The Soft Parade

The Soft Parade

by The Doors

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The Soft Parade 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Soft Parade is a brilliant album. Why, The Doors experimented with several instruments, big deal, no it was, why, the sound was different if compared to the other albums for a reason, it was supposed to be, and I think they managed to pull it off magnificently. However, there are pepple out there who like to put The Doors in a plastic box, no pun intended, and keep them to one sound only, like Light My Fire or what , nothing, just what's in their own head about what The Doors should sound like to them and not what they wanted to produce at the time.
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It was 1969, and the Doors had three albums out - an amazingly unique and classic debut, and two very good ones that followed. However, from all accounts at the time, the group wanted to sort of move away from the 'eerie, depressing' Doors sound to something a little more contemporary and wider-reaching (commercial, if you will). Despite the negative criticism of the addition of brass and strings to some of 'The Soft Parade' tracks, I think it was a brilliant idea, and also think it's their second-best album (the debut being #1 of course). Sure, in 1969, the concept of brass (and other orchestral instruments) incorporated with rock groups was the order of the day for certain acts - Blood, Sweat & Tears, and Chicago being prime examples. Applied to the Doors, it takes some of the heavy-handedness of Morrison's vocals off in favor of a brighter, snappier arrangement ("Tell All the People", "Touch Me") and even w/o the added instrumentation, the rest of the album is unlike anything the Doors did before - it's their funniest album (such a thing can be said about the Doors) ... Listen again to "The Soft Parade" and, despite Morrison's neo-prophetic message, tell me you haven't chuckled at the "champion socks" and "catacombs/nursery bones" movements, before 'the monk bought lunch'! The title track is simulatenously a serious theater/poetry piece, and downright hilarious and comedic. Also, "Easy Ride" has to be the goofiest sounding Doors track (love to hear a country artist cover it, but I doubt any of them would understand "costume of control/excitement soon unfold"!)
Andy_Brandt More than 1 year ago
I hate this album because of the first song. Very annoying and gets in my head too easily. Otherwise a fine Doors albums. Not their top album but some very good songs. Direct transfer by Steve Hoffman. As clean as it gets. Hear new details in songs you've heard tons of times.