Pianist George Winston will release an album of Doors covers, "Night Divides the Day," Oct. 8 via Windham Hill. The 13-track album runs the gamut from familiar cuts such as "People Are Strange" and "L

Pianist George Winston will release an album of Doors covers, "Night Divides the Day," Oct. 8 via Windham Hill. The 13-track album runs the gamut from familiar cuts such as "People Are Strange" and "Light My Fire" to lesser-known fare such as "Love Street" and "Spanish Caravan." It's Winston's first full-length album since 1999's "Plains," which hit No. 1 on Billboard's Top New Age Albums chart and has sold 380,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

"They're definitely my favorite band," the artist told Billboard.com of the Doors late last year. "To me, they weren't even a band. They just were, you know? What do you call them? It's like a musical, except it's real. To me, that's what they are. I never saw them live. I saw them on TV and had to have the records."

In recent years, Winston has been playing the Doors' "The Crystal Ship" in his solo concerts and a host of other Doors songs during his solo piano dance events. "Those songs kept staying in my head, although some of them I've been carrying in my head for 34 years," Winston said.

Surviving Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek will be lending his support for the project, both in the media and by performing with Winston at a Sept. 26 show in New York. Further details for the performance have yet to be finalized.

Winston has tour dates scheduled through May 2003, but will close out June with a series of guitar and piano benefit concerts in his home state of Montana. For his full itinerary, visit the Web site of his label, Dancing Cat Records.

Here is the tracklist for "Night Divides the Day":

"Spanish Caravan"
"The Crystal Ship"
"People Are Strange"
"Love Street"
"Love Me Two Times"
"Love Her Madly"
"Wishful, Sinful"
"Light My Fire"
"My Wild Love"
"Summer's Almost Gone"
"I Can't See Your Face in My Mind"
"Riders on the Storm"
"Bird of Prey"

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