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The Doors — Spanish Caravan
Album: Waiting For The Sun
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Released: 1968
Length: 2:55
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Carry me, caravan, take me away
Take me to Portugal, take me to Spain
Andalucia with fields full of grain
I have to see you again and again

Take me, Spanish caravan
Yes, I know you can

Trade winds find galleons lost in the sea
I know where treasure is waiting for me
Silver and gold in the mountains of Spain
I have to see you again and again

Take me, Spanish caravan
Yes, I know you can
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Great follow up to TH Nautical Disaster. 
pull up the Billboard album charts for 1967, 68, 69 & 70
and then perhaps, like me, you will ask "why did anyone listen to The Doors?"
 
First time I've heard this, but that's one time too many.  A very weak 2
 horstman wrote:
R.I.P. Ray, you will be missed. Great influence on organs in rock and roll.

 
From the Radio Paradise Posting Guidelines:
"Everything posted should be appropriate for all ages. The Internet is full of adults-only hangouts. We don't see any reason to have RP be one of them. " 
Rob Reiner, you suck! Now when I hear this, I see Spinal Tap on stage with "Little People" dancing around styrofoam props. UGH!
 KevinM wrote:
This song is great.....until Jim Morrison opens his pie hole and destroys it.

Cut out the crappy vocals and it's pretty decent.

 
Unfortunately gotta agree. Wish they could've left it as an instrumental. Starts gorgeous then gets so tune-challenged and dissonant that it is a shame.
Timeless!
This song is great.....until Jim Morrison opens his pie hole and destroys it.

Cut out the crappy vocals and it's pretty decent.
I see RP's on scorching form this evening..... {#Dance}
R.I.P. Ray, you will be missed. Great influence on organs in rock and roll.{#Bananapiano}
 h8rhater wrote:

The only thing "pretentious" here is the two of you.  You really should stop using words that are too big for you.

 

con·de·scend·ing  
/ˌkändəˈsendiNG/
 
Adjective
Acting in a way that betrays a feeling of patronizing superiority.(of an action) Demonstrating such an attitude.
 

There's a street named Andalucia in Venice Ca.
I ride by there and speculate if this influenced young Jim back in the day... 
 Art_Carnage wrote:
I actually like The Doors, but this is just laughably bad. Could it be any more overblown and pretentious?
 
Robby Krieger was a child prodigy and a very accomplished flamenco guitar player long before the Doors. How DARE he want to perform a song with some flamenco... soooo pretentious.
 Catalytic wrote:
Further proof that not everything the Doors did was great, or even "good". Singing along with scales went out of style in the 14th century. I'd give this a zero but the scale only goes down to "1".
 
Singing along with scales?  The 14th century you say?  Your personal scale only goes to "1"??

The pretentiousness continues... but not from the band.

Further proof that not everything the Doors did was great, or even "good". Singing along with scales went out of style in the 14th century. I'd give this a zero but the scale only goes down to "1".
 MojoJojo wrote:
I prefer "Clam Caravan". 
 

Three and half years later and I still stand by this statement.
 Art_Carnage wrote:
... this is just laughably bad. Could it be any more overblown and pretentious?
 
michaelgmitchell wrote:

Well put.
 
The only thing "pretentious" here is the two of you.  You really should stop using words that are too big for you.
Love this also.
 SpamNRice wrote:


One of my favorites segues — intentional or not... masterful.

 

Same here.  I knew it was coming, but I'm still not sure where Paco De Lucia ends and The Doors begin.
Bill!  Segue this into the version by Ozzie Hergenheimer's Wisconsin Accordion Orchestra — I can upload it if you want :-)
 Art_Carnage wrote:
... this is just laughably bad. Could it be any more overblown and pretentious?
 
Well put.
 JoeChristmas73 wrote:
I used to worship The Doors when I was young; then I grew up and discarded them. Now I appreciate them for what they are, and I don't look for any deeper meaning; I am thankful for what they meant to me at a tough time in my life. With that said, I'll concur with many of the other commenters: this song sucks.

 
An interesting way to arrive at that conclusion.  I never liked this tune much either, but I can understand why it's so important to a lot of other folks.
I used to worship The Doors when I was young; then I grew up and discarded them. Now I appreciate them for what they are, and I don't look for any deeper meaning; I am thankful for what they meant to me at a tough time in my life.

With that said, I'll concur with many of the other commenters: this song sucks.


Tugs at one's heartstrings
 LizK wrote:
Oh, Good God!  This is for real! ? The Lizard King must be glad he's passed.  {#Stop}
 
yeah but it has that quasi-classical intro that makes for some cool song transitions so Bill won't put it away...just dreadful.  Bill, there are other songs much less horrid than this, please put this one on a shelf.
Oh, Good God!  This is for real! ? The Lizard King must be glad he's passed.  {#Stop}
Robbie Krieger, ladies and gentlemen.

BTW...WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO ALL THE COOL EMOTICONS?!!
 Art_Carnage wrote:
I actually like The Doors, but this is just laughably bad. Could it be any more overblown and pretentious?
 
Welllllll.... if U2 were to do a remake - it might be surpassed... 

 Verashappy wrote:


Indeed. :)

 

One of my favorites segues — intentional or not... masterful.

 polymerchm wrote:
One of your better segues.{#Dancingbanana_2}
 

Indeed. :)

 kuntumut wrote:
from Paco De Lucia - Concierto de Aranjuez, it was such a great transition!!
 
Yes. Sort of a lesson in why it's good for musicians to go to study their craft. Mom said, "You'd better practice, Johnny or you'll end up sounding like the Doors".
Ride the snake.  {#Meditate}   Makes me wanna reach for my Mogodan.
One of your better segues.{#Dancingbanana_2}
Really good
 kcar wrote:
... a bit lumbering and pretentious...
 
Well put!

 snegel wrote:
Paco De Lucia - Concierto de Aranjuez => Doors - Spanish Caravan, perfect segue. And good song though, 8.

 
  This one bears repeating! {#Clap}

 Art_Carnage wrote:
 

Art, I started scrolling back through the comments just to see how many times you kvetched about this song...and then I saw this. 

Perfect. Made me burst out laughing. One of Will Ferrell's better spoofs.  

I still like the song, but yes it is a bit lumbering and pretentious. And yes—you do bitch about "Spanish Caravan" like clockwork.  
An amazing performance of Asturias by John Williams.

https://youtu.be/wDAHl54V0CU

a door must be open or close. Please close this one !!!!   {#Sick}
 shawshank wrote:
The best band without a bassist. {#Shhh}
 

Is there many of them ?
I actually like The Doors, but this is just laughably bad. Could it be any more overblown and pretentious?
from Paco De Lucia - Concierto de Aranjuez, it was such a great transition!!
 jpfueler wrote:
I like the segue into The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald as this song too is inspired by a ship wreck. Well the painting of one.
A Spanish Galleon was tossing the horses overboard in the painting and Jim was moved to write this.

 

You're thinking of Horse Latitudes off the Strange Days album.
Great segue.
The best band without a bassist. {#Shhh}
I like the segue into The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald as this song too is inspired by a ship wreck. Well the painting of one.
A Spanish Galleon was tossing the horses overboard in the painting and Jim was moved to write this.

 PeeBee wrote:
Strange song...but I still love it.
 
Strange indeed, just can't past the annoying keyboards in the background...

 AvoidingWork wrote:
For once!!  I was able to notice where Concierto quit and Caravan started.  Usually it's several measure into Caravan when I think, "Hey the song changed!"
 
The same happened to me.
For once!!  I was able to notice where Concierto quit and Caravan started.  Usually it's several measure into Caravan when I think, "Hey the song changed!"

 
Jim Morrison by ~KingVahagn
©2005-2010 ~KingVahagn

Jim Morrison of The Doors

Pencil on drawing paper

There's an important event tonight, Nov 22, 2010, in California US dedicated to The Doors, and particularly the figure of Jim Morrison.

"James Douglas "Jim" Morrison (December 8, 1943 - July 3, 1971), filmmaker, musician, songwriter, poet , actor, also known by the pseudonyms of "The Lizard King", was the lead singer and lyricist of American band The Doors, as one of the most iconic frontmen in rock music history. Morrison was ranked number 47 on Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Singers of All Time.

Jim Morrison's vocal influences were
Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra, which is evident in his own baritone crooning style used in several of the Doors songs. This is mentioned within the pages of "No One Here Gets Out Alive" by Danny Sugarman, as Jim, as a teenager, who is such a fan of Elvis Presley music that it gets to the point that he demands that people be quiet when Elvis is on the radio. The Frank Sinatra influence is mentioned in the pages of "The Doors, The Illustrated History" also by Sugarman, where Frank Sinatra is listed on Morrison's Band Bio as being his favorite singer.

Morrison remains one of the most popular and influential singers/writers in rock history as The Doors' catalog has become a staple of
classic rock radio stations. To this day he is widely regarded as the prototypical rock star.

Iggy and the Stooges are said to have formed after lead singer Iggy Pop was inspired by Morrison while attending a Doors concert in Ann Arbor, Michigan. One of Pop's most popular songs, "The Passenger", is said to be based on one of Morrison's poems.
Eddie Vedder, lead singer of Pearl Jam, Layne Staley, the late vocalist of Alice in Chains, Scott Weiland, the vocalist of Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, Julian Casablancas of the The Strokes, as well as Scott Stapp of Creed, claimed Morrison to be their biggest influence and inspiration. Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver have both covered "Roadhouse Blues" by the Doors.

Although The Doors' active career ended in 1973, their popularity has persisted. According to the RIAA, they have sold over 32.5 million albums in the US alone. Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger still occasionally tour together with additional musicians as Manzarek-Krieger, performing Doors songs exclusively. " (wikipedia)



Robby Krieger, who does the classical guitar lead in, is listed as number 91 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all times. 

Asturias and/or Leyenda is the classical piece & was made popular by Andrés Segovia, the finest classical guitarist of the 20th century - and one of the founders of what we now consider "Classical Guitar".  So for me, this riff by Robby is pretty good for a non classical trained American Rock & Roll artist.



Laughably pretentious, and overblown. It just can't end soon enough.
Paco De Lucia - Concierto de Aranjuez => Doors - Spanish Caravan, perfect segue. And good song though, 8.

Strange song...but I still love it.
I prefer the George Winston version. {#Lol} Really, I do.

 crockydile wrote:
This sounds really dated. I like a good number of their songs. Not this one. {#Headache}
 
I always thought so . . . and I'm from '67!
I probably would have liked it more if it wasn't following after, and suffering from the comparison with, the Concierto de Aranjuez - a witty segue, but one that for me just highlights that the Doors, behind the undeniable cool and a couple of awesome tracks, were actually pretty lightweight.

(Mind you, a couple of awesome tracks is far better than many successful artists manage, so I'll grant that's a pretty high bar...)



Ray Manzarek from The Doors by ~piciule

Ray Manzarek from The Doors at the concert in Zürich, Switzerland (10. January 2007)

Awesome seque from Paco De Lucia Bill! I didn't even notice until Jim started singing.

This was one of my my first albums as a teenager. I still love to hear this, though I must say that the George Winston version catches my fancy even more these days. In reflection, I would say this song probably opened to doors (pun intended) in my mind to a much wider range of latin-influenced music. Finally, the segue from the Paco De Lucia piece, which was quite perfect, illustrates the many connections between rock and classical. 

Thank you Bill, as always, for painting the soundscape with a wide brush! 
 deniser wrote:
great segue from the paco
 

I know! For a moment, just a moment, I wondered "why is Jim Morrison singing with Paco de Lucia?" Now that's a great segue.
 sdn wrote:
Was this recorded after Jim Morrison's death?

Beautiful guitarwork... dead vocals.
 
{#Lol}

This sounds really dated. I like a good number of their songs. Not this one. {#Headache}
Was this recorded after Jim Morrison's death?

Beautiful guitarwork... dead vocals.
 Art_Carnage wrote:
Worst. Doors. Song. Ever.
 
You've clearly never heard Horse Latitudes.{#Angel}
Woohoo! It's not George Freakin' Winston.
One of the Doors best songs. Ever.
Worst. Doors. Song. Ever.
Twice in one day! (George Winston's take this morning)


The Doors - "Spanish Caravan" Live:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6BZiFBws3I


Very nice!
Bill,

YOU ROCK!  These guys were really, really something, weren't they?

great segue from the paco
I prefer "Clam Caravan". 

 George_Tirebiter wrote:
One of the weaker Doors tunes....{#Meditate}
 
So a 10 instead of an 11 then.

 holborne wrote:

Maybe here, but not among the majority of the world, which isn't blinded by nostalgia viewed through clouds of pot smoke.
 
The "majority of the world" is still giving these guys awards and accolades 38 years after Jim's death.

There is a contingent of the rock community that has always disparaged The Doors, even in their heyday. The used to call Morrison a "male Barbie doll" and poke fun at the groups use of classical chord structures and baroque musical/lyrical pairings as being "not rock and roll".

But, wherever you go in the world, if you're sitting in a bar and "Love Me Two Times", "Roadhouse Blues", "Moonlight Drive", or "Light My Fire" starts up, look around at the dancers and the people singing along. You'll be surprised.

The Doors will be influencing young folks 100 years from now. How many pop groups of today can count on that kind of legacy? {#Wave}
 ssalgado wrote:


And Bill did it again!!!!   {#Clap}

I liked this segue a lot.

Can I suppose that Bill use copy-paste to do the playlists?  Which, in this case, it's more than justified...

 
agreed - very nice seamless seque!

One of the weaker Doors tunes....{#Meditate}
 ick wrote:
Master of the seamless segue... ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Bill Goldsmith! {#Clap}

Paco De Lucia "Concierto de Arnjuez" to Doors "Spanish Caravan"... spot on!
 

And Bill did it again!!!!   {#Clap}

I liked this segue a lot.

Can I suppose that Bill use copy-paste to do the playlists?  Which, in this case, it's more than justified...

This is one of the songs RP plays that makes me glad I discovered Pandora.  No Doors on my Pandora.
This somehow reminds me of "What's Opera, Doc?"
What's Opera Doc

 Pyro wrote:

since their very first recording

(I'm a definitive minority.)

 
Maybe here, but not among the majority of the world, which isn't blinded by nostalgia viewed through clouds of pot smoke.


Master of the seamless segue... ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Bill Goldsmith! {#Clap}

Paco De Lucia "Concierto de Arnjuez" to Doors "Spanish Caravan"... spot on!
 philbertr wrote:


Since when did the Doors suck at all?
 
since their very first recording

(I'm a definitive minority.)

I love this song!!!

{#Cool} {#Hearteyes} 
haha...spanish caravan after paco de lucia.

robbie krieger holds his own, but jim morrison sounds a bit unnerving in this context, at least until the flamenco is left in the dust and the psychedelia takes over.

strange days, indeed.
Jimbo always maintained that Robbie never got enough credit for his ax work.
good transition{#Yes}
cc_rider wrote:
What a flawless segue. I had to look to see if somehow the Doors had hooked up with Senor De Lucia.

Bill does it again!

c.
He just did it again out of Los Lobos with Antonio Banderas - Canción Del Mariachi .  Excellence defined.


 Krispian wrote:
Just when you thought The Doors couldn't suck any harder...
 

Since when did the Doors suck at all?
20 ++++++++++++++
Oh thank goodness it wasn't that horrible piano cover of this again.
That was a fantastic transition from Govi's Andalusian Nights.{#Bananajam}
Just when you thought The Doors couldn't suck any harder...
What a flawless segue. I had to look to see if somehow the Doors had hooked up with Senor De Lucia.

Bill does it again!

c.

Govi - Andalusian Nights  ==>   The Doors - Spanish Caravanit;  is because of these transistions that RP Station & the DJ Mr. BillG caught my attention has much time  

** 10 **




Starts off beautifully then the drugs kick in "weird man, I can see this kinda Spanish dude kinda thing and he kinda looks like a kinda weird Spanish dude thing, really weird man, I think I'll right a song about it, yerrrrrrrr"

 nigelr wrote:
Who plays the spanish guit on this track?
Sure is wonderful.
 

It's Robby Krieger, the Doors' guitarist. He's a trained flamenco guitarist. He also wrote the song.


:guitarist: Ahhhh. Madrid & music. How I miss it. Glad Jim likes it too.
Who plays the spanish guit on this track? Sure is wonderful.
I'm suprised by the low rating of this song here.
ch83575 wrote:
That segue from Paco De Lucia gets me every time... great work Bill.
:yes:
ch83575 wrote:
That segue from Paco De Lucia gets me every time... great work Bill.
Worth stating again. Nice work!
skindy wrote:
Oh man... once again, Morrison's voice reduces me to that hormonal high schooler who first experienced what LUST was upon being introduced to The Doors, and that voice... the aural personification of masculinity... 'scuse me while I go change my pants...
Mind if I watch the transformation?
skindy wrote:
Oh man... once again, Morrison's voice reduces me to that hormonal high schooler who first experienced what LUST was upon being introduced to The Doors, and that voice... the aural personification of masculinity... 'scuse me while I go change my pants...
:shifty:
Oh man... once again, Morrison's voice reduces me to that hormonal high schooler who first experienced what LUST was upon being introduced to The Doors, and that voice... the aural personification of masculinity... 'scuse me while I go change my pants...
ronniegirl wrote:
:clap: :notworthy:
+1. Excellent.
ronniegirl wrote:
:clap: :notworthy:
My thoughts exactly.
ch83575 wrote:
That segue from Paco De Lucia gets me every time... great work Bill.
:clap: :notworthy:
Bill ...i swear you read my mind. you are a true art lover.
AphidA wrote:
I usually keep my shit in the freezer and eat it up for Thanksgiving.
Erk ! With cranberries? :fire: If you have absolutely nothing to say, at least do not alter the citations you make (up) of the others. Did I ever questioned your nickname?
Chumbawamba-1984 wrote:
blah blah blah
Sorry, man, but are we supposed to take any sort of musical critique seriously from you when you're name is Chumbawamba? What a glaringly obvious lack of taste. (kidding)
copymonkey wrote:
Was a huge Doors fan back in the day, but I never got around to check if it's actually Robbie Krieger playing the acoustic on this song? Anyone know? If it is--I think I gotta gove Robbie even more props than I already do.
I am pretty sure it is, I recall reading that Robbie was a classically trained flamenco guitarist, and that all his work, including with the Doors, was done without a pick.
copymonkey wrote:
Was a huge Doors fan back in the day, but I never got around to check if it's actually Robbie Krieger playing the acoustic on this song? Anyone know? If it is--I think I gotta gove Robbie even more props than I already do.
Jimbo always maintained that Robbie never got the respect he was due for his guitar work.
Was a huge Doors fan back in the day, but I never got around to check if it's actually Robbie Krieger playing the acoustic on this song? Anyone know? If it is--I think I gotta gove Robbie even more props than I already do.
artmarcia wrote:
Great segue--I didn't even know we had switched songs
Me either.
Great segue--I didn't even know we had switched songs
Beautiful!!!!!!
That segue from Paco De Lucia gets me every time... great work Bill.