This and Morrison Hotel are easily my favorite Doors records. I'm not going to break the album down a song at a time...that's been done and done quite well already here. The only thing I have to add is this: The Doors, and this release in particular, are essential to understanding the sea change taking place in American music during the Vietnam War (it's only called a "conflict" because we didn't win ~ Vietnam US deaths by enemy fire: 47,424. 1st Gulf War US deaths by enemy fire: 114). The war had put music into two camps. Those supporting their conservative, patriotic masses and those trying to liberate the youth from the 50's, stop the war and generally stick it to the man.
The Doors were a new breed. That seminal moment when the counter culture was counterpunched by the object of their protest. While most bands supplied the soundtrack to stopping a war, The Doors gave a music created by the war. The darkness, family secrets and shoot them before they shoot you mentality had permeated and claimed it's first victim. Exhibit A: The Doors. They weren't born to stop the war, not a grass roots movement. These young men and the sounds they produced weren't for or against anything. They were a product of said war. The light of the music to kill the darkness hadn't worked. The darkness fired back and the Doors were that bullet that caught the scene right between the eyes. Now, show me the way to the next whiskey bar. Strangely enough, I guess the Doors inadvertently became the realists of the movement.