Strange Days (studio album) by The Doors

Strange Days by The Doors
Year: 1967
Overall rank: 240th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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82/100 (from 1,167 votes)
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Strange Days is ranked 3rd best out of 45 albums by The Doors on

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From 03/05/2023 16:43
Gigantes se consolidaram em seu blues-acid-rock!
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From 02/23/2023 11:58
A more experimental record from The Doors that will either click with you and you will love it or you won't get it and I fall in the latter category. The music just doesn't seem to work for me and it doesn't have the appeal and charm of their debut or later releases. There isn't anything ground breaking or really exciting on here that makes me think I have to come back again for that outstanding moment. Despite this, there are 4 or 5 good songs that are enjoyable and they are spread out intelligently so the weaker tracks don't seem so impactful. Overall, I think this is a good record and I might be missing something but this record hasn't clicked for me and I don't understand why it is so highly praised.
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From 07/19/2022 23:46
This is my favorite Doors album. Loaded with great tracks. Title track and 'People are Strange' being my pick of the bunch within. One of the greater bands of the late 60's
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From 01/30/2022 04:05

Lanzado en 1967, opacado por el album debut de la banda, Strange Days es otro recital de buena música que no les puedo mentir: me lo he gozado de inicio a fin.
Strange Days introduce este concepto de extrañeza, misterio y ambigüedad que será el tema central del disco.
Siguiendo, el bajo que sienta las bases de You're Lost Little Girl aporta ese concepto misterio y oscuro del concepto del album.
Love Me Two Times es un clásico que le tengo mucho aprecio. La escuché en Guitar Hero por primera vez, nada más y nada menos que tocándola, la canción se puede interpretar como una temática sexual, clásico de Jim y de The Doors.
A esta obra maestra le siguen 2 canciones de menos de 2 minutos, que no cumplen lo suficiente para seguirle la pista pero que dejan interesantes instrumentaciones psicodélicas, (de paso en 1967, qué tal año para tocar rock psicodélico)
Cuando parece por dos canciones seguidas que el disco languidece, The Doors retoman con Moonlight Drive, un lindo tema que destaca por sus riffs de guitarra que aportan un sutil blues hipnotizante.
A continuación, el principal tema del disco, STRANGE DAYS, sí, no se podía dejar de lado lo extraño ni en el título, pero toda la atmósfera que crea esta canción es de destacar, quizá de lo mejor que sigue el concepto. El solo con el teclado y la guitarra acentúa la visión de lo que puede ser una casa fantasma ubicada en un bosque desolado. Enorme trabajo.
My Eyes Have Seen You parece imitar un tanto la melodía de Strange Days, parece que el fantasma de la mejor canción le seguirá al resto del disco. Endless roll, Endless roll, Endless roll, Endless roll.
I Can't See Your Face ralentiza el rock del disco, que, a decir verdad, no ha sido hard rock como Break on Through to the Other Side, ha sido rock psicodélico con una especie de soft rock, acid rock.
Finalmente, When the Music's Over, un título irónico para un tema que se prolonga hacia los 10 minutos. Abre con una nota parecida a Soul Kitchen, crece y crece, y se reinventa e incorpora instrumentos, y en el coro, "Turn out the lights" muy muy muy similar al estribillo de End of the Night. El disco en este punto parece un The Doors 2.0, ¿y por qué no estaría agradable eso?
Fin. Se acabó el disco. ¿Será mejor que The Doors? No lo sé. ¿Por qué decidir ahora? Ha estado grandioso y eso es lo que cuenta. Gracias, The Doors, por esta obra maestra.
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From 01/17/2022 19:04
Not my favorite Doors record, People Are Strange is quite good song and there are couple of hidden gems, but overall i don't come again to this one very often.
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From 11/15/2021 19:38
They tried to be a bit experimental, and sometimes it hit, but sometimes it totally missed.
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From 01/26/2021 17:25
a great album with a less consistent middle than their first album, but a much better ending track.
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From 01/25/2021 15:45
Not as interesting as their debut album and of course "LA Woman"
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From 10/25/2020 17:46
By far one of the less well known albums and although not obvious from the cover artwork/photo I would say the most psychedelic in its delivery. The very obvious Vox Continental which famously gave The Doors their unique sound on 'The Doors' and 'Waiting For The Sun' is less noticeable and some other keys come to the fore in the shape of early synths. The album is strange in parts which befits the title but I do like it, not so keen on the sleeve cover work though. I know for many people this latter point will be totally irrelevant.
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From 10/03/2020 08:30
Rush released to capitalise on the success of ‘The Doors’ some 8 months after its release , ‘Strange Days’ unsurprisingly contains several songs that were written around the time of the former namely “My Eyes Have Seen You” and “Moonlight Drive” both circa 1965. Krieger manages to repeat his “Light My Fire” hit making with the wonderful “Love Me Two Times” initially banned on US radio for being too risqué

But truely they are all appetisers for the main course - the epic conclusion and iconic 10:28 “When the Musics Over” another of the tracks pre dating The Doors recording contract last seen in 1966 at the Whisky. When Morrison screams “Yeah !!!!!!!!” to open the track in sends shivers down my spine every time
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