Soft Parade Import
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"Tell All the People" has a melody very similar to "Touch Me", and it boggles the mind why "Touch Me" continues to receive all the classic rock radio play when it's not even the best song on the album. Sure, the horns are great, and the vocal melody is really beautiful, but it's NOT the best song on the album.
"Shaman's Blues" might be the very best song on the album. It's a blues song with a special mystical-like atmosphere. Plus it's just an exciting song. I love it. "Do It" has a chorus for a vocal melody and a guitar riff repeating for only a couple minutes. "Wild Child" has a chugging blues riff. It's a highly memorable track as well. You know, the whole album feels really good because it's so exciting and electric and mystical. Great stuff.
What would a Doors album be without a spooky chilling Jim Morrison vocal melody? That's what "Wishful Sinful" is for!
You won't hear rock music like this anymore. Oh, and the title song is over eight minutes of jamming, and not much atmosphere (which is what separates it from stuff like "The End" and "When the Music's Over"). It's more musically focused in comparison. Overall, a very solid effort.
The remix is another issue: I have nothing against remixing classic titles when they try to duplicate the original mix in an effort to improve the overall sound quality. I also don't have a problem when they remix to deliberately alter the music, but I'm not sure if they don't belong in a box set or as bonus tracks. In this case, the only significant alteration occurs on the title track, and I don't care for it. Unfortunately it's not presented as a bonus track, but as a part of the original album.
This smells like another attempt to simply sell us the same title again. All I want is an identical remix, remastered to sound as good as possible - but if they did that, I wouldn't have to buy it again!
Edit 9-26-10: Audio Fidelity recently released an audiophile version of this, and it sounds quite good. There have been problems with their releases, and this one is no exception, but overall, it is definitely the one to buy.
August of 1969 saw the unfolding of Woodstock, it also saw me folding as much as I could stuff into an olive drab footlocker, stenciling my name across the top, and shipping it out ahead of me ... destination, Vietnam. Like Morrison, I seem to have stepped off the planet as well, though with a stack of musical rags under my arm. Let me sort through some of these issues and clippings and tell you what filtered though my head that hot August in the summer of 1969, and attempt to show you why The Doors had no choice but to release this album.
-Morrison moves full throttle from the loveliness of psychedelics, to the bottomless pit of booze ...
-Morrison even more than before doubts the quality of his voice, even though The Village Voice credits him as the vocalist of the year ...
-Morrison moves from Elvis Presley as his favorite singer to Frank Sinatra and the seamy underbelly of Las Vegas ... truly the town that never sleeps ...
-Morrison is no longer just the music, Morrison has become a spectacle, he's unwinding and loosing himself ...
-Morrison is going crazy, no longer is he able to separate himself from the stage, the studio, or on the street, he's become a reflection that's colliding with the mirror, and shattering ...
-Ray Manzarek and Morrison publish individual songwriting credits ...Read more ›
The Rhino remix includes several additional tracks including Who Scared You and 2 versions of Whisky, Mystics and Men. These tracks are hard to find elsewhere, very strong, and bump this version of the CD up to 4 stars.
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This is a sad joke from RHINO. I have the vintage vinyl of these recording and there is just no comparison. This remix is a terrible injustice to a classic recording. Read morePublished 7 days ago by J. A. McNerney
I own the first 3 Doors CD's (the 1990 releases), and recently re-bought Waiting for the Sun 40th Anniversary Remix. It is stunning. The sound quality is excellent. Read morePublished 3 months ago by EELAM
I've always been a big fan of the doors. I'm not so happy with the remastered tracks and the bonus tracks, having grown up listening to this awesome band on vinyl. Read morePublished 4 months ago by An American consumer
Are you seriously asking me this? Why did I give 5 stars... The Doors are one of the greatest Rock groups ever. "The Soft Parade" is one of their greatest albums. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Michael Wertz
By this point in the Doors history Jim didn't care so much about being a rock star, playing live or recording and his burn-out shows. It shows in his sometimes lazy lyrics. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Chet Fakir
If you are a Doors fan as I am, you will love this album. It may not be the greatest Doors, but "not the greatest Doors" is till terrific. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Paul Moskowitz