The Doors Announce Morrison Hotel 50th Anniversary Reissue

The Doors Announce Morrison Hotel 50th Anniversary Reissue

Posted 21 Aug 2020
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The Doors are celebrating the 50th anniversary of their 1970 LP Morrison Hotel with a remastered reissue featuring 19 previously unreleased takes from the studio recording sessions which will arrive on October 9th. They shared a studio outtake titled “Peace Frog/Blue Sunday Take 4” with the news. 

“Peace Frog/Blue Sunday” [Take 4] [2020 Remaster]

The Morrison Hotel: 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (pre-order here) has been newly remastered by the Doors’ long-time engineer and mixer, Bruce Botnick. The bonus studio outtakes provide a closer look at how the album was shaped in spite of, and perhaps because of the ripples of chaos that were bubbling between Jim Morrison, John Densmore, Robby Krieger, and Ray Manzarek at the time. Botnick describes the tapes as a “fly on the wall” experience, saying: 

“There are many takes, different arrangements, false starts, and insightful studio conversations between the band – who were in the studio – and producer Paul Rothchild – who was in the control room.”

The anniversary edition gives us deeper insight into the evolution of the album’s rollicking opener, “Roadhouse Blues,” including earlier versions with Harvey Brooks on bass, who was replaced by Lonnie Mack on later sessions. There are also rough versions of big numbers from the tracklisting like “Peace Frog” and “Blue Sunday,” along with a studio session of the band jamming on Motown classics, “Money (That’s What I Want)” and B.B. King’s “Rock me.” 

The Morrison Hotel: 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition will be available as a 2CD/LP set, with the original album on vinyl, on Friday, October 9th, and is available for pre-order now, here; 

In anticipation of the upcoming release, the band has shared a preview from the unreleased studio outtakes titled, “Peace Frog/Blue Sunday Take 4”. Listen on Spotify:

Listen to “Peace Frog/Blue Sunday Take 4” on Apple Music:

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