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| Morrison Hotel (sometimes referred to as Hard Rock Cafe from the name of the first side of the LP, whose second side is titled Morrison Hotel) was an album released by The Doors in 1970. After their experimental work The Soft Parade was not as well received as anticipated, the group went back to the basics and back to their roots. On this album there is a slight steer toward blues. This would fully be explored by The Doors in their next album, L.A. Woman. The strategy worked, even though no major hit singles were drawn from the album, for the album reestablished The Doors as favourites of the critics, and when they followed with L.A. Woman the next year, they were rewarded with two more US Top 20 hits.
Additional musicians include harmonica whiz G. Puglese (aka John Sebastian) and blues master Lonnie Mack on bass.
The cover photo was taken at the actual Morrison Hotel located at 1246 South Hope Street in L.A. The band asked the owners if they could photograph the hotel, and they declined, so the band went inside when nobody was looking, and took the photograph.
"Morrison Hotel" sees Jim Morrison regaining control of the songwriting. After Robbie Kriegers heavy domination on the bands two previous efforts, Waiting for the Sun and The Soft Parade, Krieger only co-writes two of the tracks here. This too would be followed up on the next album, where all of the songs (save a single cover) would be Morrisons.
All songs written by Jim Morrison, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek, and John Densmore, except where noted.
1. "Roadhouse Blues" – 4:04
2. "Waiting for the Sun" – 3:59
* Begun during The Doors' sessions for Waiting for the Sun in 1968.
3. "You Make Me Real" – 2:53
4. "Peace Frog" – 2:54
5. "Blue Sunday" – 2:13
6. "Ship of Fools" – 3:08
7. "Land Ho!" (Jim Morrison, Robby Krieger) – 4:10
8. "The Spy" – 4:17
9. "Queen of the Highway" – 2:47
10. "Indian Summer" (Jim Morrison, Robby Krieger) – 2:36
* Outtake from The Doors' debut album sessions, recorded in August 1966.
11. "Maggie M'Gill" – 4:23
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