The End (track) by The Doors
The End appears on the following album(s) by The Doors:
- The Doors (track #11) (this album) (1967)
- Weird Scenes Inside The Gold Mine (track #12) (compilation) (1972)
- The Best Of The Doors (track #19) (compilation) (1985)
- In Concert (track #31) (1991)
- The Best Of The Doors (track #17) (compilation) (2000)
- The Doors: Original Soundtrack Recording (track #6) (1991)
- Live In Detroit (track #27) (2000)
- Live At The Matrix 1967 (track #13) (2008)
- Essential Rarities (track #14) (compilation) (2000)
- Light My Fire (track #11) (compilation) (1988)
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I did not like this song until I saw Apocalypse Now. Since then, I love it.
Not much to say about this epic that hasn't already been said. 11:43, yet not a second wasted. From the atmospheric keys, the haunting guitar riffs, the subtle drumming and Morrison's powerful, sensual barritone voice, this song has it all. And the best part? You don't need to be high to enjoy it.
This is an amazing epic to end a spectacular debut album
The very best, loved it on Apocalypse Now! and love it here
The organ just makes it!
This song just builds up incredibly. It's mesmerizing, scary, beautifull and a perfect closer. Perhaps the most fitting closer I ever heard on an album.
I think "The End" is the best composition in the history of rock music. In my opinion, there's nothing that could be compared with this masterpiece. Hypnotic, dreamlike, orgasmic, majestic & disorienting (in the positive meaning), "The End" seduces the listener and does never leave him. Music sends shivers down the spine (Remember! Queen "Bohemian Rhapsody" :D). The lyrics are something I can't explain (Pink Floyd style, "Lucifer Sam" :D "That cat has something I can't explain"). Maybe Jim Morrison is one of the best poets of the last 50 years, though he was inspired by several poetic sources. In spite of everything his style is unique and unmistakable and he's one of my favourite writer of verses.
As one of the comments said more than just a song. And Jim's life and end was testimony to the song. Although ironically there actually is no end as Jim continues to live and breath in me, and countless others around the world, every day. My 2 year old son actually looks a bit like him and his hair is almost the same except blonde. Pray that he stays that way and likes his music!! So Jim, in the end, it was just the beginning.
A beautifully tragic nihilistic epic, much more than just a song.
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