DOORS: Debut Album Reissued

Robby Krieger says to expect more Doors reissues in the near future.

With the expanded Doors 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition on sale tomorrow (Friday), the guitarist tells Billboard that Strange Days, the band's second album, is next in the pipeline for 2018. Plans are also afoot to release the Doors' 1970 performance at the Isle of Wight Festival as well as a 2016 tribute show Krieger and drummer John Densmore headlined in memory of keyboardist Ray Manzarek.

Friday's release offers both the stereo and mono mixes of the album, and a third disc documenting a March 7th, 1967 show at the Matrix in Los Angeles. The package adds the mono mix on vinyl and a book.

Krieger points out that Elektra Records' original 1967 release of the album had the speed of some tracks -- notably "Light My Fire" -- set incorrectly. He explains that the song "always sounded kinda dark and slow to me, and I found out 20 years later the thing was slowed down almost half a step. Luckily, when we released it as a single we sped it up a little bit and made it sound like it should." The confusion persists today. Krieger notes, "A lot of people when they play that song, they're like, 'Is it in A-flat or A?' It depends on what version you hear."

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