The Doors Will finally Release Previously Unheard “Paris Blues”
The Doors are set to release a blues compilation that will be dubbed as Paris Blues and described as the band’s last known unissued studio recording that is due on November as part of Record Store Day’s Black Friday event.
It will be a limited-edition set release and will only be available in 10,000 numbered copies. It comes in a form of translucent blue vinyl, with an original cover painting by guitarist Robby Krieger.
The title song was recorded during their sessions for either 1969’s The Soft Parade or 1971’s L.A. Woman. The master tape was lost and the only remaining copy was given to keyboardist Ray Manzarek. However, that copy was damaged by his toddler son. Although the song has been “rescued” through the use of creative editing, the original one was described as “wasn’t very complementary,” adding:
“It wasn’t good enough to make the album and we didn’t put it out later because the master tapes and my personal cassette dub were lost.
“The only copy that survived was Ray’s cassette dub, but one day he left it inside a tape recorder and his then-infant son, Pablo, started playing with the buttons. At several points on the tape, the music abruptly cuts out and all you can hear is Pablo making gurgling noises. Even without Pablo’s remixing, though, it’s just not that great of a tune. There’s a reason it was considered an outtake, and there’s a reason we were never too concerned about the masters going missing. Pablo was probably trying to do us all a favor.”
Manzarek also believes that the song came from the L.A. Woman era and that they were “saving” Paris Blues for future use. He called it a “funky blues” and “not that special.”
The Doors, ‘Paris Blues’ Track Listing
“Paris Blues” (previously unreleased)
2. “I Will Never Be Untrue” (previously unreleased)
3. “Me And The Devil Blues” (previously unreleased)
4. “(You Need Meat) Don’t Go No Further”
5. “I’m Your Doctor”
1. “Jim’s Introduction”
2. “Little Red Rooster” (with Albert King)
3. “Rock Me Baby” (with Albert King)
4. “Who Do You Love?” (with Albert King)