Mojo (Publisher) - 7/95, p.113
"First CD release for the 1978 spoken word album, boasting three new tracks and a radio-friendly reworking of 'The Ghost Song'..."
The Doors: Jim Morrison (vocals); Robby Krieger (guitar); Ray Manzarek (keyboards); John Densmore (drums).
Additional personnel includes: Bob Glaub, Jerry Scheff (bass); Reinol Andino (percussion); Arthur Barrow (programming).
Producers include: Paul A. Rothchild, Bruce Botnick, The Doors.
Engineers include: Bruce Botnick.
AN AMERICAN PRAYER is made up of recordings of Jim Morrison reading his own poetry, to which the remaining members of the Doors added musical tracks, after his death.
The CD reissue of AN AMERICAN PRAYER includes a newly recorded backing for "The Ghost Song."
Personnel: Ray Manzarek (vocals, keyboards); Jim Morrison (vocals); Robby Krieger (guitar); Arthur Barrow (synthesizer, programming); John Densmore (drums); Reinol Andino (percussion).
Audio Remasterers: Paul Rothchild; Bruce Botnick.
Recording information: Hollywood Sound Recorders, Inc., Hollywood, CA; Ocean Way Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA; Post Logic, Hollywood, CA.
Directors: Frank Lisciandro; John Densmore; Ray Manzarek; Robby Krieger.
Illustrator: Jim Morrison .
Photographers: Joel Brodsky; Edmond Teske; Art Kane; Joe Bradsky; Paul Ferrara.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Frank Lusciandro; Jonathan Harvey.
"I'll tell you every place and person that I've been." Cobalt blue and dour all over, AN AMERICAN PRAYER is primarily an up-close studio collage of Jim Morrison's verse (read by the author) spread over glorious Doors-rock, interspersed with live snatches of the singer/poet's on-stage antics. The images here evoke the seedy underbelly of post-hippie America, the disturbingly familiar manifestations of a troubled national conscience. The recording does, however, manage to maintain a sparkling psychedelic quality throughout.
Several of the songs will be familiar to those who own the soundtrack to the 1991 film The Doors, but the original context gives them more weight. The title track is like a combined reprise to "Ghost Song" and the classic "The End," replete with Morrison's strange questions and even strangers assertions. The band sounds crisp, playing music that has a distinctively '70s thrust. Robby Krieger's guitar rips as fluidly as ever. All in all, a candid tour through the dimly lit passages of a haunted soul--at once personal and quite American.