The Rolling Stone review from 1969, at the time of the album’s release, was over the top. A few days after the album’s release, The Doors recorded a few concerts which would become the basis for their 1970 live album Absolutely Live as well future Doors collection. The 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of The Doors ' The Soft Parade might well be reconfigured to a great degree without sacrificing its multi-configuration format. From these initial sessions came a very successful Top 5 single (“Touch Me”/”Wild Child” in December 1968). Written by John Metzger. In fact, more than half of The Soft Parade‘s material was released on singles prior to the album’s release in July of 1969, something totally unique for any Doors album. ... Not really a bad review… EDIT: Oh yeah also pos'd, and I do agree that this is their weakest release. The Doors The Soft Parade (Elektra/Rhino) First Appeared in The Music Box, July 2007, Volume 14, #7. The Soft Parade, an Album by The Doors. It’s all blatantly subjective, but I think The Soft Parade is on par with the balance of Doors work. Love all of the doors and Jim’s work. More to the point, though, this was their weakest set of material, low lights including filler like "Do It" and "Runnin' Blue," a strange bluegrass-soul blend that was a small hit. I find this LP had fewer fillers (if there is such a thing) . The new 50th-anniversary deluxe edition of The Soft Parade gives fans a chance to revisit the album in its original form (remastered by longtime Doors … Not only was I disappointed with Oliver Stone's version of The Doors, but so was former Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek, who acted as a consultant on the film.And because of his disappointment, Manzarek decided to go ahead and do his own portrait of The Doors and Jim Morrison, the result being The Doors: The Soft Parade - A Retrospective. Their fourth album continued The Doors’ popularity, but was, despite its hit single and great sales, met with far less enthusiasm than their first three. While Waiting for the Sun may have provided hints that The Doors’ world was beginning to spiral out of control, its fourth endeavor The Soft Parade offered positive proof that it had fallen completely apart. Recording for the album began in November 1968. YOU CANNOT PETITION THE LORD WITH PRAYER We have one more to review – Morrison Hotel – which we’ll do in either May or June during our look at 1970 albums. This discog nicely condenses the backstory as well Nag, good on ya'. Am I alone in thinking the Soft parade is 1 of the best Doors Songs , (definitely in my top 5 songs anyway) ? The Soft parade is great as it is. Drug may be a friend, but only for a very short time, Jim...nobody told you? Your email address will not be published. Doesn´t need any changes. Report this review (#266928) Buy THE DOORS music online with PA partners; Show all THE DOORS MP3/Stream; Go to THE DOORS page for videos, full discography with ratings, reviews and much more; Go to The Soft Parade page for more details, where to buy and ratings/reviews; Search the Forum for THE DOORS related discussions Mon July 16, 2007, 06:00 AM CDT. Here, the quality of the band’s music is further displayed as the Doors concentrated on making great music despite the external distractions of 1969. 4.8 out of 5 stars 6 ratings. “Push Push” is a jazzy Latin instrumental jam featuring Manzarek on piano and drummer John Densmore. Light and beautiful, the orchestral arrangements on this song are finer than anywhere else especially due to the English horn lead by Champ Webb. A clever fusion of bluegrass and soul with a full brass arrangement and co-lead vocals by Kreiger during the refrains. The Soft Parade represents a clear and present decline in musicianship. Audience Reviews for Doors The Soft Parade: A Retrospective. The Soft Parade has long been the Doors' most under-valued album. Ray Manzarek is best musician. You know he did his own vocals for most of the performance scenes right? Overall, the song pulls the listener into a trance-like groove. Alternately maddening and compelling, 'Rock Is Dead' is worth the price of admission. Review. Released 18 September 2012 on Elektra (catalog no. This is quite apart from stage showmanship, or even “drama.” The Doors are obviously more potent than ever. Regarding the band's debut album, it's nice to finally hear Light My Fire at the correct speed! Album Rating: 2.0Actually it was the alcohol that eventually became his death. The Doors were in trouble musically and amongst the ranks, and their decision to release The Soft Parade only served to corroborate the idea that they did, in fact, care about the music. Upon release, The Soft Parade was denounced by both music critics and the band's underground music scene followers, who viewed the album as the Doors' trending into popular music. The song’s outro includes a sax solo by Curtis Amy and reached #3 on the US charts while topping the charts in several other countries. Some of the members have sadly passed but their music never dies. With Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek, John Densmore, Jim Morrison. Film Credits. Album Rating: 2.0I strongly dislike it when films alter the actual history too much, you get a totally different view of The Doors when you watch the Stone film. Out of curiosity, have you ever been considered for promotion before? Morrison for the best voice in rock ever? The Doors' fourth studio album, 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. It sucked that he had a hard time in Paris and OD. Over time, historians have reassessed the album and its critical standing has slightly improved, but it is still widely considered the group's weakest effort with Morrison. Like the opener, “Touch Me” contains rich orchestral arrangements by conductor Paul Harris. The Doors will include a trove of previously unreleased recordings on the upcoming 50th anniversary deluxe edition of their 1969 album, The Soft Parade, out October 18th. R2 532122; CD). Disagree about Wild Child being the standout track though, but we all have our favourites. The weakest studio album recorded with Jim Morrison in the group, partially because their experiments with brass and strings on about half the tracks weren't entirely successful. Starring: The Doors. Robby Krieger also commended him for his performance, despite that he thought the movie portrayed Morrison completely differently then he actually was. A pretty big deal, if I may say so. Originally released as a ‘B Side’ of a single, “Who Scared You” is a good pop tune with a bluesy swing, some funky horn arrangements, and a cool solo by Krieger. "The Soft Parade" is easily the most challenging album in the Doors' catalog if not the most accomplished. Havent head this album aside Touch Me. Morrison’s vocals are doubled throughout, and often talk to each other on separate channels, giving the fuller meaning much to contemplate, especially after the hook section halfway through the song. But the song also contains perfectly melancholy vocals by Morrison and a stirring rhythm led by session bassist Harvey Brooks who masterfully works with Densmore to keep the rock core of this airy song. Directed by Ray Manzarek. I think Jim was telling us about himself or what he thought in almost every song he wrote. The exact meaning of these lyrics (and the song’s protagonist) has been debated for decades, ranging from Arthur Rimbau to Jesus Christ to Morrison himself. Despite the sour critical response, The Soft Parade reached #6 on the album charts and stands shoulder-to-shoulder with any other of the group’s studio albums. The bouncy and light “Easy Ride” has an almost polka beat and feel, as a celebration of pure joy throughout with the song’s coda deviating slightly into a more rock-oriented journey during a long fade out. Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z. Released 1 November 2019 on Rhino. As the album itself is such a diverse musical adventure, it is only fitting that the concluding title song reflect this path to the extreme with its own adventurous mini-suite. The Soft Parade Lyrics: When I was back there in seminary school / There was a person there / Who put forth the proposition / That you can petition the Lord with prayer / Petition the lord with prayer The Soft Parade is the most controversial album The Doors ever made while Jim Morrison was alive. Review is a good read super Nag. btw, I think the Oliver Stone picture is that much better if you have a grasp on historical fact first....helps to temper the psychedelia. There was nothing very informative about the review, just a strong opinion. As Morrison struggled with substance abuse and erratic behavior, guitarist Robbie Kreiger stepped up and wrote half the material for the album including all four singles. I think Soft Parade is one of the most underrated albums of the sixties. Kreiger’s “Runnin’ Blue” is a complete left turn and one of the strangest Doors songs ever (and that is saying something!). Overall this cd can be very cheesy and if it were not for songs like Soft Parade and Wishful Sinful this would be much lower rated. “Whiskey, Mystics and Men” is similar to the track “My Wild Love” from the previous album Waiting for the Sun, but this time Morrison’s poetic chant is complemented by a full band arrangement led by Ray Manzarek‘s harpsichord. Album Rating: 2.0You're not missing much Hans, as should be clear enough from the review. Album Rating: 2.5COME ON COME ON COME ON NOW SUCK ME BABE. Those two and Shaman’s Blues basically save this whole cd. The Soft Parade, an Album by The Doors. Album Rating: 2.0The Doors have a very interesting history, I'm glad I chose to include parts of the documentary as a backstory in this. But I´d like to have got The Soft Parade song TV version well released. In fact, while the year was harmful for the band’s career momentum, it may well have been the height of The Door’s creativity. Consequently, many major promoters began cancelling shows. 3.5 great. The bonus material, such as 'Push Push' shows that even when they were jamming something out, their consummate musicality, and the sheere joy they seemed to get from playing as an ensemble really comes out. The Doors’ 1969 album The Soft Parade is 50 years old this week. Hints of ‘Love’ on this LP. Well, it was the inspiration to review their albums in the first place. Part of Classic Rock Review’s celebration of the 45th anniversary of 1969 albums. “Do It” is much less potent lyrically but draws you in with its hard rock groove. Nag you are in serious need of a promotion, I dig Wild Child and Wishful/Sinful but point taken. Who's music holds up as well as the Doors from generation to generation? An unboxing and review of The Doors album The Soft Parade 50th Anniversary boxset 2019 If you enjoyed this unboxing, I also have a video for The Doors London Fog. Another Krieger composition, it has a distinctly Las Vegas feel to it and was allegedly derived from a blackjack phrase (“c’mon hit me babe, I am not afraid”). Feel free to check it out. Genres: Psychedelic Rock. I won't contest that but love the film...Val Kilmer did an amazing job on that. In doing so, this milestone package would then even more vividly depict this turbulent period in the iconic band's history. Diehard fan forever. It starts with a deep rock riff and hook chant but soon Kreiger’s guitar morphs into a bluesy slide riff as the song breaks into several inventive parts in an asymmetrical journey guided by Morrison’s fantastic and philosophical lyrics. The fourth single from the album, “Wishful Sinful” was a minor hit on the charts. It be fixed. As time has gone on in hind sight many people have come to know how special the Doors are. Album Rating: 3.0In his case, alcohol = drug, Album Rating: 4.0Once again, good review but I disagree almost completely. However, this track is much different, an almost  child-like wonderland movement that goes through each distinct phrase until reaching the rock and soul-influenced final parts (“the best part of the trip”) Much like a true “parade” of an English fugue, the song morphs from Morrison’s a capella sermon-like intro to a Baroque ballad to a show tune-like section to the long rock outro, the music masterfully follows the flowing, stream of consciousness lyric. There are no featured audience reviews for Doors The Soft Parade: A Retrospective at this time. Just treated myself to a lovely 180gram copy of this, and it has so much energy, possibly born out of the frustration The Doors found themselves in at this period. A collage of vintage clips, interviews and musical performances by The Doors, mounted by Ray Manzarek and, among other things, showing Jim Morrison's charming side. The Doors' self-titled debut album as well as The Soft Parade are the two 2007 remasters that are absolutely essential, along with the 2012 2-CD 40th anniversary release of L.A. Woman. Genres: Psychedelic Rock. He had potentially so much more to offer. Music Reviews: The Soft Parade by The Doors released in 1969 via Elektra. I love the images the poetic lyrics create and the journey the song takes you on …, Your email address will not be published. Touch Me, written by Krieger, gives the band their third Top 10 single. is one of my fav Doors song However I will concede Doors fanaticism on my part! As an album, The Soft Parade is a delicious fusion of rock, jazz, blues, soul and even country, and this is not an exaggeration. The Soft Parade Stripped (Rsd 2020) [VINYL] The Doors (Artist) Format: Vinyl. The song is also a light tribute to the late Otis Redding and was another non-charting single from The Soft Parade. Buy The Soft Parade. I love all the Doors albums and music. 1969 was a tumultuous year for the The Doors. Producer Paul Rothchild decided to enhance the group’s sound with the inclusion of brass and string arrangements, which was off-putting to many rock purists but (in this reviewer’s opinion) made for very interesting fusion with Morrison’s poetry and subject matter. edit; Not to mention these disastrous songs here and there...and here again. Nice review. But when you remove all the fog surrounding it, The Soft Parade is a diverse, entertaining, and totally unique album of a great American band at a musical crossroads. Morrison’s “Shaman’s Blues” contains a fine vocal performance and entertaining lyrical motifs. The Doors’ fourth studio album, The Soft Parade, became the band’s fourth straight top 10 album when it was released 50 years ago on July 18, 1969.Despite featuring one of the group’s biggest hits, “Touch Me,” it remains the most-polarizing record of The Doors ’ career thanks to the brass and string arrangements that embellish several tracks. Stand alone for me. Please try again later. The main incident which caused their collective headache happened in Miami in March  when vocalist Jim Morrison was arrested for allegedly exposing himself during a concert. Richie Unterberger, in his review of the 50th Anniversary Edition of The Soft Parade, noted "The centerpiece of these two bonus discs is 'Rock Is Dead,' an hour-long studio blues jam that has been heavily bootlegged but never released in this complete form. Album Rating: 3.0petition the lord with prayer The Soft Parade is the fourth studio album from American psych rock legends The Doors. hwearrow December 21, 2020 Report; edited 3 days ago. Genre: Psychedelic Rock. Krieger’s “Tell All the People” starts The Soft Parade with an intro of blistering horns which give way to a pleasant pop melody. I think the writer was misguided. But his leaving here made him more popular. The Doors ‎– The Soft Parade / Stripped Label: Rhino Records (2) ... Add Review. Many fans have an aversion against it because of the added brass arrangements on two songs and a … Of course it isn't his fault the film could have been more accurate. Further evidence of this can be found in the recent release of outtakes of unfinished songs. 4 down, 2 left. The Soft Parade wasn’t the end of The Doors, but it was certainly the beginning of it. The Soft Parade: 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (Rhino/Elektra) 3 1/2 out of 5 stars. Morrison left no doubt about his disdain for this song, which was released as a single but failed to reach the Top 40. The song is most interesting due to the sheer un-Doors-ness of the track in total and the climax at the end of the second verse with slight melodic variation and quick Kreiger solo. In the midst of all this came the release of their fourth album The Soft Parade, which contained a radically different sound for the Doors and faced harsh criticism because of it. The Doors win best band. The Soft Parade goes Gold, making for four Gold albums in a row. Kreiger performs a whining guitar riff throughout and blues later solo while Densmore’s odd-measured drumming keeps the song interesting yet glued together, especially during his inventive fills. Morrison’s “The Soft Parade” follows the pattern of closing an album with an extended tour-de-force, as on the group’s first two albums. In many ways, this version of 'Soft Parade' is one of the most revealing of the '50th Anniversary' editions of The Doors catalogue. That beautiful baritone… Kreiger’s vocals on Runnin’ Blue remind me of something from The Simpsons – and always make me smile…The title track itself is so ‘happy’ and light in places…more like a compilation of unused song parts, but it’s clever and works well..a bit reminiscent of Leonard Cohen.The Doors left us with six wonderful LP’s that should never be overlooked or under-estimated. Though we are both classic rock nuts, our objectivity level differs a big deal. I’ve found every Doors album has its own distinct flavor and they are all excellent in their own way. 1969 was a tumultuous year for the The Doors.The main incident which caused their collective headache happened in Miami in March when vocalist Jim Morrison was arrested for allegedly exposing himself during a concert. Album Rating: 2.0I predicted exactly that comment Conor. Tell all the people that you see/Follow me… With those words penned by bandmate Robbie Krieger, Jim Morrison invited listeners to the world of The Doors’ fourth studio album, The Soft Parade.Originally released on July 18, 1969, it was the fourth consecutive top ten smash for Messrs. Morrison, Krieger, Manzarek, and Densmore, but in the ensuing years it’s also become one of the … The Doors The Soft Parade. The group, which had been a top international pop/rock coming into the year, selling out venues such as New York’s Madison Square Garden, suddenly found themselves scrambling to get gigs. Album Rating: 2.0There ya go sputnik. Thanks, Dave. Label: Elektra Release Date: -22273200 Buy: Amazon We’re committed to keeping our content free and accessible—meaning no paywalls or subscription fees—so if you like what we do, consider becoming a SLANT patron, or making a PayPal donation . Good review of a very good album – so many lazy reviews of this LP out there which is actually criminally under-rated. Album Rating: 2.0Oh my did I totally forget about Wild Child. “Wild Child” is the best overall song on the album, despite its very succinct length of two and a half minutes. Required fields are marked *. It was and remains the Doors’ most controversial release. I feel the Doors have kept their music guarded with love and alive for every generation to get to know them and turn on to their great music. The remainder of the first side features songs with only the four Doors members. Title tack is a bit self-indulgent, but what’s rock and roll without a little mad grandiosity now and then? Consequently, many … Review by MrKite USER October 14th, 2006 | 29 replies. 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