While I can hardy speak for how a generation defines itself, I will say that The Doors’ first and self-titled work certainly defined a sound, a band, and a movement that has lasted nearly 50 years. Two bars into any song by The Doors and you know it is them as you await the dulcet, baritone sounds as they emerge from Jim Morrison’s lungs and lips. In my opinion, there are fewer bands as absolute and unconditionally unique in sound and lyrical substance.
The College of Rock & Roll Knowledge has said, “It has been called one of the defining albums of a generation. It was on Jan. 4, 1967 that The Doors released their debut album, “The Doors.” The LP was recorded in August 1966 and it was originally released in different stereo and mono mixes. It features the breakthrough single “Light My Fire”, extended with an instrumental section mostly omitted on the single release, and the lengthy song “The End” with its Oedipal spoken word section. The Doors credit the success of the album to being able to work the songs out night after night at the Whisky a Go Go and the London Fog. The album was ranked number 42 on Rolling Stone’s list the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. This album has already sold over 12.5 million copies.”