EKS-74024 Waiting For The Sun
Produced by Paul A. Rothchild
Released on July 1968
US CHART POSITION #1 . . . GOLD RECORD (8/6/68) . . . UK CHART POSITION #16
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EKS-74024 cover
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M orrison and I are usually on a different page, but when he sings on the second track “I guess I like it fine, so far,” I had to agree. This is The Doors album I’d been waiting for: lyrical, musical and not so awfully frightening. Many of the songs on Waiting For The Sun speak to the inner Beatle weenie in me: “Love Street,” “Wintertime Love,” “Yes, The River Flows.” They’re graceful creatures, sliding and seesawing in the warm winds of my mind and then moving along without troubling me further. Not that the scent of brimstone doesn’t blow in from time to time: “Five To One,” “Not To Touch The Earth.” But it’s balanced this time by breaths of fresh air, so that my fragile sensibilities aren’t so stifled in Morrison’s dungeons of desire. As much attention as Morrison gets, it’s easy to forget that The Doors were really a band. Now John Densmore never impressed me much as a drummer (sorry), but Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek are instrumental architects of their music. Like Tony Iommi after him, Krieger balances Morrison’s brutality with beauty on “Spanish Caravan.” In fact, that song might be the most progressive track from The Doors yet. However, history has looked at Sun as an unnecessary lightening of The Doors’ dark corridors, a departure that expanded the band’s sound but never defined it. Today it’s remembered for the songs that sound most like their earlier work: “Hello I Love You,” “Five To One.” But Morrison’s poetic musings were flat and heavy on their own, and by injecting psychedelic helium into them The Doors became buoyant. Waiting For The Sun isn’t what made them famous, but it may be the album that most endears them to progressive ears.

EKS-74024 inner gatefold EKS-74024 back cover
EKS-74024 inner gatefold EKS-74024 back cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. HELLO, I LOVE YOU    2:22
  2. LOVE STREET    3:06
  3. NOT TO TOUCH THE EARTH    3:54
  4. SUMMER'S ALMOST GONE    3:20
  5. WINTERTIME LOVE    1:52
  6. THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER    3:10
  7. SPANISH CARAVAN    2:58
  8. MY WILD LOVE    2:50
  9. WE COULD BE SO GOOD TOGETHER    2:20
  10. YES, THE RIVER KNOWS    2:35
  11. FIVE TO ONE    4:22

    All selections written and arranged by The Doors

CREDITS

JOHN DENSMORE -- drums
ROBBY KRIEGER -- guitar
RAY MANZAREK -- keyboards
JIM MORRISON -- vocals
Douglas Lubahn -- occasional bass
Kerry Magness -- bass (11)
Leroy Vinegar -- acoustic bass (7)
Bruce Botnick -- engineer
Jac Holzman -- production supervisor
Paul Farrara -- front cover photo
William S. Harvey -- art direction & design
Guy Webster -- back cover photo

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US/CAN July 1968 Elektra LP EKS-74024 gatefold cover
UK 1968 Elektra LP K42041 gatefold cover
FRA 1968 Vogue LP CLVLXEK 277  
UK 1970 Elektra LP K42041 gatefold, butterfly label
US November 1971 Elektra LP EKS-74024 butterfly label
JPN   Elektra LP P-10500E gatefold, insert, butterfly label
US 1980 Elektra LP EKS-74024 red label
US 1983 Elektra LP EKS-74024 red/black label
EEC   Elektra LP K42041 red label
RUS   Melodiya LP 30255  
WW 1985 Elektra CD 74024  
US October 26, 1993 DCC CD GZS-1045 gold disc
JPN   Elektra CD AMCY-6153 digital remaster
US February 10, 1998 DCC LP LPZ-2049 audiophile vinyl
UK 2000 WEA Int'l CD 62551 digital remaster
JPN 2003 Elektra CD WPCR-11603 digital remaster
RUS   CD Maximum CDX CDM1199376 repackaged w. L.A. WOMAN

 

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