An American Prayer : Jim Morrison 1943 - 1971.

An American Prayer is a last studio album by The Doors. In 1978, seven years after lead singer Jim Morrison died and five years after the remaining members of the band broke up, Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger, and John Densmore reunited and recorded backing tracks over Morrison's poetry (originally recorded in 1969 and 1970). Other pieces of music and spoken word recorded by the Doors and Morrison were also used in the audio collage, such as dialogue from Morrison's film HWY and snippets from jam sessions. The album received mixed reviews and still divides critics, yet it has managed a platinum certification in the US.

An American Prayer είναι ο τίτλος του ένατου και τελευταίου στούντιο δίσκου του αμερικανικού ροκ συγκροτήματος The Doors.
Το 1978, τα τρία εναπομείναντα μέλη του συγκροτήματος ηχογράφησαν τη μουσική για κάποια προηχογραφημένα ποιήματα που είχε απαγγείλει ο Μόρισον στις 9 Φεβρουαρίου 1969 και στις 8 Δεκεμβρίου 1970. Το άλμπουμ ολοκληρώθηκε μέσα στο 1978 και κυκλοφόρησε το Νοέμβριο εκείνης της χρονιάς σκαρφαλώνοντας στο # 54 των αμερικάνικων τσαρτ, όπου έγινε πλατινένιο.

Ο ίδιος ο Μόρισον, το 1971, σχεδίαζε να ηχογραφήσει μουσική με τον συνθέτη Λάλο Σρίφιν μελοποιώντας τα συγκεκριμένα ποιήματα χωρίς τη συμμετοχή κάποιου μέλους των Doors.

Οι ηχογραφήσεις του An American Prayer πραγματοποιήθηκαν από τους εξής μουσικούς:

Τζιμ Μόρισον - φωνητικά (1969, 1970)

Ρόμπι Κρίγκερ - κιθάρα (1978)
Ρέι Μάνζαρεκ - πλήκτρα, πιάνο μπάσο (1978)
Τζον Ντένσμορ - τύμπανα (1978)

Γκεστ συμμετοχές

Άρθουρ Μπάροου - συνθεσάιζερ
Ραϊνόλ Αλντίνο - κρουστά
Μπομπ Γκλομπ - μπάσο
Τζέρι Σεφ - μπάσο


1969 readings

Jim Morrison – Vocals, spoken word (recorded on February 9, 1969[5])
1970 readings
Jim Morrison – Vocals, spoken word (recorded on December 8, 1970)
The Doors:
John Densmore – Drums
Robby Krieger – Guitar
Ray Manzarek – Keyboards, Piano Bass
Additional Personnel
Arthur Barrow – Synthesizer Programming on "The Movie"
Reinol Andino – percussion
Bob Glaub – bass on "Albinoni – Adagio"

Jerry Scheff – bass

1. Awake (Morrison, Krieger, Manzarek, Densmore) - 7:10

Ghost Song

Dawn's Highway
Newborn Awakening
2. To Come of Age (Morrison, Krieger, Manzarek, Densmore) - 8:41

Black Polished Chrome

Latino Chrome
Angels and Sailors
Stoned Immaculate
3. The Poets Dreams (Morrison, Krieger, Manzarek, Densmore) - 3:28

The Movie

Curses, Invocations
4. World On Fire (Morrison, Krieger, Manzarek, Densmore) - 11:59

American Night

Roadhouse Blues
The Hitchhiker
5. An American Prayer (Morrison, Krieger, Manzarek, Densmore) - 6:52

 Ghost Song

Shake dreams from your hair
My pretty child, my sweet one.
Choose the day
And choose the sign of your day,
The day's divinity.
First thing you see.
A vast radiant beach
And a cool jeweled moon.
Couples naked race down
By its quiet side,
And we laugh like
Soft mad children
Smug in the wooly
Cotton brains of infancy.
The music and voices
Are all around us.
Choose they croon
The ancient ones,
The time has come again.
Choose now they croon
Beneath the moon
Beside an ancient lake.
Enter again the sweet forest.
Enter the hot dream
Come with us.
Everything is broken up
And dances.

Indians scattered on
Dawn's highway bleeding,
Ghosts crowd the young child's
Fragile egg-shell mind.

We have assembled inside this ancient insane theatre
To propagate our lust for life flee the swarming wisdom
of the streets
The barns are stormed
The windows kept
And only one of all the rest will dance & save us
With the divine mockery of words.
Music inflames temperament.

Oh  great creator of being, grant us one more hour to perform our art and perfect our lives
We need great golden copulations.
When the true King's murderers are allowed to roam free
a 1000 Magicians arise in the land
Where are the feasts we are promised?

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