The Doors is the debut album by the American rock band The Doors, recorded in August 1966 and released in January 1967. It was originally released in significantly different stereo and mono mixes. It features the breakthrough single "Light My Fire", extended with a substantial 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 their first 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.
The Doors final line up was formed in mid 1965 after Ray Manzarek's two brothers left and Robby Krieger joined. The Doors were initially signed to Columbia Records under a six month contract, but the band agreed to a release after being unable to secure a producer for the album from Columbia. After being released from the label The Doors played club venues including the London Fog and The Whisky a Go Go until they were signed to Elektra records by Jac Holzman.
The album was recorded at Sunset Sound Studios in California over six days, with producer