The Doors (1967)
Jim Morrison was a mystic. No matter how silly and pretentious that notion got, he held firm to it, striving to penetrate and illuminate the disturbed corners of the psyche with his lyrics and brooding tenor, Ray Manzarek’s hugely influential LEAD keyboard playing, Robbie Krieger’s impressionistic guitar parts, and John Densmore’s tight jazz drumming. Together, the Doors made jazz, German cabaret, synthesizer experimentation, gothic themes, beat poetry, and British music hall part of the modern pop landscape. They also dabbled in chamber music and, later, old-school blues and R&B. Such a strange mix made their debut revolutionary, but this follow-up was even more so, predicting genres from goth to new wave with its dark, schizophrenic tales of mayhem and the macabre.
Key track: “Moonlight Drive”
See also: The Doors – the Doors (1967), The Soft Parade – the Doors (1969)