When The Doors topped the charts at #1 in July 1967 with “Light My Fire,” it was the supreme validation for Jac Holzman after 16 years of nurturing Elektra Records. Elektra would no longer be perceived as ‘a small independent folk label’. The Doors changed Elektra’s trajectory forever.
Taken from their self-titled debut album, “Light My Fire” was barely off the charts when Strange Days was released, proving that The Doors were no mere one-shot band. It took the cohesive creativity of Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger, and John Densmore to record a staggering six studio albums in less than five years. Their mystique is enduring and Jim Morrison is one of the defining voices of the ‘60s.
Four of their albums are undisputed classics, The Doors, Strange Days, Morrison Hotel and LA Woman. The Doors, of course, did more than just make records. They made history and made the headlines. Their final album, LA Woman, was recorded in only two weeks and largely in one or two-take performances, just as was done on their game-changing, unsurpassable debut LP. The Doors had come full circle.