The Doors Singles Collection Arrives Friday

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The Doors’ 50th anniversary celebration continues with the release of three new collections that spotlight every single and B-side the classic rock band released in the U.S., all gathered together for the first time. (The complete listing is below.) The Singles are coming from Rhino on September 15 in multiple formats:

2-CD: All 20 U.S. singles with their corresponding B-sides, plus four mono radio versions;

2-CD/Blu-ray: All the content from the 2-CD version plus the 1973 compilation The Best Of The Doors in Quadrophonic Blu-ray for the first time;

7-Inch Vinyl Box – All 20 U.S. singles with their corresponding B-sides on twenty 7-inch vinyl 45s with original sleeve art and labels, presented in an ornate, lift-top box. (Limited to 10,000 copies worldwide. MSRP $149.98)

As the original June 28 announcement states: “The Singles shows the creative chemistry shared by drummer John Densmore, guitarist Robby Krieger, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, and vocalist Jim Morrison; four brilliant artists who made The Doors one of America’s most iconic and influential rock bands.”

The collection includes the singles from all six of the studio albums the band released between 1967 and 1971, including classics like “People Are Strange,” “Love Her Madly” and “Riders On The Storm.” Also included on the CD versions are four mono radio versions of some of the band’s biggest hits, such as “Hello, I Love You” and “Touch Me,” which have never been made available anywhere after being sent to radio around their original release.

Watch “Break On Through (To The Other Side)”

The Singles’ vinyl box

The B-sides – many of which are making their CD debut – include “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 1971 smash “Love Her Madly.”

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The Singles also features several songs released after Morrison’s passing in 1971. Among those recordings are tracks the surviving trio recorded together (“Tightrope Ride” and “The Mosquito”), as well as live selections from posthumous releases (“Roadhouse Blues” and “Gloria.”)

The Blu-ray disc features a high-resolution Quadraphonic mix of The Best Of The Doors. The 11-song compilation was remixed specifically for Quad in 1973.

The 50th anniversary of “Light My Fire,” the Doors’ first #1 hit (July 29, 1967), is being celebrating on July 28 with a limited edition, 7” vinyl reissue that features artwork from the Japanese version of the single and is limited to 7,500 copies.

Related: “Light My Fire” hits #1 50 years ago

The Singles CD Track Listing
Disc One

“Break On Through (To The Other Side)”
“End Of The Night”
“Light My Fire”
“The Crystal Ship”
“People Are Strange”
“Unhappy Girl”
“Love Me Two Times”
“Moonlight Drive”
“The Unknown Soldier”
“We Could Be So Good Together”
“Hello, I Love You”
“Love Street”
“Touch Me”
“Wild Child”
“Wishful Sinful”
“Who Scared You”
“Tell All The People”
“Easy Ride”
“Runnin’ Blue”
“Do It”
“You Make Me Real”
“Roadhouse Blues”
“Love Her Madly”
“(You Need Meat) Don’t Go No Further”
“Riders On The Storm”
“The Changeling”

Disc Two
“Tightrope Ride”
“Variety Is The Spice Of Life”
“Ships W/ Sails”
“In The Eye Of The Sun”
“Get Up And Dance”
“The Mosquito”
“It Slipped My Mind”
“The Piano Bird”
“Good Rockin’”
“Roadhouse Blues” (Live)
“Albinoni: Adagio”
“Gloria” (Live)
“Moonlight Drive” (Live)
“Hello, I Love You” (Mono Radio Version)
“Touch Me” (Mono Radio Version)
“Wishful Sinful” (Mono Radio Version)
“Tell All The People” (Mono Radio Version)

The Best Of The Doors (1973)
Blu-ray Track Listing

“Who Do You Love”
“Soul Kitchen”
“Hello, I Love You”
“People Are Strange”
“Riders On The Storm”
“Touch Me”
“Love Her Madly”
“Love Me Two Times”
“Take It As It Comes”
“Moonlight Drive”
“Light My Fire”

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