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The follow-up to the band’s self-titled debut was released just eight months later. It was mostly recorded during intervals between tours, in May and August of that year. The anniversary edition of the album was produced by the record’s original engineer Bruce Botnick, and includes newly remastered 1967 stereo and mono mixes, plus liner notes by David Fricke.
Despite having been written during the same creative phase as its predecessor, Strange Days didn’t emulate the success of The Doors. But it illustrated the band’s increasing confidence in the confines of a recording studio.
“The first album was a four-track record,” keyboardist Ray Manzarek said in The Doors Anthology. “It pretty much represented how the Doors sounded in person. But the second album was a studio album. We had eight tracks to work with, so we were able to do everything we did on the first album and have four more tracks for overdubs. We actually began to use the studio as an instrument. We were able to record a lot of unusual guitar and keyboard parts and overdubbed solos on songs like ‘Strange Days,’ ‘You’re Lost Little Girl’ and ‘When the Music’s Over.’”
Drummer John Densmore said in 2010 that the album had been inspired by the Beatles. “Bruce Botnick got a copy of Sgt. Pepper before it was released, so we listened to that and went, ‘Oh my God!’” he recalled. “And then we made Strange Days. There was a lot going on musically.”
The anniversary edition is available in two-CD, vinyl and digital formats. It’s available for pre-order now.
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