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The Soft Parade
Studio album by The Doors
Released July, 1969
Recorded July 1968April 1969 at Elektra Sound Recorders, Los Angeles, CA
Genre Psychedelic rock
Length 34:09
Label Elektra
Producer Paul Rothchild
Professional reviews
The Doors chronology
Waiting for the Sun
(1968)
The Soft Parade
(1969)
Morrison Hotel
(1970)

The Soft Parade is the fourth studio album by the The Doors, released in 1969.

The album met with some controversy among fans and critics due to its inclusion of brass and string instrument arrangements, as opposed to the more stripped-down sound of their earlier recordings. Fans also complained that The Soft Parade followed the lyrical formulas of previous albums, and thus was not very innovative. In reviewing the 40th anniversary remix (for the August 2007 issue of Downbeat Magazine) correspondent Dan Ouellette thought otherwise, declaring it to be "the apex" of the band's creativity.

Robby Krieger has a stronger presence on The Soft Parade than on any other Doors album, contributing around half the material, instead of merely a song or two as he had on previous efforts. This was partly because Jim Morrison was also working on putting together a pair of self-published poetry books, and partly because of Morrison's increasing alcoholism.

After this album, the Doors returned to simpler styles on Morrison Hotel and L.A. Woman.

For the first time, the songs were credited to individual members (only Morrison or Krieger on the album sleeve itself are credited) as Morrison was unhappy with the line about people being told to get their guns in Krieger's "Tell All the People", although the title track had Morrison's line of "Better bring your gun".

Despite a lukewarm reception, the album became the band's fourth top ten hit album in a row and the single "Touch Me" was hugely successful. However, despite making #6 in the US, the album did not chart in the UK- the other notable '60s pop market- perhaps due to the band's lack of supporting hit single ("Touch Me" also did not chart).

Contents

Track listing

Side one

  1. "Tell All the People" (Robby Krieger) – 3:23
  2. "Touch Me" (Krieger) – 3:12
  3. "Shaman's Blues" (Jim Morrison) – 4:49
  4. "Do It" (Morrison, Krieger) – 3:08
  5. "Easy Ride" (Morrison) – 2:41

Side two

  1. "Wild Child" (Morrison) – 2:38
  2. "Runnin' Blue" (Krieger) – 2:33
  3. "Wishful Sinful" (Krieger) – 3:02
  4. "The Soft Parade" (Morrison) – 8:37
    • The 40th Anniversary Mix contains an extended intro that makes it 9:41

40th Anniversary Edition CD bonus tracks

  1. "Who Scared You" – 3:58
  2. "Whiskey, Mystics and Men" (Version 1) – 2:28
  3. "Whiskey, Mystics and Men" (Version 2) – 3:04
  4. "Push Push" – 6:05
    • Previously unreleased Doors jam
  5. "Touch Me" (Dialogue) – 0:28
  6. "Touch Me" (Take 3) – 3:40

Singles

Whereas the first three Doors albums had two singles pulled from each of them, "The Soft Parade" had a grand total of four:

  • "Touch Me / Wild Child" (#3, December 1968)
  • "Wishful, Sinful / Who Scared You?" (#44, March 1969)
  • "Tell All the People / Easy Ride" (#57, June 1969)
  • "Runnin' Blue / Do It" (#64, September 1969)

The only two songs on the LP that weren't released as either the A or B-side of a single were the title cut and "Shaman's Blues". Only one single would be pulled from the next album, Morrison Hotel.

Personnel

  • Jim Morrison – vocals
  • Ray Manzarek – keyboards, keyboard bass
  • Robby Krieger – guitar, vocals (track 7)
  • John Densmore – drums
  • Curtis Amy – saxophone (track 2)
  • Reinol Andino – conga
  • George Bohanan – trombone
  • Harvey Brooks – bass (tracks 1, 2, 6, 8)
  • Jimmy Buchanan – fiddle (track 7)
  • Doug Lubahn – bass
  • Jesse McReynolds – mandolin
  • Champ Webb – English horn
  • Paul Harris – orchestral arrangements (tracks 1, 2 ,6 8)

See also


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