Jim Morrison Music By The DoorsAn American Prayer

Label:Elektra – 5E-502
Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold, Specialty Pressing
Genre:Rock, Non-Music
Style:Psychedelic Rock, Spoken Word, Experimental, Classic Rock


A2Ghost Song
A3Dawn's Highway / New Born Awakening
To Come Of Age
A4To Come Of Age
A5Black Polished Chrome / Latino Chrome
A6Angels And Sailors / Stoned Immaculate
The Poet's Dreams
A7The Movie
A8Curses, Invocations
World On Fire
B1American Night
B2Roadhouse Blues
B4The Hitchhiker
An American Prayer
B5An American Prayer
B5.aThe End
B5.bAlbinoni: Adagio

Companies, etc.



© 1978 James Douglas Morrison Publishing and Doors Music Co.
Backcover: ℗ & © 1978 Elektra / Asylum Records.
Center labels: ℗ 1978 by Elektra Records.
Mixed at Cherokee Studios, L.A.
New music recorded at Hollywood Sound Recorders.
Sound restoration by Soundstream Inc.
Lacquering: Capitol Records.
This album was made with the invaluable support & contributions of Corky Courson.
Special thanks: Tim McIntire, Bub Brown, Debra Densmore, Chuck Churella, John Lipke, Paul Davis.

Center labels reads track titles as entered in tracklist.
Index tracks only on backcover.
Track A3 reads "Dawn's Highway / Newborn Awakening" on backcover.
Tracks B5.a and B5.b not mentioned on backcover, - only the index track.
Tracklist in booklet reads:
- Awake
- Ghost Song
- Dawn's Highway
- Newborn Awakening
- To Come Of Age
- Black Polished Chrome
- Latino Chrome
- Angels And Sailors
- Stoned Immaculate
- The Movie
- Curses, Invocations
- American Night
- Roadhouse Blues
- The World On Fire
- Lament
- The Hitchiker
7 & 8
- An American Prayer

Total time A-side - 19:35.
Total time B-side - 19:05.
Specialty Records Corporation logo in runouts (large S with the R and C in the loops).

Initially version with Elektra butterfly labels, see images.
Gatefold Sleeve containing 2 photos of Jim Morrison & an 8-page book with lyrics.
There are several reissues, please have a look.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Center label A-side): 5E-502-A SP
  • Matrix / Runout (Center label B-side): 5E-502-B SP
  • Matrix / Runout (Var. 1 runout A-side, etching): 5E-502 A SP F4 SRC 1-1 MASTERED BY CAPITOL KP
  • Matrix / Runout (Var. 1 runout B-side, etching): 5E-502 B SP F4 SRC 1-2C MASTERED BY CAPITOL KP
  • Matrix / Runout (Var. 2 runout A-side, etching): 5E-502 A SP F4 SRC MASTERED BY CAPITOL KP
  • Matrix / Runout (Var. 2 runout B-side, etching): 5E-502 B SP F4 SRC MASTERED BY CAPITOL KP
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, both sides, stamped): MASTERED BY CAPITOL

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An American Prayer (LP, Album)ElektraW 52111Italy1978
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An American Prayer (LP, Album, Stereo, Butterfly Labels)Elektra, ElektraELK 52 111, 5E-502Germany1978
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An American Prayer (8-Track Cartridge, Album)Elektra5T-8502US1978
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An American Prayer (LP, Album, Stereo)ElektraP-10504EJapan1978
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An American Prayer (LP, Album, Stereo, Gatefold)ElektraK 52111UK1978


  • jojoyojimbi's avatar
    I've got a copy of this with red labels and runout etching that reads 5E502 A-1A SX & 5E502 B - 1A SX and can't find anything about it anywhere, anyone have any idea?
    • Deanosbarandgrill's avatar
      Edited 9 months ago
      I have a white label test pressing of An American Prayer - It looks like a UK/Europe issue.
      Runout info:
      T/P-G K52111 A1 EG ALLEN
      T/P-G K52111 B1 EG ALLEN
      • MrFlocky's avatar
        It should be no surprise to you at all but, the original 1978 Canadian press sounds superb, I found a nice clean copy that plays flat with no pops. Very happy indeed.
        • jasonbum's avatar
          I love this album. Spent many "strange days" listening to this tripped out piece. Very underappreciated work, seems like they captured Jim's ghost.
          • fjfjfjfj's avatar
            Edited 4 years ago
            Living a truly bohemian lifestyle as a brokeass student in Innsbruck circa 2002, my french roommate would play this album on many a foggy, dreadful morning. As day would bleed into evening, we would both recuperate in our respectively small single beds, smoking Gaulois cigarettes and only bothering to move when compelled to press "Play" one more time. I was already well-versed with the Morrison/Doors catelogue, but this gem really touched the spirit of the indian possessing my own soul.
            Long Live Jim Morrison



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