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2014 Stereophile Magazine Record to Die For!
45rpm 200g Vinyl Pressed at Quality Record Pressings! Mastered From Original Analog Masters by Doug Sax Using All-Tube System!
Mastered by Doug Sax using an all-tube system. Overseen by Bruce Botnick, The
Two 45 rpm LPs pressed on 200-gram vinyl at Quality Record Pressings/Also on
Hybrid Multichannel SACD
Part of The Doors reissue series proudly presented by Analogue Productions and
Quality Record Pressings!
The Doors' mixture of Rock, Blues and Jazz combined with vocalist Jim Morrison's
poetic lyrics and powerful vocals created a musical Molotov cocktail that could
make your senses explode!
About Soft Parade, Rolling Stone described two songs written by guitarist Robby
Krieger, “Touch Me” and “Follow Me Down” as horn-string showpieces for the
resonant baritone of Jim Morrison.
Described as among the cleanest, most solid and, above all, most recognizable
sounds in rock, the distinctive Doors’ sound was no doubt due to the Morrison
power, but the other Doors were equally responsible. Ray Manzarek brought
virtuosic keyboard tapestries, Krieger gritty, expressive fretwork, and Densmore
dynamically rich percussion grooves.
Half of the songs on Soft Parade, The Doors’ fourth LP, were written by Morrison
and the other half by guitarist Krieger. “Touch Me” became one of The Doors’
most popular singles. Released as a single in December 1968, the song reached
No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 in the Cashbox Top 100 in early 1969.
It was the band’s third American No. 1 single.
Analogue Productions and Quality Record Pressings are proud to announce that six
studio LP titles — The Doors, Strange Days, Waiting For The Sun, Soft Parade,
Morrison Hotel and L.A. Woman — are featured on 200-gram vinyl, pressed at 45
rpm. Also, all six titles are available on Multichannel SACD! All were cut from the original
analog masters by Doug Sax, with the exception of The Doors, which was made from
the best tape copy.
A truly authentic reissue project, the masters were recorded on tube equipment,
and the tape machine used for the transfer of these releases is a tube machine,
as is the cutting system. Tubes baby!
This is no time to wallow in the mire. The Doors are on Analogue Productions!
• 45rpm 200g Vinyl LP
• Pressed at Quality Record Pressings
• Mastered by Doug Sax Using All-Tube System
• Cut From Original Analog Masters
• Overseen by Bruce Botnick, the Doors producer/engineer
Ray Manzarek, keyboards
Jim Morrison, vocals
John Densmore, drums
Robby Krieger, guitar
1. Tell All The People
2. Touch Me
3. Shaman’s Blues
4. Do It
5. Easy Ride
6. Wild Child
7. Runnin’ Blue
8. Wishful Sinful
9. The Soft Parade
If you like this album, there is no better way to hear it than this reissue. The original red label pressing is excellent, but this one offers all the improvements that 45 rpm provides: improved clarity and detail, a full, natural tonality, 3D soundstage, very quiet vinyl, etc. For example, on Runnin Blue, Jesse McReynolds mandolin was clearly audible, where on the original its often buried in the mix. The only flaw was disc 1 was pressed a bit off center, but not enough to cause problems. The cover is very nicely done as well. Heartily recommended.