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The Soft Parade. The Soft Parade is the fourth studio album by American rock band the Doors, released on July 18, 1969, by Elektra Records. “Can’t you see me growing, get your guns,” Morrison sings on the opening cut. Over time, historians have reassessed the album and its critical standing has slightly improved, but it is still widely considered the group's weakest effort with Morrison. The band's third studio album, Waiting for the Sun, released in July of the same year, became the Doors' only number one hit on the Billboard 200, while also spawning their second single to peak at number one with "Hello, I Love You". [11][12] The music on The Soft Parade incorporated art rock,[13] blues rock,[14] jazz fusion,[14] and psychedelic rock styles. - i think this whole part, pieced together, shows how you can't change the way life is through prayer and life is a ridiculous parade. The Soft Parade represents a clear and present decline in musicianship. No part of this website may be reproduced without written permission. [9] Looking for a new, creative sound, Rothchild hired Paul Harris to arrange string and orchestral arrangements for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and local jazz horn players. Dutch psychedelic rockgroup Soft Parade is founded 1990 by composers Hans Bos and Eric Maas. LISTEN LIVE At Work Or While You Surf. 24/7 For FREE On RADIO.COM. The band brought in the saxophone player Curtis Amy to perform a solo instrumental on the song, which was influenced by the works of John Coltrane. The Soft Parade Lyrics: When I was back there in seminary school / There was a person there / Who put forth the proposition / That you can petition the Lord with prayer / Petition the lord with prayer other than that, these lyrics make no sense. 'The Soft Parade' is perhaps the most divisive of the Doors albums. [4] Initial sessions for the album occurred on 26 July 1968 when the band recorded "Wild Child" and "Wishful Sinful" ("Easy Ride" was a Waiting for the Sun leftover, captured on 3 March 1968). This is quite apart from stage showmanship, or even “drama.” The Doors are obviously more potent than ever. 3 talking about this. The song's ambiance is heightened by the striking imagery which outlines a need for sanctuary, escape, and pleasure. The Doors’ fourth studio album, The Soft Parade, became the band’s fourth straight Top Ten album when it was released 50 years ago on July 18, 1969. [18] The latter song, a stylistic return to a lengthy track closing a Doors album, was penned with the help of Rothchild, who organized pieces of Morrison's poetry with him to align rhythmically and conceptually. Three preceding singles, "Touch Me", "Wishful Sinful", and "Tell All the People", were included on The Soft Parade, with the former becoming another Top 10 hit for the Doors. Via Rhino Records: The Doors’ fourth studio album, The Soft Parade, became the band’s fourth straight Top Ten album when it was released 50 years ago on July 18, 1969.Despite featuring one of the group’s biggest hits – “Touch Me” – it remains the most-polarizing record of The Doors’ career thanks to the brass and string arrangements that embellish several tracks. © 2000 - 2020 The Soft Parade - Tribute to The Doors The Soft Parade has been joined on stage by Doors guitarist Robby Krieger and was endorsed by keyboardist Ray Manzarek when he signed a contract to perform a series of concerts as a member of the Soft Parade. Expanding the bands vocals / guitar / keyboard line-up with additional instrumentation - orchestration, etc - seemed to blur the focus of the band. The Soft Parade is the fourth studio album by the The Doors, released in 1969. Maybe he was bummed that the hall was half empty. [11], The Doors wanted to capitalize on the experimental climate in popular music at the time that brought about groundbreaking works like the Beatles' White Album and Jimi Hendrix's Electric Ladyland, while redefining what could be accomplished within the rock medium. Crowd Reactions 1 The Soft Parade. More to the point, though, this was their weakest set of material, low lights including filler like "Do It" and "Runnin' Blue," a strange bluegrass-soul blend that was a small hit. The Doors will include a trove of previously unreleased recordings on the upcoming 50th anniversary deluxe edition of their 1969 album, The Soft Parade, out October 18th.. Upon release, The Soft Parade was denounced by both music critics and the band's underground music scene followers, who viewed the album as the Doors' trending into popular music. The band brought in the saxophone player Curtis Amy to perform a solo instrumental on the song, which was influenced by the works of John Coltrane. 0 Comment Share 7:29. [1][2] The album was the first commercial breakthrough for the band in the UK, reaching number 16 on the UK Albums Chart. The Soft Parade-Doors Tribute. [30] Following the release of The Soft Parade, the Doors earned another minor hit with the "Runnin' Blue" single, charting at number 64 upon its release in August 1969. Did not play LA Woman, The End, When the Music's Over, or even The Soft Parade (which is the name of the band) The Soft Parade. Later they are joined by Dick Brouwers and Jay Pollet. [19], Morrison's "Shaman's Blues" and the title track were both examples of his penchant for using symbolism and autobiographical insights. [17] Krieger continued to hone his songwriting skills to fill the void left by Morrison's absence. James Coile passed away on June 20, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. [33] Reviewing for The Village Voice in January 1970, Robert Christgau wrote: "No one even thinks about the Doors any more—such is fame—but this is an acceptable record, with predictable pretensions and two or three first-rate songs ('Touch Me,' 'Wild Child'). He considered quitting the Doors, but was persuaded by keyboardist Ray Manzarek to finish recording The Soft Parade before making such a decision. "[32] In a review for AllMusic, Richie Unterberger was slightly more positive, writing that "about half the record is quite good, especially the huge hit 'Touch Me' (their most successful integration of orchestration)". The Doors’ fourth studio album, The Soft Parade, became the band’s fourth straight top 10 album when it was released 50 years ago on July 18, 1969.Despite featuring one of the group’s biggest hits, “Touch Me,” it remains the most-polarizing record of The Doors ’ career thanks to the brass and string arrangements that embellish several tracks. After the release of Waiting for the Sun, the Doors commanded vast sums of money to perform before large crowds in arenas such as the L.A. Forum, the Hollywood Bowl, and Madison Square Garden.