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I.B. BAD: AN EPIC TALE
Contemplating scenarios in an extremely fluid situation. (5/26a)
BRYSON TILLER'S SURPRISE DROP
The latest nontraditional release shakes up chart picture. (5/26a)
LIL YACHTY, MEET
LIL JIMMY
Look who toured Hollywood Blvd. Thursday...all the way from the Capitol Tower. (5/26a)
YTD MARKETSHARE SCORECARD
...slice by slice (5/26a)
HOMB2: HE'S DeMANN
Right, said Freddy. (5/26a)
A&R IN THE AGE OF STREAMING
You know you were wondering.
LORDE'S NEXT LEVEL
How Melodrama took shape.
NASHVILLE BIG CAT
His last album made him a star. Will this one explode?
APPLE'S NEXT MOVE
The plan for domination.
Critics' Choice
OPENING THE DOORS ANEW
3/29/17


On 3/31, Rhino is dropping the 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of The Doors' eponymous debut album. The new set, packaged in a hardcover book, contains a 180-gram vinyl edition; complete CDs of both the stereo and mono versions of the album (which originally appeared on Elektra); a live CD finding the band performing most of the debut's songs at San Francisco's The Matrix; and a lavishly detailed booklet with a rich gallery of photos and notes by David Fricke. As is typical of Rhino, it makes a compelling case not just for physical product in the age of streaming but for outright commodity fetishism.

Then there are the songs: "Break On Through (to the Other Side)," "Soul Kitchen," "The Crystal Ship," "Twentieth Century Fox," "Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)," "Light My Fire," "Back Door Man," "I Looked at You," "End of the Night," "Take It as It Comes" and "The End." It's still hard to believe, 50 years on, that this band came so fully formed on their first release. But their inimitable sonic blend of blues, psychedelia, jazz, cabaret and Latin Grooves, powered by the singular machine that was the Manzarek-Krieger-Densmore chemistry, was probably never better represented. That, paired with Jim Morrison's sexed-up, kaleidoscopic, apocalyptic visions, still conjures a fever dream unlike anything in pop music history.