The Doors will continue this year’s 50th anniversary session with a new version of the group’s sophomore album Strange Days, due out November 17.
Strange Days was the group’s second album released during 1967, following the great success of its self-titled debut; It hit No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and launched the singles “People Are Strange” and “Love Me Two Times.” The reissue will place both the original mono and stereo mixes of the set on two CDs, while the original mono mix will be released on vinyl. There will be no bonus tracks or unreleased material, but the package will include new liner notes and additional photos.
Strange Days follows a reissue of The Doors earlier this year, as well as the recent compilation The Doors: The Singles. Guitarist Robby Krieger tells us that because of the Doors’ continuing popularity over the years, it doesn’t feel like it’s been 50 years for any of these projects:
“It feels like it wasn’t that long ago, but I don’t know why. Probably because…people have been talking about it ever since, so it’s not something you, like, forgot about for 50 years and then, uh oh, there it is…Although there was 20 or so years there from ’75 say to the early 90s when we didn’t play anything, we didn’t do anything together…”
Other archival projects on tap for the Doors include more live releases as well as some sort of package from the tribute Krieger and Doors drummer John Densmore did for late keyboardist Ray Manzarek during February of 2016 at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.