Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Ray Manzeric, The Doors...The end

Sad to hear that the Doors keyboard and pianist player Ray Manzerak died yesterday. The Doors first album was probably my favourite and most played album of all time. Whilst Jim Morrison was the controversial heroic vocalist and poet who is celebrated following his early death, Ray Manzerak provided the unique sound that was the Doors. No one else could make a keyboard rock with dark rhythms and mood that epitomised the Doors.

His playing is most evident on Crystal Ship as well as their great hit Light my Fire which are found on this Tribute to Ray Mancerek. But he was just as mesmeric on the later Riders on the Storm. I played The Doors CD today and it is as fresh as ever.  The prescient lyrics of the last track, "Beautiful friend, this is The End", are now immortalised.

As Jim Morrison said "A friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself."

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