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Tracklist

Awake
Awake
Ghost Song
Dawn's Highway / New Born Awakening
To Come Of Age
To Come Of Age
Black Polished Chrome / Latino Chrome
Angels And Sailors / Stoned Immaculate
The Poet's Dreams
The Movie
Curses, Invocations
World On Fire
American Night
Roadhouse Blues
Lament
The Hitchhiker
An American Prayer
An American Prayer
The End
Albinoni: Adagio

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Notes

Originally released on November 17th, 1978.

Seven years after lead singer Jim Morrison died and five years after the remaining members of the band broke up.

They reunited and recorded backing tracks over Morrison's poetry (originally recorded in 1969 and 1970).
Other pieces of music and spoken word recorded by the Doors and Morrison were also used in the audio collage, such as dialogue from Morrison's film HWY: An American Pastoral and snippets from jam sessions.

The album also includes a composite live version of "Roadhouse Blues", splicing together performances at New York City's Felt Forum and Detroit's Cobo Hall, both captured during the Doors' 1970 Roadhouse Blues Tour.
This version of the song later appeared on the In Concert compilation.

Despite managing a RIAA platinum certification in the US, the album received mixed reviews and still divides critics.

When the album was originally released, longtime Doors' producer Paul A. Rothchild labeled the album a "rape of Jim Morrison." Rothchild claimed that he had heard all of the reels of master tapes from both the 1969 and the 1970 poetry sessions, insisting that the three remaining Doors failed to realize Morrison's original intent for an audio presentation of the poetry.

Prior to leaving for Paris, Morrison had approached composer Lalo Schifrin as a possible contributor for the music tracks meant to accompany the poetry, with no participation from any of the other Doors members.

Additionally, he had developed some conception of the album cover art work by January 1971, and was in correspondence with artist T. E. Breitenbach to design this cover in the form of a triptych. However, John Haeny (who recorded the original session tapes with Morrison in 1970 and safeguarded them before the project was resurrected as An American Prayer) insisted that the album "was made by those people who were closest to Jim, both personally and artistically" and "everyone had the best intentions," stating: "Jim would be pleased. Jim would have understood our motivation and appreciated our dedication and heartfelt handling of his work

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