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  Analogue Productions -
  CAPP 75005 SA
  The Doors: The Soft Parade
  Jim Morrison, vocals
Ray Manzarek, keyboards
Robby Krieger, guitar
John Densmore, drums
Harvey Brooks or Doug Lubahn, bass
Curtis Amy, sax solos
George Bohanon, trombone solo
Champ Webb, english horn solo
Jesse McReynolds, mandolin
Jimmy Buchanan, fiddle
Reinol Andino, conga
Track listing:
  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
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  "Throughout the record history of the Doors, the goal between Paul Rothchild and myself was to be invisible, as the Doors were the songwriters and performers. Our duty was to capture them in the recorded medium without bringing attention to ourselves. Of course, the Doors were very successful, and Paul and I did receive some acclaim, which we did appreciate.

"If you listen to all the Doors albums, no attempt was made to create sounds that weren't generated by the Doors, except for the Moog Synthesizer on Strange Days, although that was played live in the mix by Jim, but that's another story. The equipment used was very basic, mostly tube consoles and microphones. Telefunken U47, Sony C37A, Shure 56. The echo used was from real acoustic echo chambers and EMT plate reverb units. In those days, we didn't have plug-ins or anything beyond an analogue eight-track machine. All the studios that we used, except for Elektra West, had three Altec Lansing 604E loudspeakers, as that was the standard in the industry, three-track. On EKS-74007, The Doors, we used four-track Ampex recorders and on the subsequent albums, 3M 56 eight-tracks. Dolby noise reduction units were used on two albums, Waiting For The Sun and The Soft Parade. Everything was analogue, digital was just a word. We didn't use fuzz tone or other units like that but created the sounds organically, i.e. the massive dual guitar solo on "When The Music's Over," which was created by feeding the output of one microphone preamp into another and adjusting the level to create the distortion. The tubes were glowing and lit up the control room.

"When mastering for the 45-RPM vinyl release, we were successfully able to bake the original master tapes and play them to cut the lacquer masters."

- Bruce Botnick, July 2012

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Review by Audioflea February 27, 2013 (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
First-time release of The Doors 6-album catalog on SACD from Analog Productions. Each disc contains both multi-channel and stereo. The surround sound layer comes from the original 96K, 24-bit files that were originally mixed and mastered for the 2006 DVD Audio Doors/Perception release. For stereo purists, the re-mastered, hi-rez stereo layers on all of the discs are fantastic and have never sounded better. However, in my opinion, itís the multi-channel presentation that, when done right, takes this music to a whole different level. My reviews are based solely on the quality and fullness of the stage presence of the 5.1 layer of each respective disc in the set.

On the classic 1-10 scale, hereís how each disc ranks in quality and fullness of the stage presence of the 5.1 layer, IMHO: Strange Days (9), The Soft Parade (9), LA Woman (8.5), Morrison Hotel (7.5), Waiting for the Sun (7), The Doors (3)

Note that, with few exceptions, the multi-channel layer on all of the Doors discs puts Jim Morrisonís vocal almost exclusively in the center channel, so your enjoyment of the surround-sound experience is going to be directly proportional to the quality of your center speaker. And really, what better reason to upgrade your CC now?

Soft Parade

Truth be told, I have historically considered The Soft Parade to be little more than a footnote in The Doors musical catalog. But this multi-channel presentation really opens up the soundstage and provides the album some much-needed room to breath; revealing layers and sounds that I have never heard before on prior stereo releases. As far as a 5.1 surround experience, this is a must have. Highlights include: track 6, Wild Child, and track 8, Wishful Sinful; and at high volumes, the later will simply make you weep with joy.

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