Perhaps it will seem incongruous to take the rock & roll of the Doors and turn it into instrumental blues songs. But aren't the blues an essential component of rock & roll? And certainly "Road House Blues" and "Soul Kitchen" are pretty bluesy to begin with. The interesting component here, though, has less to do with the blues than the use of trumpet and saxophone. The riffs of the saxophone on "Moonlight Drive" and "Love Her Madly" show the listener how these songs might have sounded had they been recorded in the '50s. The trumpet of "When the Music's Over" and "L.A. Woman" has a Miles Davis tone, giving them a jazz meets popular music feel. "Light My Fire" begins with a funky organ that gives way to an airy trumpet solo that may remind someone of Herb Albert and the Tijuana Brass. While Jim Morrison may have found all of this baffling, many Doors fans will probably find it interesting. It isn't all saxophones and trumpets. The acoustic guitar and bongos on "Twentieth Century Fox" sound -- well -- pretty groovy, while the harmonica and spacey piano solo on "Break on Through" offer a new approach to an overplayed classic. Sure, some people will find Opening the Doors an odd way to pay tribute to the Lizard King, but even Morrison would have mellowed with age. This is a fun tribute to the Doors, and should be taken as such. Fans and the curious should enjoy it.
Share this page
AllMusic Review by Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr.