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The Doors: Waiting for the Sun

Last Updated 9/28/2012 12:39:59 PM

By: Brian Campbell

The Doors Waiting for the Sun (Electra/Rhino)The Doors

Waiting for the Sun


On its own, the Doors’ 1968 album Waiting for the Sun is a noteworthy release, featuring such brilliance as the ageless “The Unknown Soldier” and the instantly recognizable “Hello, I Love You,” just two of a collection of tracks that has surely withstood the harshness of time. When you compare the album to the two the band put to wax the prior year (1967’s The Doors and Strange Days), this collection of songs surely pales in comparison.

Obviously, Waiting for the Sun isn’t an album without merit, featuring such tracks as the flamenco driven “Spanish Caravan” and weirdo-freakout “Not to Touch the Earth.” The main drawing point here is the collection of bonus tracks included with the 40th anniversary reissue, “Albinoni's Adagio in G minor,” “Not to Touch the Earth (Dialogue)”, “Not to Touch the Earth (Take 1)”, and "Not to Touch the Earth (Take 2),” as well as the monumental 17-plus minute “Celebration of the Lizard (An Experiment/Work in Progress),” a composition of poems that includes musical sections, spoken verse, and passages of allegorical storytelling.

The Doors’ ability to transcend genres and blur sonic lines is evident through Waiting for the Sun (don’t miss the foreboding sounds of closer “Five to One”), a record that really has stood up throughout the years, and it would be downright ignorant not to mention the beauty and unadulterated wonder that is frontman Jim Morrison’s voice. Keep in mind, Waiting for the Sun isn’t the Doors at their best, but it’s close, making it definitely worthy of a listen. And this 40th anniversary edition is a must-own for Doors diehards, even if it does sound better on vinyl.

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