The Doors
The Soft Parade


3.5
great

Review

by The Hypnotist USER (20 Reviews)
October 14th, 2006 | 29 replies


Release Date: 1969 | Tracklist


The Doors:
Jim Morrison: Vocals
Ray Manzarek: Keyboards
John Densmore: Drums
Robby Krieger: Guitar

This cd was somewhat a disappointment for me. Not because it’s bad, it’s actually quite good, but because I was expecting and wanted to hear more mysteriousness and no trumpets. Don’t get me wrong the trumpets are very well done I just don’t like the trumpets. I don’t find they fit what The Doors were. But aside from that this album is great.

The first track Tell All the People starts out with a Heroesque trumpet line that is very cheesy and then goes straight to a softer verse. Then the sax comes in adding a nice feel to the champion like song. The trumpets truly ruin this wonderful song though, as they do with every song they are on this cd. John does a nice simple beat with some great fills throughout it, but he’s done better. Jim’s voice is pretty low and it goes good with the song. This can get old fast.

The next track, Touch Me, is nothing to different from the first track. It has those terrible trumpets which add an unbearably cheesy sound to this song. But there is a nice use of string instruments during the chorus. I have never liked this song very much. Jim’s vocals are basically like they are in the first track. This is easily overlooked and only remembered because of how cheesy it is. I really wish the guitar and keyboards were heard more, they kind of take a backseat to all the other instruments.

Now, the first good song on the cd. Shaman’s Blues. This song is pure gold. Jim’s vocals are a little more strained than the previous two songs. No trumpets are included here which is my favorite part of this song. The guitar is very well crafted and is mixes with the other instruments very nicely. The drums are pretty simple but suiting. Although John could have done better he does some nice fills on here.

Another pleasing song is Do It. It starts out with a great guitar and bass intro with Jim singing Please Me. Then it goes faster and more energetic as Jim repeats the same line over and over again. The drums are great on here with some excellent snare and tom fills. The keyboards are typical Ray and do their job very nicely.

The next track; Easy Ride, sounds very amusing with it’s fast psychedelic riffs. The guitar solo is very nice but a little short and too quickly cut off. The keyboard is very jumpy and nicely fits with the song. Jim delivers the vocals nicely and has a great tone, as usual. The bass is quite odd in this song. I don’t even know how to describe, but I have a hard time believing that Ray plays it because of the way it slides.

Wild Child opens with a classic Robby riff. Very simple but man is it awesome. The instruments are extremely solid. Then it goes and changes to a less rock feeling for a few seconds to a more psychedelic keyboard led bridge thing. The real bridge is very nice with the drums pounding and the guitar soloing and the keyboard providing a nice back beat. Jim ends this very nicely with the words: Do you remember when we were in Africa?

This is yet another track that could be amazing but is ruined by the trumpets. Runnin’ Blue starts out very promisingly with just Jim singing some great lyrics then the guitar enters keeping up your hopes of a none trumpet song but you hopes are shattered when you hear them just after the rest of the instruments. Although they do have a very nice solo in this song. It’s very jazzy and mixed with the excellent saxophone. It’s an excellent jazzy break from the cheesiness of the main part of the song. Then there’s a very humorous bridge with a comical mandolin and violin with Jim singing in a hilarious voice, it really does save the song.

Wishful Sinful is truly the most beautiful song on here. Jim sings in a wonderful tone. The strung instruments add more beauty to this amazing song. The drums are extremely fitting and provide the perfect beat for this song. The guitar is also a great fitting backbone of this song. Very beautiful individually picked notes that are carefully done. The keyboards are seldom heard and take a backseat to the other instruments, but that’s not a problem on here. The violins and other string instruments really help make this song the beautiful work of art it is.

Jim has some great lyrics on here. My favorite has to be Soft Parade. This song truly delivers and it is also the one song that really gave me what I wanted on hear. The intro is somewhat intense with Jim talking in an echoey voice. He sounds very mad. And at the end of his rant about petitioning the lord with prayer the beautiful guitar comes in and Jim sings in a very befitting soft voice. Then it springs into action with a very fast psychedelic guitar and keyboard leading the way. Jim’s voice sounds very odd over the instruments; it’s a good odd though. This is really a typical Doors song. It goes from loud, to soft, to fast and energetic, to slow and melodious, then energetic again. The transformations are made very well and the absence of the trumpets and other instruments really made me happy. The keyboards are definitely Ray’s best on this cd; very bouncy and energetic.

Overall this cd can be very cheesy and if it were not for songs like Soft Parade and Wishful Sinful this would be much lower rated. Those two and Shaman’s Blues basically save this whole cd. The trumpets are mostly cheesy except on Runnin’ Blue during the solo. Jim and Robby wrote some great lyrics on here. I highly advise not getting this if it’s your first cd. I luckily got the best of before this.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
MrKite
October 14th 2006


5020 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

My first stab at a track by track, hope iots good.

tom79
October 14th 2006


3372 Comments


Maybe seperate the paragraphs and bold or add italics to song titles. And give some backround histroy on the band instead of just saying 'this cd is was a dissapointment' (yet a 4/5?).

And I still think this is Stinkypoptart

Digging: Karate - Some Boots

MrKite
October 14th 2006


5020 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

it was a dissapointment because i was expecting a classic or near classic. and i cant remember how to bold. and im not stinkypoptart.

John Paul Harrison
October 14th 2006


1014 Comments


Tom, you brilliant bastard!

Stinky's Albums:

The Beatles- Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band 5
Rush- 2112 5
Dead Kennedys- Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables 5
Led Zeppelin- Led Zeppelin I 5
The Jimi Hendrix Experience- Live at Woodstock 5
Nirvana- MTV Unplugged in New York 5
Nirvana- In Utero 5

MrKite's Albums:

The Beatles- Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band 5
Rush- 2112 5
Dead Kennedys- Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables 5
Led Zeppelin- Led Zeppelin I 5
The Jimi Hendrix Experience- Live at Woodstock 5
Nirvana- MTV Unplugged in New York 5
Nirvana- In Utero 5



MrKite
October 14th 2006


5020 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i know this sounds dumb but it really just is a weird coincidence.

tom79
October 14th 2006


3372 Comments


Stinkpoptart hasn't been around for a while. You both always spell things wrong when you type. You both heard pretty much every Weird Al album. And you both like the exact same bands (the whole grunge/hendrix/classic rock deal). And heres one: Leadbelly, Stinky as him on his favorites list and made a profile edit and you have him on a list; the only 2 members to have anything associated with Leadbelly. Damn, that sure is a coincidence.

Oh, and to bold go like this: [b]____[/ b] (minus the space) For italics do the same except with an i
space the paragraphsThis Message Edited On 10.14.06

MrKite
October 14th 2006


5020 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i shall do that now. and also ive seen him comment while i was around. and a bunch of my friends like grunge and that classic rock stuff. also any comments about the detail or the flow?This Message Edited On 10.14.06

iarescientists
October 14th 2006


5863 Comments


I've haven't seen stinky around in a while. What happened to him? (assuming that MrKite isn't him)

John Paul Harrison
October 14th 2006


1014 Comments


You and Stinky have both reviewed Hendrix, Nirvana, and Beatle material. You both claim to be proficient at the drums. You both type in slightly disjointed manner.

I suspect you are one in the same. It's time for you to be honest, Stinky. We won't be mad at you.

Not really a bad review, tbh. Although I'd appriciate it if you kissed Manzarek's arse a little more- that man can tickle the ivories like no other.

MrKite
October 14th 2006


5020 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

hes an amazing keyboardist but he doesnt shine on here. when i review their s/t (when i actually get it) i shall kiss his ass probably a little too much. also what does proficient mean? for some reason dictionary.com wont load for me. and also yay there is someone who believes my innocence.This Message Edited On 10.14.06

Bron-Yr-Aur
October 14th 2006


4405 Comments


Stinkypoptart was a douche. This kid isn't a douche at all. Right Stinky?

MrKite
October 15th 2006


5020 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

sweet its been featured.

MrKite
October 16th 2006


5020 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

oh yeh ma niggaz. YEAH BOOOOOOOOOOIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111111!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1!!

MrKite
October 16th 2006


5020 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

did you read the review^? if so what do you think of it?

Oddsen
October 16th 2006


1127 Comments


I think its stinky. I remember him saying that he wanted to change his name to lightmysoftparade. Anyways, fine review.

tom79
October 16th 2006


3372 Comments


[quote=magikman]What is the evidence proving that this is stinky?[/quote]

read up a few comments. Me and John Paul listed plenty.This Message Edited On 10.16.06

John Paul Harrison
October 16th 2006


1014 Comments


"MrKite" is derived from Sgt. Pepper- the last album Stinky reviewed before going AWOL...

Stinky has a clear motive for operating under an assumed name, and there is no evidence pointing to the contrary.

This Message Edited On 10.16.06

AnyColour74
October 16th 2006


1054 Comments


this is very...........................................coincidentalThis Message Edited On 10.16.06

AnyColour74
October 16th 2006


1054 Comments


lol they could be best friendsThis Message Edited On 10.16.06

MrKite
November 19th 2006


5020 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm lowering my rating on this. The cheesey trumpets ruin a lot of it.



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