L.A. Woman [40th Anniversary Edition]

L.A. Woman [40th Anniversary Edition]

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by The Doors
     
 

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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

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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 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

Product Details

Release Date:
01/24/2012
Label:
Elektra / Wea
UPC:
0081227975517
catalogNumber:
528784
Rank:
36036

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

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
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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L.A. Woman 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Doors were known for their use of the keyboard in their music as the focal instrument. It remains the same here, only it seems as though the music is more emotional and deeper. Every song on this album is a classic there is not a single bad song or any filler at all. From start to finish it will blow your mind away. Riders on the Storm is my favorite Doors song, L.A. Woman is simply amazing, and Love Her Madly was a great single. They also have their bluesy side to them in songs like Been Down So Long, which is also great. There is nothing about this album that I could change to make it better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
jim morrison was a god. this cd is amazing
Guest More than 1 year ago
"L.A. Woman" is my favorite Doors album for many reasons. I'll try to explain some of them here. First of all, the production is great. Bruce Botnick got a great, thick sound out of the band that I think Paul Rothchild couldn't match. I know many fans will find this statement blasphemous, since Rothchild produced all the other albums, but it's just more in tune with my personal taste. Secondly, the songs are great. "L.A. Woman" is just a batch of decent songs that happen to flow very well together as an album. The patchiness of albums like "Waiting For the Sun" is nowhere to be found. Thirdly, I love the blues, and therefore I love the musical stylings of this record. Whereas "Morrison Hotel" sounded like an underproduced white blues band, "L.A. Woman" gets the sound right and makes the Doors sound like a black blues band. In my opinion, of course. So pick it up if your a Doors fan. I don't listen to them as much as I used to, but when I do, this is the album I return to most often. By the way, the lyric in my headline is a clue as to where Morrision laid down the vocals for this record.....
Guest More than 1 year ago
L.A.WOMAN was, of course, the final studio album of The Doors before Morrison's death. It came out in April '71 and exceeded both critics' and buyers' expectations in wild new instrumentation, terrific melodies and brilliant song lyrics. There are a couple of throwaways, in my opinion (Crawling King Snake, for example); however, the title song ''L.A. Woman'' absolutely blows away the listener with Morrison's vocal ferocity and the surging crecendo finale. Manzarek and Krieger never played better than on this song. The remaining songs on the album are melodic, blues-driven and hard-edged numbers ( especially the song ''The WASP''), and , finally, the album seems rounded out by the soft and beautifully executed ''Riders on the Storm.'' I think The Doors were the greatest American rock group--Buffalo Springfield, Beach Boys, and Byrds right behind them. Groups like Aerosmith, Eagles, Kiss are junk compared with the talent of The Doors.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The Doors recorded this album fasterthan they did on previous albums. Technically it was simplier than Morrison Hotel and Waiting for the Sun, which took forever to record.This was the reason for the more blues related songs. Love Her Madly was a great choice for a single and it did well on the charts for that reason. LA Women has a nice blues sound to it. L'America is great lirically and Jims voice sounds excellent on this track. Hyacintch is one of the saddest songs Jim ever wrote I think, if you really understand what the lyrics mean. The last track, Riders on the Storm was a good choice for a second single even though it had to be cut a little bit, because it ran too long. Over all this is some of the best work by the one of the greatest bands of all time. If you don't have this album in your collection you need to get it.