13 was the first compilation album by The Doors. Released in November 1970, it debuted at Number 75 on December 19, 1970, peaked at Number 25 for two weeks (January 2 and January 9, 1971) and was off the charts after May 8. It spent a total of 21 weeks on the charts. The album, along with the band's second compilation from 1972, Weird Scenes Inside the Gold Mine, has never been issued on compact disc. It is the only one to have been released before lead singer Morrison's death. It does not include songs from L.A. Woman, which was released in 1971. The album's back cover features the band posing with a small bust of occultist Aleister Crowley.
The Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, California. Throughout its existence, the group consisted of vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, drummer John Densmore, and guitarist Robby Krieger. The band took its name from Aldous Huxley's book The Doors of Perception, the title of which was a reference to a William Blake quote: "When the doors of perception are cleansed, things will appear to man as they truly are...infinite." They were among the most controversial rock acts of the 1960s, due mostly to Morrison's wild, poetic lyrics and charismatic but unpredictable stage persona. After Morrison's death in 1971, the remaining members continued as a trio until finally disbanding in 1973.
Although The Doors' active career ended in 1973, their popularity has persisted. According to the RIAA, they have sold over 32.5 million albums in the US alone. The band has sold 80 to 100 million albums worldwide. Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger still tour sometimes, with additional musicians, as Manzarek-Krieger, performing Doors songs exclusively.
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