Presenting another entry in our extensive Listening in Depth series with advice on what to listen for as you critically evaluate your copy of Waiting For The Sun.
My favorite of the first three Doors album, this one is imbued with more mystery and lyricism than any previous effort. The album shows them maturing as a band, smoking large amounts of pot and preparing for the wild ride of their next opus, the ambitious Soft Parade. Actually, as I listen to this album it reminds me more and more of that one. Now that it sounds as good as The Soft Parade I find I’ve gained a new respect for Waiting for the Sun.
In-Depth Track Commentary
Hello, I Love You
Not To Touch The Earth
Listen to the hard rockin’ duel between the keyboards (left channel) and the guitar (right channel) in the middle of the song. Morrison is screaming is head off and Densmore is really slamming on the drums. There’s a HUGE amount of information in the grooves there, and only the best copies will be open and spacious enough to not get a bit congested.
Summer’s Almost Gone
On a Hot Stamper copy, this song is tubey magical analog at its best — warm, sweet, rich, and full-bodied.
The Unknown Soldier
My Wild Love
We Could Be So Good Together
This song is a bit midrangy on every last copy we’ve played, but on a Hot Stamper copy it still can sound wonderful.
Yes, The River Knows
This song is the best test for transparency and bass definition on side two. You should be able to hear the bassist really pulling on the strings and sliding his fingers up and down the fretboard.
Five to One