Morrison Hotel

Morrison Hotel
Morrison Hotel
Studio album by The Doors
Released February 1970
Recorded November 1969
"Indian Summer": late August 1966
"Waiting for the Sun" begun in March 1968
Genre Blues rock, psychedelic rock
Length 37:05
Label Elektra
Producer Paul A. Rothchild
The Doors chronology
The Soft Parade
Morrison Hotel
L.A. Woman

Morrison Hotel (sometimes referred to as Hard Rock Cafe from the title of the first side of the LP, whose second side is titled Morrison Hotel) is The Doors' fifth album. It was released in 1970. After their experimental work The Soft Parade was not as well received as anticipated, the group went back to basics and back to their roots. On this album, there is a slight steer toward blues, which would be fully explored by the band on their next album, L.A. Woman. The strategy worked; even though no major hit singles were drawn from the album, Morrison Hotel reestablished The Doors as favorites of the critics, peaking at #4 on the US album chart, and when they followed with L.A. Woman the next year, they were rewarded with two more US Top 20 hits. The album also became the band's highest charting studio album in the UK, where it peaked at #12.

Additional musicians include G. Puglese (aka John Sebastian) on harmonica and Lonnie Mack on bass.

The cover photo was taken at the actual Morrison Hotel located at 1246 South Hope Street in Los Angeles. The band asked the owners if they could photograph the hotel and they declined, so the band went inside when nobody was looking and took the photograph. The rear cover features a photograph of the Hard Rock Cafe on 300 East 5th Street, Los Angeles.[1] The founders of the later and otherwise unrelated Hard Rock Cafe chain used the name, having seen it on the Doors' album. The original cafe is no longer open for business.


Track listing

Side one: "Hard Rock Cafe"

  1. "Roadhouse Blues" (Jim Morrison, The Doors) – 4:03
  2. "Waiting for the Sun" (Morrison) – 3:58
  3. "You Make Me Real" (Morrison) – 2:53
  4. "Peace Frog" (Morrison, Robby Krieger) – 2:51
  5. "Blue Sunday" (Morrison) – 2:13
  6. "Ship of Fools" (Morrison, Krieger) – 3:08

Side two: "Morrison Hotel"

  1. "Land Ho!" (Morrison, Krieger) – 4:10
  2. "The Spy" (Morrison) – 4:17
  3. "Queen of the Highway" (Morrison, Krieger) – 2:47
  4. "Indian Summer" (Morrison, Krieger) – 2:36
    • Outtake from The Doors' debut album sessions (Recorded late August 1966)
  5. "Maggie M'Gill" (Morrison, The Doors) – 4:23

40th Anniversary CD bonus tracks

  1. "Talking Blues" - 0:59
  2. "Roadhouse Blues" (Takes 1–3, recorded November 4, 1969) - 8:47
  3. "Roadhouse Blues" (Take 6, recorded November 4, 1969) - 9:26
  4. "Carol" - 0:56
  5. "Roadhouse Blues" (Take 1, recorded November 5, 1969) - 4:32
  6. "Money Beats Soul" - 1:04
  7. "Roadhouse Blues" (Takes 13–15, recorded November 5, 1969) - 6:21
  8. "Peace Frog" (False Starts & Dialogue) - 2:00
  9. "The Spy" (Version 2) - 3:48
  10. "Queen of the Highway" (Jazz Version) - 3:36

The 40th anniversary reissues were completely remixed along with being remastered. This practice extended to incorporating vocal and instrumental components which were not part of the original album. As Ray Manzarek said, "There are background vocals by Jim Morrison, piano parts of mine that weren't used, and guitar stingers and solos by Robby Krieger that never made the original recordings, that can now be heard for the first time."


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Robert Christgau (B+)[2]
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[3]
Rolling Stone (mixed)[4]
Slant Magazine 3/5 stars[5]

Morrison Hotel was, upon its release, seen by many as a comeback for the Doors following the critical failure of The Soft Parade and the Miami incident of 1969. Dave Marsh, the editor of Creem magazine, said of the album that it was: "the most horrifying rock and roll I have ever heard. When they're good, they're simply unbeatable. I know this is the best record I've listened to ... so far",[6] while Rock Magazine called it "without any doubt their ballsiest (and best) album to date".[6] Circus Magazine praised it as "possibly the best album yet from the Doors" and "Good hard, evil rock, and one of the best albums released this decade".[6]


The Doors
Additional musicians
Technical staff and artwork

Chart positions

  • Billboard Music Charts (North America)


Year Chart Position
1970 Pop Albums 4


Year Single Chart Position
1970 "You Make Me Real"
B-side: "Roadhouse Blues"
Pop Singles 50

In popular culture

  • The diatribe "Morrison Hostel" is the closing track to TISM's album Great Truckin' Songs of the Renaissance.
  • Floater from Portland, Oregon performs the song "Waiting for the Sun" on their 2001 album Burning Sosobra.
  • Soundgarden performed "Waiting For the Sun" on their 1996 West Coast tour and a recording will surface on preordered versions on a bonus disk of the band's 2011 live album Live on I-5.
  • Part of "Waiting for the Sun" was used in the soundtrack for Gran Turismo.
  • "Peace Frog" was sampled by early 1990s rap group 3rd Bass on their song "The Cactus".

External links


  1. ^ The Doors Original “Hard Rock Cafe”, November 17th, 2009
  2. ^ Robert Christgau Review
  3. ^ Allmusic Review
  4. ^ "Album Review". Rolling Stone Magazine, Lester Bangs. Retrieved 14 July 2010. 
  5. ^ Slant Magazine Review
  6. ^ a b c J. Hopkins and D. Sugerman: No One Here Gets Out Alive, p. 284

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