The Doors-Strange Days
The Doors-Strange Days
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The Doors-Strange Days

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The Doors-Strange Days

Cover has normal wear and tear due to age. Cover is graded VG. Record is graded VG.

Strange Days is the second studio album by the American rock band the Doors, released on September 25, 1967, by Elektra Records. After the successful release of The Doors, the band started working on new material in early 1967 for this second record. Upon release, Strange Days reached number three on the US Billboard 200, and eventually earned RIAA platinum certification. It contains the two Top 30 hit singles, “People Are Strange” and “Love Me Two Times”.

Despite the album’s failure to match the success of its predecessor, according to author David Moskowitz it was “arguably the one the band itself most appreciated musically and creatively”.

Strange Days was recorded during tour breaks between May and August 1967 at Sunset Sound Recorders in Hollywood (the same studio as their first LP). In contrast to the 1966 sessions, producer Paul A. Rothchild and engineer Bruce Botnick employed a cutting-edge 8-track recording machine. The protracted sessions allowed the band to experiment in the studio and further augment their sound with unusual instrumentation and sonic manipulation. According to Botnick, this approach was inspired by the band obtaining an advance copy of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and “absolutely flipping out” at what they heard. Botnick said that, following the Beatles’ example, the Doors were determined to pursue “new techniques of recording. No holds barred.”

I started reading the music on the lower right hand side and read right to left across the bottom line, and then jumped to the next line. When I got to the end of the previous line, I jumped to the next line up on the right-hand side, reading everything backwards, bottom to top.
–Ray Manzarek explaining his keyboard playing on “Unhappy Girl”.

Unlike The Doors, Strange Days incorporates various instruments, ranging from marimba to Moog synthesizer, which has been described as one of the first uses of the synth in rock music history. The contribution of the synthesizer was hooked up with the help of Paul Beaver and played by lead singer Jim Morrison. Session musician Doug Lubahn occasionally played bass during the recording of the album.

During the recording of “Unhappy Girl”, keyboardist Ray Manzarek played his keyboard introduction backwards, and the corresponding overdubs were later made. On the track “Horse Latitudes”, Botnick took the white noise of a tape recorder and varied the speed by hand-winding it (resulting in a sound akin to wind) as the four band members played a variety of instruments in unusual ways. Further varispeed was then employed to create different timbres and effects.