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       first album (also called "Los Angeles") would have been good. Ray played the organ on some of those songs on the record and even in a few live shows. "Nausea" is the one that comes to mind with some great organ parts. I saw Ray play with X once. I never got to see the Doors live but saw Ray at the Roxy playing music from his mid-'70s solo albums. "Golden Scarab", the first one was great; the second one not so much. (That is also true of the two Doors albums after Morrison died. "Other Voices" is well worth a listen while "Full Circle" had its moments but wasn't very good.)

         Ray was one of my childhood heroes; I was a Doors fan because of their instrumental sound. The keyboards and guitar sounds were what grabbed me, not Jim's bad poetry and macho posturing.  Maybe that is unfair, but nowadays I listen to their '60s Sunset Strip contemporaries Love (Arthur Lee's group) and the Byrds much more than the Doors (until a few days ago...)

        I got to meet Ray and his wife Dorothy at a pro-choice rally around 1990 and they were warm and friendly. I got their signatures on some initiative petitions at the time, which was cool.

        I last saw him a few years ago at a show he did in Thousand Oaks. TV weatherman/comedian Fritz Coleman was the opening act then Ray took the stage  telling stories and answering questions about his life and music and playing an electric piano to illustrate his points. He was heavily influenced by the boogie woogie  and other jazz and classical styles. He closed with a solo version of "Light My Fire". Ray was a decent vocalist though obviously not as dynamic or charismatic as Jim Morrison. He will be missed but the music lives on.

    Diehard Swingnut, disgruntled Democrat, age 54, new CA-30

    by Zack from the SFV on Thu May 23, 2013 at 11:36:40 PM PDT

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