What does it sound like?:
The Soft Parade is commonly regarded as the nadir of the Morrison-era Doors. Their distinctive, lucid sound drenched by producer Paul A. Rothchild’s strings and horns on their weakest collection of songs. Just as a sense of dread pervaded 1969, The Doors seemed to be out of step, brightening their sound and creating a more radio-friendly product. It did sell very well, especially in America, where it reached number six, and its lead-off single, Touch Me, peaked at number three.
The truth is that when The Doors convened in the studio, November 1968, there was no material fit for a fourth album. Morrison’s songbook was spent, he was exhausted with the strain of being the central focus of attention on a long tour and was consuming copious amounts of alcohol. As a consequence, Robby Kreiger, the guitarist, stepped into the songwriting breach while Rothchild, paranoid by excess cocaine, drove the band obsessively into new musical areas in a quest to be as groundbreaking as Jimi or The Beatles.
Fifty years on, nicely polished up for a superdeluxe edition by Bruce Botnick, The Soft Parade is a lot better than you may remember and » Continue Reading.