I have to admit that at first I was a little skeptical when I heard about “A Psych Tribute to The Doors.” It seemed like it could have been all concept, but the execution might have fallen short. After listening to the whole CD I can say this is a tribute album that actually pays tribute to the band they’re covering.
I’ve never heard of any of the bands on the CD before, but each one has a completely different take on The Doors song they chose. They picked songs from throughout The Doors career and not just their psychedelic songs. Each band takes the songs to places The Doors might never have contemplated. The bands also exercise a lot of creativity and originality without ever completely abandoning The Doors road. There are signposts and markers for fans along the way, while each cover is quite different from The Doors original while still paying tribute to it.
Some of the standouts for me were Elephant Stone opening the CD, ripping into “L.A. Woman” with a trippy, sitar influenced cover, Camera with a completely instrumental version of “People Are Strange,“ Sons of Hippies followed the lead of The Doors and layered “The Soft Parade” creating an aural texture quite unique and different from The Doors, Wall of Death accentuating the anthemic in “Light My Fire” to heights The Doors never took it to but which legend and rock ‘n’ roll history have taken it. The Raveonettes cover of “The End” that is totally unexpected and could make the song a top 40 hit.
I didn’t find one of the songs boring or an uninteresting experiment. If you want to take a chance that isn’t really taking a chance, get “A Psych Tribute to The Doors” I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with the original and creative take on The Doors. “A Psych Tribute to The Doors” comes in both CD and on vinyl. You can get it at Amazon or at Cleopatra Records.
Originally published March 5, 2014