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The Doors Prep Unreleased Material for ‘Soft Parade’ 50th Anniversary Reissue

Three-disc set will boast “stripped-down” songs sans controversial string and horn arrangements

The Doors - Los Angeles, California 1969, L-R : Ray Manzarek, Jim Morrison, Robbie Krieger, John Densmore.

The Doors - Los Angeles, California 1969, L-R : Ray Manzarek, Jim Morrison, Robbie Krieger, John Densmore.

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The Doors will include a trove of previously unreleased recordings on the upcoming 50th anniversary deluxe edition of their 1969 album, The Soft Parade, out October 18th.

The band teased the project with one such rarity: An raucous early version of their 1970 track “Roadhouse Blues” — which would appear on the band’s next album, Morrison Hotel — sung by organist Ray Manzarek, who’s cheekily billed as “Screamin’ Ray Daniels.”

The Soft Parade is one of the most controversial albums in the Doors’ catalogue, due to the string and horn arrangements on several tracks (one such song, “Touch Me,” did become one of the band’s biggest hits). The 50th anniversary edition of The Soft Parade will notably include “Doors only” versions of five tracks — “Tell All the People,” “Touch Me,” “Wishful Sinful,” “Runnin’ Blue” and “Who Scared You” — where the strings and horns have been removed. There will also be additional stripped-down versions of  “Touch Me,” “Wishful Sinful” and “Runnin’ Blue” featuring new guitar parts from Robby Krieger.

Other rarities on the set include two more songs recorded during studio rehearsals that also feature Manzarek on vocals, “(You Need Meat) Don’t Go No Further” and “I’m Your Doctor.” That trio of tunes (including Manzarek’s “Roadhouse Blues”) also features newly recorded bass parts by the Stone Temple Piolots’ Robert DeLeo. The final disc of the set comprises a handful of studio outtakes, including the Doors’ famous and long-bootlegged hour-long jam, “Rock Is Dead.”

The 50th anniversary edition of The Soft Parade is available to pre-order and will be released as a three-CD, single LP set that will be limited to 15,000 copies. Rolling Stone senior editor David Fricke also contributed new liner notes to the collection.

The Soft Parade 50th Anniversary Track List

Disc One
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”
10. “Who Scared You” — B-side

Disc Two
1. “Tell All The People” (Doors only mix)*
2. “Touch Me” (Doors only mix w/new Robby Krieger guitar overdub)*
3. “Runnin’ Blue” (Doors only mix w/new Robby Krieger guitar overdub)*
4. “Wishful Sinful” (Doors only mix w/new Robby Krieger guitar overdub)*
5. “Who Scared You” (Doors only mix)*
6. “Roadhouse Blues” – Screamin’ Ray Daniels (a.k.a. Ray Manzarek) on vocal*
7. “(You Need Meat) Don’t Go No Further” – Screamin’ Ray Daniels (a.k.a. Ray Manzarek) on vocal*
8. “I’m Your Doctor” – Screamin’ Ray Daniels (a.k.a. Ray Manzarek) on vocal*
9. “Touch Me” (Doors only mix)*
10. “Runnin’ Blue” (Doors only mix) *
11. “Wishful Sinful” (Doors only mix)*

Disc Three
1. “I Am Troubled”
2. “Seminary School” (aka “Petition The Lord With Prayer”) *
3. “Rock Is Dead” – Complete Version *
4. “Chaos” *

*previously unreleased

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