In 1986, Ray Manzarek got together with poet/author/punk-rocker Jim Carroll with the idea of working on some songs they had been discussing. With Jim’s words and Ray’s music, they were both excited with the prospects of putting out an album. They got together in Los Angeles and worked on the songs in for a few months. The results were a set of songs with names like “Cops Talk”, “Street of Crocodiles”, “An American Woman”, “Tension”, “Reign of Terror”, “Hurricane”, “American Express” and “Suki Lee”. In mid 1986, they went into the recording studio and recorded most of these tracks. After shopping the album around to various labels without success, they decided against releasing it at that time. But Ray wasn’t going to let all that time and effort go to waste. In 2003, Ray brought out a few of the songs worked through new arrangements with Robby Krieger and Ian Astbury, even preforming a few live in concert (Cops Talk, American Express). Some were also later released during his collaboration with blues guitarist Roy Rogers (Cops Talk, Street of Crocodiles, Tension, Hurricane and An American Woman).