The Doors‘ fourth studio album, The Soft Parade, hit stores 50 years ago today, and in celebration of the milestone, an expanded reissue of the record will be released on October 18.
The Soft Parade: 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition is a three-CD/one-LP set that features a newly remastered version of the original album on the vinyl disc, the remastered album plus the B-side “Who Scared You” on one CD, and a variety of unreleased and rare tracks and mixes on the other CDs.
The Soft Parade peaked at #6 on the Billboard 200, and featured the #3 hit “Touch Me.” It’s gone on to sell more than a million copies in the U.S. The album is considered a polarizing project because many fans didn’t embrace the horn and string arrangements featured on most of the tracks.
Among the reissue’s bonus tracks are mixes of five songs with the horns and strings stripped off, and three other mixes minus the horns and strings and with new guitar overdubs by The Doors’ Robby Krieger.
Other extras include three rehearsal outtakes from the Soft Parade sessions, featuring lead vocals by keyboardist Ray Manzarek under the pseudonym Screamin’ Ray Daniels, one of which is an early version of “Roadhouse Blues.” Those three tracks feature newly recorded bass parts by Stone Temple Pilots‘ Robert DeLeo.
The third CD includes the previously unreleased full, hour-long version of a frequently bootlegged jam called “Rock Is Dead,” which features The Doors riffing through the history of rock ‘n roll.
Here’s the full track list of The Soft Parade deluxe reissue’s CDs:
“Tell All the People”
“The Soft Parade”
“Who Scared You” (B-side)
“Tell All the People” (Doors only mix)*
“Touch Me” (Doors only mix w/new Robby Krieger guitar overdub)*
“Runnin’ Blue” (Doors only mix w/new Robby Krieger guitar overdub)*
“Wishful Sinful” (Doors only mix w/new Robby Krieger guitar overdub)*
“Who Scared You” (Doors only mix)*
“Roadhouse Blues” — Screamin’ Ray Daniels (a.k.a. Ray Manzarek) on vocal*
“(You Need Meat) Don’t Go No Further” — Screamin’ Ray Daniels (a.k.a. Ray Manzarek) on vocal*
“I’m Your Doctor” — Screamin’ Ray Daniels (a.k.a. Ray Manzarek) on vocal*
“Touch Me” (Doors only mix)*
“Runnin’ Blue” (Doors only mix)*
“Wishful Sinful” (Doors only mix)*
“I Am Troubled”
“Seminary School” (a.k.a. “Petition the Lord with Prayer”)*
“Rock Is Dead” (Complete Version)*
* = previously unreleased
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