The Soft Parade

Release date
9 May 2006
Running length
9 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Tell All The People ( LP Version ) 3:21 946
2 Touch Me ( LP Version ) 3:12 1,787
3 Shaman's Blues ( LP Version ) 4:48 803
4 Do It ( LP Version ) 3:09 883
5 Easy Ride ( LP Version ) 2:43 922
6 Wild Child ( LP Version ) 2:36 1,085
7 Runnin' Blue ( LP Version ) 2:27 908
8 Wishful Sinful ( LP Version ) 2:58 898
9 The Soft Parade ( LP Version ) 8:36 922

About this album

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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  • MisterJunior

    It's really a pretty good album, but there are some bad songs here. I can dig that they wanted to go in a different direction with this one, and the presence of horns and strings and so forth makes for a good addition on several of the good songs, so it's not that the additional instrumentation is inherently bad; it's that the songwriting is spotty for the first time on a Doors album. I just can't stand "Do It" or "Runnin' Blue" and "Wishful Sinful" isn't exactly my favorite song in the world either. The other 6 songs range from good to great. So yeah, good album, just doesn't match up with the previous three records.

    2 Jan 3:57am Reply
  • PowersauceBar

    The title track would like to have a word with you, 1nnervision. Do It and Shaman's Blues would fit nicely on the other albums as well.

    31 Dec 2014 Reply
  • NathelieJulienn

    I don't understand the amount of hate this album gets. Just as good as their classics.

    20 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Axeforhire66

    Incredible album. Just has it's own flavor, like all of their records!

    7 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Angel_Blue-

    This album is great, fuck you people.

    23 May 2014 Reply
  • 1nnervision

    I hate this album. Their only "bad" album per se. I don't think I like a single track, so bad it hurts.

    1 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Lowbacca

    great LP. 'nuff said. but, more importantly, PLEASE FLAG AND VOTE FOR THE CORRECT TRACK TITLES. F*CK "( LP Version )" . .

    3 Jan 2014 Reply
  • journik850

    I can see why people don't like it, but honestly Touch Me is still one of their best and most recognizable tunes, and rightly so. Morrison belting out the vocals on in is just brilliant.

    25 Nov 2013 Reply
  • TheSuperCrasher

    This is so underrated, it hurts.

    30 Jul 2013 Reply
  • JamesHippieKid

    The horns and strings are a nice addition, but some song songs sound a little plastic and discoish. Has some of my favorite songs and some of my lest favorites.. I would say it's a solid album though.

    25 Jun 2013 Reply
  • k_naruchiha94

    Their most underrated album for sure.

    7 Jun 2013 Reply
  • licoricepizza

    Really love the title track. I always call this The Doors' "Blood Sweat & Tears album". :D

    21 May 2013 Reply
  • Deardeadfriend

    It's not that bad. Actually, it's quite an enjoyable album.

    7 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Wonaldo

    Play a game about the albums of the Doors!

    28 Jan 2013 Reply
  • prodigious1

    And shaman's blues is my favorite doors song.

    2 Aug 2012 Reply
  • prodigious1

    Actually think along with la woman this is my favorite,

    2 Aug 2012 Reply
  • MandyMcDowell

    C'mon people, tell me why do you guys hate this one?

    31 Jul 2012 Reply
  • JeanLucasR

    In my opinion, way better than Strange Days. This is a solid album, with pretty good songs and an easy listening through the entire piece. I simply can't understand tha hating on this great album, guys.

    6 Jun 2012 Reply
  • felipemaiden

    their different album, not their worst album

    21 Apr 2012 Reply
  • ReachDown

    The Soft Parade is one of their best songs.

    19 Feb 2012 Reply
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