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The Soft Parade [Original recording remastered, Extra tracks, Original recording reissued]

the Doors Audio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
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1. Tell All The People
2. Touch Me
3. Shaman's Blues
4. Do It
5. Easy Ride
6. Wild Child
7. Runnin' Blue
8. Wishful Sinful
9. The Soft Parade
10. Who Scared You (Bonus)
11. Whiskey, Mystics And Men (Version 1) (Bonus)
12. Whiskey, Mystics And Men (Version 2) (Bonus)
13. Push Push (Bonus)
14. Touch Me (Dialogue) (Bonus)
15. Touch Me (Take 3) (Bonus)

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After considerably broadening their sound on Waiting for the Sun, the Doors decided to continue pushing the envelope with their next release. Incorporating brass, strings, and even a full orchestra, The Soft Parade is easily the most challenging album in the Doors' catalog--if not the most accomplished. Though the hit "Touch Me" and other tracks ("Shaman's Blues," "Wild Child") hearken back to the band's edgier self, the title track is a multipart rock suite that evokes some of the psychedelic era's worst excesses. Robby Krieger's "Wishful Sinful" serves up some uncharacteristic melancholy, but elsewhere there's a sense that some of the "experiments" here just might be filler. --Jerry McCulley

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Limited European edition of this classic album from Jim Morrison and his Doors mates comes housed in a Japanese-style mini-LP sleeve. Originally released in 1969, The Soft Parade was the band's fourth album and features the hits 'Touch Me', 'Wild Child' and more. Warner.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Doors at Their Psychedelic Best June 25 2004
Format:Audio CD
This album has receive in the past and still to this day a lot of negative feedback. I realize that everyone has the right to voice their own opinion but I actually like this album.The Doors were experimenting with a lot of new and different sounds on THE SOFT PARADE and is clear that they were trying to perhaps confuse their listeners and they succeeded I believe but this album has a strong dosage of blues, rock and even a little funk but overall is a very well crafted album and the songs are very original and they are all very different. This album is perhaps the strangest that band had recorded up to that point but that doesn't diminish the great quality of the music contained herein. TELL ALL THE PEOPLE, is perhaps my favorite track on the album and I really like Jim Morrison's voice on this one, it is very clear and direct. TOUCH ME, was ofcourse the album's big hit and a great song to listen to this one is definately a Doors classic. WISHFUL SINFUL is another great song in which Jim's voice is really good as is the rest of the band. EASY RIDE, I think is really funny, I laugh sometimes when I listen to it and it is not out of disrepect to The Doors by any means but that is my take on the song, it is fast and has a strong country feel to it. RUNNIN BLUE, is another good one and a bit funny as well but still a good song. The album title song THE SOFT PARADE, is a real trip to listen to like Jim says in the beginning "this is the best part of the trip, the part I really like, proud to be a part of this number". Is a cool and long song to listen to. Finally I would just like to add that this may not have been The Doors best selling album or their greatest masterpiece but with all the negative reviews that it has receive in the past, THE SOFT PARADE still stands as one of The Doors most original and eloquentely conceived recordings. A must for any Doors fan.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brass Doors June 22 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The Doors' fourth album "The Soft Parade" kind of picks up where "Waiting For The Sun" left off. "The Soft Parade" is a "parade" of soft, energizing and sometimes brass-drenched cuts, which shows how versitile The Doors are with their music. Though underrated, "The Soft Parade" is not to be ignored. The classic psychedelic Doors sound combined with smart horn sections make this a very unique and enjoyable album.
The album begins with the poppy, free-flowing "Tell All The People" which features some nice harmonies, horn work, and singer Jim Morrison's deep dark voice. Following the song is The Doors' hit "Touch Me," a song combining Morrison's dark, straight forward and demanding lyrics, with his soulful, melodic crooning amongst thick driving horns and melodic strings in the background. It feels like Jim is singing right to you and Ray Manzarek's organ is intense and flawless.
One of my favorite songs from this album is the flowing psychedlia of "Shaman's Blues." The song features catchy; almost swirly melodic chords from Manzarek's organ and smooth guitar playing from Robby Krieger. It is psychedelic pop-rock at its finest; very trippy and laid-back.
The next two songs are probably the weakest on the album; "Do It" and Easy Ride." "Do It" leaves a lot to be desired as Morrison's constant repetition of "Please, please listen to the children...." becomes annoying very quickly. There are some nice powerful guitar chords and organ chords from Kreiger and Manzarek, but there is so much more that could have been done with this song. "Easy Ride" is nothing special.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Doors' failed equivalent of SGT PEPPER June 11 2004
By Mike London TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
THE SOFT PARADE, The Doors' fourth album, struggles to be musically inventive. What made the first two albums so wonderfully successful is their very unique sound, and that sound encapsulated the growing, revolutionary thought processes that were spreading throughout America's youth at the time. The Doors were both original and very much of their time, although those first two records never feel dated. Then The Doors released WAITING FOR THE SUN, which has several good songs, but only approaches the quality of the first two records in isolated moments. After the wake of SGT PEPPER and all the psychedelic music that was coming out at the time, The Doors decided to do their own version of SGT PEPPER. By this, I mean they decided to totally reinvent their sound and style and popular music in general, giving the world a radical look how high rock and roll can really climb on the artistic ladder. Unfortunately, The Doors were never as consistently good as The Beatles, and instead of turning in an amazing LP, we end up with the weakest set of songs The Doors ever put to tape.
To understand the state of THE SOFT PARADE, it helps to look at the album before that, WAITING OF THE SUN. The Doors seem to operate in twos, with their first two records brilliant, their middle two rather mediocre, their last two good blues albums, and then there's the two (out of print) records The Doors made after Morrison's death (OTHER VOICES and FULL CIRCLE). WAITING FOR THE SUN was little more than a holding action, product put out because they had to, although there are some great songs on it. At least on THE SOFT PARADE they were trying to do something different, even though it ends up being just as mediocre an album as its predecessor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SACD is nice
Bought it for the SACD. SACD sounds better than the CD version of the original recording remastered. The sound is warmer, voices and instruments more clear and realistic. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Eric G
3.0 out of 5 stars Least Fave Doors
But still good enough to rate as OK. These guys were very talented and a definite product of their times. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Bootsy Bass
5.0 out of 5 stars The symphonic album
The most progressive album from the Doors! On 45 rpm Lp it's sound's like you are a part of the album.
The magical mistic sound of the sweet vinyl. Read more
Published 18 months ago by mathieu
4.0 out of 5 stars unheralded classic
The Soft Parade is my favourite Doors album. The title track is arguably the best piece of music they ever made. Read more
Published on April 7 2006 by Dwayne Nietzche
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it for Soft Parade Alone!
Definitely far from L.A. Woman but Soft Parade(the song) easily exceeds any other single by them just because Jim's conviction is so strong and musically it's just so diverse and... Read more
Published on June 8 2004 by Steven
1.0 out of 5 stars Junk?
I have to voice an opinion on this one. Total junk. Soft Parade, Wild Child & Touch Me are pretty solid, but as far as deep cuts are concerned, this album brings nothing... Read more
Published on June 3 2004 by Timothy L. Fischer
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the soft parade
This album is the most ravishing and inspired of that band. Wild child for instance is filled with ooriginal accents; Teel all the people is a classic and touch me is the most... Read more
Published on May 25 2004 by Hiram Gomez Pardo
5.0 out of 5 stars the maddness that is the doors
The time was 1969, The Doors were drifting into more of an experimental side. The Doors had already released one of the greatest debut albums of all time and a stellar sophmore... Read more
Published on April 29 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars This is the best CD that Chicago has ever released!!
Oh wait, this isn't Chicago. Oh well, there are some smellers on this one. But I throw in a big (and I mean big) but. Read more
Published on April 1 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars - The band's most different album
Soft Parade (1969.) Doors' fourth album.
In 1968 the Doors entered an experimental phase of their musical career. Read more
Published on March 29 2004 by Rocker_Man
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