– THE END –
January 4, 1967 – 11:40
The Top 13 Historic & Classic 1960s Psychedelic Songs Count-Down
is based on ascending order of release dates – not on popularity or chart position.
The only exception is #1
This is #11
The Doors’ sound is unique in Rock History.
The musical landscape back then was rippling with new bands with new sounds – but the Doors – they were a genre unto themselves.
To this day I find their music timeless and as always from somewhere deep in the past, somewhere when magic was a known talent and technology was a servant and not a master.
A time and place where the Doors music originated and was channeled through Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger and John Densmore.
This sound of deep occult antiquity manifested in dramatic Rock ‘n’ Roll, at the same time seemed to literally come from the future or another universe. Morrison’s lyrics, delivered by one of the Top Ten Rock Voices of all time, and his quintessential Rock Star persona only made the music that much more mysterious.
On January 4th, 1967 the Doors’ first single “Break On Through” and their self-titled debut album were released. After immediately purchasing the LP and upon repeated listenings I was over-whelmed by the sophisticated sound of these songs. I had never heard anything like it! Each track submerged me into a very cool, mysterious world.
I put the LP on display in my room like the others in my modest collection at the time because I considered these twelve inch square images worthy of seeing on a daily basis. And that iconic first Doors LP became a part of my daily environment – along with repeated playings of an album that I would never ever grow tired of hearing – the Doors’ classic canon of songs will reverberate down the halls of history for as long as man listens to and appreciates recorded music.
The Doors and the #1 song on this list share a higher quality of “what is” psychedelic. Psychedelic songs obviously need to reach benchmarks of certain qualities and some go beyond. Those exceptional songs are acknowledged by their alien qualities; a feeling that you just heard and experienced a different level of consciousness or reality, an exposure to an art form that almost seems like part of an experiment to introduce into civilization for a reaction OR maybe just a “hide in plain sight” peek behind the curtain of music from other realms or planes of existence.
When you’re on psychedelics and you hear music created by musicians who are, or were, on psychedelics when they performed or recorded the music; a shared experience happens. What they created is psychically understood and mutually enjoyed for you have both shared and understood the “experience”.
When a band can tap into that higher psychedelic state of music; the Doors open.
And if the whole LP was not enough, the Doors totally blow our minds with; “The End“, an epic masterpiece of psychedelia that is literally an acid trip in sound and lyric.
The Doors’ mystique can be captured in any two minute run in this song; just drop the needle anywhere and you will hear the unheard of.
The Doors are on such a distinctly unique level that all of the songs on the LP are psychedelic to certain degrees and to relate or try to convey a psychedelic feeling or connection or understanding is usually outside the realm of words but the Doors somehow achieved it.
I’ll say no more, let’s let the Lizard King guide us through the Doors of Perception where we’ll Ride the Highway, West, Baby and Take a Face from the Ancient Gallery and Become So Limitless and Free Waiting for the Summer Rain, Yeah, …this is “THE END”.
To prove that there is no advantage to the length of a song for a band to express their psychedelic qualities – the #1 Psychedelic Song is the shortest one on this list!
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