It has never been fully explained why they chose to use horns and strings on The Soft Parade. When and why was it decided? It is obviuous that it must have been a split decision since half the tunes on SP aren't featuring horns and strings to the arrangements.
If you listen to Fire by Arthur Brown or Along comes Mary by The Association. you'll notice that brass is used to embellish a riff, whereas strings are used to enhance a felling of romantce and /tranquility, She's leaving home by The Beatles comes to mind.
You never saw a military parade marching to fiddles and violas!
So you would have to know how to orchestrate strings and brass and how to use those skills within the limited confinements of the rock-genre. I would have a hard time picking a band more ill-suited to strings and horns than The Doors.
So what does Rothchild do, since he can't do the arranging himself He buys someone to do it, namely Paul Harris.
Ha and Rothchid are way in over their head. They have no real knowledge as to how to arrange orchestral instruments to a rock band. They are NOT on par with George Martin of Beatles fame, who after studying the piano and the oboe for three years, cut his teeth in the BBC and EMI studios recording and arranging for all sorts of cllasical orchestras and jazz-combos.
On a daily basis, mind you.
AND first, after working six yaers w/ The Beatles and learning the rockgenre, is he ready to deliver the masterpiece, Sgt. Pepper, combining the classical genre with the rock genre.
Arranging music is an artform itself, arranging brass and strings for a rock-band another and vit is irtually impossibe.
Touch Me is a great example as to why you shouldn't mix those genres.
First you have brass in the intro, then you have your Mantovani viloins, when The Lizard is crooning something about the stars and the skies and finally you have a jazz-solo in the style of John Coltrane. So it is a bunch of ideas stuck together, more or less like The Soft Parade itself, song and LP.
Wishful, Sinful works better because it is a romantic song and the violins/woodwind suit the arrangement, the lyrics and melody.
It is my firm belief that The Doors were over as a band, also because of The Buick fiasco, and only the contract to Elektra held them together.
The Doors were over as a band? Really? What about Morrison Hotel and L.A. Woman?