The Doors - Weird Scenes Inside the Goldmine (2xLP Vinyl)

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Weird Scenes Inside the Gold Mine is the second compilation album by American rock band the Doors (following 13) and the first following the death of singer Jim Morrison. The album was released in January 1972.

The album's title is a lyric from the song "The End." The cover was designed by Bill Hoffman, with a gatefold jacket containing band shots by Joel Brodsky and liner notes by Bruce Harris, national publicist for Elektra Records.

Enclosed inside the two-record set is a soundtrack to a generation. The generation that shredded their flower-power image with The Doors, marveled the wonders of acid with Strange Days, discovered country-rock with Soft Parade, came down from Altamont with Morrison Hotel, and got drunk with Absolutely Live.

The LP is actually a form of the “greatest hits” concept, being the cream of the album cuts, or, as the album sticker implanted on the jacket states, “22 Classic Doorsongs.” The single hits were previously released before Morrison’s death as 13.

Weird Scenes Inside the Goldmine, when listened to in it’s entirety proves several things. In almost every pre-Other Voices album reviews of Doors albums the subject of the similarity between all the songs is touched upon. I can remember Chris Van Ness of the Free Press said of L.A. Woman, “Every song every recorded by the group sounds the same as the first album’s material.” This album seems to be the necessary evidence to prove the contrary. The Doors were a changing band. They evolved, while Morrison’s extremely conspicuous voice remained constant presenting the illusion of stagnating consistency. It isn’t hard to distinguish the difference between “Break on Through” and “Riders on the Storm” when they are conveniently placed on the same album. The former cut was raw Doors, while the latter an excellent mellow attempt to appeal to a vast James Taylor-Joni Mitchell-Gordon Lightfoot hungry audience. The sole item The Doors, in their last days, had in common with the early Doors was the above mentioned consistency of Morrison’s vocals.

Another evidency is the overall noticibility of their inevitable break-up. The Doors were actually Jim Morrison and back-up band. The crowds came to see Morrison. The public bought records to hear Morrison. Look at the sale of, say this album and compare it with the sales of Other Voices. It is quite obvious that sooner or later the other members, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek, and John Densmore would get the ever-popular creative urge for equality, ala Creedence.

It can’t be said that Jim Morrison was The Doors, but it can be said that Morrison made the Doors. Without him, Krieger, Manzarek, and Densmore have lost their uniqueness. They immediately fall into the category of being a two-bit band that sounds just like a thousand others.

Weird Scenes Inside the Goldmine is actually two collections. A mandatory collection of some of the best Doors music recorded, and a mandatory collection of the best music ever recorded. And you can be sure there’ll be none like it again.

Pressed on high-quality 180-gram vinyl, this record features the original stereo mixes.


Updating my vinyl which I bought on its release in 1972; always have been a big fan of The Doors. Although I have many of these tracks on individual albums this is a fantastic compilation and really gives a sense of what this band was about. Brilliant musicianship, insightful lyrics delivered in Jim Morrison's unique style all adding to the menacing atmosphere that pervades their music ( Riders on the Storm; The End etc ).
A great album cannot recommend it enough.

By: Butterflies

A1 Break On Through
Written-By – The Doors
A2 Strange Days
Written-By – The Doors
A3 Shaman's Blues
Written-By – Morrison*
A4 Love Street
Written-By – The Doors
A5 Peace Frog / Blue Sunday
Written-By – Morrison*, Krieger*
A6 The Wasp (Texas Radio & The Big Beat)
Written-By – The Doors
A7 End Of The Night
Written-By – The Doors
B1 Love Her Madly
Written-By – The Doors
B2 Spanish Caravan
Written-By – The Doors
B3 Ship Of Fools
Written-By – Morrison*, Krieger*
B4 The Spy
Written-By – Morrison*
B5 The End
Written-By – The Doors
C1 Take It As It Comes
Written-By – The Doors
C2 Running Blue
Written-By – Krieger*
C3 L.A. Woman
Written-By – The Doors
C4 Five To One
Written-By – The Doors
C5 Who Scared You
Written-By – Morrison*, Krieger*
C6 (You Need Meat) Don't Go No Further
Written-By – Willie Dixon
D1 Riders On The Storm
Written-By – The Doors
D2 Maggie McGill
Written-By – Morrison*, The Doors
D3 Horse Latitudes
Written-By – The Doors
D4 When The Music's Over
Written-By – The Doors

Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
Product Dimensions : 14.4 x 12.7 x 0.99 cm; 113.97 Grams
Manufacturer : Rhino
Item model number : 28930280
Original Release Date : 2014
Label : Rhino
ASIN : B0009S87YE
Number of discs : 2