Album of the Day: Robbie Krieger (9/22/89)

1d9012bb9da00569addda010_L__SL500_AA240_After Jim Morrison died suddenly of an apparent drug overdose in the summer of 1971, the remaining three members of The Doors tried to make a go of it as a trio, but their two albums, 1971’s Other Voices and 1972’s Full Circle failed to gain much attention and the band parted ways. Guitarist Robbie Krieger and keyboardist Ray Manzarek found some success as solo artists, while drummer John Densmore dropped mostly out of site (except for a brief stint with Krieger in the mid-70s Butts Band and on Krieger’s late 70s solo albums). Krieger released seven albums between 1977 and 2000, including Door Jams (September 22, 1989). All are decent (but hard to find) instrumental jazz-rock fusion collections where Krieger returns to his pre-Doors interest in almost anything but the trademark blues-rock of The Doors. And the reworks of old Doors tunes on Door Jams provide an opportunity for Krieger to remind us that he wrote many of the Doors’ biggest hits, including “Light My Fire,” “Love Her Madly,” “Love Me Two Times” and “Touch Me.” The Doors are in the Playlist Vault on DrRock.com. Door Jams is available as a CD on Amazon.

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