The most uneven 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. More to the point, though, this was their weakest overall set of material, low lights including filler like "Do It" and "Runnin' Blue," a strange bluegrass-soul blend that was a small hit. On the other hand, about half the record is quite good, especially the huge hit "Touch Me" (their most successful integration of orchestration), the vicious hard rock riffs of "Wild Child," the overlooked "Shaman's Blues," and the lengthy title track, a multi-part suite that was one of the band's best attempts to mix rock with poetry. "Tell All the People" and "Wishful Sinful," both penned by Robbie Krieger, were uncharacteristically wistful tunes that became small hits.
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Performance CreditsDoors Primary Artist
Curtis Amy Saxophone,Soloist
Jim Morrison Vocals
Ray Manzarek Organ,Keyboards,Vocals
John Densmore Drums
Jesse McReynolds Mandolin
Reinol Andino Conga
George Bohannon Trombone,Soloist
Harvey Brooks Bass
Jim Buchanan Fiddle,Violin
Doug Lubahn Bass
Champ Webb Horn,English Horn,Soloist
Robby Krieger Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Technical CreditsJim Morrison Arranger,Composer
Ray Manzarek Arranger,Composer
John Densmore Arranger,Composer
Bruce Botnick Engineer,Remixing
Paul Harris Orchestral Arrangements
Paul Rothchild Producer,Audio Production
William S. Harvey Art Direction
Peter Schaumann Artwork,Illustrations
Robby Krieger Arranger,Composer,Lyricist
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The Soft Parade based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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.
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"!)
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.