The 13 songs on this film soundtrack tell the tale of the entire career of the group The Doors. The songs are from all parts of their career. Some are studio tracks and others are live performances taken from The Ed Sullivan Show and The Isle of Wright Festival. Interspersed between the songs are Jim Morrison penned poems read by Johnny Depp.
While listening to the album I got a real understanding of the band as having creating a sound that was a fusion of jazz and rock. Very unique band. They were all about going against the grain and not pandering to the mainstream. The lyrics are still as challenging and Jim Morrison's deep baritone is as affecting today as it was over 40 years ago.
Though this is definitely The Doors at their best on tracks like "Break on Through (To the Other Side)", "Light My Fire" and "Hello, I Love You" it still somehow feels different from other Doors recordings. There have been several Doors greatest hits compilations previous, but this one does not feature the songs in chronological order or try to include only the biggest hits. It is almost as if they are trying to give you an understanding of what the band was about – going deeper than simply giving you a sampling of their music. Their songs were poetry set to music and that is why the Depp readings work so well to construct an overall atmosphere.
As an extra feature the CD contains a booklet of band photos, quotes from the film's director (Tom DiCillo), producer (Dick Wolf) and Johnny Depp plus it opens up to a small version of the film's poster.