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The Soft Parade (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

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The rock’n’roll history books have often considered The Soft Parade to be The Doors’ worst album. Fifty years after its release on the 18th of July 1969, a re-evaluation of the Californians’ fourth opus establishes itself. Exactly a year after Waiting for the Sun, The Doors changed their modus operandi with an album which was viscerally less rock’n’roll. Unmanageable, completely obsessed with his poetry, more and more dependant on alcohol and always seemingly on the brink of leaving the band (held back in extremis by the keyboard player Ray Manzarek), Jim Morrison only wrote half of the tracks on this album. The guitarist Robbie Krieger stepped up to the mark and took the helm writing-wise, as well as developing the band’s instrumentation.

Headed by Paul Harris, brass and strings make an unexpected appearance in the band’s sound. Notes of jazz dilute the pure rock sound and bring a more bluesy texture, as well as some pop and even some lounge-style sequences. An eclectic mix which is slightly confusing to begin with, but it stops The Doors’ unique singularity from dwindling. The melodies on The Soft Parade are peraps not of the same calibre as those on the three previous albums, but at an era when the competition was also experimenting with some stranger sounds, Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger and John Densmore prove that they too can steer rock music into uncharted territories.

This 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition offers a new remastered version from producer Bruce Botnick, as well as bonus tracks like Who Scared You, as well as some unedited tracks, like demo versions of Doors Only, versions without brass or strings of Tell All the People, Touch Me, Wishful Sinful and Runnin’ Blue. Finally, among all these exciting new features of this 2019 edition, some interesting new guitar sections added by Krieger to Touch Me, Wishful Sinful and Runnin’ Blue. All in all, enough unedited material to please fans and better understand this musical mystery. © Max Dembo/Qobuz

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DISC 1

1
Tell All The People (2019 Remaster) 00:03:20

Paul Harris, Orchestral Arranger - Bruce Botnick, Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Harvey Brooks, Bass Guitar - Jay Migliori, Saxophone, Woodwinds - JOHN DENSMORE, Arranger, Drums - Jim Morrison, Arranger, Vocals - Ray Manzarek, Arranger, Keyboards - John Audino, Trumpet - The Doors, MainArtist - Robby Krieger, Arranger, Guitar, Writer - Louis Blackburn, Instruments - John Lowe, Saxophone, Woodwinds - Lou Blackburn, Trombone - Curtis Amy, Saxophone - Paul A. Rothchild, Producer - John Kelson, Jr., Saxophone, Woodwinds - Champ Webb, Horn - Jules Chalkin, Trumpet, Leader

2019 Rhino Entertainment Company. 1969 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

2
Touch Me (2019 Remaster) 00:03:12

Paul Harris, Orchestral Arranger - Bruce Botnick, Mixing Engineer - Harvey Brooks, Bass - Jay Migliori, Saxophone, Woodwinds - JOHN DENSMORE, Arranger, Drums - Jim Morrison, Arranger, Vocals - Ray Manzarek, Arranger, Keyboards - John Audino, Trumpet - The Doors, MainArtist - Robby Krieger, Arranger, Guitar, Writer - Harry Bluestone, Violin - Jerome Reisler, Violin - Louis Blackburn, Instruments - John Lowe, Saxophone, Woodwinds - John DeVoogdt, Violin - Lou Blackburn, Trombone - Darrel Terwilliger, Violin - Curtis Amy, Solo Saxophone - Nathan Gershman, Cello - Harris Goldman, Violin - Paul A. Rothchild, Producer - Priscilla Nemoy, Copier - Norman Botnick, Violin, Leader - John Kelson, Jr., Saxophone, Woodwinds - Champ Webb, Horn - Jules Chalkin, Trumpet, Leader - Isadore Norman, Violin - Jerome A. Kessler, Cello - Victor Sazer, Cello

2019 Rhino Entertainment Company. 1969 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

3
Shaman's Blues (2019 Remaster) 00:04:47

Bruce Botnick, Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Harvey Brooks, Bass Guitar - JOHN DENSMORE, Arranger, Drums - Jim Morrison, Arranger, Vocals, Writer - Ray Manzarek, Arranger, Keyboards - The Doors, MainArtist - Robby Krieger, Arranger, Guitar - Paul A. Rothchild, Producer

2019 Rhino Entertainment Company. 1969 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

4
Do It (2019 Remaster) 00:03:08

Bruce Botnick, Engineer - Jac Holzman, Coordinator - Harvey Brooks, Bass - JOHN DENSMORE, Arranger, Drums - Jim Morrison, Arranger, Vocals, Writer - Ray Manzarek, Arranger, Keyboards - The Doors, MainArtist - Robby Krieger, Arranger, Guitar, Writer - Paul A. Rothchild, Producer

2019 Rhino Entertainment Company. 1969 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

5
Easy Ride (2019 Remaster) 00:02:39

Bruce Botnick, Mixing Engineer - Jac Holzman, Coordinator - JOHN DENSMORE, Arranger, Drums - Jim Morrison, Arranger, Vocals, Writer - Ray Manzarek, Arranger, Keyboards - The Doors, MainArtist - Robby Krieger, Arranger, Guitar - DOUG LUBAHN, Bass - Paul A. Rothchild, Producer

2019 Rhino Entertainment Company. 1969 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

6
Wild Child (2019 Remaster) 00:02:35

Bruce Botnick, Mixing Engineer - JOHN DENSMORE, Arranger, Drums - Jim Morrison, Arranger, Vocals, Writer - Ray Manzarek, Arranger, Keyboards - The Doors, MainArtist - Robby Krieger, Arranger, Guitar - DOUG LUBAHN, Bass Guitar - Paul A. Rothchild, Producer

2019 Rhino Entertainment Company. 1969 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

7
Runnin' Blue (2019 Remaster) 00:02:27

Paul Harris, Orchestral Arranger - Bruce Botnick, Engineer - Harvey Brooks, Bass Guitar - Jay Migliori, Saxophone, Woodwinds - JOHN DENSMORE, Arranger, Drums - Jim Morrison, Arranger, Vocals - Ray Manzarek, Arranger, Keyboards - John Audino, Trumpet - The Doors, MainArtist - Robby Krieger, Arranger, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - George Bohanan, Solo Trombone - Louis Blackburn, Instruments - John Lowe, Saxophone, Woodwinds - Lou Blackburn, Trombone - Curtis Amy, Saxophone - Paul A. Rothchild, Producer - Jesse McReynolds, Mandolin - Priscilla Nemoy, Copier - John Kelson, Jr., Saxophone, Woodwinds - Champ Webb, Horn - Jimmy Buchanan, Fiddle - Jules Chalkin, Trumpet, Leader

2019 Rhino Entertainment Company. 1969 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

8
Wishful Sinful (2019 Remaster) 00:02:58

Paul Harris, Orchestral Arranger - Bruce Botnick, Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Jay Migliori, Saxophone, Woodwinds - JOHN DENSMORE, Arranger, Drums - Jim Morrison, Arranger, Vocals - Ray Manzarek, Arranger, Keyboards - John Audino, Trumpet - The Doors, MainArtist - Robby Krieger, Arranger, Guitar, Writer - Harry Bluestone, Violin - Jerome Reisler, Violin - DOUG LUBAHN, Bass Guitar - Louis Blackburn, Instruments - John Lowe, Saxophone, Woodwinds - John DeVoogdt, Violin - Lou Blackburn, Trombone - Darrel Terwilliger, Violin - Curtis Amy, Solo Saxophone - Nathan Gershman, Cello - Harris Goldman, Violin - Paul A. Rothchild, Producer - Priscilla Nemoy, Copier - Norman Botnick, Violin, Leader - John Kelson, Jr., Saxophone, Woodwinds - Champ Webb, Horn, Solo Horn - Jules Chalkin, Trumpet, Leader - Isadore Norman, Violin - Jerome A. Kessler, Cello - Victor Sazer, Cello

2019 Rhino Entertainment Company. 1969 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

9
The Soft Parade (2019 Remaster) 00:08:39

Bruce Botnick, Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Harvey Brooks, Bass Guitar - JOHN DENSMORE, Arranger, Drums - Jim Morrison, Arranger, Vocals, Writer - Ray Manzarek, Arranger, Keyboards - The Doors, MainArtist - Robby Krieger, Arranger, Guitar - Paul A. Rothchild, Producer - Reinol Andino, Congas

2019 Rhino Entertainment Company. 1969 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

10
Who Scared You (2019 Remaster) 00:03:55

Paul Harris, Orchestral Arranger - Bruce Botnick, Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Harvey Brooks, Bass Guitar - Jay Migliori, Saxophone, Woodwinds - JOHN DENSMORE, Arranger, Drums - Jim Morrison, Arranger, Vocals, Writer - Ray Manzarek, Arranger, Keyboards - John Audino, Trumpet - The Doors, MainArtist - Robby Krieger, Arranger, Guitar, Writer - Louis Blackburn, Instruments - John Lowe, Saxophone, Woodwinds - Lou Blackburn, Trombone - Curtis Amy, Solo Saxophone - Paul A. Rothchild, Producer - Priscilla Nemoy, Copier - John Kelson, Jr., Saxophone, Woodwinds - Champ Webb, Horn - Jules Chalkin, Trumpet, Leader

2019 Rhino Entertainment Company. 1969 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

DISC 2

1
Tell All the People (Doors Only Mix) 00:03:23

Bruce Botnick, Mixing Engineer - JOHN DENSMORE, Arranger, Drums - Jim Morrison, Arranger, Vocals - Ray Manzarek, Arranger, Keyboards - The Doors, MainArtist - Robby Krieger, Arranger, Writer - Paul A. Rothchild, Producer

2019 Rhino Entertainment Company. 2019 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

2
Touch Me (Doors Only Mix) (Robby Krieger Overdub) 00:03:12

Bruce Botnick, Engineer, Mixing Engineer - JOHN DENSMORE, Arranger, Drums - Jim Morrison, Arranger, Vocals - Ray Manzarek, Arranger, Keyboards - The Doors, MainArtist - Robby Krieger, Arranger, Guitar, Writer - Paul A. Rothchild, Producer

2019 Rhino Entertainment Company. 2019 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

3
Runnin' Blue (Doors Only Mix) (Robby Krieger Overdub) 00:02:29

Bruce Botnick, Engineer, Mixing Engineer - JOHN DENSMORE, Arranger, Drums - Jim Morrison, Arranger, Vocals - Ray Manzarek, Arranger, Keyboards - The Doors, MainArtist - Robby Krieger, Arranger, Guitar, Writer - Paul A. Rothchild, Producer

2019 Rhino Entertainment Company. 2019 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

4
Wishful Sinful (Doors Only Mix) (Robby Krieger Overdub) 00:02:57

Bruce Botnick, Mixing Engineer - JOHN DENSMORE, Arranger, Drums - Jim Morrison, Arranger, Vocals - Ray Manzarek, Arranger, Keyboards - The Doors, MainArtist - Robby Krieger, Arranger, Guitar, Writer - Paul A. Rothchild, Producer

2019 Rhino Entertainment Company. 2019 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

5
Who Scared You (Doors Only Mix) 00:03:18

Bruce Botnick, Engineer - JOHN DENSMORE, Arranger, Drums - Jim Morrison, Arranger, Vocals, Writer - Ray Manzarek, Arranger, Keyboards - The Doors, MainArtist - Robby Krieger, Arranger, Guitar, Writer - Paul A. Rothchild, Producer

2019 Rhino Entertainment Company. 2019 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

6
Roadhouse Blues (Screamin' Ray Daniels a.k.a. Ray Manzarek On Vocals) 00:05:28

Robert Deleo, Bass Guitar - Bruce Botnick, Engineer, Mixing Engineer - JOHN DENSMORE, Arranger, Drums, Writer - Jim Morrison, Arranger, Writer - Ray Manzarek, Arranger, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - The Doors, MainArtist - Robby Krieger, Arranger, Guitar, Writer - Paul A. Rothchild, Producer

2019 Rhino Entertainment Company. 2019 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

7
(You Need Meat) Don't Go No Further [Screamin' Ray Daniels a.k.a. Ray Manzarek On Vocals] 00:04:29

Robert Deleo, Bass Guitar - Bruce Botnick, Engineer - JOHN DENSMORE, Arranger, Drums - Jim Morrison, Arranger - Ray Manzarek, Arranger, Keyboards, Vocals - The Doors, MainArtist - WILLIE DIXON, Writer - Robby Krieger, Arranger, Guitar - Paul A. Rothchild, Producer

2019 Rhino Entertainment Company. 2019 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

8
I'm Your Doctor (Screamin' Ray Daniels a.k.a. Ray Manzarek On Vocals) 00:03:56

Robert Deleo, Bass Guitar - Bruce Botnick, Engineer - JOHN DENSMORE, Arranger, Drums - Jim Morrison, Arranger - Ray Manzarek, Arranger, Keyboards, Vocals - The Doors, MainArtist - Robby Krieger, Arranger, Guitar - James Oden, Writer - Paul A. Rothchild, Producer

2019 Rhino Entertainment Company. 2019 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

9
Touch Me (Doors Only Mix) 00:03:13

Bruce Botnick, Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Harvey Brooks, Bass Guitar - JOHN DENSMORE, Arranger, Drums - Jim Morrison, Arranger, Vocals - Ray Manzarek, Arranger, Keyboards - The Doors, MainArtist - Robby Krieger, Arranger, Guitar, Writer - Paul A. Rothchild, Producer

2019 Rhino Entertainment Company. 2019 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

10
Runnin' Blue (Doors Only Mix) 00:02:29

Bruce Botnick, Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Harvey Brooks, Bass Guitar - JOHN DENSMORE, Arranger, Drums - Jim Morrison, Arranger, Vocals - Ray Manzarek, Arranger, Keyboards - The Doors, MainArtist - Robby Krieger, Arranger, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Paul A. Rothchild, Producer - Jesse McReynolds, Mandolin - Jimmy Buchanan, Fiddle

2019 Rhino Entertainment Company. 2019 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

11
Wishful Sinful (Doors Only Mix) 00:02:57

Bruce Botnick, Engineer, Mixing Engineer - JOHN DENSMORE, Arranger, Drums - Jim Morrison, Arranger, Vocals - Ray Manzarek, Arranger, Keyboards - The Doors, MainArtist - Robby Krieger, Arranger, Guitar, Writer - Paul A. Rothchild, Producer

2019 Rhino Entertainment Company. 2019 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

DISC 3

1
I Am Troubled (2019 Remaster) 00:00:39

Bruce Botnick, Engineer, Mixing Engineer - JOHN DENSMORE, Arranger, Drums - Jim Morrison, Arranger, Vocals, Writer - Ray Manzarek, Arranger, Keyboards - The Doors, MainArtist - Robby Krieger, Arranger, Guitar - Paul A. Rothchild, Producer

2019 Rhino Entertainment Company. 2009 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

2
Seminary School (a.k.a. Petition the Lord with Prayer) 00:02:19

Bruce Botnick, Mixing Engineer - JOHN DENSMORE, Arranger, Drums - Jim Morrison, Arranger, Vocals, Writer - Ray Manzarek, Arranger, Keyboards - The Doors, MainArtist - Robby Krieger, Arranger, Guitar - Paul A. Rothchild, Producer

2019 Rhino Entertainment Company. 2019 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

3
Rock Is Dead (Complete Version) 01:04:04

Sam Phillips, Writer - Brian Carman, Writer - Bob Spickard, Writer - Bruce Botnick, Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Harvey Brooks, Bass - Elvis Presley, Writer - JOHN DENSMORE, Arranger, Drums, Writer - Jim Morrison, Arranger, Vocals, Writer - Ray Manzarek, Arranger, Keyboards, Writer - The Doors, MainArtist - Robby Krieger, Arranger, Guitar, Writer - VERA MATSON, Writer - Herman Parker, Writer - Paul A. Rothchild, Producer

2019 Rhino Entertainment Company. 2019 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

4
Chaos 00:03:05

Mae Boren Axton, Writer - Bruce Botnick, Engineer - Harvey Brooks, Bass - Miles Davis, Writer - JOHN DENSMORE, Arranger, Drums, Writer - Jim Morrison, Arranger, Vocals, Writer - Ray Manzarek, Arranger, Keyboards, Writer - The Doors, MainArtist - Robby Krieger, Arranger, Guitar, Writer - Eddie Cooley, Composer, Writer - John Davenport, Composer, Writer - Thomas Durden, Writer - Paul A. Rothchild, Producer

2019 Rhino Entertainment Company. 2019 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

Album Description

The rock’n’roll history books have often considered The Soft Parade to be The Doors’ worst album. Fifty years after its release on the 18th of July 1969, a re-evaluation of the Californians’ fourth opus establishes itself. Exactly a year after Waiting for the Sun, The Doors changed their modus operandi with an album which was viscerally less rock’n’roll. Unmanageable, completely obsessed with his poetry, more and more dependant on alcohol and always seemingly on the brink of leaving the band (held back in extremis by the keyboard player Ray Manzarek), Jim Morrison only wrote half of the tracks on this album. The guitarist Robbie Krieger stepped up to the mark and took the helm writing-wise, as well as developing the band’s instrumentation.

Headed by Paul Harris, brass and strings make an unexpected appearance in the band’s sound. Notes of jazz dilute the pure rock sound and bring a more bluesy texture, as well as some pop and even some lounge-style sequences. An eclectic mix which is slightly confusing to begin with, but it stops The Doors’ unique singularity from dwindling. The melodies on The Soft Parade are peraps not of the same calibre as those on the three previous albums, but at an era when the competition was also experimenting with some stranger sounds, Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger and John Densmore prove that they too can steer rock music into uncharted territories.

This 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition offers a new remastered version from producer Bruce Botnick, as well as bonus tracks like Who Scared You, as well as some unedited tracks, like demo versions of Doors Only, versions without brass or strings of Tell All the People, Touch Me, Wishful Sinful and Runnin’ Blue. Finally, among all these exciting new features of this 2019 edition, some interesting new guitar sections added by Krieger to Touch Me, Wishful Sinful and Runnin’ Blue. All in all, enough unedited material to please fans and better understand this musical mystery. © Max Dembo/Qobuz

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