The Doors released its third studio album, Waiting for the Sun, in July 1968. It was the band’s third platinum album in less than two years, and the first to top the album chart. Since its debut, the album has sold more than nine million copies and contributed to the Doors’ legendary canon with classics like “The Unknown Soldier,” “Five To One” and the #1 smash, “Hello, I Love You.”

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Rhino will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the album this year with WAITING FOR THE SUN: 50th ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION. This two-CD/1-LP collection features a new version of the album’s original stereo mix on both CD and 180-gram vinyl LP, which has been remastered – for the first time in 30 years – by Bruce Botnick, the Doors’ longtime engineer and producer. The set also includes a second disc of 14 unreleased recordings of the Doors in the studio and on stage. WAITING FOR THE SUN: 50th ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION will be available on September 14 for $xx.98. The audio will also be available on digital download and streaming services.

“Hello, I Love You” became the band’s second #1 hit when it topped the Billboard singles chart for two weeks beginning on August 3, 1968. Now, exactly 50 years later, Rhino will release a new 7” version of the single with its b-side “Love Street.” For this anniversary release, Rhino will use mono radio mixes of the songs that were given exclusively to radio stations for airplay in 1968 but have never been available commercially. The 7” single will be available on August 3 for $9.98.

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 of the album 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 “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 in High Resolution at 176/24.


Track Listing


Disc One

  1. “Hello, I Love You”
  2. “Love Street”
  3. “Not To Touch The Earth”
  4. “Summer’s Almost Gone”
  5. “Wintertime Love”
  6. “The Unknown Soldier”
  7. “Spanish Caravan”
  8. “My Wild Love”
  9. “We Could Be So Good Together”
  10. “Yes, The River Knows”
  11. “Five To One”

Disc Two (All Tracks Previously Unreleased)

Rough Mixes

  1. “Hello, I Love You”
  2. “Summer’s Almost Gone”
  3. “Yes, The River Knows”
  4. “Spanish Caravan”
  5. “Love Street”
  6. “Wintertime Love”
  7. “Not To Touch The Earth”
  8. “Five To One”
  9. “My Wild Love”

Live In Copenhagen

  1. “Texas Radio & The Big Beat”
  2. “Hello, I Love You”
  3. “Back Door Man”
  4. “Five To One”
  5. “The Unknown Soldier”