The Doors - The Soft Parade

NME.COM feature on The Doors - The Soft Parade album including album review, artwork, tracks, listen now, tour dates, discography and more.

Release date: 02 February 2011

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The Doors - The Soft Parade: Wikipedia Album Entry

The Soft Parade is the fourth studio album by the The Doors, released in 1969.

The album met with some controversy among fans and critics due to its inclusion of brass and string instrument arrangements, as opposed to the more stripped-down sound of their earlier recordings. Fans also complained that The Soft Parade followed the lyrical formulas of previous albums, and thus was not very innovative. In reviewing the 40th anniversary remix (for the August 2007 issue of Downbeat Magazine) correspondent Dan Ouellette thought otherwise, declaring it to be "the apex" of the band's creativity.

Robby Krieger has a stronger presence on The Soft Parade than on any other Doors album, contributing around half the material, instead of merely a song or two as he had on previous efforts. This was partly because Jim Morrison was also working on putting together a pair of self-published poetry books.

After this album, the Doors returned to simpler styles on Morrison Hotel and L.A. Woman, with just the four band members playing.

For the first time, the songs were credited to individual members (only Morrison or Krieger on the album sleeve itself are credited) as Morrison was unhappy with the line about people being told to get their guns in Krieger's "Tell All the People", although the title track had Morrison's line of "Better bring your gun".

Despite a lukewarm reception, the album became the band's fourth top ten hit album in a row and the single "Touch Me" was hugely successful.

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