Rolling Stone - 11/14/96, p.1143.5 Stars (out of 5)
- "...In a booming baritone, he adds his own theatrical relish to the Jim Morrison mythology....The real pearls...relate more to...his hip childhood on Chicago's South Side, where he got an early introduction to the blues..."
This 2-disc set is an autobiographical, spoken-word set in which Manzarek talks about his life and his career with the Doors. Manzarek also plays keyboards throughout.
Personnel includes: Ray Manzarek (spoken vocals, keyboards).
Recorded at Theta Sound Studio, Burbank, California. Includes liner notes by Kirk Silsbee.
A brilliant idea that could have gone on to be a benchmark in terms of spoken word histories, this pilot release from the ill-fated Monster Sounds label showcases Doors keyboardist and musical architect Ray Manzarek laying out the band's story with great recall and an entertaining flow. Interviewed and produced by West Coast music journalist/historian Harvey Kubernik, this double CD allows Manzarek a great opportunity to lay out the Doors' story with fabulous detail, and includes some very interesting and little-told stories, particularly about the formation of the band as well as the relationship between Manzarek and Jim Morrison. It's a shame that this format wasn't taken to an even higher level, for despite Kubernik's excellent interview and Manzarek's skill as a speaker, the series was, sadly, short-lived. The CD also contains an excellent new instrumental by Manzarek titled "All Men Are Created Equal." ~ Matthew Greenwald