Other albums by The Doors may have had better songs, but the spectrum of psychedelic pop across sides A and B of Morrison Hotel are untouchable: Waiting for the Sun, Peace Frog, The Spy, Queen of the Highway, and Indian Summer, to name a few.
In an article in the under-rated British magazine Classic Rock, lots of great nuggets are revealed about the making of Morrison Hotel:
- As early as 1967, the lead singer’s prima-donna tendencies were already surfacing. The Doors, according to their manager, did not appear at Woodstock because they were “only headliners.”
- The album was originally supposed to be called Hard Rock Cafe.
- They were quickly becoming blacklisted throughout the country so they went into the studio to “work out their demons.”
- The night before starting to record Morrison Hotel, the singer was arrested in Phoenix after being disorderly on a plane en route to see a Rolling Stones concert.
- In one session, Morrison drank 36 beers. The group had an intervention and he admitted to his alcoholism but then suggested they go get a drink. He then came back with the Roadhouse Blues lyrics, “woke up this morning, got myself a beer.”
- The album’s cover photo was one of the rare instances in 1969 that Morrison was actually clean-shaven.￼
- The band’s final album hit #4 on the U.S. charts, but Morrison was rapidly approaching the bottom and, soon, death.