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Waiting for the Sun Original recording remastered, Extra tracks, Original recording reissued


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  • Audio CD (March 27 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks, Original recording reissued
  • Label: Rhino-Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000MCIBB6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,049 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hello, I Love You
2. Love Street
3. Not To Touch The Earth
4. Summer's Almost Gone
5. Wintertime Love
6. The Unknown Soldier
7. Spanish Caravan
8. My Wild Love
9. We Could Be So Good Together
10. Yes, The River Knows
11. Five To One
12. Albinoni's Adagio In G Minor (Bonus)
13. Not To Touch The Earth (Dialogue) (Bonus)
14. Not To Touch The Earth (Take 1) (Bonus)
15. Not To Touch The Earth (Take 2) (Bonus)
16. Celebration Of The Lizard (An Experiment/work In Progress) (Bonus

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12" 180-gram HQ virgin vinyl reissues of the original stereo mixes of the legendary band's six Jim Morrison-fronted studio albums. The reissues of these now historic albums - all originally released between 1967 and 1970 - are replicas of the initial vinyl offerings, including artwork and inner sleeves. The laquers were cut at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Hollywood, CA under the direct supervision of original Doors producer/engineer Bruce Botnick and Electra Records founder Jac Holzman. 1968's WAITING FOR THE SUN, the Doors' first chart-topper, delivered the #1 signature smash "Hello, I Love You" and the Top 40 hit "The Unknown Soldier."

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With the massive success of the single "Light My Fire" and their initial two albums, L.A.'s the Doors quickly built a sizable reputation for edgy, often over-the-top musical drama. Perhaps wary of stereotyping, or simply worn out from their grueling early success, the band took a decided left turn into softer sounds here, from the pop-drenched "Hello, I Love You" to the flamenco guitar wash of "Spanish Caravan." Even gentle ballads (by the band's standards, anyway) were a part of the Doors' new sensibility, as witnessed by "Love Street" and "Summer's Almost Gone." But lest one think the band had gone a little too soft, the antiwar diatribe "The Unknown Soldier," the edgy "Five to One," and the deliciously strange "Not to Touch the Earth" were there to remind listeners that even if the band had mellowed a bit, they were still a long way from Jay and the Americans. --Jerry McCulley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Waiting for the Sun," all things considered, represents the softer side of the doors. Just come the difference in tone of both the music and the lyrics of "Light My Fire," the first song most people remember hearing by the Doors, and "Hello, I Love You," the hit single off of this third album. For the most part "Waiting for the Sun" was something of a disappointment after the first two albums, but whereas "The Doors" hit #2 on the Billboard charts and "Strange Days" made it to #3, this one made it all the way to #1. Go figure, boys and girls. But in the end this might be a lesser album by the Doors but it still has its moments.
The word that really describes the difference between this album and the rest of the Doors' oeuvre is, believe or not, "mellow." Listen to the rock ballads "Love Street," "Wintertime Love," "Summer's Almost Gone," and "Yes the River Knows" and you will quickly get the point. Jim Morrison's lyrics for "Love Street" are pretty autobiographical in terms of his budding romance with Pamela Courson and fans can still check out some of the locations alluded to in the song, which is a lot less expensive than going on a pilgrimage to Paris to see Morrison's grave.
But while mellow might be a dominant element it is the eerie sounding song "The Unknown Solider," with its anti-war lyrics, that is the standout piece on the album.
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Waiting for the Sun has been criticised a lot, but actually I don't understand why.
With 'The Doors' (1967) and 'Strange Days' (1967), the Doors made two albums, which, in my opinion, ranks as two of the ten best albums of all time, a top ten otherwise only inhabited by David Bowie and a single Suede album (Dog Man Star), which lies longer down than the two first Doors albums.
Waiting for the Sun (1968) is of course a step down from the Dionysian heaven, where the Doors had stayed before, but on the other hand, it is not a step I think one should despise. Cos Waiting for the Sun captures emotions not felt on their earlier albums, such as a summer-of-love & eternal-holiday-no-problems-at-all & happy-go-luck atmosphere in songs as 'Hello, I Love You' and 'Love Street', the beautiful landscapes of snowy pine forests on the sides of grand mountains, like picked out of Norse Mythology in 'Wintertime Love', anti-war politics in 'Unknown Soldier', a more romantic and less apocalyptic sad future perspective in 'Summer's Almost Gone', the feeling of just riding into the sun, how large the world actually is, how long the summer actually lasts and how beautiful it all is in 'Spanish Caravan', 'My Wild Love', 'We Could Be So Good Together' (the only mildly disappointing track on the whole album) and 'Yes, the River Knows' and finally, some flashbacks to their earlier material, with 'Five to One', which sounds like 'Back Door Man' and 'Alabama Song' off their debut album, and 'Not to Touch the Earth' a brilliant angst-scenario.
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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.
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