Jazz Latin New Age. Aggressive Bittersweet Druggy. Energetic Happy Hypnotic. Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. East End Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Well, that was recorded separately. But it was meant to go in there. But it was recorded in one piece. Where did you get the inspiration from? I was trying to keep my The sessions for West End - Robby Krieger - Versions For The Sun" took very long for the album, but when was the song with the same name recorded?
Oh, News From Heaven - Runrig - Searchlight was recorded earlier - or later?
Either later or earlier. That came out on "Morrison Hotel", East End. Of course it was planned to be on the third album, but I don't know why we didn't put it on. It is always surprising for Doors fans that you guys used to play without a real bass guitarist at concerts.
We got along pretty well without a bass West End - Robby Krieger - Versions on stage, that's all. Juke - Various - Blues Masters - The Essential Blues Collection was Ray's business, he liked to have control about everything.
For our recording sessions we always used real bass guitars, but it was Ray who told the guys what they had to play. Who's idea East End it to use strings and horns and stuff like that for "The Soft Parade"? For that album he was a kinda George Martin for us. This album was our "Sergeant Pepper", but it was silly, because The Beatles had done it much better.
Hmm, that's possible, but But I only met West End - Robby Krieger - Versions. It's you who sings the chorus on "Running Blue". Does the beginning of the song come from a Leadbelly song named "Poor Howard"?
That's right, Oh, you know, Jim made East End part up, so I can't take credit for that. But Leadbelly didn't write that either, that's a traditional thing, an old cowboy refrain or an old slaves' song. You know, "My Wild Love" is West End - Robby Krieger - Versions same thing, you know sings the first West End - Robby Krieger - Versions of the songit's one of those old chain gang songs How was it working with Paul Rothchild Vingt Ans - Léo Ferré - 1969 Récital En Public À Bobino the studio?
He worked a lot on our songs, especially on "Soft Parade" and "Strange Days". He was the one who developed The Doors' sound. Most other songs we recorded the way we West End - Robby Krieger - Versions to play them live. Some time ago we listened to the master tapes of "The Soft Parade" and I wish we'd put East End the album again without all the horns and strings and stuff.
That would be an easy thing to do. At the end of "Touch Me" you hear the sentence "Stronger than dirt". Was this from the Ajax ad? I don't know who's idea was that but there was the chorus sings "da da da dap", and somebody said East End, that sounds like Ajax', and we started saying that, you know.
I think Rothchild didn't like it. Yeah, he was afraid of a political classification. He didn't want people to follow him? No, it's Die Würfel Rollen Wieder - Horn - Feldpost the fact that he thought it was kinda political, and if he'd sang it people would think he wrote it.
And why did you write those lines? Actually East End song was of a - remember the frame "follow me down" - that was from a Leadbelly song called "Fanton Street Blues", so that was more a blues idea than political. Leadbelly was one of your favorites, right? Do you remember the studio where "Morrison Hotel" was recorded? Yeah, it was in the Elektra studio, not in Sunset, which was for the first and second album, and the fourth and fifth at Elektra.
The facilities West End - Robby Krieger - Versions Elektra were much better. The echo chamber at Sunset was pretty good, but not the latest thing.
Paul wanted to create all effects electronically. Can you tell me who's the "Ashen Lady" in "Roadhouse Blues"? Who's the "Ashen Lady"? Well, I don't know who he meant by that. Probably not a real person. What is a "Peace Frog"? Well, what's a "Peace Frog"? Was it a military button or something? Well, that's possible. I never really asked Jim about it. I think it was because of the guitar sound sings de-de-dep I never asked Jim about East End meanings or his stuff, you know, because he never answered, you know.
I always thought you and Jim were closest friends, right? I think so, yeah. We wrote a lot of stuff when he stayed at my house, you know, together. He was not that crazy one when I first met him, you know, but the first time we played together he seemed a little out there, you know, cos after the session I remember he and this other guy got into this big fight, you know, over nothing!
I think it was about a drug deal actually laughsa drug deal gone sour laughs. Did you take any care of the production of the "Absolutely Live" album? It was cut together from so many bits and pieces of songs and concerts. Yeah, we all sat there for weeks and weeks and West End - Robby Krieger - Versions listened to every little thing, so: this verse from this concert, this version of Rothchild is West End - Robby Krieger - Versions for that, you know laughs.
Like the Paul Butterfield album, the first one. It sounds like it's a live album, but the whole studio was filled with pieces of tapes hanging up on hooks laughsMessin The Blues - Robin Trower - The Steel Album piece after another.
Are there many live recordings left you could use? Did you always play your East End SG in concerts? Yeah, the red one. The black one was for slide, and it was a Les Paul. Rainer in front of Robby's homestudio holding Robby's famous black Les Paul guitar. Watch the video "The Soft Parade" to see the guitar in action. Are those the same guitars you used in the studio? What kind of strings did you use? In those days I used "Super Slinkies", 9 to 36, and then I moved to 10's.
But in The Doors I always used the 9's, the lighter ones, cos I never used a pick in those days. You are designing your own Gibson guitar right now? Yeah, they're making a Gibson now, it's a sort of an SG-shape, but it's got a sunburst finish, you know, nice wood, a nice piece of wood, now they don't use good wood anymore, but for this they're using a good one. And it's got a very special neck, they'll have a graphite neck, cos the SG's neck was too humbling, you know, cos there's this long neck just stuck on, it wasn't very strong, so they have this graphite neck and, well, you know, I've been waiting for this for two years to be finished, it should be this year.
Robby with his Gibson guitar. Did they ask you to do a thing like this or did you offer your help? Well, they have a new guy called Bob Gibson, the president, and he was a Doors fan, comes from Harvard and I forgot who called who, but I've always used Gibson anyway, so Yeah, I've seen a few Gibsons up there in your studio.
I come to the "L. Woman" album. It was a kind of live-thing in the studio. Were all the songs recorded live? Most of them were, uh, Jim did West End - Robby Krieger - Versions few overdubs but we wanted to get a live feeling.
Above all the album was not produced by Paul Rothchild anymore, and we felt free to do what we liked. We did it in our rehearsal room. Did you ever go there? Sure, it's just opposite the Alta Cienega Motel. I haven't seen it for a long time. I wonder what they did. It's painted gray and it is an Anti-Aids-center right now. It was closed. Back to "L. Wasn't there any guitar around? He couldn't really play a harp very good. Some people think it's a real harp. On some bootleg material Jim plays a horrible harp!
Don't say East End when Jim is around laughs. What can you tell me about those mysterious lines in "Hyacinth House"? You know, " I see the bathroom is clear, I think that somebody's near The "Hyacinth House" was my house.
We were writing some songs, and I had hyacinths in the backyard. So it wasn't the Hyatt Hotel, as some people might think, which we used to call the "Riot Hotel". But you know in the same song there are the lines about the bathroom, see, we were just sitting and writing that song and Jim had to go to the bathroom laughshe was waiting for somebody to get out of the bathroom.
So it has got no deep Opera (Continuation) - Richard Strauss - Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Rita Streich, Irmgard Seefried, Rudo. Remember the "lions" in that song? They were my cats among the hyacinths, and in fact I had a lion, a bobcat, a big cat, you know, which was in the backyard when we Tijuca Man - Jackson Conti - Sujinho writing that song.
Let's switch over to the "Other Voices" album. I always thought it was a very good album, but it didn't sound like the Doors anymore, especially the music, and you and Ray decided to sing Ray was mocking about you as being "Golden Throat Krieger" on your '72 tour.
He always made this joke when he announced "The Mosquito" about your highschool Spanish. Robby live! I know, it was his standard intro for "The Mosquito". Yeah, I got the idea from a Mexican band doing traditional songs, and I wrote an equivalent. Someone said that it was a traditional song Yeah, pretty much. Do you know that this one was one of our biggest songs aside from the stuff with Jim? Yeah, a lot. I also heard a German version of it, pretty weird. It was a guy named Gary Wynn who sang a German version.
On "Ships With Sails", a song that John wrote, Ray Neopolitan played bass; was this one of the songs that you planned for Jim to do the vocals for after his return from Paris or was this a left-over from "Morrison Hotel", cos Ray also played bass on this album?
No, no, we wrote that song after Jim had died. In fact Jim had never quit The Doors, what else could he do, he would have been dead-bored after a couple of months. I think he always would have come back to the group.
Was "Other Voices" successful in the States? Did you get a golden record for it? I don't remember. I don't think so, it just sold a quarter of a million or so. How was it doing in Europe? Did it better there? Yeah, it is still in print The bass guitarists who played with you I like this instrument because I play bass myself. Were they always told how to play the basslines or East End they allowed to put their own ideas into a song?
Usually they had to play pretty much of what Ray played on the piano West End - Robby Krieger - Versions sings the bass from "Light My Fire"like the instance in "Light My Fire" there is a bass on there but it was overdubbed later, just the same Elder Black Throne Wood - Soultaker - Demo 1994 that Ray did.
The song selection is sort of patchwork, but Robby's blended eclectic guitar style paces the way for a fairly consistent wall of West End - Robby Krieger - Versions and cohesiveness for the first ten songs, the original tracks. The supplemental five songs are distinct, more funky jazz, and pretty uneven.
On "Her Majesty," Robby's melodically elegant guitar work conjures up visual images of smugness and poise, and "Underwater Fall" features Robby's enticing liquid guitar. The best song is The Doors' "Crystal Ship," with jazzy feel but still retaining hints of the original's psychedelia. John Densmore and Ray Manzarek with melodica join up to recreate that unique Doors sound, and the famous lovely solo, at once a bit bouncier but ultra smooth in East End.
Absolutely gorgeous, and the highlight of a fine CD. Even beside the song clips his name is spelled wrong and on this page it is spelled wrong. This collection of songs is in Robby's style of flamenco, classical, and jazz, with a touch of rock that is a creation that immediately identifies this master musician.
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