Robby Krieger Recalls Doors’ Battle With ‘Waiting For The Sun’

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

The Doors guitarist Robby Krieger recalled the band's struggles with their third album, Waiting for the Sun, which will be expanded and re-released on September 14.

His comments coincided with the release of a previously unheard rough mix of “Spanish Caravan,” which appears in the new set.

“We had enough songs for two albums before we ever went in to record the first album, but by the time the third album rolled around you're kind of out of songs," he told Billboard. “So I ended up writing more of the songs for the third album. I got to do stuff like 'Spanish Caravan' and 'Yes, The River Knows,' stuff like that. We created some stuff right there in the studio, like 'Five to One.’”

Singer Jim Morrison was beginning to drink heavily at the time, Krieger recalled, though he understood why. "By the time of the third album, we had enough money really spend a lot of time in the studio recording," he noted. "So Jim would get really bored 'cause you'd spend six hours on snare drum sound and the vocal is always the last thing to be recorded. … He would end up going to the bar and getting wasted and was useless after that.”

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