The Doors’ fourth studio album, The Soft Parade, gets the deluxe reissue treatment this autumn to celebrate the album’s 50th anniversary.
The Soft Parade became the band’s fourth straight Top Ten album when it was released 50 years ago on July 18, 1969. Despite featuring one of the group’s biggest hits – Touch Me – it remains the most-polarising record of The Doors’ career thanks to the brass and string arrangements that embellish several tracks.
To commemorate the album’s 50th anniversary, Rhino is reimagining The Soft Parade on a newly expanded 3CD/1LP set that will be available on 18 October.
The Deluxe edition includes the original studio album – and the B-side Who Scared You – newly remastered by Bruce Botnick, The Doors’ longtime engineer and mixer. The collection is a limited edition of 15,000 individually numbered copies and also includes the original album on 180-gram vinyl along with liner notes by noted rock journalist David Fricke.
A hand-numbered 36×18 lithograph of the interior vinyl gatefold artwork, limited to 500 copies, is available exclusively at Rhino.com and TheDoors.com while supplies last.
The core of the new collection is comprised of more than a dozen unreleased songs. Among the highlights are stripped down Doors Only versions of five tracks where the horns and strings have been removed (Tell All The People, Touch Me, Wishful Sinful, Runnin’ Blue, and Who Scared You.) The set also features three of those stripped-back versions with new guitar parts added by Robby Krieger (Touch Me, Wishful Sinful and Runnin’ Blue).
The collection also uncovers three songs from studio rehearsals – with Ray Manzarek (a.k.a. Screamin’ Ray Daniels) on vocals – that include an early version of Roadhouse Blues, a song that would be released the following year on Morrison Hotel. These three songs include newly recorded bass parts by Robert DeLeo of Stone Temple Pilots, who joined Krieger and John Densmore at a tribute concert for Manzarek in 2016, three years after the organist died of cancer.