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Ray Manzarek

Post  ChillShaman on Tue Apr 05, 2016 5:56 am



Voice Type: Baritone
Sung Range: D2 - E5
Total Range: G1 - E5

Significant High Notes:

E5 ("Henrietta", "Geraldine", "Soul Train")
C♯5 ("Just For You", "Soul Train")
B4 ("Geraldine", "Big Bucket T")
B♭4 ("Hello, I Love You (Live)")
A4  ("Back Door Man (Live)", "Five to One (Live)", "In The Eye Of The Sun", "Oh Thou Precious Nectar Filled Form", "Soul Kitchen (Live)", "Tightrope Ride")
G♯4 ("Get Up And Dance", "The Golden Scarab", "(You Need Meat) Don't Go No Further")
G4 ("Close To You (Live)", "Good Rockin'", "Hardwood Floor", "Henrietta", "Love Me Two Times (Live ’72)", "Light My Fire (Live)", "The Peking King and The New York Queen", "Wandering Musician")
F♯4 ("Begin The World Again", "Choose Up and Choose Off", "Hang Onto Your Life")
F4 ("Downbound Train", "He Can't Come Today", "Hello, I Love You", "Ships With Sails”)

Significant Low Notes:

A2 ("In The Eye of the Sun", "Ships With Sails")
G♯2 ("The Peking King and The New York Queen")
G2 ("Solar Boat", "Verdilac")
F2 ("The Golden Scarab")
E2 ("Good Rockin'", "The Piano Bird")
D2 ("The End (Classic Albums)")
B1 ("Verdilac")
G1 ("(You Need Meat) Don't Go No Further")

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*Underlined marks notes in backing vocals or otherwise muffled/obscured in the song mix.
*Blue marks powerful, clear falsetto notes.
*Italics mark non-melodic notes.
*Grey marks heavily fryish notes.


Ray Manzarek was the late, great, keyboardist for The Doors, and their lead singer on most tracks on the two albums after the death of Jim Morrison. He possessed a surprisingly soulful and deep baritone voice, but didn’t quite have the charm or tunefulness of Morrison. He would often sing backing vocals on The Doors’ live shows, and often sounded like Jim at times, but didn't quite have the ease into the fourth octave of The Lizard King.

Research on previous thread by hummerhummer.


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Post  ChillShaman on Tue Apr 05, 2016 5:58 am

It's here wooooo


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Post  Rebsedd on Sat Apr 09, 2016 2:11 am

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Post  ChillShaman on Sat Apr 09, 2016 5:04 am

dead reb wrote:

Ah, very well spotted! Didn't pick up on that in the previous OP.
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Post  Rebsedd on Sat Apr 09, 2016 5:11 am

I'm thinking maybe his sung range should be D2-E5? Scince the D2 is listed as a melodic note
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Post  The Great Heroins on Sat Apr 09, 2016 10:19 am



This album is a must listen, all sung by Ray Manzarek! This is proof of what a great singer he was on his own. He was singing way before Jim as well! Shows how much humility he possessed that (even though Ray was already a strong singer) after just a few demos from Jim's early voice he decided that he still felt he would make the better lead singer. Smile
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Post  ChillShaman on Sat Apr 09, 2016 8:53 pm

Thanks man, I'll give it a proper listen when I go back to uni! Smile Great to see some action on here from TRP's fellow Doors enthusiast too Very Happy
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Post  The Great Heroins on Sat Apr 09, 2016 10:28 pm

You know I have your back after all your help in Jim's thread. Smile  I listened to the whole thing right after I posted it to you by the way, it's actually a really fun listen if you can dig the early 60s rock. He sounds really good on the first song in particular!

edit: Actually believe I'm hearing some short but strong C5s in that first tune. Mmm
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