The Doors

Objects of Desire

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Although it's a pretty motley assortment of Doors rarities, this bootleg has its uses for major fans who are looking for certain items. The prime pieces are the first six tracks, which assemble both sides of all three rare Aura singles by Rick & the Ravens, the rock group that Ray Manzarek recorded with (along with his brothers Rick Manzarek and Jim Manzarek) before the Doors formed. These are generic but energetic numbers, with four of the six following standard blues/R&B progressions ("Soul Train" is too close to Gary US Bonds' "New Orleans," for instance). "Big Bucket 'T'" and "Rampage," on the other hand, are quasi-surf-hot rod songs. The singer on "Big Bucket 'T'" (who, as with all the Rick & the Ravens lead vocals, sounds like Ray Manzarek) sure sounds close to like he's singing the line "I've got a big f*****' T," while "Rampage" is a run-of-the-mill surf instrumental. As for the proper Doors rarities, a lot of these are on other official releases and bootlegs, but you might find some here you've missed. All three Doors non-LP B-sides are here (including the not-in-demand "Tree Trunk," a 1972 B-side from the post-Jim Morrison lineup). There's also the outtake "Someday Soon"; the version of "Wintertime Love" with a different vocal; "We Could Be So Good Together" with different bass notes at the beginning; "Unknown Soldier" without bells; and such trivialities. Some of the cuts are less than trivial, like different mixes of "Love Me Two Times" and "Light My Fire," or a demo version of "Let It Bleed" that turns out not to be the Rolling Stones' song, but the Soft Parade track "Do It" (difference from the official version not specified).