Side two may not be as consistent but does contain a couple of classics. The old Willie Dixon blues tune, “Back Door Man,” is reduced to a primal level by Morrison’s vocal. The final track in one of Jim Morrison’s grand opus’ “The End,” at over eleven and a half minutes, features a spoken middle from the play by Sophocles and is dark and hypnotic. While I now associate it with the movie Apocalypse Now because of the visuals, this original version is what The Doors were all about.
The Doors remains a stunning album yet only scratched the surface of what was to follow. It remains an essential part of American music history.