Yet another Doors compilation?

The Future Starts Here: The Essential Doors is just hitting the shops.  Some readers might share my puzzlement at the appearance of yet another Doors compilation. 

The Future Starts Here comes hot on the heels of last year’s slew of highly praised reissues, which included a choice of three compilations, all called The Very Best Of The Doors. 

The explanation must be that last year’s wonderful compilations weren’t released in the USA, and are now being rolled out in North America under a different name.   

It’s all very puzzling for this Doors fan.


Gerry Smith  



The Doors – rock release of 2007 A very strong contender for rock release of 2007 has to be the 40th Anniversary compilation, The Very Best Of The Doors. 

There are three versions: a single CD, in the supermarkets now; a better buy is the 2CD version; easily the best buy is the Limited Edition 2CD/DVD/book. Both of the 2CD versions have virtually everything you need by the Doors: 

Disc: 1  1. Break On Through  2. Strange Days  3. Alabama Song  4. Love Me Two Times  5. Light My Fire  6. Spanish Caravan  7. Crystal Ship  8. The Unknown Soldier  9. The End (full version)  10. People Are Strange  11. Back Door Man  12. Moonlight Drive  13. End Of The Night  14. Five To One  15. When The Music’s Over    

Disc: 2  1. Bird Of Prey  2. Love Her Madly  3. Riders On The Storm  4. Orange County Suite  5. Runnin’ Blue  6. Hello I Love You  7. The W.A.S.P. (Texas Radio & The Big Beat)  8. Stoned Immaculate  9. Soul Kitchen  10. Peace Frog  11. L.A. Woman  12. Waiting For The Sun  13. Touch Me  14. The Changeling  15. Wishful, Sinful  16. Love Street  17. The Ghost Song  18. Whiskey, Mystics And Men  19. Roadhouse Blues   

The packaging of The Very Best Of The Doors, with a naked torso shot of Mr Mojo Rising pointing at the camera, is stunning.  If, like me, you already own all the audio tracks, the Limited Edition is worth buying for the booklet, DVD and the packaging alone. 

It’s available online for about £16, delivered.  Bargain!

Gerry Smith      


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