The Doors' 1967 albums had raised expectations so high that their third effort was greeted as a major disappointment. With a few exceptions, the material was much mellower, and while this yielded some fine melodic ballad rock in "Love Street," "Wintertime Love," "Summer's Almost Gone," and "Yes, the River Knows," there was no denying that the songwriting was not as impressive as it had been on the first two records. On the other hand, there were first-rate tunes such as the spooky "The Unknown Soldier," with antiwar lyrics as uncompromisingly forceful as anything the band did, and the compulsively riff-driven "Hello, I Love You," which nonetheless bore an uncomfortably close resemblance to the Kinks' "All Day and All of the Night." The flamenco guitar of "Spanish Caravan," the all-out weirdness of "Not to Touch the Earth" (which was a snippet of a legendary abandoned opus, "The Celebration of the Lizard"), and the menacing closer "Five to One" were also interesting. In fact, time's been fairly kind to the record, which is quite enjoyable and diverse, just not as powerful a full-length statement as the group's best albums.
Performance CreditsDoors Primary Artist
Jim Morrison Vocals,Group Member
Ray Manzarek Keyboards,Group Member
John Densmore Drums,Group Member
Kerry Magness Bass
Leroy Vinnegar Acoustic Bass
Douglas Lubahn Bass,Electric Bass
Robby Krieger Guitar,Group Member
Technical CreditsDoors Arranger,Composer
Jim Morrison Poetry
Bruce Botnick Producer,Engineer
Paul Ferrara Cover Photo
Paul Rothchild Producer
Guy Webster Back Cover Photo
William S. Harvey Art Direction
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Waiting for the Sun based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
From the very first notes of Hello I Love You to the climactic The Unknown Soldier to the influential Five to One, this album rocks. I listen to it at least once a day all the way through. My personal favorite is Summer's Almost Gone. This is really the best album for fans that are tired of listening to the band's greatest hits. Go out and buy it!