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Ray Manzarek of The Doors dies age 74.


Goa Tse

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Ray Manzarek, keyboard player and founder member of the 1960s rock band The Doors, has died aged 74.

He formed the band with lead singer Jim Morrison in 1965 after a chance meeting in Venice Beach, Los Angeles.

Manzarek, who had suffered from bile duct cancer for many years, died in a clinic in Rosenheim, Germany, with his wife and brothers at his bedside.

The Doors found fame in the 1960s with hits such as The End, Break on Through to the Other Side and Hello I Love You.
More: BBC News - Doors co-founder Ray Manzarek dies at 74 in Germany

We all know Jim Morrison was the face and the voice but Manzareks' keyboard playing was just brilliant and unique, and his musicianship was as integral a part of the Doors' sound as Morrisons' swagger.

[video=youtube;AMCl9eOBlsY]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMCl9eOBlsY[/video]






[video=youtube;DJFqYK-Y2XE]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJFqYK-Y2XE[/video]
 

happytuesdays

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Basically the only one of those sixties bands worth listening to.
Rest in Peace beside the Lizard King!
 

'orebel

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Ride the highway west baby. Ride the snake.
 

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Ray Manzarek, keyboard player and founder member of the 1960s rock band The Doors, has died aged 74.

He formed the band with lead singer Jim Morrison in 1965 after a chance meeting in Venice Beach, Los Angeles.

Manzarek, who had suffered from bile duct cancer for many years, died in a clinic in Rosenheim, Germany, with his wife and brothers at his bedside.

The Doors found fame in the 1960s with hits such as The End, Break on Through to the Other Side and Hello I Love You.
More: BBC News - Doors co-founder Ray Manzarek dies at 74 in Germany

We all know Jim Morrison was the face and the voice but Manzareks' keyboard playing was just brilliant and unique, and his musicianship was as integral a part of the Doors' sound as Morrisons' swagger.

[video=youtube;AMCl9eOBlsY]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMCl9eOBlsY[/video]






[video=youtube;DJFqYK-Y2XE]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJFqYK-Y2XE[/video]
An absolute legend:

A phenomenal keyboard player.

The father-figure in a band of strong personalities.

A voice or reason, maturity and passion in a music-world full of infantilism.

I recently saw another documentary about The Doors - whereas interviews with a huge proportion of rock musicians can be grating displays of attention-seeking, the three remaining band members interviewed had interesting things to say.

Sensational songs, too many to list. A list of lower-standard album fillers by this band would be extremely short.

74, a good innings, and what a legacy.
 

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Wasn't ever a Doors fan but my parents were. Seems a lot of the people that I grew up around are dying lately. You know you're getting old when....
 

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The Doors were a fantastic band. All of their albums (with Jim Morrison) were amazing, even their fourth album, The Soft Parade, which was probably their weakest album. Not many bands can release six albums back to back that are classic albums. The only other band I can think of was the Beatles (all their studio albums were classics as far as I'm concerned) and maybe Queen (mind you Hot Space was a bit naff).

I remember the first time I heard the Doors. It was a greatest hits album and I thought they were terrific. By that time Jim Morrison was long dead, but their music sounds as fresh today as it did when they recorded them back in the 60s and very early 70s.
 

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keyboard intro to "When the Music's Over" is legend. Manzarek's keyboards were the sound of the Doors.. instantly recognisable.
 

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The Doors produced many songs that seem to have a timelessness to them - after all brooding anger will never go out of fashion. A great legacy.
 

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"This is the end, beautiful friend"
THE END LYRICS - THE DOORS
[video=youtube;M4WJlLNIsyY]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4WJlLNIsyY[/video]
 

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My Doors favorite is Roadhouse Blues....
"the future's uncertain and The End is always near!"
Jim and Ray were both legends
 

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A very talented, intelligent and seemed to be a genuinely interesting and likable character. To echo what another poster has said, he was very insightful and humours in some of the recent Doors documentaries.

I also agree that his intro to "When the Music is Over", is brilliant in its simplicity. And when the drums roll and Morrison comes in with his primeval scream, it still gets me to this day.

[video=youtube;DgPaqi7Dpdg]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgPaqi7Dpdg[/video]
 

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Great great band.
 

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Ray has broken through to the other side....

The Doors were legends in their own Lifetimes

RIP Ray :cool:
 

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Old interview with him now on 2fm.
Thanks for that Roy. Helluva dude - although that instrumental at the end didn't do him justice - needed to be belted out on a Vox combo.
 

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Bet Jim is happy that he and Ray can start jamming again!

RIP Ray
 

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[video=youtube;zda_WC5Fw1o]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zda_WC5Fw1o[/video]

Other Voices was writen by the three other Doors, while Morrison was just about to 'break on through to the other side' in Paris.
It was recorded and released only three months after Morrison's death. Ray Manzarek sings here on "In the Eye of the Sun". I wonder if the excellent RTE live music series got its name from the album title?
 
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