L.A. Woman [40th Anniversary Edition]

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The Doors' final album with Jim Morrison in the lineup is by far their most blues-oriented, and the singer's poetic ardor is undiminished, though his voice sounds increasingly worn and craggy on some numbers. Actually, some of the straight blues items sound kind of turgid, but that's more than made up for by several cuts that rate among their finest and most disturbing work. The seven-minute title track was a car-cruising classic that celebrated both the glamour and seediness of Los Angeles; the other long cut, the brooding, jazzy "Riders on the Storm," was the group at its most melodic and ominous. It and the far bouncier "Love Her Madly" were hit singles, and "The Changeling" and "L'America" count as some of their ...
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All Music Guide
The Doors' final album with Jim Morrison in the lineup is by far their most blues-oriented, and the singer's poetic ardor is undiminished, though his voice sounds increasingly worn and craggy on some numbers. Actually, some of the straight blues items sound kind of turgid, but that's more than made up for by several cuts that rate among their finest and most disturbing work. The seven-minute title track was a car-cruising classic that celebrated both the glamour and seediness of Los Angeles; the other long cut, the brooding, jazzy "Riders on the Storm," was the group at its most melodic and ominous. It and the far bouncier "Love Her Madly" were hit singles, and "The Changeling" and "L'America" count as some of their better little-heeded album tracks. An uneven but worthy finale from the original quartet. [Rhino's double-disc 40th Anniversary Edition of the Doors' final album, L.A. Woman, may not have the two bonus cuts from the 2007 reissue of the record -- "Orange County Suite" and "(You Need Meat) Don't Go No Further" -- but it does have a full disc of bonus material, including alternate takes of every one of the album's ten songs, plus the unreleased original "She Smells So Nice" and a cover of Muddy Waters' "Rock Me." Neither of the new discoveries feels finished -- there's little polish on the cover, while "She Smells So Nice" seems invented as the Doors play -- but the charm of this edition is that the unreleased material is considerably looser than the finished album. Given that there are no great differences in either arrangements or lyrics -- almost none on the former, nothing notable on the latter -- it is the general vibe of these rough run-throughs that counts, as each alternate take amplifies the comfortably assured virility that is L.A. Woman's calling card.] ~ Richie Unterberger & Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/24/2012
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • UPC: 081227975517
  • Catalog Number: 528784
  • Sales rank: 11,687

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Doors Primary Artist
Jim Morrison Vocals
Marc Benno Rhythm Guitar
Ray Manzarek Organ, Piano
John Densmore Drums
Jerry Scheff Bass
Robby Krieger Guitar
Technical Credits
John Lee Hooker Composer
The Doors Composer, Producer
Bruce Botnick Producer, Engineer
Jac Holzman Executive Producer
Muddy Waters Composer
David Fricke Liner Notes
David Gorman Art Direction
Jeffrey Jampol Management
Carl Cossick Concept
Zachariah Mattheus Art Direction
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  • Posted February 2, 2012

    The Doors Visible Evolution in Making L.A. Woman

    One of the fun things about school used to be writing compare and contrast papers on subjects and maybe that's what The Doors are offering in "L.A. Woman, the 40th Anniversary Edition." This two disc set has the original "L.A. Woman" album as it appeared in 1971, although the songs are remastered they're not the 2007 remastered/remixed versions.

    The first disc is the "L.A. Woman" we all know and love and doesn't need to be reviewed 40 years on. "L.A. Woman" has been well defined, The Doors blues album, Jim Morrison's farewell ode to L.A. and a rock album that, without any hyperbole (or very little) was almost instantly a rock "classic" album.

    The fun in listening to "L.A. Woman, the 40th Anniversary Edition" is disc 2 with the alternate takes, false starts, and the studio chatter between The Doors its clear they were having a lot of fun recording "L.A. Woman." In the alternate versions its interesting to see how the now classic songs evolved and sounded different, and even changed from take to take, Morrison changing lyrics and even his delivery between takes, and how musically even some of the phrasing was different from the final versions, especially in an album that was recorded within a short period of time. The addition of "She Smells so Nice", which sounds like a Grateful Dead jam and not a Doors song, but it's a carefree blues romp with absolutely no pretensions that segues into "Rock Me" a standard The Doors played a lot live.

    If you don't mind the inclusion of another remastered album "L.A. Woman, the 40th Anniversary Edition" is a five star recommendation that you'll find yourself listening to years from now, just like the original.

    Jim Cherry writes The Doors Examiner.

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