50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition 180g LP/2CD Set of The Doors' Waiting for the Sun with Newly Remastered Stereo Mix by Longtime Engineer Bruce Botnick Plus 14 Unreleased Studio and Live Recordings
Issued in July 1968, The Doors' third studio album, Waiting For The Sun, served as the band's third platinum album in less than two years and first to top the album chart thanks to smash hits like "Hello, I Love You" and fellow classics like "Five To One" and "The Unknown Soldier." Commemorating its 50th anniversary, this deluxe LP/2CD collection features a new version of the album's original stereo mix on both CD and 180-gram vinyl, which has been newly remastered from the original master tapes by Bruce Botnick, the Doors' longtime engineer/mixer. The set also includes a second disc of 14 completely unreleased tracks: nine recently discovered "rough mixes" from the recording sessions and five live songs from a September 17, 1968 Copenhagen show.
Botnick's newly remastered stereo mix of Waiting For The Sun adds new sonic dimensions to songs like "The Unknown Soldier" and "Spanish Caravan," but that wasn't his only contribution to the project. While going through his archive, he uncovered a cache of rough mixes from the sessions that hadn't been played in 50 years. Botnick says: "I prefer some of these rough mixes to the finals, as they represent all of the elements and additional background vocals, different sensibilities on balances, and some intangible roughness, all of which are quite attractive and refreshing." The deluxe edition also features unreleased live recordings of five songs from the Doors' September 17, 1968 concert in Copenhagen. The performance includes three songs from the band's latest album - "Hello, I Love You," "Five To One," and "The Unknown Soldier" - plus the classics "Back Door Man" and "The WASP (Texas Radio And The Big Beat)."
When the Doors recorded Waiting For The Sun in 1968, they were among the first bands to use Dolby A301 noise reduction processors, which was cutting-edge recording tech at the time. Similarly, the most advanced sound recording innovations were used to make the anniversary edition of Waiting For The Sun. The new release has been encoded with the MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) process. An MQA disc plays back on all CD players as standard CD quality. But if a conventional CD player is connected to an MQA-enabled device, it can play the same disc back at its original sample rate.