Two Doors albums, Other Voices and Full Circle have been available only on digital format to date, but are soon to be released on both vinyl and CD by Rhino records. The records were made without singer Jim Morrison who died in 1971.
After Morrison's death at the tender age of 27, the surviving members of The Doors, drummer John Densmore, guitarist Robby Krieger, and keyboardist Ray Manzarek resolved to continue as a trio. They subsequently released Other Voices and Full Circle which for years have only been available digitally.
The Doors had finished recording L.A. Woman in 1971, after which singer Jim Morrison moved to Paris, where he died on July 3 of that year. He was discovered in the bathtub of his apartment, the cause of death apparently heart failure. He had been suffering from depression and drug addiction.
The three remaining members had remained in Los Angeles where they worked on music for what would be The Doors’ seventh studio album, Other Voices, with Krieger and Manzarek sharing vocal duties. Released in 1971, the album featured the two singles Tightrope Ride and Ships with Sails.
Following a successful U.S. tour, the trio returned to the studio in 1972 to begin recording Full Circle, released that summer. The sound incorporated jazzy elements into the arrangements on songs like Verdilac and The Piano Bird.
After touring to support the record, The Doors went their separate ways. However, the surviving trio reunited for special projects, including the band’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.
Ray Manzarek died at the age of 74 in Germany in May 2013, after a long battle with bile duct cancer. His signature keyboard sound, evocative and spacey, was the key to The Doors' sound, particularly the loping, moody introduction to Riders on The Storm.
The vinyl editions of Other Voices and Full Circle will be available separately from Friday September 4.