Tuesday, September 29, 2020

The Doors stream Queen Of The Highway from Morrison Hotel reissue

The Doors are streaming various takes of their 1970 track, “Queen Of The Highway”, as the latest preview to the upcoming release of an expanded, deluxe 50th anniversary edition of “Morrison Hotel.”

Due October 9, the reissue delivers more than an hour of unreleased recordings taken from the original sessions, giving fans an inside look at the making of the album.

“[Pamela] Courson was also Jim Morrison’s ‘Queen Of The Highway,’ tied to a ‘monster/Black dressed in leather’ as [Jim Morrison] described himself in the first verse,” writes David Fricke in the set’s liner notes

The 2CD/1LP package will include the band’s original fifth studio album – newly remastered by Bruce Botnick – alongside a bonus disc of unreleased studio outtakes, and the original album on 180-gram virgin vinyl.

Released in February 1970, the project – which took its name from the Skid Row hotel in downtown Los Angeles that’s featured in the iconic cover photo taken by Henry Diltz – featured classic tracks like “Roadhouse Blues” and “Waiting For The Sun.”

“Morrison Hotel” reached No. 4 on the US Billboard while going on to sell a million copies in the region.

The reissue has previously been previewed with remastered audio of “Peace Frog/Blue Sunday.”

The Doors
“Morrison Hotel” 50th anniversary deluxe edition

Release date: October 9

The Original Album

01. “Roadhouse Blues”
02. “Waiting for the Sun”
03. “You Make Me Real”
04. “Peace Frog”
05. “Blue Sunday”
06. “Ship of Fools”
07. “Land Ho!”
08. “The Spy”
09. “Queen of the Highway”
10. “Indian Summer”
11. “Maggie M’Gill”

Disc Two: Mysterious Union

Black Dressed In Leather (Queen of the Highway Sessions)
First Session (11/15/68)
01. “Queen of the Highway” (Take 1, She Was a Princess) *
02. “Queen of the Highway” (Various Takes) *
03. “Queen of the Highway” (Take 44, He Was A Monster) *
Second Session (1/16/69)
04. “Queen of the Highway” (Take 12, No One Could Save Her) *
05. “Queen of the Highway” (Take 14, Save the Blind Tiger) *
Third Session (Date Unknown)
06. “Queen of the Highway” (Take 1, American Boy – American Girl) *
07. “Queen of the Highway” (Takes 5, 6 & 9, Dancing Through The Midnight Whirlpool) *
08. “Queen of the Highway” (Take 14, Start It All Over) *
09. “I Will Never Be Untrue” *
10. “Queen of the Highway” (Take Unknown) *
Money Beats Soul (Roadhouse Blues Sessions)
First Session
11. “Roadhouse Blues” (Take 14, Keep Your Eyes On The Road) *
12. “Money (That’s What I Want)” *
13. “Rock Me Baby” *
Second Session
14. “Roadhouse Blues” (Takes 6 & 7, Your Hands Upon The Wheel) *
15. “Roadhouse Blues” (Take 8, We’re Goin’ to the Roadhouse) *
Third Session
16. “Roadhouse Blues” (Takes 1 & 2, We’re Gonna Have a Real Good Time) *
17. “Roadhouse Blues” (Takes 5, 6 & 14, Let It Roll Baby Roll) *
Dawn’s Highway (Peace Frog/Blue Sunday Session)
18. “Peace Frog/Blue Sunday” (Take 4) *
19. “Peace Frog” (Take 12) *

* previously unreleased

See also:

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