The Doors – The Soft Parade (1969)

Artist Credit
Curtis Amy Saxophone, Soloist
Reinol Andino Congas
George Bohannon Soloist, Trombone
Bruce Botnick Audio Engineer, Engineer, Mastering, Remixing
Joel Brodsky Photography
Harvey Brooks Bass
Jim Buchanan Fiddle, Violin
Ernie Campagna Production Coordination
John Densmore Arranger, Composer, Drums, Member of Attributed Artist
The Doors Primary Artist
Kevin Michael Gray CD Preparation
Paul Harris Orchestral Arrangements
William S. Harvey Art Direction, Design
Steve Hoffman Mastering
Jac Holzman Production Coordination
Robby Krieger Arranger, Choir/Chorus, Composer, Guitar, Lyricist, Member of Attributed Artist, Vocals, Vocals (Background)
Doug Lubahn Bass
Ray Manzarek Arranger, Composer, Keyboards, Member of Attributed Artist, Organ, Vocals
Jesse McReynolds Mandolin
Jim Morrison Arranger, Composer, Member of Attributed Artist, Vocals
Paul Rothchild Audio Production, Mastering, Producer
Peter Schaumann Artwork, Illustrations
Champ Webb Horn, Horn (English), Soloist

The weakest studio album recorded with Jim Morrison in the group, partially because their experiments with brass and strings on about half the tracks weren’t entirely successful. 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. On the other hand, about half the record is quite good, especially the huge hit “Touch Me” (their most successful integration of orchestration), the vicious hard rock riffs of “Wild Child,” the overlooked “Shaman’s Blues,” and the lengthy title track, a multi-part suite that was one of the band’s best attempts to mix rock with poetry. “Tell All the People” and “Wishful Sinful,” both penned by Robbie Krieger, were uncharacteristically wistful tunes that became small hits but were not all that good, and not sung very convincingly by Morrison.

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