm"

Production

  • The Doors – producers
  • Bruce Botnick – producer, engineer
  • Ron Raffaelli – Cover photo

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Densmore, John (1990). Riders on the Storm: My Life with Jim Morrison and the Doors (1st ed.). New York City: Delacorte Press. p. 11. ISBN 0-385-30033-6.
  2. ^ Leas, Ryan (September 30, 2021). "We've Got A File On You: Robby Krieger". Stereogum. Retrieved October 7, 2021.
  3. ^ Planer, Lindsay. "Other Voices". AllMusic. Retrieved January 11, 2012.
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: D". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved February 24, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  5. ^ Barton, Geoff (August 2015). "The Doors Full Circle / Other Voices". Classic Rock. p. 105.
  6. ^ Schonbeck, Carl (February 13, 2012). "The Doors: Other Voices and Full Circle". PopMatters. Retrieved August 31, 2015.
  7. ^ Bell, Max (September 2015). "The Doors – Other Voices / Full Circle". Record Collector. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  8. ^ Davis, Robert (June 15, 2014). "The Doors – Other Voices (album review)". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved August 31, 2015.
  9. ^ "Login". The Doors Forum. 2021-03-25. Retrieved 2021-03-25.
  10. ^ Reed, Ryan (May 29, 2015). "The Doors' Two Post-Jim Morrison Albums Set for Reissue". Rolling Stone. Retrieved February 6, 2019.