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Charted: August 9, 1969

Rating: 2.753 (average of 9 ratings)

Genre: classic rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Tell All the People
  2. Touch Me
  3. Shaman’s Blues
  4. Do It
  5. Easy Ride
  6. Wild Child
  7. Runnin’ Blue
  8. Wishful Sinful
  9. Petitition the Lord with Prayer/ The Soft Parade


sales in U.S. only 1 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 5 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 6
peak on U.K. album chart --

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Touch Me (12/28/68) #3 US. Sales: ½ million
  • Wishful Sinful (3/29/69) #44 US
  • Tell All the People (6/14/69) #57 US
  • Runnin’ Blue (9/6/69) #64 US

The Soft Parade
The Doors
“The weakest studio album recorded with Jim Morrison in the group, partially because their experiments with brass and strings on about half the tracks weren’t entirely successful. More to the point, though, this was their weakest set of material, low lights including filler like Do It and Runnin’ Blue, a strange bluegrass-soul blend that was a small hit” (Unterberger).

“On the other hand, about half the record is quite good, especially the huge hit Touch Me (their most successful integration of orchestration), the vicious hard rock riffs of Wild Child, the overlooked Shaman’s Blues, and the lengthy title track, a multi-part suite that was one of the band’s best attempts to mix rock with poetry. Tell All the People and Wishful Sinful, both penned by Robbie Krieger, were uncharacteristically wistful tunes that became small hits but were not all that good, and not sung very convincingly by Morrison” (Unterberger).

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previous album: Waiting for the Sun (1968) next album: Morrison Hotel/Hard Rock Café (1970)

Last updated March 31, 2008.