The Soft Pa­rade

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The ad­di­tion of Paul Har­ris’s string and brass ar­range­ments brought ac­cu­sa­tions that

The Doors had sold out, but many love this al­bum the most, prob­a­bly be­cause of the in­vig­o­rat­ing rum­ble of Shaman’s Blues and the ef­fort­less Touch

Me, fea­tur­ing Cur­tis Amy’s swoop­ing tenor sax solo. The lat­ter was orig­i­nally called Hit

Me, in ref­er­ence to black­jack, but para­noia prompted Mor­ri­son’s lyric change. The no­tion that he could be a poet as well as a singer prompted him to cite TS Eliot, Ni­et­zsche and the LA hip­sters with their ‘Pep­per­mint miniskirts… choco­late candy’ in the ti­tle track.

This is fresh-air Doors.

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