Manzarek and McClure: Love Lion
1993: Original release on CD and cassette by Shanachie Entertainment Corp.
Soundtrack to the video, ‘Love Lion’
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2.Love Lion Blues
3.In Memoriam: For Jim Morrison
4.Maybe Mama Lion
6.Antechamber of the Night
9.Paragon of Danger
13.Stanzas in Turmoil
Michael McClure on ‘Love Lion’
When Ray plays I hear rock, blues, and boogie woogie as well as what sounds like the Russian mystic composer Alexander Scriabin. I give Ray the words, sometimes I mail them to him with a tape of my reading. Other times I read Ray a new poem before a sound check, at maybe the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco or The Bottom Line in New York — and he plays what he hears. It’s fluid and like velvet and ivory and granite and flesh. This isn’t like anything we do solo. When we work together it’s not like me reading a poem, or like Manzarek playing a keyboard piece; a new shape comes into being.
Ray and I first met at the third recording session of The Doors. Then a few years ago I heard Ray playing piano and he heard me reading a long poem “Stanzas in Turmoil.” We both said let’s start working together, and we’ll begin with that piece. Ray said about “Stanzas,” “I hear a great C Major, the wheat fields and the corn fields.” When Ray plays the notes for “Antechamber of the Night” I hear Balinese visionary musicians. Once when we were performing at The Fillmore Auditorium I thought Ray was playing Beethoven’s Ninth then it changed and sounded like a divine jazz riff. There’s a lot of improvisation in this art. We’re here to wake people up and then listen to their roar.
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