An Amer­i­can Prayer

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Orig­i­nal Doors pro­ducer Paul Rothchild called this post­hu­mous al­bum “a rape of Jim Mor­ri­son” (steady on!), but th­ese at­tempts to shoe­horn Mor­ri­son’s po­etry from Elek­tra ses­sions in 1969 and 1970 (al­ready avail­able on the Rock Is Dead boot­leg) pro­vided an un­heard side to the singer and seemed like an hon­est at­tempt to hon­our a friend.

Mor­ri­son wanted film score mae­stro Lalo Schifrin to or­ches­trate his spo­ken words, and ap­proached Dali-es­que artist TE Bre­it­en­bach to paint a trip­tych cover, which he did. It’s a shame nei­ther of th­ese ma­te­ri­alised – Mor­ri­son died in Paris, with the orig­i­nal tapes and art in his bag.

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