50 years ago today (November 7th, 1968), The Doors performed in Phoenix, Arizona and were banned from playing in that city after singer Jim Morrison encouraged the crowd to stand up. If only they had known then what he’d do on stage later. But I digress. There was a song that did not make it to the first Doors album. The Doors didn’t like the arrangement and since it was early in their recording career, they thought they could do better. The song was “Moonlight Drive”. It ended up on their 2nd album Strange Days in 1967 and it was the B-side of “Love Me Two Times,” which was the second single off Strange Days and reached number-25 on the Billboard Hot 100. “Moonlight Drive” itself never charted. It was the second song The Doors ever recorded, and they recorded it 2 different times. Guitarist Robby Krieger explains why.
“’Indian Summer’ was the very first one and then ‘Moonlight Drive.’ It didn’t sound so great, because we were brand new at the studio and stuff, so we decided, ‘Well, let’s save it for the next album and we’ll re-record it,’ which we did. So we totally re-arranged it. Before it was just more like a blues, it was just [sings], instead of [sings]. I didn’t like it at first, but then it kind of grew on me.”
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