The Doors album tracks series - #2: Waiting for the Sun

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The Doors album tracks series - #2: Waiting for the Sun

Postby fange » 11 Nov 2017, 11:26

'Waiting for the Sun' (Morrison Hotel, 1970)



I've often wondered, but never found out, whether this song was born around the time that the band were making the album of the same name, but for some reason didn't make it onto the record. The recording dates were certainly done over several years beforehand, I remember that much.

What do you think of this one?
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Postby THE SMOOTH SOUL STYLINGS OF SUMPTUOUS SI » 11 Nov 2017, 11:45

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Re: The Doors album tracks series - #2: Waiting for the Sun

Postby fange » 11 Nov 2017, 11:52

Oh, forgot the poll!


It's not really great Doors for me, but there is some nice playing from the band, who could always sound very quiet or powerful when they wanted to.
An 'ok' here.
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Postby Belle Lettre » 11 Nov 2017, 12:17

I love the way everything is slightly drawn out . Far more than ok.
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Re: The Doors album tracks series - #2: Waiting for the Sun

Postby The Modernist » 11 Nov 2017, 12:19

I like it. It's maybe a bit 'Doors by Numbers' and the song doesn't lift like their best stuff. But it's a good enough song for me to enjoy.

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Postby Moleskin » 11 Nov 2017, 12:35

I think if it had been around for the earlier album session it would have made the album.

I like it anyway.
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Postby Bent Fabric » 11 Nov 2017, 12:36

It isn't necessarily my all time favorite, but there's something there. Their sort of "mid tempo moody melodic mode" has its own virtues when it works - Robby is good here. I feel like they are careening towards something a bit less delicate and more blustery by this point in their career ("Roadhouse Blues", etc.), so songs like this one and "Blue Sunday" seem all the more special in context.

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Postby joels344 » 11 Nov 2017, 23:15

I voted great, even though I consider the album to be very good and in my top 4 Doors albums (maybe top 3). It certainly deserves more appreciation within their discography.

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Postby Ranking Ted » 11 Nov 2017, 23:36

It’s not prime Doors but it’s certainly better than mere “ok”. As time goes by, even the lesser parts of their small catalogue are amplifed. So, great by default.

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Postby Charlie O. » 12 Nov 2017, 02:18

I agree with what seems to be the consensus, and would suggest that it's a better performance/recording than song.
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Postby Matt Wilson » 12 Nov 2017, 03:31

fange wrote:I've often wondered, but never found out, whether this song was born around the time that the band were making the album of the same name, but for some reason didn't make it onto the record. The recording dates were certainly done over several years beforehand, I remember that much.


You are correct. "Waiting for the Sun" was recorded in '68 during sessions for the third album. It's not even the oldest recording on the album either.
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Re: The Doors album tracks series - #2: Waiting for the Sun

Postby Zombeels » 12 Nov 2017, 03:54

My second favourite Doors song.
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Re: The Doors album tracks series - #2: Waiting for the Sun

Postby fange » 12 Nov 2017, 09:45

Matt Wilson wrote:You are correct. "Waiting for the Sun" was recorded in '68 during sessions for the third album.

Cheers, thought that might be the case.
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Re: The Doors album tracks series - #2: Waiting for the Sun

Postby toomanyhatz » 18 Nov 2017, 07:22

Bent Fabric wrote:It isn't necessarily my all time favorite, but there's something there. Their sort of "mid tempo moody melodic mode" has its own virtues when it works - Robby is good here. I feel like they are careening towards something a bit less delicate and more blustery by this point in their career ("Roadhouse Blues", etc.), so songs like this one and "Blue Sunday" seem all the more special in context.


I agree with this, though this is nowhere near as good as "Blue Sunday," which I absolutely adore, "pitchy" vocals and all.
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Re: The Doors album tracks series - #2: Waiting for the Sun

Postby fange » 18 Nov 2017, 07:33

Did you vote 'great', hatzy? I'm a little surprised to see so many 'great' votes - although from the comments it seems like I probably should have put in a choice between 'great' and 'ok'. It certainly has some lovely parts for me, but overall doesn't reach some of the colossal heights the group were capable of. And within just a few short years too.
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Postby toomanyhatz » 18 Nov 2017, 07:42

Were there a choice between 'great' and 'OK' that would have been my choice. I voted 'OK,' but only because I think it falls short of 'great.'
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Postby Bent Fabric » 18 Nov 2017, 07:45

And I voted 'great' because 'OK' seemed insufficient.

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Re: The Doors album tracks series - #2: Waiting for the Sun

Postby pcqgod » 18 Nov 2017, 15:43

I like the fuzzy riff on it, but the song itself if a bit meh except for the part where Morrison sings "this is the strangest life I've ever...known."
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Postby The Modernist » 18 Nov 2017, 15:52

Bent Fabric wrote:And I voted 'great' because 'OK' seemed insufficient.


Same here.

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Re: The Doors album tracks series - #2: Waiting for the Sun

Postby Quaco » 19 Nov 2017, 22:42

I think it's great. One of my favorites. The way the different sections contrast with each other. The middle "Waiting for you toooo" part is unexpected and powerful, with harmonies even!
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