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With an intoxicating, genre-blending sound, provocative and uncompromising songs, and the mesmerizing power of singer Jim Morrison's poetry and presence, the Doors had a transformative impact not only on popular music but on popular culture.

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  • Audio CD (26 Mar 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000MG1ZFQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,987 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Tell All The People
2. Touch Me
3. Shaman's Blues
4. Do It
5. Easy Ride
6. Wild Child
7. Runnin' Blue
8. Wishful Sinful
9. The Soft Parade
10. Who Scared You
11. "Whiskey, Mystics and Men"
12. "Whiskey, Mystics and Men"
13. Push Push
14. Touch Me
15. Touch Me

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EAN 081227999810 -INCL.BONUS TRACKS

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. D. Flight on 10 Aug 2008
Format: Audio CD
Popular consensus has it that when placed in chronological order the six Doors studio albums released during Jim Morrisons' lifetime follow a symmetrical pattern in terms of quality; classic, very good, not so good, not so good, very good, classic. The fourth album in that series, The Soft Parade (released in 1969) is often cited as the low point but I have found it difficult to see why every time I have played it.

Some fans of the band have lamented the fact that guitarist Robby Krieger wrote half of the songs on the album but personally I regard him as an undervalued composer, after all it was Krieger who came up with the Doors' much-covered breakthrough classic 'Light My Fire'. Krieger wrote four of the songs here, including the opener 'Tell All the People', a song notable for its' great uplifting melody which makes it a great track to drift along to. Jim Morrison apparently didn't want anyone to think he had written this song as he opposed the line, "get your guns", hence each song on this album being credited to its' author. Krieger also wrote the most famous song on the album- 'Touch Me', as well as 'Runnin' Blue', a departure for the band and notable for its' opening line, "Poor Otis dead and gone...". This is of course a tribute to soul singer Otis Redding who died tragically in a December 1967 plane crash. The latter is a bit of a throwaway number but it is undeniably catchy and entertaining to listen to with its' sudden shift in melody from standard Doors song to a country pastiche. His other credit comes on 'Wishful Sinful', another great track with its' smooth verses and catchy chorus.

As for Jim Morrisons' compositions these are akin to the more familiar Doors sound. 'Shamans' Blues' is about lost love ("There will never be another one like you...
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By TOMMOT on 5 July 2007
Format: Audio CD
Just like "Waiting For The Sun", the album from The Doors that was released a year before this, this album was and is quite unfairly and unusally under-rated, and I can't understand why. The brass section adds a lovely and soothing feel to the songs. Although this isn't considered to be the greatest of The Doors' work, this is the album from The Doors with the most singles. Four in total! From "Tell All The People" right up to the title track that finishes off the album, this is a great CD. Honestly!
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By P. Whitehead on 7 Feb 2007
Format: Audio CD
The Doors back catalogue has been due a makeover for years, and wow, haven't they spent some effort on it. The sound quality on these discs has never been bettered in my opinion. If you're thinking of upgrading your entire Doors collection, consider the Perception Box Set, if not read on...

This album majors on songs by guitarist Robby Kreiger, rather than the Morrison compositions that made up much of the earlier albums. Kreiger is a good song-writer, who contributed to all the Doors albums thus far (e.g. Light My Fire, Love Me Two Times) but lyrically he's no Morrison. And some of his songs take the band too far from the `Doors' sound - Running Blue, in particular, takes a hillbilly direction. The Doors play bluegrass? Some songs on the album are good (Shaman's Blues and Touch Me), excellent even (Wild Child ), others are not (Running Blue, Do It). Moreover, whereas the Doors' previous long epics (The End and When the Music's Over) are excellent, the title track here is a little more disjointed.

The band also introduced a horn section on some tracks. Why? Bravado? To change the sound? Because Love had done it successfully on Forever Changes? You decide. It certainly makes for a different sounding album which, if you own all the Doors albums, may be nice to play for a change.

The bonus cuts on this CD are nice though - the B-side Who Scared You, which is a pretty strong track, plus a few extra takes of Touch Me. Then we come to an odd one indeed, a song entitled Push Push, which is a little 3-chord Latin-garage thing in the La Bamba, Louie Louie or Wooly Bully vein. The band all sound pretty drunk, and we can only guess when and where it was recorded.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Philip Roberts on 14 Nov 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
As the title says, this LP is excellent, like all 8 of the Doors studio LPs (I'm including Other Voices & Full Circle recorded after Jim Morrison's death and often unfairly denigraded). I guess you're either into the Doors, or you're not. There's no inbetween. Despite being mainly a rockabilly and 50s rock fan, the first time I heard the Doors in the mid 1970s was a musical and spiritual revelation to me. No, it didn't change my tastes -- I still love Elvis, Chuck Berry and many other great 50s rock artists. But it certainly blew my mind and broadened my musical horizons. If you love any Doors LP, you will love this one.

It has the original nine tracks:
Tell All the People
Touch Me
Shaman's Blues
Do It
Easy Ride
Wild Child
Running Blue
Wishful Sinful
Soft Parade

Plus six bonus tracks:
Who Scared You
Whisky Mystics & Wimen (Ver 1)
Whisky Mystics & Wimen (Ver 2)
Push Push (6.05) (The best bonus track in my opinion)
Touch Me (Dialogue)
Touch Me (Take 3)

All have been digitally remastered and sound suberb!

If you ever liked any Doors LP, you will love this one. Buy it! Buy it! Buy it!

Other Voices/Full Circle
The Soft Parade [40th Anniversary Mixes]
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