Waiting for the Sun

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Waiting for the Sun
Studio album by The Doors
Released July 3, 1968 (1968-07-03)
Recorded February–May 1968
Genre Psychedelic rock
Length 32:59
Label Elektra
Producer Paul Rothchild
The Doors chronology
Strange Days
(1967)
Waiting for the Sun
(1968)
The Soft Parade
(1969)
Singles from Waiting for the Sun
  1. "The Unknown Soldier"/"We Could Be So Good Together"
    Released: March 1968
  2. "Hello, I Love You"/"Love Street"
    Released: June 1968

Waiting for the Sun is the third studio album by American rock band The Doors, recorded from February to May 1968 was released in July 1968. It became the band's first and only No. 1 album, spawning their second US number one single, "Hello, I Love You". It also became the band's first hit album in the UK, where it peaked at No. 16 in the chart.

Background and recording[edit]

With the exception of two songs, "Hello, I Love You" and "Summer's Almost Gone", which were recorded for the band's original 1965 demo,[citation needed] the material for Waiting for the Sun was written after the band's initial songs from the formation of the group had been recorded for their debut album and second album Strange Days.

The centerpiece of this album was supposed to be the lengthy theatrical piece "Celebration of the Lizard", but in the end only the "Not to Touch the Earth" section was used. "Celebration of the Lizard" was intended to take up an entire album side, but the group was never able to capture a studio recording that they liked. (The band would revisit it later in its full-length form on their 1970 album Absolutely Live).

The title track "Waiting for the Sun" was left off this album, but would be included on the 1970 album Morrison Hotel.

This album marked keyboardist Ray Manzarek's transition from a Vox Continental to Gibson G-101, the organ he is best known for playing live.

Guitarist Robby Krieger's skills with the flamenco guitar can be found present in "Spanish Caravan", a reworking of the melody from the classical piece Asturias (Leyenda) composed by Isaac Albéniz.

Release[edit]

Waiting for the Sun was released on July 3, 1968. The album has sold over 9 million copies.[citation needed]

The US monophonic pressing, though only a fold down of the stereo mix to mono, is one of the rarest pop/rock LPs and has been sought after by collectors for years. Waiting for the Sun ended up being the shortest studio album by the band.

A studio run-through of "Celebration of the Lizard" (subtitled "An Experiment/Work in Progress") and two early takes of "Not to Touch the Earth" were included as bonus tracks on the 40th anniversary expanded edition release of this album.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone mixed[2]
Slant 4/5 stars[3]

Waiting for the Sun has been generally well-received by critics, though with most citing it as a step down in quality for the band's earlier records. Jim Miller of Rolling Stone wrote "after a year and a half of Jim Morrison's posturing one might logically hope for some sort of musical growth, and if the new record isn't really terrible, it isn't particularly exciting either."[2]

In his retrospective review, Richie Unterberger of AllMusic wrote "The Doors' 1967 albums had raised expectations so high that their third effort was greeted as a major disappointment. With a few exceptions, the material was much mellower, and while this yielded some fine melodic ballad rock [...] there was no denying that the songwriting was not as impressive as it had been on the first two records."[1] In his review of the 2007 reissue, Sal Cinquemani of Slant wrote "Despite the fact that Morrison was becoming a self-destructing mess, Krieger, Ray Manzarek and John Densmore were never more lucid—perhaps to compensate. This was a band at its most dexterous, creative, and musically diverse".[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by The Doors (Jim Morrison, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek and John Densmore). 

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Hello, I Love You" (the 40th Anniversary Mix includes a longer fade-out, making it 2:39) 2:14
2. "Love Street"   2:53
3. "Not to Touch the Earth"   3:56
4. "Summer's Almost Gone"   3:22
5. "Wintertime Love"   1:54
6. "The Unknown Soldier"   3:23
Side B
No. Title Length
7. "Spanish Caravan"   3:03
8. "My Wild Love"   3:01
9. "We Could Be So Good Together"   2:26
10. "Yes, the River Knows"   2:36
11. "Five to One"   4:26

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1968 Billboard Pop Albums (Billboard 200) 1

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
1968 "The Unknown Soldier"
B-side: "We Could Be So Good Together"
Pop Singles 39
1968 "Hello, I Love You"
B-side: "Love Street"
Pop Singles 1

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[4] Platinum 1,000,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[5] Platinum 100,000^
France (SNEP)[6] 2× Gold 200,000*
Germany (BVMI)[7] Gold 250,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[8] Gold 100,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Personnel[edit]

The Doors
Additional musicians
Technical

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Unterberger, Richie (December 21, 2014). "Waiting for the Sun – The Doors | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". 
  2. ^ a b Miller, Jim (September 28, 1968). "[Waiting for the Sun review]". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 21, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Cinquemani, Sal (April 18, 2007). "The Doors: Waiting for the Sun | Album Review | Slant Magazine". Slant. Retrieved December 21, 2014. 
  4. ^ "American album certifications – The Doors – Waiting for the Sun". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  5. ^ "Canadian album certifications – The Doors – Waiting for the Sun". Music Canada. 
  6. ^ "French album certifications – Doors – Waiting for the Sun" (in French). InfoDisc.  Select DOORS and click OK
  7. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (The Doors; 'Waiting for the Sun')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  8. ^ "British album certifications – Doors – Waiting for the Sun". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Waiting for the Sun in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Wheels of Fire by Cream
Billboard 200 number-one album
September 7–27, 1968
October 5–11, 1968
Succeeded by
Time Peace: The Rascals' Greatest Hits by The Rascals