Listen back to Jim Morrison’s isolated vocals on The Doors song ‘Hello, I Love You’ and get chills down your spine
‘Hello, I Love You’ more so than any other Doors song puts Jim Morrison front and centre, welcoming the continuous spotlight. Nowhere is this better seen than with Jim’s isolated vocals, take a listen below for yourself.
Written by Morrison himself, the song featured on their epic LP Waiting for the Sun and is a staple of any Doors fan’s collection. The track ranks high as one of the most notorious songs of the band’s impressive discography and the isolated vocal adds a whole other level of wonderment to the number. Before his untimely death in 1971, Morrison was the archetypal poet/singer and commanded a legion of fans. Judging by this, it’s easy to see why.
On first listen, the song can feel like The Doors attempt at a pop smash, destined to attempt the ascent to the top of the charts, such as the quaint title and the rhythmic bop that runs through the chorus. In truth, that’s not too far from the target.
Many people have argued that The Doors took the central riff from one of The Kinks’ big hits of the time ‘All Day and All of the Night’. In fact, even in the liner notes to The Doors Box Set, Robby Krieger had to deny the allegations that the song’s musical structure was stolen from Ray Davies’ band, where a riff similar to it is featured in The Kinks’ classic song—not a great look.
Krieger instead said the song’s vibe was actually taken from another British band, this time Cream’s song ‘Sunshine of Your Love’. But Davies, with all the unstoppable determination that he harbours, has continued to assert that the Doors’ song was based on his hit and we’re not sure he’ll ever really stop.
In a 2012 interview with Mojo magazine, Davies said: “The funniest thing was when my publisher came to me on tour and said The Doors had used the riff for ‘All Day and All of the Night’ for ‘Hello, I Love You.’ I said rather than sue them, can’t we just get them to own up? My publisher said, ‘They have, that’s why we should sue them’.”
Putting the riffs aside for a second, ‘Hello I Love You’ really works because of Jim’s juxtaposing lyrics and epic vocal. When you isolate Morrison’s vocal, the complexity of his vision is more accurately represented. His poetic lyrics are beautifully punctuated with purpose by Jim. Backed by Ray Manzarek, Morrison works through his cultured, gritty tone and finds a smooth and polished sound that still sends chills down our spine.
Listen to that epic performance below and hear Jim Morrison’s isolated vocal on ‘Hello, I Love You’. We’ve even thrown in a couple more so you can really feel the power of Morrison’s voice. Magical.