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Holiday Geek Gift Guide 2017: Music
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Holiday Gift Guide 2017 Music

As the seasons start getting closer and the prospect of gift giving starts to clear off the cobwebs and come front and center to everyone’s consciousness yet again, there’s always the enigma of what to get, and more importantly, will the recipient be satisfied? There are however universals that always crack the corners of the mouth for a smile, music releases and their sometimes re-released box sets being some of them. So that being said, and what remains our annual wont, here’s our picks for some great music recently released and upcoming. And as always, this one goes to eleven.

Check out our 2017 Holiday Geek Gift Guide for Music…

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Ray Manzarek, Original Member Of The Doors, Dead At 74
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Ray Manzarek

Ray Manzarek, one of the founding members of The Doors, whose keyboard and organ sounds were as much of a signature sound for the band as was lead singer Jim Morrison’s attitudinal and poetic lead singing, has died at the age of 74 in Rosenheim, Germany after a lengthy battle with bile duct cancer reports Rolling Stone.

The Doors were and remain one of the premier American rock and roll bands to come out of California in the 1960s. Like The Beach Boys, the band is pretty much synonymous with the California lifestyle, but very unlike the Beach Boys, they were like the solarized version of them, expressing musically about darkness, early gothic nightmarish tales of love, political awareness, death and doomy styles that were punctuated by music which was deep rooted in the blues and something else actually, something indescribable at the time. A sound that was all their own, which was created by Morrison’s shamanic lizard king posturing, the jazzy yet tight bottom ended drumming of John Densmore, the buried in the delta swampy fretwork of Robby Krieger, and the horrorshow carnivalesque feel from the hands of Ray Manzarek who flawlessly played his instrument (and sometimes even played the bass parts on the organ as well).

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MP3 Deal: 300 Classic Rock Songs For $0.69 Each
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The Doors

Amazon is currently offering over 300 Classic Rock songs in MP3 for just $0.69 each right now: 300 Classic Rock Songs For $0.69 Each.

Click the link above and browse the list of tunes, which contains tracks from artists like Aerosmith, Kansas, Fleetwood Mac, Black Sabbath, Dio, Heart, Billy Joel, Bad Company, Janis Joplin, Pat Benatar, Joan Jett, Alice Cooper, Yes, Cream, The Doors, Van Halen, and many more!

MP3 songs usually sell for $.99 to $1.29 each, so 69 cents is a great deal! No word on when the sale ends, so grab the songs you want now at the discounted price. Also, all this month, Amazon is offering up 2,000 albums for $5 each in MP3 format, so be sure to check out that hefty selection, too.

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Remembering Jim Morrison, The Late Singer Of The Doors, On What Would Have Been His 69th Birthday
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Jim Morrison

The late Jim Morrison of The Doors, the charismatic, most influential and controversial, provocative singers in music history, would have been 69 years old today.

With a life and legend shrouded in constant dissection, awe, praise, disgust, carelessness, and out and out creativity which grabbed from a well of poetry, classic literature, and an eye and finger on the pulses of human life, existence, dark mysteries, and constant reaching for new life and soul education, the pedigree and output of work from Jim Morrison still stands as a checkpoint for all who followed him, and there were many and still are many to this every day in the musical universe.

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$5 MP3 Album Deal: The Doors ‘The Doors’
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The Doors

The Doors, the debut album by the 1960s legendary California quartet, who wound up becoming one of the most influential and successful American bands of all time, is now available on MP3 format from Amazon this month for only $5.00.

Upon release of this record originally, on Elektra Records 45 years ago this past January, the musical game changed forever in modern rock and roll and its styles. The band’s sounds were mired in darkness, early prototypes of Gothic and alternative rock and roll, blues music saturated in a cryptic, murky, opaque, shadowy sound, a positive creepiness if you will, led by the shock cock rock of lead singer Jim Morrison.

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$5 MP3 Album Deal: ‘The Very Best Of The Doors’
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The Doors

A huge compendium of the greatest hits, and stellar tracks by The Doors, is now available on one expansive collection in MP3 format from Amazon this month for only $5, called simply enough, The Very Best of the Doors.

The group started in Venice, California, in the mid 1960s and became one of the biggest groups of all time. Led by their magnetic, charismatic lead singer Jim Morrison, who pretty much became the archetype for all the sexed up, mysterious, and reckless rock and roll frontmen who followed, and coupled with the musical prances of the musicians in the band, who created an early gothic, dark, swirling hypnotic-laced and dripped in drama and theatre style of rock and roll, The Doors are still at the forefront in terms of the heavyweight rock ensembles past or present. The music itself, seems to get better with age, manifesting a timeless quality that still dazzles the ear. There are many tracks the layman and casual fan have digested for years on classic rock radio, “Break on Through,” “Love Me Two Times,” “Touch Me,” “Riders on the Storm,” and the number one smashes “Hello I Love You” and “Light My Fire,” but there are also dig-deeper nuggets included here within its 39 track offering: “Love Street,” “The Changeling,” “Twentieth Century Fox,” and “Tell All The People” plus plenty more. New remixes, a live track, and a curio or two round out this great, definitive collection. The Very Best of the Doors is a perfect start to eventually wind one down the road of the Doors’ catalog to discover all that this legendary band has to offer.

The first album by the band, titled The Doors is also on sale for only $5 this month, while L.A. Woman is on sale through this weekend for only $2.99.

Browse all 1,000 albums on sale this month for only $5 each, as well as several albums on sale this week for only $2.99 each.

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MP3 Deal: Get 10 Classic Albums For $3.99 Each
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10 Classic Albums

The Gold Box spotlight deal of the day over at Amazon today is a sale on 10 classic albums in MP3 format for only $3.99 each.

The sale selection contains landmark albums by The Beach Boys, Boston, David Bowie, the Clash, Miles Davis, the Doors, Prince, Ramones, Rush, and Van Halen.

Note, this sale is only for today, Friday, March 25, 2011, until midnight PST.

Beach Boys: Pet Sounds
Boston: Boston
David Bowie: The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars
The Clash London Calling
Miles Davis: Kind Of Blue
The Doors: The Doors
Prince: Purple Rain
Ramones: Ramones
Rush: Moving Pictures
Van Halen: Van Halen

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Danzig Recording A Covers Album
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Glenn DanzigGlenn Danzig has announced that he is in the studio and currently recording a covers album. Fans of Danzig will know this project is one the artist has been talking about for some time, and five songs have already been recorded for the album. While Danzig hasn’t released full details yet, it’s understood that among the song selections will be tributes to Black Sabbath and Elvis Presley.

While the Sabbath and Elvis selections, I believe, are somewhat “predictable” choices for Danzig (I imagine he’ll probably throw a song by The Doors in there somewhere too), I would like to think he will choose some tracks that might be a surprise for his fans. I could imagine him doing an interesting interpretation of Nick Cave‘s “Red Right Hand” or a classic rock song like “House of the Rising Sun” by The Animals.

This is all just speculation on my part of course, but as a fan I’d like to see Danzig tackle some covers that are a little more unpredictable. Either way, it will be interesting to see what Glenn comes up with for this project. Maybe he could include a hidden track of him paying tribute to the “Glenn Danzig Shopping List” :)

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DVD Review: The Doors (Blu-ray)
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The Doors Blu-ray DVDThe Doors
Blu-ray Edition
Directed by Oliver Stone
Starring Val Kilmer, Meg Ryan, Kevin Dillon, Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Madsen, Billy Idol, Kathleen Quinlan
Lions Gate Home Video
Release date: August 12, 2008

The Doors cuts a jagged swath through the life of singer Jim Morrison, one of the most charismatic and exciting figures in rock history. The film begins with Morrison’s arrival in California and explores his assimilation into the Venice Beach culture, his relationships with girlfriend Pamela Courson (Meg Ryan) and future bandmate Ray Manzarek (Kyle MacLachlan), and the origin of The Doors. As fame takes its toll, Morrison spirals downward into an inferno of drugs, alcohol, public obscenity, arrests, and depression. As director Oliver Stone puts it, during his insightful audio commentary, “Morrison was the poster child for a nation on the verge of a nervous breakdown.”

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