1972 The Doors – Full Circle

Full Circle is the eighth studio album by the American rock band the Doors, released in August 1972. It is the second album after Jim Morrison’s death, and the last they compiled until 1978’s An American Prayer. The album includes “The Mosquito”, the last Doors single to chart.

The band’s first album without Jim Morrison, 1971’s Other Voices, had reached #31 on the Billboard chart, a modest success for the group considering the monumental shadow cast by the passing of the “Lizard King.” The band – now a trio consisting of keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger, and drummer John Densmore – chose to record Other Voices at their rehearsal space known as the Workshop, the same two-story building at 8512 Santa Monica Boulevard they had recorded the successful L.A. Woman, but for Full Circle they opted to move to Hollywood’s A&M Studio. While Other Voices was, to a degree, an extension of the L.A. Woman sessions (some of the tracks had been worked up before Morrison had left for Paris), Full Circle was a standalone work that saw the band delve deeper into jazz and work with some top shelf session musicians. Bruce Botnick, who had engineered all the Doors albums up to that point and co-produced both L.A. Woman and Other Voices, declined to partcipate in the sessions. In 2015 he admitted to Uncut’s Tom Pinnock that he could not remember whether he was asked to return or not, but maintains he would have turned down the offer, reflecting, “The guys wanted to have a chance to work with some other musicians. As they went into Full Circle they took that extension even further.”


1  Get Up And Dance (Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek) 2:33
2  4 Billion Souls (Robby Krieger) 3:18
3  Verdilac (Robby Krieger) 5:47
4  Hardwood Floor (Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek) 3:31
5  Good Rocking (Roy Brown) 4:39
The Mosquito (John Densmore, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek) 5:17
7  The Piano Bird (Jack Conrad, John Densmore) 5:44
8  It Slipped My Mind (Robby Krieger) 3:10
9  The Peking King And The New York Queen (Ray Manzarek) 6:27


DrumsJohn Densmore
GuitarRobby Krieger
KeyboardsRay Manzarek
Background VocalsClydie King
Background VocalsMelissa Mackay
Background VocalsVenetta Fields

Other Musicians

1 Get Up And Dance

BassChris Etheridge

2 4 Billion Souls

BassJack Conrad

3 Verdilac

BassCharles Larkey
SaxCharles Lloyd
PercussionBobbye Hall

4 Hardwood Floor

BassLeland Sklar
HarmonicaRobby Krieger

5 Good Rocking

BassJack Conrad

6 The Mosquito

BassLeland Sklar

7 The Piano Bird

BassCharles Larkey
GuitarJack Conrad
FluteCharles Lloyd
PercussionBobbye Hall
PercussionChico Batera

8 It Slipped My Mind

BassLeland Sklar

9 The Peking King And The New York Queen

BassJack Conrad
PercussionBobbye Hall
PercussionChico Batera

Liner Notes

Producer – The Doors
Engineer, Coordinator – Henry Lewy

Animation – Karl Morelock, Kelly Kimball
Design Concept (Album Concept), Design – Pacific Eye & Ear
Illustration – Joe Garnett
Photography By (Doors Photography) – Bob Jenkins

Record Company – Elektra Records
Record Company – Warner Communications Inc.
Copyright (c) – Elektra Records
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Elektra Records
Pressed By – Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Santa Maria
Recorded At – A&M Studios