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All Wood and Doors

by James Lee Stanley & Cliff Eberhardt

Re inventions of classic doors songs for vocals and acoustic guitars, with special guests John Densmore and Robby Krieger of the doors.
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1. Break On Through
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2. Love Me Two Times
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3. Take It As It Comes
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4. Strange Days
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5. Light My Fire
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6. Touch Me
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7. Crystal Ship
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8. Soul Kitchen
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9. People Are Strange
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10. Moonlight Drive
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11. Riders On The Storm
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12. The End
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Beachwood Recordings Presents

All Wood and Doors
James Lee Stanley & Cliff Eberhardt

With the recording, All Wood and Doors, veteran composers / vocalists / musicians James Lee Stanley and Cliff Eberhardt took songs that are practically hard wired into our collective pop culture consciousness and put a uniquely fresh spin on them.

Following on the heels of the critically acclaimed All Wood and Stones by James Lee Stanley and John Batdorf, (vintage Rolling Stones masterpieces composed by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and reinvented by Batdorf & Stanley), All Wood and Doors is the inevitable next step. And it’s not too early to begin using the word masterpiece.

Choosing the evocative catalog of the seminal rock group, The Doors, Stanley & Eberhardt have maintained all of the Doors mystique, while at the same time bringing something completely new to all these classic songs. Light My Fire is the third most recording song in history preceeded only by White Christmas and Yesterday.

Cliff Eberhardt and James Lee Stanley are wonderful singers and musicians, with unique mastery of their instruments. This recording, All Wood and Doors, is twelve of their favorite Doors songs. The songs’ timelessness is enhanced by the funk and elegance of these new arrangements and re-interpretations.

The CD features crystal clear, atmospheric acoustic renderings and the songs are the true stars of this recording. Never before have you heard Classic Doors songs performed like this.

The arrangements are focused on Eberhardt’s raspy tenor and Stanley’s dulcet baritone, combined with the incredible magic of their acoustic guitar interplay. It’s almost as if the songs are somehow brand new and while completely familiar.

But what adds a truly remarkable spin to the recording is the endorsement and contribution of the Doors original drummer, John Densmore, who was part of this project based upon his fondness for the All Wood and Stones CD.

It was John who initially suggested the project when he told James Lee that if James ever did to the Doors songs what he did to the Stones songs, then John wanted to be a part of the recording. John Densmore was the true impetus that created All Wood and Doors.

Then to the astonished joy of Cliff and James Lee, Robby Krieger, original Doors guitarist, emailed James Lee, expressing his admiration for All Wood and Stones and volunteering to play guitar on All Wood and Doors. This was simply the icing on the cake. Even now, everyone at Beachwood Recordings is still amazed at this generous endorsement of the CD by both Robby and John.

And to add further to an already remarkable recording, there is this all star line up of the highly regarded guests musicians: Timothy B Schmit (the Eagles), Peter Tork (the Monkees), Paul Barrere (Little Feat), Laurence Juber (Paul McCartney & Wings), Scott Breadman (the Rippingtons, Lindsey Buckingham), the truly remarkable Chad Watson (David Arkenstone, Janis Ian) and, of course, John Densmore (the Doors), Robby Krieger (the Doors).

The songs are: Break On Thru; Touch Me; Strange Days; Love Me Two Times; Crystal Ship; People Are Strange; Soul Kitchen; Riders On The Storm; Take It As It Comes; Moonlight Drive; Light My Fire; and The End.

Put this CD in your player or your Ipod , sit back and prepare to experience the absolute joy of your new favorite recording --

All Wood and Doors by Cliff Eberhardt and James Lee Stanley

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stephen chandler

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James Lee Stanley and Cliff Eberhardt are excellent pickers and what they did to our songs is unique and refreshing. It was a pleasure to be a part of the project. John Densmore/The Doors
…All Wood and Doors is a piece that has complex layers and special beauty, and which flies all on its own. The poetry and melodies are brought forth through the ingenious arrangements on every track. Whether a Doors fan or not, then or now, you will marvel at how fresh and different, yet familiar it is. Alternate Root
…I’m not an audiophile so usually sound quality isn’t a big issue to me, but when it’s outstanding, it’s worth mentioning. On All Wood and Doors it is so clear; the clarity so striking, it impresses the ear as soon as you start to listen. Examiner.com
…Pulling the plug! The Doors hits in new acoustic setting. A great idea, beautifully executed. FIVE STARS Anything Phonographic
… Everything about Stanley and Eberhardt works very well, trading off vocals, rhythm guitars, and lead lines in around riffs from the other six fretbenders, all of whom are 100% copacetic, no one glory-hogging. Can't wait to see which band is next in this series. I'm pretty sure it won't be Led Zeppelin…but then again… Mark Tucker/Fame
…so it’s to their considerable credit that not only have they approached this material from an original direction they’ve done so in a way which breathes new life into songs that many will have lived with for forty-plus years. … special mention must be made for that most idiosyncratic of all Doors tracks, “The End”. Tagged on the end, and at 2:36, a mere fragment of the original, it somehow encapsulates their whole approach to the project. Try and hear it if you can. Rob F/Leiscester Bangs
…With stellar lead guitar work, many songs would be unrecognizable without lyric content. Stanley & Eberhardt bring in an all star cast of Krieger, Densmore, Juber, Barrere, and more to create this great listen for Doors fans and acoustic music fans alike. Andy Mesecher/Music Connection
…A dozen Doors classics from folk music guitar pickers? Huh? How can this be so good? Crisp guitar licks—mostly done on the "wood" of the album's title—help slap a fresh coat of varnish on The Doors. —Rob Weir/Valley Advocate
…Whoever came up with this idea deserves a star on Hollywood Blvd. A tribute that works amazingly well. When’s the follow up? jazz weekly
With the inspired phrasing and vocal arrangements, the textures blend well together, yet leave plenty of space for the character of the acoustic guitars to resonate. It’s often easy to forget that these are Doors songs, especially in this fresh acoustic context, and that’s OK, because the guitar playing is tasty and sensitive, with the kind of economy and note selection you’ll find when you hear seasoned musicians who understand the beauty of restraint. Wood & Steel / Taylor Guitar Quarterly


…What’s most immediately noticeable is the wonderful clarity and beauty of the production. The guitar work is the cornerstone of the album. Both James Lee and Cliff are true guitar virtuosos and the play between their two guitars lays down the foundation for each track. The arrangements are all wonderful and unique and sound nothing like the originals. Folkworks
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wood & steel magazine

Reframing the Doors
Taylor Guitar’s Wood and Steel Magazine, Fall 2011
Soundings, Page 24
Reframing Doors
A few years back we offered an enthusiastic review of singer-songwriter James Lee Stanley’s collaboration with John Batdorf on All Wood and Stones an album of Rolling Stones tunes reinterpreted as a collection of soulful acoustic tracks laden with fresh acoustic guitar and vocal arrangements.
Well, Stanley is back at it, this time with talented musical pal Cliff Eberhardt, and giving similar treatment to their favorite Doors tracks on All Wood and Doors.
The project couldn’t have had a more authentic catalyst. Doors drummer John Densmore told Stanley he loved his treatment of the Stones tunes, and that if he ever wanted to do an album of Doors covers he’d be happy to play percussion. Game on.
Stanley and Eberhardt enlisted some talented guitar friends, including Paul Barrere (Little Feat), Laurence Juber (Wings), Scott Breadman (Lindsey Buckingham), Peter Tork (The Monkees), Rick Ruskin, and in another ringing endorsement, Doors alum Robby Kreiger. Chad Watson (Janis Ian) played bass and mandolin, while John Batdorf and Timothy B. Schmit added vocal harmonies.
As on the previous project, the songs here are artfully deconstructed and reimagined acoustically. Stanley, Eberhardt and guests slow down the song tempos and bring an earthy funkiness, beautiful harmonies, and gently swinging grooves to them. Eberhardt’s weathered vocals inject a potent, bluesy grit to tracks like “Love Me Two Times,” “Touch Me,” People Are Strange,” and “Riders on the Storm,” while Stanley’s voice shimmers sweetly on tunes like “Light My Fire” and “Moonlight Drive.”
With the inspired phrasing and vocal arrangements, the textures blend well together, yet leave plenty of space for the character of the acoustic guitars to resonate. It’s often easy to forget that these are Doors songs, especially in the fresh acoustic context, and that’s OK, because the guitar playing is tasty and sensitive, with the kind of economy and note selection you’ll find when you hear seasoned musicians who understand the beauty of restraint. “All my solos were played on my 810ce with the Expression System,” Stanley says.
www.allwoodanddoors.com
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Tim Brough

Crosby, Stills, nash and Morrison: A Fantasia
Sometime in the mid 60's, a young James Morrison was walking along the Sunset Strip in California, frustrated that his musical aspirations were constantly hitting a brick wall. A girlfriend invited him out to the Canyon to rest and mellow out, and she mentioned that she had a few musician friends hanging out with her. Maybe Jim would like to meet them? He agreed and hitched a ride into the hills.

Once he was there, Jim's lady-friend introduced him to her friend Graham. Jim was familiar with The Hollies and told Graham that he liked his stuff. Would he liked to hear some of his own material? When Graham agreed, Jim picked up a guitar and began a frenzied version of "Break On Through." Graham smiles, he likes this young kid's assertiveness. Then he has an idea. "Jim," he says, "slow it down a bit and maybe add a shuffle to it?" Jim thinks a moment, works the chording out in his mind and plays it like Graham suggests. Both Jim and Graham light up; this arrangement sounds incredible. Telling Graham he has a ballad he really likes and thinks would be huge if people heard it, Jim strums the opening portion of "Light My Fire."

A friend of Graham's, Stephen, likes what he's been hearing from across the room. He picks up his guitar and began picking out some sliding, blues lines. Morrison follows Stephen's lead and bends the song into a slow, folky blues song. All three like what they hear. "What else have you got," asks Stephen. Jim, delighted, pulls out a notebook filled with poetry and opens it to "Riders On The Storm." As Jim begins to play, Stephen begins to improvise the vocal line. Graham is so stoked that he pulls his third friend, David, in to listen. By the end of few hours, the four of them decide to form a collaborative and call is CMNS, their initials in alphabetical order. Stephen hits the record button on his brand new home reel-to-reel and the four of them begin to capture the moment. They even work up an incredible harmony arrangement to take "The End" to a new level.

Well, OK, this never happened. But if it DID, then somehow, James Lee Stanley and Cliff Eberhardt found the reels. Like James' collaboration with John Batdorf did to The Rolling Stones on "All Wood and Stones," James and Cliff take The Doors' classic repertory and folk it out. The duo have an all star guest list that includes Timothy B Schmit of The Eagles), Peter Tork of The Monkees, Paul Barrere of Little Feat, Laurence Juber (who has played with Paul McCartney & Wings), and Chad Watson on Bass. Even more remarkable is that Doors members John Densmore and Robby Krieger pitch in. It was even Densmore's suggestion to Stanley to take on The Doors after he'd heard "All Wood and Stones."

With the blessing of the two Door-keepers, James and Cliff deliver a diverse and delightful reading of classics like the aforementioned songs, as well as classics like "People are Strange," "Crystal Ship" and "Touch Me." I love the way that the pair interchange vocal duties. Cliff is gruff and hardy, James is clear and full. They make great harmonies and trade leads. The guitar playing is wonderful (and having seen James live, up close, I can attest to his guitar prowess), and is captured in rich tone. With both the exceptional musicianship and full endorsement of the original creators, "All Wood and Doors" is how cover albums should be done.
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Steve Ramm

“Pulling the plug!” :The Doors hits in new acoustic settings. A great idea, beau
The Doors were a classic rock band and their songs are rarely “covered” well – the exception being Jose Feliciano’s take on “Light My Fire” which may have actually sold more singles than the Doors’ original.

Singer-songwriters James Lee Stanley and Cliff Eberhardt put their pens (or is it their PC keyboards these days?) aside for this project in which they strip down all the classic Doors hits to an acoustic production. And it works beautifully! There’s not an electric instrument in sight and none are missed. Not only do the words shine through but there are new settings as well. Listen to “Touch Me”. Its pace is showed down so the words take on a new meaning. All the songs are slowed down. The lead off track – “Break on Through” may be the fastest one here. And the twelve songs all average about 3 ½ minutes in length – even the mega-hit “Light My Fire”.

This is a follow-up to the CD “All Wood and Stones”, which Stanley recorded with John Batdorf (and I have not heard). Original Doors drummer John Densmore heard it and suggested this project to Stanley, who – after hooking up with Eberhardt at the International Folk Alliance in Memphis – convinced Densmore to play percussion on a few tracks on the album. Densmore brought along Doors guitarist Robby Kreiger to the project as well. The all too brief liner notes list SIX different lead guitar players (including the Monkees’ Peter Tork, Kreiger, Eagles’ Timothy B. Schmidt and Little Feat’s Paul Barrere, but do not identify which “lead” is on which track. Stanley and Scott Breadman are listed along with Densmore on “Percussion”. You can probably spend all day guessing who is playing on each track but that’s just a “celebrity guessing game”. It’s the music you are hearing that counts and all the tracks sound great to me. If I had to pick favorites it would be “Break on Through”, “Love Me Two Times”, “Strange Days” and “Moonlight Drive” (one of the Doors’ lesser-known recordings. Eberhardt’s raspy voice blends nicely with Stanley’s smoother vocal tone, when needed, but usually they take turns on lead vocal.

Real ROCK fans may find this too toned-down but those into acoustic and Americana music will find this an album worth seeking out. And the style fits in perfectly for “folk radio” where you’d rarely (if ever) hear a track by Jim Morrison and the Doors.


Steve Ramm
“Anything Phonographic”
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