The Doors

The Very Best of the Doors [2001]

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This is very, very close to being The Very Best of the Doors, and it does indeed contain most of the group's biggest hits and best-known songs, but this 2001 compilation does not supplant 1985's double-disc set The Best of the Doors as being the best Doors compilation on the market. It's not because the disc is sequenced non-chronologically, since it does have a momentum of its own (plus it does contain full-length album versions), but because it simply misses too many big songs. "The WASP (Texas Radio and the Big Beat)," "Peace Frog," and even the group's version of "Back Door Man" may be fan favorites, but they do not replace "Five to One," "Alabama Song," "Waiting for the Sun," or "When the Music's Over," all missing here. That's not to say what's here isn't good, since it is, and it is given the same exceptional remastering heard on the 1999 set, The Complete Studio Recordings. So, it is indeed a good sampler -- but just don't think that it is a proper introduction, or exhaustive retrospective.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:29
2 7:08
3 2:12
4 7:15
5 7:52
6 3:20
7 3:34
8 3:12
9 2:16
10 3:16
11 2:34
12 2:34
13 4:15
14 3:00
15 11:45
16 4:32
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