The Doors came bolting out of the gates with two LPs in 1967. Waiting for the Sun appeared in mid-68, and it's clear there were already some problems with the band.
The album is very disjointed, and indeed it's known that this was supposed to include the full Celebration of the Lizard. Instead, only one track survives--Not To Touch The Earth, which is excellent but is surrounded here by the happy go lucky tracks Love Street and Summer's Almost Gone. The former is an ode to Patricia Morrison and is completely pleasant. The latter is actually a holdover from their demo days. It should have been on an earlier album.
Hello, I Love You is one of their poppiest tunes, and the riff is of course recognizable from the Kinks. Spanish Caravan and The Unknown Soldier are known hits and are actually pretty dark. This album ushers in the Moog full force, with a big, fat, warm fuzz sound. Five to One is another track full of menace, another live favorite.
My Wild Love is different, no instruments, just voice and hand clapping. But it reeks of improvisation in the face of ill preparation. And indeed, the song Waiting for the Sun would not even appear on this album, but would wait until Morrison Hotel two years later.
The songs are good, but the album as a whole is not cohesive and is all over the place. They probably should have waited to make the album they wanted to make. But back in the old days, you were releasing an album a year, though with the vinyl LP you only had to supply around 30-40 minutes of music as opposed to CD capacity.
This is recommended for Doors fans, as are all six of their albums. If you're interested in The Doors, it's best to skip the fifteen or so Greatest Hits or Best ofs or whatever shameless repackaging they come up with next for the same material. Invest in the albums and you'll always find other gems and gain a better appreciation of the band.