May 22, 2013 – 4:53 am

RAY MANZAREK R.I.P. 1939-2013

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 Morrison¹s 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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Riders On The Storm [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Tempodrom, Berlin, Germany; April 13, 2006. Very good to excellent audience recording.

Thanks to vortex242 for recording the show and sharing it at The Traders’ Den.

Andy Greene of Rolling Stone reported:

Doors co-founder and keyboardist Ray Manzarek died today (May 20, 2013) in Rosenheim, Germany after a long battle with bile duct cancer. He was 74.

“I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend and bandmate Ray Manzarek today,” Doors guitarist Robby Krieger said in a statement. “I’m just glad to have been able to have played Doors songs with him for the last decade. Ray was a huge part of my life and I will always miss him.”

Manzarek grew up in Chicago, then moved to Los Angeles in 1962 to study film at UCLA. It was there he first met Doors singer Jim Morrison, though they didn’t talk about forming a band until they bumped into each other on a beach in Venice, California in the summer of 1965 and Morrison told Manzarek that he had been working on some music. “And there it was!” Manzarek wrote in his 1998 biography, Light My Fire. “It dropped quite simply, quite innocently from his lips, but it changed our collective destinies.”

They quickly teamed up with drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger and began playing gigs around Los Angeles. About a year later, the Doors recorded their debut album for Elektra Records. “We knew once people heard us, we’d be unstoppable,” Manzarek wrote in his memoir. “We knew what the people wanted: the same thing the Doors wanted. Freedom.”…

“Morrison required all three of us diving into his lyrics and creating music that would swirl around him,” Manzarek told Rolling Stone in 2006. “Without Jim, everybody started shooting off in different directions… The Doors was the perfect mixture of four guys, four egos that balanced each other. There were never any problems with ‘You wrote this’ or ‘I wrote that.’ But [after Jim died] the whole dynamic was screwed up, because the fourth guy wasn’t there.”

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Disc 1
Track 101. Intro (4.1MB)
Track 102. Roadhouse Blues (10.6MB)
Track 103. Break On Through (11.0MB)
Track 104. Love Me Two Times (10.3MB)
Track 105. When The Music’s Over (28.5MB)
Track 106. The Alabama Song (6.1MB)
Track 107. Back Door Man (10.9MB)
Track 108. Five To One (14.4MB)
Track 109. Robbie Kireiger Flamenco Solo (6.8MB)
Track 110. Spanish Caravan (5.3MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. band introduction (2.5MB)
Track 202. Peace Frog (8.4MB)
Track 203. Wild Child (7.1MB)
Track 204. Eagle In A Whirlpool (6.2MB)
Track 205. Not To Touch The Earth (8.5MB)
Track 206. Touch Me (7.8MB)
Track 207. L.A. Woman (15.0MB)
Track 208. audience (3.3MB)
Track 209. Riders On The Storm (16.0MB)
Track 210. audience (5.2MB)
Track 211. Light My Fire (false keyboard sound) (628k)
Track 212. Light My Fire (19.3MB)

Ray Manzarek - keyboards, vocals
Robbie Krieger - guitars
Ian Astbury - vocals
Philip Chen - bass
Ty Dennis - drums

Latecomers who want to know what The Doors were about can get this sampler, The Very Best Of The Doors. Buy it here.

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  1. 21 Responses to “RAY MANZAREK - BERLIN 2006”

  2. Awesome, Big O! Many thanks for TWO shares spanning Ray’s career after the Doors. Can’t get his sound out of my head these days.

    I went through their discography last night in one sitting and I couldn’t find an album or track I didn’t like/remember. LA Woman will always be my favorite, though. Taught me how to swear when I was just a wee little thing.

    Peace, frogs…

    By golgo hakase on May 22, 2013

  3. Ray Manzarek also adopted Carmina Burana of German composer Carl Orff, and turned it into a Rock Suite. Simply magnificient.

    By magrat knobloch on May 22, 2013

  4. without Jim Morrison there are the doors…Ray was living off Jim’s coattail for too many years.

    By nashtheslash on May 22, 2013

  5. while no one was paying attention…two headlines -
    Longtime Uriah Heep Bassist Trevor Bolder Died
    Former Mott the Hoople Guitarist and Singer Steve Hyams Died.

    By darth on May 22, 2013

  6. 80% of the doors hits were written by robbie so exactly how is that nash? the basic sound of the doors was that keyboard sound. jim wasnt going to have a band without musicians. a poet without musicians behind him isnt much of a rock band. ray got them signed to elektra. too many years? the band existed for just over 3 years. what are u talking about? u probably meant without jim morrison there are ‘no’ doors. but 50 years of rock n roll has proven otherwise. people evidently dont care how many members of a band are dismissed or die etc. bands like foreigner still get to tour under the name and sell out arenas with one member.

    By darth on May 22, 2013

  7. In 2006, Manzarek and Kreiger were touring with the Cult’s Ian Astbury in the Jim Morrison seat as “Riders On The Storm”. In 2002 they reformed the Doors as the “Doors of The 21st Century” and toured as such until John Densmore (who refused to play without Jim) and Pamela Courson succesfully got an injunction in 2005 stopping the use of “The Doors” in the name. They changed it to D21C and then Riders On The Storm. They later changed the name to the Manzarek-Kreiger Band. RIP Ray.

    By Mike Cummings on May 22, 2013

  8. who cares who wrote the music.jim sang’em…ray suck and so did robbie.john was cool for what he did.and to bring in another singer who sounds like shit and ruin the songs come on .i could think of better singers then him.why didn’t they sing if they were so such song writers ? jim was the Doors.and i think most would agree.he made them for who they were.not robbie and ray.

    By nashtheslash on May 22, 2013

  9. R.I.P. - Lizard King….

    By nashtheslash on May 22, 2013

  10. Thank you Big O amigos. Serious sunset sounds for post state track championships Thompson.

    Darth, thanks for heads up on Trevor Bolder and Steve Hyams. Both had their moments.

    By James on May 23, 2013

  11. ian astbury- a wanna be morrison.what a joke…

    check the ‘do he’s sportin’

    By steve marriott lives on May 23, 2013

  12. Trevor Bolder, Bassist for David Bowie’s Spiders From Mars, Dead at 62

    By darth on May 23, 2013

  13. It’s the combination of talents that make a band. Jim was great, so were the others. Four minds, one voice. class act.

    By Yermaw on May 23, 2013

  14. jim sang the songs because hes the singer for the band. but the point i was making is that ray didnt ride anyones coattails. and jim wasnt the doors as u seem to think. do u think that paul is the beatles? a singer isnt the band. without the writer of the songs..there are no songs to sing. what would jim have had hits with if not for robbie writing those songs? what music would jim have sang in front of without ray and robbie and john playing behind him? jim was not the doors. how can u say who cares who wrote the music?
    they brought in another singer because they were musicians and fans wanted to hear doors songs and the singer who they knew had died. they had many other singers do it but on tour it was feasible to do a multi singer sort of thing so they toured with one singer.
    did u ever see the eddie vedder performance at the rock n roll hall of fame induction ceremony?? he tore it up!! that was incredible. best of all of the singers who ever covered with the remaining members. there are also the rehearsals available out there. find it. its worth it.

    By darth on May 23, 2013

  15. Other voices and full circle…densmore should have sued himself for making those records without Jim. To see Robbie and ray play over the past 20 years was my only chance to see them perform. They kicked ass. The power of music was still there. If ray died in 71. I guess we would be complaining that Jim was fat and he couldn’t sing anymore with some fill in on keyboards.

    By James on May 23, 2013

  16. Other Voices and Full Circle-both great underrated albums.

    By john b on May 23, 2013

  17. When the Music’s Over- Turn out the Lights.. Well the lights are out..RIP Jim and Ray…

    By Ron on May 23, 2013

  18. Thank you for posting this Big O! This is incredible! When I first heard about them going out as Doors Of The 21st Century (which is technically this same band)with Ian Astbury on vocals, I was very sceptical. No way anybody could ever fill Jim’s shoes. Then I saw The Doors Of The 21st Century - L.A. Woman Live DVD! Can you say BLOWN AWAY boys and girls? Ian wasn’t trying to be Jim but paid omage to Jim’s music and his performance style with grace and professionalisim. It was amazing! Like seeing The Doors with Jim completely sober. I HIGHLY recommend the L.A. Woman Live DVD to anybody who has their doubts. See for yourself. And by all means, check out this show. It’s a great represintation of the new line up. The Doors were all incredible artist/musicians in their own right. That is why they were able to make the musical history that they did. It can only be described as….magic. There will never be another Jim Morrison, there will never be another Robbie Krieger, I won’t mention John Densmore because I’m still pissed at him for screwing it up for everybody else, and of course, there will never be another Ray Manzarek! R.I.P. Ray, we will all miss you greatly! Ian, wherever you are, thank you for filling some BIG Rock N’ Roll boots with grace and dignity and carrying on the memory of Jim. And Big O of course, thanks as always for the great tunes! Must continue to rock……..

    By Rev Bob on May 23, 2013

  19. doors early and late show from konserthuset

    git it here


    By dropkick sarge on May 24, 2013

  20. Oh yeah, saw this line up in Zürich, Switzerland. Ashbury did his best as Lizard King impersonator, Ray and Robbie Krieger played awesome! Great show!

    By Tony on May 25, 2013

  21. so many doors to open


    By dropkick sarge on May 25, 2013

  22. the lizard king gets his lizard.
    [sorry , had to!]

    By sluggo on Jun 7, 2013

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