Click to return to Dave’s Music Database home page.

Charted: August 10, 1968

Rating: 3.528 (average of 14 ratings)

Genre: classic rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Hello, I Love You [2:22]
  2. Love Street [3:06]
  3. Not to Touch the Earth [3:54]
  4. Summer’s Almost Gone [3:20]
  5. Wintertime Love [1:52]
  6. The Unknown Soldier [3:10]
  7. Spanish Caravan [2:58]
  8. My Wild Love [2:50]
  9. We Could Be So Good Together [2:20]
  10. Yes, the River Knows [2:35]
  11. Five to One [4:22]

Songs by Densmore/Krieger/ Manzarek/ Morrison.

Total Running Time: 32:49

Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only 1.0
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 7.0


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 1 4
peak on U.K. album chart 16

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • The Unknown Soldier (3/30/68) #39 US
  • Hello, I Love You (7/6/68) #1 US, #15 UK, sales: 0.5 m

Waiting for the Sun
The Doors
“The Doors’ 1967 albums had raised expectations so high that their third effort was greeted as a major disappointment. With a few exceptions, the material was much mellower, and while this yielded some fine melodic ballad rock in Love Street, Wintertime Love, Summer’s Almost Gone, and Yes, the River Knows, there was no denying that the songwriting was not as impressive as it had been on the first two records.” RU

“On the other hand, there were first-rate tunes such as the spooky The Unknown Soldier, with antiwar lyrics as uncompromisingly forceful as anything the band did, and the compulsively riff-driven Hello, I Love You, which nonetheless bore an uncomfortably close resemblance to the Kinks’ ‘All Day and All of the Night.’ The flamenco guitar of Spanish Caravan, the all-out weirdness of Not to Touch the Earth (which was a snippet of a legendary abandoned opus, ‘The Celebration of the Lizard’), and the menacing closer Five to One were also interesting. In fact, time's been fairly kind to the record, which is quite enjoyable and diverse, just not as powerful a full-length statement as the group's best albums.” RU

Review Source(s):

Related DMDB Links:

previous album: Strange Days (1967) next album: The Soft Parade (1969)

Click on box above to check out the DMDB on Facebook.

Last updated January 26, 2011.