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Light my fire

Classic Rock Salute to The Doors cover art; image courtesy of Cleopatra/Purple Pyramid

Ian Gillan, Steve Morse, Joe Lynn Turner, and Graham Bonnet, along with extravaganza of classic rock luminaries, contributed to the Light My Fire – A Classic Rock Salute To The Doors CD which is due out on July June 24 via Cleopatra imprint Purple Pyramid Records.

Steve Morse says:

[The Doors were] a soundtrack, literally, for some of the most memorable times, good and bad, that I experienced as a young teen. Like many of my favorites, they were adventurous, improvising, unafraid of what the media might say, and all with a sort of lyrical freedom that still stands up today.

Gillan sang Light My Fire, accompanied by none other but Rick Wakeman and Steve Howe from Yes. His “trackmates” add to the praise. Wakeman:

[Light My Fire] has always been one of those iconic tracks that keyboard players listen to because of the fact that there are so few tracks with keyboard/organ solos on them compared to our six-stringed buddies. It’s also a solo area that is totally open to interpretation so whatever you do is not comparable to the original, so it was an absolute joy to do.


I was delighted to play on this album as The Doors were a band I heard a lot as everywhere I went in the late ‘60s their music was playing, at friend’s, in restaurants, gigs and bars throughout London. I’m sure I saw them play at Middle Earth, a then hip club. Then, when the reissue more recently came out, I got totally back into their music, especially Light My Fire.

Track listing:
  1. L.A. Woman — Jimi Jamison (Survivor), Ted Turner (Wishbone Ash) and Patrick Moraz (Moody Blues)
  2. Love Me Two Times — Lou Gramm (Foreigner), Thijs van Leer (Focus) and Larry Coryell
  3. Roadhouse Blues — Leslie West (Mountain), Brian Auger and Rod Piazza
  4. Love Her Madly — Mark Stein (Vanilla Fudge) and Mick Box (Uriah Heep)
  5. Riders On The StormJoe Lynn Turner, Tony Kaye (Yes), and Steve Cropper (Booker T. & The M.G.’s)
  6. The Crystal Ship — Edgar Winter and Chris Spedding
  7. Intro (People Are Strange) — Keith Emerson, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter and Joel
    Druckman (John Fahey)
  8. People Are Strange” — David Johansen (NY Dolls) and Billy Sherwood (Yes)
  9. Touch Me — Robert Gordon, Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), Steve Morse and Nik Turner (Hawkwind)
  10. The Soft ParadeGraham Bonnet, Christopher North (Ambrosia) and Steve Hillage (Gong)
  11. Hello, I Love You — Ken Hensley (Uriah Heep) and Roye Albrighton (Nektar)
  12. Spanish Caravan — Eric Martin (Mr. Big) and Elliot Easton (The Cars)
  13. Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar) — Todd Rundgren and Geoff Downes (Yes / Asia) and Zoot Horn Rollo (Captain Beefheart)
  14. Break On Through (To The Other Side) — Mark Farner (Grand Funk Railroad) and Chick Churchill (Ten Years After)
  15. Light My FireIan Gillan, Rick Wakeman (Yes) and Steve Howe (Yes)
  16. The End — Pat Travers and Jimmy Greenspoon (Three Dog Night)

Thanks to BraveWords for the info.

18 Comments to “Light my fire”:

  1. 1
    Lewis Dolgin says:

    Some great musicans on this album. Pat travers on the end sounds interesting!

  2. 2
    Roberto says:

    Great names, not the firt time Gillan sings a Doors’ cover.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPMokE7v9GU from 4:14 on…

  3. 3
    Les Hedger says:

    I usually don’t buy tribute albums because nothing beats the original(in most cases) but this sounds promising!!

  4. 4
    Terry Brinkley says:

    Looking forward to it!

  5. 5
    Rasmus Heide says:

    How many tribute albums has Billy Sherwood put together? Must be his main career these days. And who’s on bass and drums on this one? A relevant question for a Doors tribute.

  6. 6
    LRT says:

    Right, Roberto, not only seeing why that the title for him to do on this. I see no point at all in being on this. Now my kind of news unless it charts or something, I mean him paying tribute in the way of a tribute product seems ridiculous at this point. Covers are one thing.

  7. 7
    Scott W. says:

    Rasmus, you mean who is on Drums. The Doors never had a Bass player except on their last LP ‘LA Woman’ where the borrowed Elvis’ Bass player Jerry Scheff. Ray Manzerek generally played bass lines on his keyboards! Maybe they WILL add a Bass on this cover version, Why Not… Now What?!

  8. 8
    nupsi59 says:

    The Doors were a band I discovered later after their successful career. (I was then eight or nine years old).

    Is it just me or is the beginning of “L.A. Woman” matching to “Highway Star”?

    Anyway… have a nice day and let’s enjoy the football world cup in brazil…

  9. 9
    Roberto says:

    @6 I agree with you!

  10. 10
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Again a Steve Morse contribution to a tribute album.

    Does remind me of the moments Glenn and Joe get for showing up everywhere on those thins 🙂

  11. 11
    purplepriest1965 says:

    I meant :

    THEY get a lot of criticism for doing that.
    What about Morsey?

    Is he not doing the same?

  12. 12
    Tracy(Zero the Hero)Heyder says:

    I’ll bet my whole retirement fund here that if Ritchie was on board this, the nay sayers would be dueling. But of course, he wouldn’t stoop that low. Oh, anybody remember his contribution to the ‘Shadows Tribute’…… TWANG?

    Nuff said. I for one am glad to see this. The Doors are a monumental band. They deserve monumental players and singer paying tribute. Go Purple Folk!!!!


  13. 13
    Tracy(Zero the Hero)Heyder says:

    I meant to write drooling, not dueling…..

  14. 14
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Who are the naysayers?

    I never criticise tribute albums as others do.

    It just depends how the reworked version expresses itself.

  15. 15
    Rascal says:

    The Doors were brilliant so its good to see so many great names (with exceptions) involved in this


    You know whenever I hear or see it – It just never ever sits right – JLT as a former member of Deep Purple. Those dark days

  16. 16
    Tracy(Zero the Hero)Heyder says:


    You made my point…. Loud and Clear.

    Nuff said

  17. 17
    Peter Chrisp says:

    It’s great on “Highway Star” to have divided opinions on all things related to Deep Purple and the huge “family tree”.
    Ever since i heard The Doors way back in those 60’s acid flower power days, i have never heard anything like it in those
    hazy days, I have around half a dozen or so bands that were so influential even up to this day their music still stands the test of time, in either order: The Eagles, Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin & The Doors.
    As suggested there is nothing better than the originals but if you go to the Amazon UK site you can listen to only 30 second samples, but from a Doors fanatic would i buy the tribute album? I am with you Rascal, i guess there are some artists on the album i have little interest in. But in “The End” is it worth a purchase at the moment i am 50/50. Hmmmmm.

  18. 18
    Henrik says:

    Edgar Winter and Chris Speeding’s version of THe Crystal Ship is breathtakingly beautiful.

    It rivals the original version.

    Joe Lynn Turner once again shows how enourmously immature he is. His “tough” delivery of Riders on The Storm is laughable.

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