Listen to The Doors’ previously unreleased song ‘Paris Blues’

That Doors has released the song “Paris Blues”, the band’s “last known unreleased studio recording.”

“‘Paris Blues’ traveled a long and winding road to its release, acquiring a mythic quality among Doors fans along the way,” noted a message accompanying the tune. “An original blues song written by the band; the track was recorded during one of the band’s recording sessions for both The soft parade or LA woman (nobody seems to remember).”

This means that “Paris Blues” was probably recorded sometime between 1968 and late 1970, but the track’s journey took a turn from there.

“The master tape of the song was lost and the only surviving copy was given to the Doors’ keyboardist Ray Manzarek“, the official message continued. “Unfortunately, this copy was partially damaged by his son Pablo (a small child at the time), who recorded over a few short parts. Now, through some creative editing, the song has been rescued from obscurity for the new album.”

The new album is Paris Blues a limited-edition blues-themed compilation set to be released on Nov. 25 as part of Record Store Day’s Black Friday event. The set will be available on translucent blue vinyl with an original cover artwork by the guitarist Robby Krieger.

In addition to “Paris Blues” (which you can listen to below), the album features two previously unheard live recordings by Krieger and Jim Morrison performing at a benefit for Norman Mailer’s mayoral campaign on May 31, 1969. The first is “I Will Never Be Untrue”, an original song written for Morrison Hotelbut eventually got away with the 1970 LP. The other is a cover of Robert Johnson’s “Me and the Devil Blues.”

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