First Bass And Beyond subscriber Greg Bigler emailed me with a correction. When Robby Krieger and John Densmore came onboard as guitarist and drummer, The Doors were complete. He continued this sideline as an economics student at DePaul University; upon graduating he moved west to attend law school at UCLA. Doors drummer John Densmore filed a lawsuit over the use of the name and it lead to a protracted legal battle. Is it because the Vox is such a bigger name or that he debuted with it that everyone think of him exclusively as a “Vox Player”? A new friend of mine is a real music junkie. Though he would later be electrified by the sensual strut of boogie-woogie, the raw power of the blues and the transgressive energy of rock ‘n’ roll, Manzarek credits the “little red book”, written by John Thompson, that his first piano teacher gave him with ideas and motifs he would draw on throughout his career. Manzarek remained extremely busy, producing albums for X and playing with Iggy Pop, Echo and the Bunnymen and others. Generated by Wordfence at Thu, 5 Nov 2020 15:06:57 GMT.Your computer's time: document.write(new Date().toUTCString());. I saw the Doors two or three times back in the day. Created and Maintained by David Dutkowski. I've been filming some Doors tutorial videos recently - and I mentioned that in the early Doors tunes the bass lines were played by keyboard player Ray Manzarek. The Gibson made its debut on Waiting For the Sun. I don’t have the prices on hand, but I’ve always assumed the Farfisa and Gibson’s were quite a bit more expensive (but I could be wrong). His other collaborators have included acclaimed modern-classical and film composer Philip Glass; poet Michael McClure; glam-punk icon Iggy Pop; the British band Echo and the Bunnymen; U.K. poet-musician Darryl Read; writer Scott Richardson, with whom he recorded the innovative spoken-word-and-blues series “Tornado Souvenirs;” guitarist Roy Rogers, who joined him for the 2008 collection “Ballads Before the Rain” (featuring instrumental takes on a couple of Doors songs, among other material); and pop parodist Weird Al, for whose 2009 Doors homage “Craigslist” Manzarek did a spot-on salute to his own work. I'm jealous LOL We have great discussions on music, mostly Classic Rock and during the last one the Doors came up. In 2002, he began touring as the Doors of the 21st Century with Krieger and Cult frontman Ian Astbury. Ray Manzarek was the architect of The Doors’ intoxicating sound. There were no stand alone bass pedal units that I can remember in the 60s. Though several bassists auditioned for the group, none could match the bass lines provided by Manzarek’s left hand. Question: when people think of Ray they always Vox Continental, but I read a while back that after the first 2 albums he pretty much switched to Gibson Kalamazoo/Lowery (similar to what Pete Townsend used). This pretty much aligns with what I thought. I'm jealous LOL We have great discussions on music, mostly Classic Rock and during the last one the Doors came up. He was 74. “Morrison required all three of us diving into his lyrics and creating music that would swirl around him,” Manzarek told Rolling Stone in 2006.