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Waiting for the Sun

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1968's WAITING FOR THE SUN, the Doors' first chart-topper, delivered the #1 signature smash "Hello, I Love You" and the Top 40 hit "The Unknown Soldier." New liner notes penned by Paul Williams. Five bonus tracks include the 17-minute epic "Celebration Of The Lizard" and three previously unissued versions of "Not To Touch The Earth."

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Hello, I Love You
  2. Love Street
  3. Not To Touch The Earth
  4. Summer's Almost Gone
  5. Wintertime Love
  6. The Unknown Soldier
  7. Spanish Caravan
  8. My Wild Love
  9. We Could Be So Good Together
  10. Yes, The River Knows
  11. Five To One
  12. Albinoni's Adagio In G Minor (Bonus)
  13. Not To Touch The Earth (Dialogue) (Bonus)
  14. Not To Touch The Earth (Take 1) (Bonus)
  15. Not To Touch The Earth (Take 2) (Bonus)
  16. Celebration Of The Lizard (An Experiment/work In Progress) (Bonus


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 27, 2007)
  • Expanded ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000MCIBB6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (211 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,115 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By R. Murray on April 13, 2007
Format: Audio CD
OK.....What we have here is a failure for some folks to have done their homework. This is the 40th Anniversary "remix" of Waiting for the Sun. It's supposed to be a bit different from the original. In fact ALL of the Doors studio albums have been not only remastered, but remixed. Bonus tracks added as well. If you want the Doors sounding like the albums you grew up with, then pick up the last set of remastered CDs from 1999. If you want killer sound quality, bonus tracks and a new take on these classics pick the 40th Anniversary mixes on Rhino/Elektra. If you're a big fan like me, you'll have them both. At any rate, these editions are great! They are the same you would have gotten if you bought the "Perecptions" box set (no DVD 5.1 mixes here or video content though). Don't be bummed out, just shop wisely and enjoy!! Once again, these editions are a must for longtime fans.
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The Doors were--and are--one of rock's greatest bands, with a unique sound all of their own. Flamboyant frontman Jim Morrison may have been the face & image of the group, but these guys always worked together like a classy four-headed machine to produce some of rock's greatest music. Picking a favorite Doors album is hard---even the criticized "Soft Parade" album has got some terrific Doors gems on it. But 1968's "Waiting For The Sun" is my personal favorite from The Doors. It's a great Doors classic that sees the band masterfully walking the tightrope between the hard rockers and the softer ballads. For their third album, singer Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger & drummer John Densmore decided to go for an earthier, softer sound on some of the tracks, which lends this Doors album an extra kind of beauty. Even Jim Morrison himself sounds more down-to-earth on this album, as his vocals on the first two Doors albums were very echoey, making him sound like he was a disembodied spirit, or recording his vocals inside a cave. Not that there's anything wrong with that---I love "The Doors" & "Strange Days"--- but Jim sounded on those first two albums like he was always floating in the clouds above his three musical co-horts. But on "Waiting For The Sun," Jim's voice is warmer, not so echoey, and on definite equal footing in the mix with his bandmates, which is a plus.Great Doors songs are everywhere on "Waiting For The Sun"---the huge hit "Hello I Love You," the beautiful "Love Street," the bizarre "Not To Touch The Earth" (an extract from an even longer Doors composition, "The Return Of The Lizard King," found on the live "In Concert" CD), the haunting "My Wild Love," and other Doors classics like "The Unknown Soldier," "Spanish Caravan," and the terrific rocker, "Five To One.Read more ›
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I bought this new version of "Waiting for the Sun" to get a studio-version of the legendary unreleased song "Celebration of the Lizard". Obviously the strongest part of the song is, what was released on the original album as "Not to Touch the Earth", and the track is what it says, "a work in progress". Still interesting moments. The other takes of "Not to Touch the Earth" which are included as bonus-tracks have made me realize how good a song this really is.

What surprised me the most when I listened through the album was that I thought it sounded different. Was it really that long since I last heard it? I did not realize that the album had been both remastered and remixed. I guess it will take some time to get used to these new "versions" - but the sound is really crisp and clear, and if I want to hear the old mixes I can always return to the originals.

The original album contains some the Doors' most poetic and melodic moments like "Yes, The River Knows", the exquisite "Love Street" , which is one of the highlights of the album. The moving "Summer`s Almost Gone". "Wintertime Love" and "Spanish Caravan" are other highlights.

"Not to Touch the Earth" and "Five to One" : Classic Doors !!!
The hit singles "Hello I Love You" and "The Unknown Soldier" may not have aged as well as the rest of the album`s songs. Except of course the weak "My Wild Love" which probably always will annoy me.
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The depth and insight of this music on these tracks are unprecedented. Robby Krieger's distinct sound that he has established as his own on the guitar in these songs, is like no others. When he plays his rhytmn/lead parts you can tell he is one of the greats. No wonder that in 1993 "The Doors" were inducted into the "Rock N Roll Hall of Fame"!!
His phrasing and finesse'that he releases here is from the soul and heart. For him to continually come up with something new and fresh is nothing short of genius! And for the band as a whole to create this masterpiece that is still flying off the shelves at your local record stores after more than 30 years speaks loud and clear to the critics of the past and present.
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The Doors’ third album is a mixed bag. If you are a fan you will want this one, however, more casual or less committed listeners might find it puzzling. It contains some of the band’s best numbers as well as some songs which seem to be works in progress. The songs in the first category include Hello I Love You, Not To Touch The Earth, Five To One, Love Street, The Unknown Soldier, Spanish Caravan, Summer’s Almost Gone. That’s enough to justify the purchase.

Other songs are less impressive, giving the sense of a band struggling to keep up with the market’s demands, trying to broaden and experiment but not always hitting the mark. The problem is that the band’s first two albums, and their last two albums, are so majestic that this one suffers in comparison. Nevertheless, The Doors are so good that even when they are below their peak they are miles above pretty much any other band on the planet at that time. Just one example, Hello I Love You. For some people this was too commercial, a pop song. But if you listen carefully you’ll see that it has a good deal of whimsy and humour, an often overlooked feature of The Doors. It cleverly subverts the strutting male attitude towards a ‘chick’, foreshadowing Morrison’s own rejection of the pop star stereotype. A clever, wise song. Don’t you love them madly?
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