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Shane’s Rock Challenge: THE DOORS – Waiting For The Sun

| 19 June 2014 | Reply

Shane’s Rock Challenge: THE DOORS – Waiting For The Sun
By Shane Pinnegar
8.5/10

The Doors - Waiting For The Sun cover

The legendary Doors’ third studio album of the six they made during Jim Morrison’s lifetime, Waiting For The Sun finds the cracks starting to appear in the band.

With Morrison’s alcoholism gearing up and what appears to be his death wish manifesting regularly, darkness had well and truly seeped into the mix.

Lesser acts would have caved in – sacked him, forced him to clean up, or just given up. Imploded one way or another.

The Doors instead sculpted some of their best songs in this volatile position, and built an album which, although not their best, still remains a strong favourite.

Hello I Love You (their second US #1 single), Love Street and Spanish Caravan provide an outlet for Morrison the frustrated poet, and his sweeter side. Not To Touch The Earth and Yes, The River Knows explore more esoteric literary themes. The Unknown Soldier is an anti-war masterwork, while on Five To One – which closes the album – Morrison’s voice can be heard cracking from the ravages of booze and drugs and not enough proper rest, as he despairs – fittingly, prophetically – “no-one here gets out alive.”

The cult of Jim Morrison was firmly established by this point, and he played the part of its pagan leader like a Bacchanalian drama queen, always pushing his fractured ego in everyone’s face. Morrison’s charisma and danger never ceased threatening to overshadow the band, but make no mistake: Manzarek, Krieger & Densmore each contribute as much to The Doors magic as their singer The Lizard King ever did.

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