The fourth studio album by The Doors. 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.
All songs arranged by John Densmore, Robbie Krieger, Ray Manzarek, and Jim Morrison.
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JIM MORRISON, Vocals*
RAY MANZAREK, Keyboards
ROBBIE KRIEGER, Guitar
JOHN DENSMORE, Drums
* Chorus vocal on Runnin’ Blue: Robbie Krieger
HARVEY BROOKS or DOUG LUBAHN, Bass
CURTIS AMY, Sax solos
GEORGE BOHANAN, Trombone solo
CHAMP WEBB, English horn solo
JESSE MCREYNOLDS, Mandolin
JIMMY BUCHANAN, Fiddle
REINOL ANDINO, Conga
Production, PAUL A. ROTHCHILD
Production Coordinator, JAC HOLZMAN
Engineering, BRUCE BOTNICK
Recorded at Elektra Sound Recorders, Los Angeles
Orchestral Arrangements, PAUL HARRIS
Photography, JOEL BRODSKY
Inside Illustration, PETER SCHAUMANN
Art Direction & Design, WILLIAM S. HARVEY
ELEKTRA RECORDS, 1855 Broadway, New York, N.Y. 10023
Printed in U.S.A.
Also Playable on Mono Phonographs
...one of the cleanest, most solid and, above all, most recognizable sounds in rock. Part of this is the Morrison power, but the other Doors are equally responsible. There is rarely any doubt that you're listening to the Doors.