The Doors’ Best-Selling Album Gets The Deluxe Treatment [Opinion]

American rock group The Doors arrive at Heathrow Airport in London, England on September 3, 1968. From left to right: John Densmore (drummer), Robby Krieger (guitarist), Jim Morrison (singer) and Ray Manzarek (organist). Photo by Granada Television.
American rock group The Doors arrive at Heathrow Airport in London, England on September 3, 1968. From left to right: John Densmore (drummer), Robby Krieger (guitarist), Jim Morrison (singer) and Ray Manzarek (organist). Photo by Granada Television.

Coming after the powerhouse one-two punch that was their debut album and the sublime Strange Days, the Doors’ third offering, Waiting For The Sun, was slammed by many critics as “bubblegum pop.”

Which in retrospect was ridiculous. Any album which has Jim Morrison shouting about a “Dead president’s corpse in the driver’s car” and heading “East to meet the Czar” promises much more of a darkly magical ride than anything, say, the likes of Ed Sheeran has to offer.

And by the time the fiercely hypnotic “Five To One” closes the album, it feels a world apart from the breezy and bouncy “Hello, I Love You,” the number one which opens the long-player and gave the Doors a brand new audience of teenyboppers which the old “heads” didn’t really approve of.

Fifty years later and Waiting For The Sun is available once again in a deluxe package that will no doubt open up the dark and exhilarating world of The Doors to a new set of fans.

As for the old-timers, here’s the news, there’s a lot here which makes the great even greater.

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