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Editors’ Notes

The fourth studio album from the Doors, 1969’s The Soft Parade, is arguably their most underrated. Having exhausted all the tunes from their early club days in Los Angeles, the group started from scratch and experimented with orchestration beyond their unorthodox trio of organ, guitar and drums. “Touch Me” has become the radio landmark, however, the horn-powered glee of “Tell All the People” further spotlights singer Jim Morrison’s desire to croon. “Easy Ride” is the Doors cruising on an easy-going country romp. Guitarist Robby Krieger takes a turn at the mike for the tribute to Otis Redding on “Runnin’ Blue,” while Morrison continues his blues-based affections on “Shaman’s Blues” and “Do It.” “Wild Child” comes closest to the group’s psychedelic origins, with “Wishful Sinful” topping off as the band’s most successfully orchestrated pop number. The title track is another of the group’s masterful extended pieces, featuring several disparate parts that flow brilliantly together as one, long poetic whole. The 40th Anniversary Edition includes the essential b-side “Who Scared You,” a horn-based piece of drama that should have made the proper album.

Customer Reviews

Most underrated album!

The Soft Parade is one of my favorite albums of all time. Every song on here is amazing and it's The Doors best album! Only album that could arguably be better is Waiting For The Sun. But The Soft Parade is my favorite and it is just filled with some amazing songs!

Love it

Long live the lizardking

My God, who sent these Hero's to review?

By the time this Masterpiece was released,U all had years to poke your collective heads out! Morrison Hotel,LA Women all were ahead of there times "touch me" was a commercial success.sit down one day and just "LISTEN"

Biography

Formed: July, 1965 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s

The Doors, one of the most influential and controversial rock bands of the 1960s, were formed in Los Angeles in 1965 by UCLA film students Ray Manzarek, keyboards, and Jim Morrison, vocals; with drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger. The group never added a bass player, and their sound was dominated by Manzarek's electric organ work and Morrison's deep, sonorous voice, with which he sang and intoned his highly poetic lyrics. The group signed to Elektra Records in 1966 and released its...
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