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, acid rock
Length 32:59
Label Elektra / Asylum
Producer Paul Rothchild
The Doors chronology
Strange Days
Waiting for the Sun
The Soft Parade
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
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [1]
Rolling Stone (mixed) [2]
Slant Magazine 4/5 stars [3]

Waiting for the Sun is the third studio album by the American rock band The Doors. It was released in July 1968 and became the band's first and only number one 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 #16 in the chart. With the exception of two songs, the material for this album 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. The album has sold over 9 million copies.[citation needed]


The track "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).

Many fans have suggested that once "Celebration of the Lizard" was shelved, two of the band's earliest tracks--"Hello, I Love You" and "Summer's Almost Gone"--were resurrected and re-recorded to fill in the void. Early arrangements of these two tracks had been recorded for the band's original 1965 demo. 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.

Waiting for the Sun has often been criticized for its softer, mellow sound, a departure from the edgier, more ambitious sound for which the band had become well-known (and notorious). Nonetheless, the album contains some rarely disputed classics, most notably "Hello, I Love You," "Five to One," "Spanish Caravan," "Not to Touch the Earth" and the controversial anti-war anthem "The Unknown Soldier."

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.

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.

Guitarist Robby Krieger's skills with the flamenco guitar can be found present in "Spanish Caravan".

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Jim Morrison, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek and John Densmore

Side one
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 two
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


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


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


The Doors
Additional musicians
Technical staff and artwork


  1. ^ Unterberger, Richie. Album review at AllMusic. Retrieved 27 June 2011.
  2. ^ Miller, Jim (28 September 1968). "Waiting for the Sun". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 16 April 2014. 
  3. ^ Slant Magazine review
  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
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