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The Doors' Robby Krieger revisits the band's debut album 50 years later

Guitarist and singer-songwriter Robby Krieger discusses the Doors' iconic debut album, how it was recorded and how he feels about it all now.
Robby Krieger is the guitarist of rock band the Doors. This year celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Doors' self-titled debut album. (Getty Images for Music Lifeboat)

Fifty years ago, Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, John Densmore and Robby Krieger created an instant classic.

The Doors' debut, self-titled album is one of rock's most notable albums but upon hearing it on the radio the first few times, Krieger was admittedly a little disappointed.

"It didn't sound great," Krieger remembers. "It sounded far away and echoey; it didn't sound as good as the Beatles."

But Krieger also points out that, sound aside, the content is what really made the album special.

Today on q, Krieger looks back at the album, 50 years later, and discusses the first song he ever wrote for the Doors, "Light My Fire," and how alcohol took over Morrison's life. He adds, "When he was on LSD and marijuana, he was fine and it made him more creative, but liquor.... man, that's the devil."

The Doors will release a three-disc deluxe edition of their self-titled debut album on March 31.

— Produced by Mitch Pollock

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