The Doors continue their 50th anniversary celebration with today’s (November 17) new version of the group’s second album, Strange Days.
It was one of two albums the group put out during 1967, following its enormously successful self-titled debut; It hit No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart and launched the singles “People Are Strange” and “Love Me Two Times.”
The reissue will place both the original mono and stereo mixes of the set on two CDs, while the original mono mix will be released on vinyl. There will be no bonus tracks or unreleased material, but the package will include new liner notes and additional photos.
The new Strange Days follows reissues of The Doors as well as a collection of the band’s singles, and all these looks back inspired us to ask guitarist Robby Krieger what the late Jim Morrison would have thought about the nostalgia:
“That’s a good question. You can never say what Jim would’ve thought or done. I know he’d probably have the basis for a lot of good new material…Jim always said that artists are, should be, like, mirrors of society…They should mirror what’s going on so people can get a different perspective.”
The Doors plan to continue releasing 50th anniversary versions of its albums, which puts 1968’s Waiting For The Sun on the runway for next year.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.