Originally released in January 1967, 'Take It As It Comes" showcased one of the great American rock bands, The Doors, a stand-out from other fine folk, rock, blues and psychedelic groups like The Association, The Mamas and the Papas, The Palace Guard, The Byrds, The Knack (American version), and others, including The Standells who appear in the opening of the 1967 American-International exploitation film about the Sunset Strip scene, featured here:
The mid to late sixties produced a major Los Angeles "Sunset Strip" music and counter-culture scene where teenagers came to taste the first fruits of adulthood. Thanks to problems with local politics, hard drugs and a hard-nosed police presence, the "scene" was not without its negatives aspects, as this film tries to highlight in a faux-gritty fashion.
Whatever your take on the past, the great music lives on and the spirit of a new freedom was not to be quelled. These bands got their main exposure from L.A. clubs like "Whiskey A Go Go", "Where the Action Is", "Fred C. Dobbs", "Pandora's Box" and other venues. The Doors (and especially Jim Morrison) were not beyond pushing the envelope. The music was a combination of earthiness, raw carnality and metaphysical imagery from all branches of world mythology, the African-American Blues giants of the past, Berthot Brecht and the ground-breaking 19th Century poets William Blake and Baudelaire .
The Doors were the cream of the great Southern California music scene of this time and they accomplished a lot in the five-six years they had to move popular music into new "doors of perception."