Behind the Poster: The Doors Morrison Hotel 50th Anniversary
We are thrilled to finally present our first limited edition print for The Doors, commemorating their album Morrison Hotel on its 50th Anniversary!
This album was dangerously close to not being made. In late 1969, it appeared that The Doors were destined for a breakup. At the behest of their record label to "work out their demons" by recording a new album, the band re-entered the studio with their long time producer Paul Rothchild. The result was The Doors' iconic fifth album, released in February 1970. Morrison Hotel received critical and commercial success with radio hits such as Roadhouse Blues and Peace Frog.
Creem magazine called the album "the most horrifying rock and roll I have ever heard. When they're good, they're simply unbeatable. I know this is the best record I've listened to ... so far", while Rock Magazine called it "without any doubt their ballsiest (and best) album to date." Circus praised it as "possibly the best album yet from the Doors" and "good, hard, evil rock ... and one of the best albums released this decade"
We enlisted Richey Beckett to create a print that authentically captures The Doors in late 1969:
"Illustrating The Doors 50th Anniversary of Morrison Hotel poster was a huge honour. Henry Diltz’s iconic portrait of the band, shot from across the street as they struck a pose in the lobby window, has become one of the most beloved record covers of all time for one of the band’s most celebrated LPs. My intention in the illustration was to bring the viewer closer, right up to the window, face to face with Morrison, Manzarek, Krieger and Densmore as mysterious shapes and patterns emerge from their backlit figures—a glimpse into the legendary Hotel and the mystical narrative created around it." - Richey Beckett