Original Mono Mix Reissued on 180g Vinyl for the Album's 50th Anniversary!
The Doors had one of the most extraordinary debut years in music history in 1967, releasing a string of hit singles and two platinum albums, beginning in January with the band's self-titled record, followed by Strange Days in September. The latter peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard album chart and featured classics like "Love Me Two Times," "When The Music's Over," and the title track "Strange Days." For the album's 50th anniversary, Elektra/Warner Bros. will release Strange Days on 180g vinyl in its original mono mix.
The success of The Doors' debut – including the No. 1 smash "Light My Fire" – kept the band in-demand and on the road in early 1967. When Jim Morrison, John Densmore, Robby Krieger, and Ray Manzarek weren't playing live, they recorded songs for Strange Days at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, the same studio they used to record their debut. Having a larger budget for Strange Days allowed the band to spend more time experimenting in the studio. They used an 8-track recorder for the first time, which resulted in some memorable overdubs like Krieger's double-tracked guitar on "When The Music's Over." Surprisingly, the trippy keyboard sound heard on the album's title track is actually one of the earliest appearances of a Moog synthesizer in a rock song.
Strange Days mixed new songs written on the road with some written before the band's 1967 debut. In fact, the band performed "Strange Days" during its 1966 residency at the London Fog in L.A., while "My Eyes Have Seen You" dates back to 1965. Another early track is "Moonlight Drive," which was one of the very first songs that the band practiced together, and where the band heard Krieger's haunting bottleneck guitar playing for the first time. It's also the song Morrison sang to Manzarek at Venice Beach in 1965 when the two former UCLA film students reconnected and decided to start the Doors.