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The Doors ‘Waiting For The Sun’ 50th-Anniversary Release Available in Digital MQA

Marking the 50th anniversary of the album, The Doors 'Waiting For The Sun' includes a number of bonus features including MQA high-resolution encoding, and several unreleased bonus tracks.

The Doors' Waiting For The Sun, with two CDs and a 180-gram version of the album, offers physical and streaming Master Quality Authentication (MQA) files for integrators to use for demos.
Credit: Video by Smurfstools, image provided by Rhino Records

Robert Archer · July 2, 2018

For integrators looking for high-quality demo material using Master Quality Authentication (MQA) files, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame band The Doors is set to celebrate the 50th-anniversary release of its third album Waiting For The Sun

Released in 1968, Waiting For The Sun was the group's third platinum album in less than two years, and the first Doors record to top the charts. The album features songs like "Hello, I Love You," "Five to One" and "The Unknown Solider." 

As part of the 50th-anniversary version of the album, The Doors are releasing a two-CD/single LP package that features a 180-gram version of Waiting For The Sun with new stereo mixes of the record.

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The album has also been remastered from the original tapes by Bruce Botnick, and the second CD in the set offers 14 unreleased tracks that include nine songs discovered from outtakes of the original recording sessions. Five other tracks in the upcoming set, which will be available this September, were recorded live in Copenhagen back in 1968.

"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," notes Botnick.

Waiting For The Sun Ready for Streaming 

In addition to the 50th anniversary two-CD/one-180-gram package, The Doors will also make the album available as a digital download and will be available to streaming services. 

The physical and streaming media will be available with MQA high-resolution audio options, allowing listeners to hear high-resolution audio versions of the record. 

Marking the success of the single "Hello, I Love You," the band's second number one Billboard single, Rhino Records will release a 7-inch version of the song with "Love Street" as the b-side. 

The 7-inch single will be available on Aug. 3 for $9.98 to coincide with the song's run as the top single during the first two weeks of August 1968. 

Besides the commercial success of the album, Waiting For The Sun was one of the first records to employ Ray Dolby's A301 noise reduction. At the time in the mid-to-late 1960s, A301 was a cutting-edge solution, and the album helped to usher Dolby Laboratories as a technical force in the entertainment industry.  

The Doors Waiting For The Sun Track 50th-Anniversary Track Listing

Disc One:

  • "Hello, I Love You"
  • "Love Street"
  • "Not To Touch The Earth"
  • "Summer’s Almost Gone"
  • "Wintertime Love"
  • "The Unknown Soldier"
  • "Spanish Caravan"
  • "My Wild Love"
  • "We Could Be So Good Together"
  • "Yes, The River Knows"
  • "Five To One"

Disc Two (All Tracks Previously Unreleased)

Rough Mixes

  • "Hello, I Love You"
  • "Summer’s Almost Gone"
  • "Yes, The River Knows"
  • "Spanish Caravan"
  • "Love Street"
  • "Wintertime Love"
  • "Not To Touch The Earth"
  • "Five To One"
  • "My Wild Love"

Live In Copenhagen

  • "The WASP (Texas Radio And The Big Beat)"
  • "Hello, I Love You"
  • "Back Door Man"
  • "Five To One"
  • "The Unknown Soldier"

180g LP (Remastered Original Stereo Mix)

Side One

  • "Hello, I Love You"
  • "Love Street"
  • "Not To Touch The Earth"
  • "Summer’s Almost Gone"
  • "Wintertime Love"
  • "The Unknown Soldier"

Side Two

  • "Spanish Caravan"
  • "My Wild Love"
  • "We Could Be So Good Together"
  • "Yes, The River Knows"
  • "Five To One"


  About the Author

Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob also serves as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In addition, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons in Haverhill, Mass. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Robert at rarcher@ehpub.com

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