RAY MANZAREK R.I.P. 1939-2013

May 21, 2013 – 8:16 am

Ray Manzarek, keyboardist and founding member of The Doors, has died. He was 74. Publicist Heidi Robinson-Fitzgerald says Manzarek died on May 20, 2013 at the RoMed Clinic in Rosenheim, Germany, surrounded by his family. He had bile duct cancer. Manzarek founded The Doors after meeting then-poet Jim Morrison in California. The Washington Post reported that Manzarek had continued to remain active in music after MorrisonĀ¹s death in 1971. Manrazek had briefly tried to hold the band together by serving as vocalist, but eventually the group fell apart. He played in other bands over the years, produced other acts, became an author and worked on films.

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Roslyn 1975 [no label, 1CD]

Live at My Father’s Place, Roslyn, NY; March 26, 1975. Very good to excellent soundboard (?)

Thanks to everyone who shared this and for keeping it alive:
Originally upped on Dime by tombstone, a.k.a. KB69 in April 2006.
Seeded on Trader’s Den in August 2007.
Reseeded at Dime by hothcanada.

Uploader’s notes:

On my last Ray Manzarek torrent I requested that someone seed this show if they had it. I got the date wrong. I thought (from memory) that it was June 18, 1975. I don’t know where I got that date but it turns out it was March 26, 1975. I found this brief, albeit great sounding, snippet of that very performance on a trip to Greenwich Village earlier today with my family. I believe it is soundboard. It certainly sounds so; there is no audience interference. I based the musicians on the info in Ray’s “Whole Thing Started With Rock n Roll” CD which lists these members as the touring band in early 1975. The boot I lifted these three tracks from lists the third song as “When The Music’s Over/Light My Fire” which is incorrect. Track 3 fades in during the solo section of “Bicentennial Blues” from the aforementioned LP which takes its chordal approach directly from “Light My Fire” before seguing into “Fire”. Then, unfortunately, the song fades out leaving Track 3 incomplete at both ends. It’s too bad, really, as the beginning of “Bicentennial Blues” is quite different from the solo part and sounds like it could have been right at home on the next Door’s LP had they stayed together long enough to record the follow up to “Full Circle”.

Soundboard? > Original Silver > WavePad > Flac Level 8

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Track 01: I Wake Up Screaming 8:57* (15.0MB)
Track 02: Downbound Train 7:38 (12.9MB)
Track 03: (fades in) Bicentennial Blues/Light My Fire (fades out) 5:22 (9.0MB)
*Ray recites Jim Morrison’s poem “Ensenada” during this track.

Ray Manzarek - keyboards, vocals
Charlie Harrison - bass
Terry Sales - guitar
Hunt Sales - drums

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  1. 27 Responses to “RAY MANZAREK R.I.P. 1939-2013”

  2. God bless Ray Manzarek.
    The Doors were everything to me when I was 16.
    And they will be forever great.

    By Nick on May 21, 2013

  3. Wow! That’s definately a sad note in the day. I had the honor of speaking with Ray a few years back and was extremely impressed! Truly a genuine human being and all around great guy, not to mention a lot of fun to talk to. Guess I’ll never get to see The Doors Of The 21st Century now. I’m still pissed at John Densmore for all the legal crap he pulled on the guys, making it so they couldn’t perform anything related to The Doors. John, you suck! Ray, on the other hand, was a great human being, great musician and just a great guy! You will be missed immensly! R.I.P., and thank you for all the great music you gave us!

    By Rev Bob on May 21, 2013

  4. I saw Ray Manzarek live in 1975 and he was amazing. A true music icon has left us. I hope he’s having a beer with Jim. R.I.P. Ray.

    By Ernie Clark on May 21, 2013

  5. Is that the same Hunt Sales, son of Soupy Sales, who played with Bowie in Tin Machine? If so, is “Terry Sales” actually Tony Sales, his brother who also played in Tin Machine?

    RIP, Ray…

    By YogaforCynics on May 21, 2013

  6. I saw Ray about 15 years ago in a very small college performing arts center giving a lecture on the Doors and performing (solo keys) some of their songs, explaining where they had come from, etc. Questions from the audience were welcomed. He came across as extremely arrogant and self-righteous, and it has, unfortunately, affected how I hear the Doors ever since, who I’ve loved since i was a kid. I know it’s not popular to slam the dead, but humble he was not, though his work with the Doors (and X!) was fantastic.

    Also, a quick note to Rev Bob: Good for John for not selling out, like so many others have done. They don’t need the money, and we need our art and memories not thwarted by crass commercialism. Is nothing sacred anymore?

    By Rick on May 21, 2013

  7. PS. Thanks for this music, Big O - great stuff!

    By Rick on May 21, 2013

  8. Manzarek’s organ work with the Doors will live on for a very long time. It was unfortunate the way he promoted the whole Lizard King myth of Jim Morrison after Morrison’s death - implying the Morrison might still be alive, etc. But I plan on playing some Doors music today VERY LOUD. - Ray B., Richmond, Va.

    By Ray B., Richmond, VA on May 21, 2013

  9. lets get this straight.I loved the first doors lp.
    LOVED IT, still do.
    It was a breath of fresh air when most bands were killing us with terrible guitar and plodding drum solos.
    I also like john densmores drumming and felt it really suited their material, i dunno , I`ve heard many disparaging remarks about it , and rumor has it even Jim didn`t like his work. It fit their music like a glove.
    Robby Krieger played some out of the box lines that were very unique as compared to the plodding blues based patterns that were de rigeur of the day.
    Jim`s voice was aces on the first record commanding and spellbinding, I fell out of favour with him not long after the soft parade disc,, his “long winded purported poems” became a little too goofy for me and I really think he embarrassed himself and the band many times toward the end. Too bad, such a talent but such an ego as well.
    Ray…well you had to love that bass foot pumping dexterity and for awhile I think he led the parade of keyboard players with style! it was never grandiose or over the top like vanilla fudge or elp , rick wakeman, nope he played with the song and he stayed within the band. He seemed like an anchor for the often incoherent Morrison.
    I know very little about his post-Doors career,I`m almost ashamed to admit that I grew so tired of Mr.Mojo risin that I completely turned away from the doors and their counterparts for a long time. I`ll play a few early tunes today in memory of a band leader who was humble enough to let the singer pretend he was a rock god.
    r.i.p mr manzarek, obviously you played the rock game and I would say you won.

    By sluggo on May 21, 2013

  10. thx.. Ray

    By Eddie on May 22, 2013

  11. Thanks for this bigo. Great post sluggo, I agree that the first album is great from start to finish. I still listen to LA woman sometimes, love riders in the storm.

    By nubious on May 22, 2013

  12. GOD DANG IT!!!!!! Rest In Peace Ray and Jim - your music has brought and still brings great joy to my life 40 years on. . .

    By Daniel Kershner on May 22, 2013

  13. thanks nubious, looks like you “get it”.
    I went from being a huge doors fan early on to barely being able to listen , all because of Jim morrison.

    By sluggo on May 22, 2013

  14. Sluggo: while it’s true that Jim regularly got carried away with himself, it didn’t change the fact that The Doors created great throughout his life. Some guys can handle anything (drugs, alcohol, women, fame/worship), Jim couldn’t. Too bad-Still laid down music that affects the listener at multiple levels. LA Woman is as powerful today as their first album is.

    By Ace on May 22, 2013

  15. ace, it was Jim Morrison that made me love the doors and it was Jim Morrison that ruined their music for me as well.
    just my personal feeling is all.

    By sluggo on May 22, 2013

  16. The Sale’s boys are Soupy’s boys. I went to high school with them.

    By David on May 22, 2013

  17. david, did they have their band, was it tony and the tigers or something ,when you were in high school?

    By sluggo on May 22, 2013

  18. Manzarek is the real Mick Jagger of the Doors - meaning he was the guy who was the cheerleader, gave the band direction, who took care of business, took a back seat to the main personality for the good of the whole. Even though he released some terrific solo albums (Carmina Burana and Golden Scarab in particular), he seems to have been most comfortable as a collaborator. And those while efforts have had their ups and downs (I’m partial to the Michael McClure and 1st Roy Rogers album), I always wish he’d done more of his excellent musical chops classical and jazz-wise. Still, the guy’s pure enthusiasm for playing music for people was as infectious in clubs as well as concert halls.

    UNfortunately, as has been mentioned, I wish he’d taken to heart Zappa’s advice to “Shut up and play your guitar”. Enough with the shameless deification/promotion/exploitation of Saint Morrison! While Ray could be the walking definition of pomposity, it can’t be denied that without him, there never would have been the coordination and gelling of talents and musical impact that made the Doors what they were.

    Fortunately, he will be remembered for his music, not his big mouth. I was driving Monday listening to classical radio, which was playing a Bach Concerto and realized that the pumping organ sounded exactly like a 17th century “Light My Fire” instrumental section. That’s Ray!

    By lowendbill on May 23, 2013

  19. And Big-O, THANX for this too-brief posting! Any more solo Ray from the 70’s would be super to hear!

    By lowendbill on May 23, 2013

  20. Hey sluggo! Most bands? What bands are you referring to, in context to long guitar and drum solos in 1966/67? The Doors played extremely long live arrangements of “Light My Fire”, with long guitar and keyboard solos. The record company issued edited versions, so AM radio could play the song. I agree with Ace, LA Woman went back to the basics. That’s a kick ass record!


    By Jumbo on May 24, 2013

  21. well i might have exaggerated a bit but the doors did have a totally different sound and approach when they first landed on the scene and it was a welcome breath of fresh exciting music until Jim `s ego outgrew his noggin.

    By sluggo on May 24, 2013

  22. personally i was always a fan of riders on the storm and the end. long meandering keyboard romps. with poetry mind u. they took me away.

    By darth on May 24, 2013

  23. The Doors made 6 studio albums with Jim. I figure three–the debut, Strange Days, and LA Woman–are pretty great. Morrison Hotel is very good. Waiting for the Sun is decent. And The Soft Parade… well, it has its fans, too. Not a bad legacy, by any means.

    A lot of ’60s rock is really starting to sound dated, thin and tattered, to my ears lately, but I still enjoy The Doors from time to time. They were a cut above most of their peers.

    Thanks for the music, Ray. Rest in peace.

    By frightwig on May 24, 2013

  24. frightwig - and in an interview with krieger and manzarek just a few yrs ago just prior to the matrix tapes being released ray said that they had 63 albums currently in print. since then several went out of print and a few new ones came into print. with unreleased material newly released and live performances being released 40+ yrs later after jim died because the fans want it.. thats the true legacy. still boots flourish. for a band that existed in its real incarnation just over 3 years thats pretty incredible.

    By darth on May 24, 2013

  25. Thanks for this one. I had the privilege and the pleasure to withess a show by Ray and Robbie in 2007.

    By Tony on May 25, 2013

  26. seattle doors ..if you`re going mind the bridges..


    By dropkick sarge on May 25, 2013

  27. Seattle Doors.. I came upon this boot some years ago and I know lots of fans have been clamoring for it’s release, but really, it’s a very sad portrait of a band trying to motivate a singer who’s absolutely not interested.
    –That said, there IS the exceptional performance of “Someday Soon”, only captured once again (Pittsburgh, I think?).

    I’d far rather listen to Miami, which at least has it’s red-hot drunken anger going for it.

    By lowendbill on May 25, 2013

  28. thanks, big-O!!!


    By I-) on Jun 11, 2013

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