Jim Morrison would be pleased by new Doors documentary

“Songs From the Motion Picture ‘When You’re Strange: A Film About The Doors’ ”
Rhino (R2 523098)
★★★★

By Chris M. Junior

Poetry was important to Jim Morrison, and if the late Doors singer is looking down from rock ’n’ roll heaven, he’s probably pleased that so much of his writing is featured in Tom DiCillo’s new documentary about the band. Read by Johnny Depp (who also is the documentary’s narrator), Morrison’s poetry also has a prominent place in the soundtrack to “When You’re Strange: A Film About The Doors.”

Thankfully, the poems are brief, and with the exception of “Touch Scares” being read over the entire intro to “Touch Me,” they don’t interfere with the music. Studio and live versions of songs from the near-perfect Doors debut dominate this disc, and material from the band’s other main Morrison-fronted albums also appear here in their studio forms or as live renditions. The highlights, though, are the sizzling concert and TV performances of such Doors classics as “Break on Through (To the Other Side),” “Light My Fire,” “When the Music’s Over” and “Roadhouse Blues.”

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