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1971's L.A. WOMAN, released shortly before Morrison's death in Paris, went to #9 and delivered the signature songs "Love Her Madly," "Riders On The Storm," and the title track. In-depth liner notes by Ben Fong-Torres. Two bonus tracks including "Orange County Suite" and "(You Don't Need Meat) Don't Go No Further."
The last official Doors studio album, L.A. Woman was still high on the charts when, like the "actor out on loan" of its closing track, "Riders on the Storm," Jim Morrison died in a Paris bathtub in the summer of 1971. Via such tracks as "The Changeling," "Crawling King Snake," and the frothy, rollicking title track, the collection leaned heavily toward the blues--in particular, Morrison's boastful "Lizard King" brand of it. It also holds another entry in the band's ever-adventurous tone poems in the ever-underrated mythical tale of American music and culture, "WASP (Texas Radio and the Big Beat)." --Billy Altman
- Are You Just Another Lost Angel In The City Of Night?
There are few albums that stand up to the true display of stature and talent that a band like The Doors are as on this album. This is truly The Doors at their finest. It may not be the "Break"ing collection that "Fire"d their self-titled debut, it may not be "Drive"ing the "Latitudes" of Strange Days, have the "Unknown" "Caravan" of sound from Waiting For The Sun, the "Wishful" "Touch" of The Soft Parade, or even the great dreamlike "Peace"ful "Blues" of Americana that is shown on Morrison Hotel. But it does have the true charismatic attitude that The Doors always wanted to bring to the studio. I feel that this is their best work. Every song from "The Changeling" to "Riders On The Storm" has a true feel of blues that was always attempted on their earlier works, yet not perfected until Jim, Robby, Ray, and John introduced us to Mr. Mojo Risin. I've been an enormously huge Doors fan since the age of about 12. My hippie dad used to play them to put me to sleep while I was in the crib. So, I was a Doors conaseur since I was young. I own all their albums, their box sets, their rarities, their books, etc. The Doors are one of the greatest gifts that rock has to offer. They were one of the many bands that carried with them the burdens of change, war, peace, love, and rebirth that stood out in an era divided and going in several directions. Few bands have made and ever will leave a lasting impression on music as The Doors have. And they make their final bow with Jim on LA Woman. So turn up the "Texas Radio" and "Love" It "Madly"! ...more info
- The Last Doors Album
The music of The Doors as hippe counter culture icons is best showcased on their first and last albums which respectively got the most radio play song for song. The albums in between take a back seat to Morrison's alcohol and drug abuse which the band, especially Robby Kreggar had a hard time putting up with past their first few gigs in the LA area. The Doors lve shows were intimate spectacles of hippie anabaptist excess- a joke they are not. The Doors were like the Marilyn Manson back then before the makeup and geeky outfits got in the way of the music and the band performing together as a unit. This 2007 reissue is the closest to the original 1972 or so it will look and sound like. I got this at Wal Mart for 10 bucks and they got rid of any humor. The 90s version saw a drunk and stoned plus hung over Morrison while the rest of the band on the cover photo were old men and didn't care if the were popular any more. The last Doors album with Morrison represented a point when The Doors were physically old men and didn't care if they were popular any more. Latter Doors album with Ray Manzarik singing were unfocused affairs that failed to even get a cult following or even sell. This went gold upon its release and later went platinum with a renewed interest in Morrison era Doors following the 90s movie, continuous radio play and the atrocous sales of Manzarek led Doors. Jim Orrison faked his death of a heroin over dose shortly after the last few gigs of the LA Woman tour. He has lost any humor and is still burnt out. The Doors used a session bass player only on this album LA Woman to flesh out their sound that they needed here in the heavier bass parts. ...more info
- Three Great Songs From LA Woman
Melvin's Review of Three Songs From The Doors' Album L.A. Woman
1. Love Her Madly:
This song is extremely simple and lyrically sparse and seemingly a bit obvious. However, a lot of poets from the Lerner times, and one presently, Mr. Jerry F., knows quite well the ironic joke set up by this number. The whole song is a set up to this line: "Don't you love her . . . as she's walking out the door." So the rest of the song seems like a half-baked romance number, except that finally, he is showing something about the fickleness and inconsistency of our love. We often don't love her, till she's leaving, or, after she's left, we suddenly realize that we loved her way more than we thought, although we may have been incapable of love the entire time. Hence, Jerry sometimes ends unrelated songs by exclaiming, "Love Ya Madly!" and everyone smirks at the joke implicit, "as she's walking out the door."
2. The WASP:
This song is really called by fans "Texas Radio and the Big Beat. And this is a classic Morrison poetry-song, where he sings, then reads poetry, then sings again. This song also really makes Texas feel like it's still a separate country. In fact,I was driving from Lubbock to Abilene at midnight when this song came on my rental car radio. Texans understand how this tune describes the sense of vast distance and isolation. But also from this song came the great druggie phrase, "We is stoned immaculate." And being a fundamentally Southern song, a bit of theology creeps in: "I'll tell you about the heartache and the loss of God." And my other favorite line from this tune: "No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn."
3. Riders On The Storm:
This song is flatly a work of Hinduesqe Charlie Mansonism, a kind of cosmic tribute to Buddhist temporality and mandatory human suffering, with a bit of underlying bliss thrown in. The song almost becomes meolidically sweet as Morrison mentions the random murder of a family along a road. Right as we resist a concept, Morrison often ends a song with, "yeeeah," as though there is no resisting the celebration of all human fates. This song typifies what Doors keyboardist said about Morrison: "He saw things as they are, Infinite."
- Attempting the dignified exit
Although The Doors final entry had a few songs that could hang with the best of their catalog (obviously the ones that went on to be hits) those songs almost feel like intuitive last-chance stabs at audio immortality in an attempt to raise the vibe of these creatively limited final recording sessions....more info
- this is the one
there are several versions
Re-mixes/Re-masters out there
this is the best version
if you want LA Woman on Cd get this one!!!...more info
- The Doors... with bonus tracks.
Oh, boy. It's like the dentist offering to pull a few extra teeth... for free!
This album is soooooooooooooooo pretentious and boring. Oh. Mi. Gawd. Make it stop. (Axton)...more info
- Love Her Madly
This is The Doors final studio album, by this point good old Jim had garnished a beard and held a fatigued singing voice. The band oddly enough went in reverse cycle for rock bands of the era, reverting back to a bluesy sound as oppose to a harder more rockish tone.
The song selection is top notch, L.A. Women the song was another long Doors single frequently played. L'America's ever progressing speed creates an illusion of anxiety... It just keeps building up! Some bizarre songs shift into play here such as the coiling "Crawling King Snake" and the worn out sounding 'Hyacinth House'. 'Love Her Madly' classically restores The Doors popish capabilities following the strict Verse Chorus Verse Chorus Bridge Chorus format, rendering it ideal for radio play.
All the songs are wonderful for a closing album, this is a must buy for classic rock fans or Doors enthusiasts....more info
- The Doors Take to the Studio One Last Time...
And it works. Very well. This is the ultimate finisher of the legacy that the Doors left us. Love Her Madly, Riders on the Storm, the title track, and WASP are all essential cuts to any Doors collection. This is probably my favorite album out of them all, save Strange Days and their self-titled debut. Wow. This album's damn good....more info
- INFLUENCED BY THE SOUL, NOT THE DRUGS
Well, maybe a little of both.... but the band was on fire, again. It seemed to most by this point that The Doors had sold out and had not much left.
UNDERSTAND, there are no bad DOORS albums (except for maybe the ones recorded AFTER Jim died, but those are long out of print) this one here though, is the only one that matches the quality of the first.
The Doors ditched their producer and did this one themselves. M The most bluesy of the catalouge definatley, with covers of CRAWLING KING SNAKE, and blues chargers like (oooh yeah) THE CHANGELING and (yes!) CARS HISS BY MY WINDOW and DOWN SO LONG. Plus the well known title track and the eerie cool burner RIDERS ON THE STORM. Throw in some trippy Jim stuff and you've got a hell of a package.
If I've studied my history correctly this album wasn't released until after Morrison died, maybe thats why so much effort was put into this mix, either way its a must have for the DOORS collection.
FIVE ALBUMS ARE EASY TO COMPILE, IF YOU LIKE THE DOORS STAY AWAY FROM GREATEST HITS, THERES TOO MANY GOODS TO MISS!...more info
- L.A. Woman ... a classic from Los Angeles
This record is what blues is all about. Pure poetry. It takes someone a quite very few listenings while untill he gets to totaly comprehend and enjoy the Doors' 6th album which is music at it's finest and I might add I am one of them who do choose this 6th Doors' record to play more oftenly on a mp3 CD player than the previous 5. There are 10 songs on this record.
The Changeling. The one who had money, and then had none, and never felt so broke that he couldn't leave town... he is called the changeling... is the song Morrison wrote before he moved to Paris. This song tells a rather simple existencialistic story and could be one of those slice of life everyone's blues.
Love her madly. Plain briliant melody. Probably Krieger's best recording and Densomore's averagest one. A hit record.
Been down so long. A long and slow poor prisoner blues song. Pure magic.
Cars hiss by my window. Anoter blues lament song, this time about a man who is waiting for his baby behind a window where vocal and drums are making dark and rainy atmosphere.
L.A. Woman. The title piece. Pure rock'n'roll. The best.
L'America. Poprock mixed with blues that sounds like a pink floydish improvisation that works out well. A song about a trader and his american travels.
Hyacinth house. Some rambler gambler blues. Beautifoul song.
Crawling king snake. This song features the man also known as The king of lizards, the snakeskin man, the whiskey drained voice singer. The lyrics have AAB blues form again.
The Wasp. Great poem about Texas radio. And the big beat.
Riders on the storm. A classic from Los Angeles. Perfect Manzarek's keyboards. By some coincidence, the last song the Doors made is also their best known and radio's most played piece.
L.A. Woman is the most cool and serious sounding work. Maybe this is due to a fact that this record is the most slow one. Arrangement on this record returns to the roots, there is not much other than 5 musicians here and the band also finally gets a cool bass player for their last record as a whole group besides An American prayer, the last Doors' record from 1978. ...more info
I have loved LA Women for years, by far their best album. They are at their best when they sing the blues. This album has been tattooed in my mind for years. I was amazed to find out it was remastered so I soaked it up. I couldnt believe my ears when I heard different versions that sound identical to the originals. Also, the sound quality and the stereo is much much better. This is a must for any hardcore Doors fan. ...more info
- Great Remix Of A Great Album.
After the first few minutes you still know that "L.A. Woman" is a monster of an album, a huge, roaring blast of blues and rock n' roll with all the force of a seasoned band that has come full circle. It was the last Doors album with legendary frontman Jim Morrison, and it is a dirty, mean, ghostly work. This is also the final release of the 40th anniversary remixes where sound engineer Bruce Botnick has taken every Doors album and remixed them from their original sources. The results have been impressive and "L.A. Woman" is no exception. The songs now race along with a sharper, cleaner sound, with their rhythms and elements brought back to new life. "The Changeling" kicks things off with a hard funk beat that here has a much clearer sound and rocking bass, "Love Her Madly" has sharper drums and Morrison's vocals come across more clearly and with powerful force, the same as in the song "L.A. Woman" which has a smoother drum beat and guitars, Ray Manzarek's keyboards also shine better here. You can also pick up sounds that were originally lost here, effects and background instrumentals which had been lost to the rotting effects of tape hiss and age. Purists have been huffing and puffing over these remixes, claiming they are different albums, which they are not. Botnick has simply taken the original tracks and remixed them, he's bringing up to the surface what we couldn't hear before. Now the music of The Doors sounds better than it ever has, and new generations of fans will be delighted to discover them this way, without the aging limitations of other artists' releases. As an album this is still a masterful blues work as The Doors produce a potent combination of blues and rock, giving us a beautiful, edgy hybrid, just listen to the menacing "Crawling King Snake" and rough "Been Down So Long." And yet they never lose their haunting, dark poetic quality that made them famous, "Riders On The Storm" is still a ghostly recitation framed by a thunder shower. What comes across so well in this re-release is the stunning detail and quality of what The Doors created with this album. This was their first project without their long-time producer Paul Rothchild, who was simply burned out from working with a frontman who's wild antics and stage attitude preceeded Iggy Pop and Marilyn Manson. Independent and producing themselves, the band recorded an album that sounds and feels completely free and unrestrained with amazing lyrical and musical creativity. "L.A. Woman" is a masterpiece, and now it sounds better and louder, a must for Doors fans and a must for any rock n' roll library....more info
- Skip the last track
L.A. Woman is my favorite Doors compilation, which is why it grieves me to have to give it a 4-star instead of a 5-star rating. This bluesy collection is Morrison at his best with greats like Changeling, Hyacinth House, Been down so long & the fabulous title track. I also enjoyed the bonus track Orange County Suite.
The reason I gave this compilation a 4-star is because of the last track. You see it's very simple...no Morrison-no Doors period. I feel they could have found any a number of tracks done by Morrison to complete this set and I'm sorry if this sounds harsh, but I want to hear his voice and only his voice when I'm listening to the Doors! That's just the way it is with me.
So, minus the last track I would give this CD a 5-star rating in a heart beat. It's classic Blues/Rock only the Doors can pull off....more info
- awesome in 5.1 surround
i just received my dvd audio copy of LA Woman by the doors.I played my remastered cd copy against it. I never heard the drumming so good as on this dvd. I cam away being very impressed by that, the overall quality of the sound. on LA woman , jim morrison when he sings mr mojo rising, he repeats this one speaker at a time- all 5 of them. ...more info
- Buzz, slither, hiss
I like the blues leanings. I especially like that Morrison emerges from his black cloud enough to write some material that means something AND sounds good. The highlight is the last track he ever recorded, "Riders on the Storm," which is haunting, satisfying, and meaningful. I may be treating the album lightly because I like Jim Morrison, or I may be being too harsh on Morrison because I know he was capable of much more like this if he could focus less on the dark problems of his generation and more on how to solve them. But then he'd be Bob Dylan. Or at least George Harrison....more info
- More Roadhouse Blues
The Doors' "L.A. Woman" (1971) remains a classic recording with its emphasis on hard-driving rock and blues. "Love Her Madly" (the hit single), "Riders on the Storm" and the title track have been endlessly discussed, yet "The Changeling," "Been Down So Long," "Cars Hiss By My Window" and "Crawling King Snake" are definite highpoints in the Doors canon. Jim Morrison's voice may have been shot, but no one could have sung these songs better. Sadly, Morrison's death prevented the group from expanding their blues-oriented sound. Though the surviving band members recorded two albums without Morrison (now out-of-print), "L.A. Woman" represents the Doors' legitimate swansong. ...more info
- this is the one
there are several versions
Re-mixes/Re-masters out there
this is the best version
if you want LA Woman on Cd get this one!!!...more info
- From L.A. to "L.A. Woman"
Between their debut album in 1967 and this, their final album, in 1971, the Los Angeles based Doors took a giant leap stylistically. I think their first 3 albums can safely be described as psychedelic/acid rock - trendy, popular and very well produced. In general, all 3 included an air of dark mystery and sometimes violence. The 4th, "The Soft Parade", was an effort to change and move on, and it turned out to be a hodge-podge of different styles. Experimental and eclectic, it's not so bad, n'est-ce pas? At least it shows the diversity these musicians were capable of. Then, on "Morrison Hotel", they once again found a zone they were comfortable in: bar rock and blues. This is not one of my favorites, but it does contain "Roadhouse Blues" and "Waiting For The Sun", both of which I do like, a lot. What I find missing from the album overall is that early air of mystery. It's too much of a "fun" album for my taste.
Miraculously, on "L.A. Woman" the dark elements and the bluesy rock are synthesized to form a final album anyone would be proud of (and it is beautifully remixed like the other 5). On "The Changeling", Jim's gruff, boozy vocal is perfect for someone who is living on the edge. Likewise, "Been Down So Long" and "Crawling King Snake" are nothin' but mean, evil blues at its best, featuring Robbie's awesome guitar work. There's more blues in "Cars Hiss By My Window", but it is calmer, more traditional. The title song is a rock classic among rock classics; Jim goes through quite a workout and it sounds like he made a few pit stops along the way to complete the track. "Love Her Madly", a big radio hit, "L'america" and "Hyacinth House" remind me of the early psychedelic Doors. "Riders On The Storm" is very commercial and benign musically when compared to the other tracks, but lyrically, who except The Doors could have come up with the line "...If you give this man a ride, sweet memory will die..."?
There are 2 bonus tracks. "Orange County Suite" is slow and bluesy, not really remarkable but not bad, and "(You Need Meat) Don't Go No Further" is standard old school blues-rock with appropriately suggestive lyrics.
With only 6 studio albums, The Doors managed to establish quite a legacy. I regard them as the premier American rock band, on a level with The Beatles and The Stones, although certainly less prolific due to circumstances....more info
- Version 2.0 - the good and the bad changes
When an artist goes back and changes a beloved classic, like George Lucas did with Star Wars, it is hard not to have mixed feelings because at some point the artist will change something important and ruin the mood and good feelings and make a mess of a good thing. The surviving Doors keep my mixed feelings churning with L.A. Woman. On one hand, I sometimes like the expanded sound range and instrumental clarity. I like the strange sound added at the start of L.A Woman but the drums seem to thud more here where the lighter touch of the original was more fitting, which could be said for most of the CD. Riders On The Storm is the most perfect last song ever written, but the delicate mood is not helped by the heavier handed remix. Orange County Suite is a moody piece that fits in perfectly. Texas Radio And The Big Beat will always be my favorite Doors song. One problem I have is the annoying "woo hoo" at the beginning of "Cars Hiss By My Window" and the alternate verse pasted in. Just because the tape was sitting in the vault does not mean it needed to be used. Would 64 year old Jim Morrison approve or just leave it to his bandmates to do as they wish? It's unknown. I'm not incredibly upset by it all because I have the great 1999 remastered CD to fall back on if I dislike anything here. That's the key to enjoying any of the 40th Anniversary Mixes - have the 1999 versions next to them on the shelf or on your iPod. But if an artist is going to muck around with a 5 star masterpiece, if I don't find all the changes to my liking I can't give the new version 5 stars anymore. L.A. Woman is my personal favorite Doors album and always gives me a melancholy feeling no matter what mix or version - Jim Morrison was artistically rising and as poetically powerful as ever at the same time he was personally falling apart. The rest of the band were brilliant and creative behind him. I see him receeding into the storm clouds and into history at the end of the album, like the old blues man he inceasingly sounded and looked like, with the world knowing they would not see his or The Doors likes again anytime soon.
- L.A. Woman
Even if you only listen to three songs on this album, make it "L.A. Woman", "Riders on the Storm" and "Love Her Madly". The other songs are good but completly overshadowed by the two epics on this album. "L.A Woman" paints a vivid picture of the both the bright and dark side of L.A. My favourite is "Riders on the Storm". The end is near, and Jim Morrison knows it. He is telling us that that we are only insignificant pawns in a much bigger chess game. That game is life and death. We should live life to the full, because either the "storm" or the "killer on the road" coulld take us at any time. Absolute heaven if you listen to it in the small hours of the morning....more info
- Morrison's Final Masterpiece
Sounding like his demons were finally about to overtake him, Jim Morrison truly sings like a man posessed on his final studio LP with The Doors. That may be a bit ironic because the music on this release is actually some of the calmest in the bands catalog.
The entire record is an amalgam of assured blues vamps, pleading love songs and 3 ambient masterpieces (the title cut, "Riders On The Storm" and the astonishing "La Merica"), making this a cohesive, compact yet sprawling LP that contains no filler or throwaways. Morrison's voice is the main focal point here, but Densmore, Kreiger and Manzarek provide a lush, jazzy cushion of sound and texture that still sounds fresh 34 years later.
Hearing Morrison's rich baritone fade into the ether on ..."Riders" and knowing that he left America for Paris soon after (not even bothering to stay behind for final mixing of the LP) and died without ever having heard the finished product is haunting and lends this LP and air of mystery and melancholy that stays with you long after the music's over....more info
- The Best Of The Doors' Remixes
Listening to the other Doors remixes, I felt like the surviving band members and engineer/producer Bruce Botnick were trying to retrofit the older, more psychedelic albums to sound like the blues-rock punch of "L.A. Woman." It didn't work so well for something like "Waiting For The Sun," but it does provide a welcome sonic update for "L.A. Woman" itself.
The original album sounded just a touch piecemeal as a few of the tracks were from older sessions in the case of "L'America" or in the Doors' older style as in "Love Her Madly." I always felt that this stood in contrast with the live-in-the-studio tracks recorded for the album itself. The wide-open, percussion heavy mixes here make the whole thing sound more of a complete sonic picture. "The Changeling" and the title track have a little more bite, which I dig. In fact, the only track here I prefer from the original are "Riders On The Storm," which is a little less dreamy and delicate sounding here, and "Love Her Madly." As I said, the new mix fits on the album better, but I'd consider the original a damn fine single mix.
If you want to get a positive taste of the new mixes of the Doors albums, I'd head for this one first as it does offer what may actually be an improvement over the original....more info
- The Doors go out with a bang.......
The Doors go out with a bang...their best album in fact. This album is a masterpiece of blues-rock. I'd give every song atleast a 9/10. Even though it only has 3 10/10's(Most albums I give 5 stars to usually have 4 or more 10/10's) two of those 10's are among the greatest songs ever recorded. I can't say enough about L.A. Woman, basically the song that got me into The Doors. It is probably The Door's best and one of the greatest songs ever, as well as being the best driving song of all time. Riders on The Storm is nearly as good. Been Down So Long is my favorite non-epic song, and like I already said, every other song is great.
- One of rock's few true masterpieces
The Doors, one of the best rock bands of all time, stayed together just long enough (they almost disbanded prior to this due to Jim's unpredictable personality) to release what is considered by lots to be their best album. I actually agree with those people, since music is a subjective matter, and when the masses agree that something is the best, it usually isn't. At least in this reviewers opinion. Actually, comparing this album to other "classics" I feel that this one is horribly underrated. It just may very well be my all time favorite album.
This album is a masterpiece in every sense of the word. It's about as perfect as album's get (remember, there's no such thing as a "perfect" album)The album has a great track sequence, which is crucial to an album's integrity. It closes itself off perfectly with the soft, eerie, great, "Riders on the Storm" Jim's voice is very harsh, raspy, and hoarse compared to the previous five albums, and I think it's better this way! Just imagine the soft-spoken Jim singing the song "L.A. Woman" It just wouldn't work. The music itself is pretty simple, and not trying to do anything too fancy. Which is why I love the Doors, they were a straight up rock band.
Just take my word for it, this album is great, and deserves to be admired by all. The song "L.A. Woman" is one of the best songs ever made, and is my favorite Doors track. Hell, maybe even my favorite song ever. Who doesn't love the line "Mr. Mojo Rising"?
This album cannot be any more recommended. ...more info
- stay with the old CD or album
There is definitely a change in the way the album sounds. I am listening to Riders On The Storm right now, and the ending is very different. I think if the album were cleaned up or something along those lines for hiss or tape defects (wow and flutter), then I would recommend it highly for that reason. However the remixing of the tracks may take some time to get use to.
The two bonus songs are interesting. In fact, the second one "You Nead Meat" is pretty good!
If you still have the old CD or LP, don't through it away. I still hate it when band memebers have to go back to the studios decades later nad try to rework the magic that was already there. For me, the old magic on this current reworked cd is tainted!...more info
- The Doors finest album
The Doors final album with Jim Morrison (they would go on to record two more albums as a trio), remains their masterpiece and belongs in every rock collection. From start to finish, the album is brilliant. It was the Doors at their absolute best. The Doors previous albums ranged from very good to classic, but their sixth album "L.A. Woman" was their crown jewel.
It's common for most bands to start out playing the blues and then evolve into a musical style/idenity all their own. In this sense, the Doors sort of evolved backwards. They started out playing crazy, psychedelic music, and then ended their career playing the blues.
"L.A. Woman" is a very bluesy album. It's not pure blues (B.B. King, Leadbelly), but it's rock tinged with blues. The band never sounded better. To be sure, the Doors albums were always terrific, but they sounded most at home with the blues. Playing blues rock brought out the best in all the Doors members. Ray Manzarek (organ) and Robby Krieger's (guitar) solos worked perfectly against a blues backdrop. Drummer John Densmore's jazzy style was also well suited for the blues.
As for Jim Morrison...I think the Jim Morrison of 1967 was best suited to sing psychedelic acid rock. His ultra-cool swagger and showmanship was the ultimate voice for such music. But the Jim Morrison of 1971 was a much different person. In four years, Morrison aged a lifetime. In 1967, he sounded and looked 23. In 1971, he looked and sounded like an old man. It's hard to believe that the same voice that sang "Light My Fire" sang "Riders on the Storm" only four years later. On "L.A. Woman," Morrison sounds worn and tired, but it matched the bluesy-jazzy downbeat music perfectly. Morrison's finest poetry was also in this swan song. Noting too obscure or bizarre to be found. It was his most honest, straightforward work.
"L.A. Woman" is simply The Doors finest collection of songs. There is no filler to be found. Each song is a jewel on The Doors crown creation. From the opening "The Changeling," to the closing "Riders on the Storm," every song is great. Whether is be the hard rocking "Love Her Madly," the downbeat "Cars His By My Window," the bohemian "The Wasp" or the sublime "Riders on the Storm," every song is a masterpiece.
The general theme of the album seems to be the underbelly of L.A. in the early 70s. The album seems to function as a snapshot/soundtrack of that time and place. It's all about living day-to-day, strung-out, alone, not knowing when it will all end. In that sense, I take "LA Woman" to be sort of like a diary in the lives of Jim and (his wife) Pam. When you listen to this album, you can feel the longing, the desperation, the torment, the addictions, of that time and place. These songs sound lived in. When you listen to Morrison's screams in the title track, or soft-spoken baritone in "Cars Hiss By My Window" you get the sense that he knew it was going to end soon. "Riders on the Strom" seems to acknowledge and accept this fate.
The Doors "L.A. Woman" is one of the greatest albums of all-time and it is an album that every rock fan should own.
- Swans and a live bass player
The Doors burst onto the LA rock scene, and a few years later, they were releasing their final contractual album, and their 27-year-old singer sounded lika a gravel-voiced bluesman, looking less svelte than the young lion of only a few years earlier.
Images and myth aside, this album might be their strongest, excepting the legendary debut. The focus was a more raw rock and blue records, a followup from the 'return' that Morrison Hotel signaled after the strings and horns, trials, and internal fighting.
Working with Elvis' old bass player, the band recorded a lot of the album 'live', right there in the Doors' studios with the bathroom serving as a vocal booth.
The Changling is a relatively upbeat number complete with solid bass and some neat tempo changes. And from the beginning, you can tell the gruff difference in Morrison's voice. Years of abuse made him sound a whole heck of a lot older than 27 years. While he wasn't an expertly trained singer from the beginning, his voice was, and still is, immediately recognizable and warm. But the sound suits most every song here.
There are some real bluesy numbers, such as Cars Hiss By My Window, or Hyacinth House, which is a somber tune with a bluesy feel. Crawling King Snake, a live staple for years, finally made its way to an album, as did Texas Radio, various versions of which had appeared live for years. The standout track might be the great LA Woman, one of the briskest, coolest 7-minute rock classics ever. Jimbo's passion for the city and all it meant to him are summed up in the dark but driving tune that includes his shout-out to Mr Mojo Risin, his own name mixed around. It all closes with the great Riders on the Storm, the track that convinced Paul Rothchild not to produce and to let The Doors run the production and making on their own (with engineer Bruce Botnick). Complete with the rain and thunder, it's a spooky but playful track that is still a radio staple.
Not really a weak spot on here, unless you don't care for the slower, very bluesy tracks like Cars Hiss, or Crawling King Snake, or even the driving, gruff-sounding Down So Long. Hard to match up the Morrison on here and on the debut.
Most Doors albums had filler, there's no doubt, but this might have the least, and it's also the longest Doors LP they ever put out. By the time it appeared in record stores, Jimbo was in Paris where he'd eventually fade away, creating another legend and joining rock's '27' club.
If you don't own any Doors material, this is even a good start. While the band has a plethora of compilations, the albums are all rewarding, and they sound great remastered....more info
- Pure Jim - the Good and the Bad
Yes the album is inconsistent, and yes there is too much blues filler - but that misses the point. Unlike all the other previous Doors albums, which were over produced to varying degrees, this album gives you an unvarnished glimpse into a stream-of-consciousness Morrision as he teeters on the edge between pure genius and sheer madness.
Morrison warns us from the start in the Changeling that this this not going to be a TV-ready performance when he sings "I've never been so broke that I couldn't be stoned". A great rock screamer and a fantastic opening song. The title song is simply the Doors at their best - great lyrics and fantastic ensemble playing - especially the drumming of John Densmore. It's wonderful to hear him play with an actual bassist. The WASP (Texas Radio and the Big Beat) is Morrison at his poeteic best, full of provoacative imagery. Riders on the Storm is one of the most uniquely ethereal pieces of rock music ever created. There's not much to say about the rest of the album that hasn't been said already.
In short - all fans of 60's psychedelic rock need this album. If you love "Tonight's the Night" or "The Madcap Laughs", this is your cup of tea.
- The Doors LA Woman, 1970
This Doors album is different from really all the other ones for one its more of a blues rock album than all the other psychedelic albums out there(morrison hotel exception) anyways its a good album. Some of the key tracks on here are, love her madly, LA woman, riders on the storm, been down so long, the changeling, etc.
all in all its a good album and i would recomend it for any doors fan around...more info
- Their Best and Their Last Album Has Gotten Even Better!
This mini-lp replica sleeve (mlps) version of The Doors' last and most cohesive album and certainly my favourite is a treat for fans. The mlps design is very good and is very well put together. Included is a 20-page booklet with an essay by the original producer and this 40th Anniversary version remixer, Bruce Botnick, and all the lyrics in both English and Japanese. Bruce describes how this mix is the best one and the one that was intended all those years ago if only they had had the right equipment as the do now. So who am I to criticise a mix done by the original producer with the surviving members of the band itself! Although volume levels are lower than on previous versions, after a few listens, I have to admit that this is indeed the better mix with many subtle sounds surfacing that were not evident on previous mixes. The remastering is well done and so the sound quality is really very good. There are also two bonus tracks: "Orange County Suite" and "(You Need Meat) Don't Go No Further" which are very good tracks and hence do not detract from the main material which tends to happen with bonus tracks on albums in general.
This is my favourite Doors album because overall you can hear the maturity in terms of the level of composition as well as in the musicianship and of course because it includes my favourite Doors track, "Riders On the Storm". Few things in life compare with putting that track on the car stereo while driving at night. While there are a couple of weaker tracks such as "L'America" and "Hyacinth House", the rest of the album is filled with brilliant work. The album starts out with the brilliant "Changeling" followed by the equally brilliant "Love Her Madly". The Doors' work strikes me as truly unique as although there have been and probably will always be admirers of their work, I cannot say that I've ever heard any imitators that come close to their sound. They are so unique and good at what they did that you could almost put them into a sub-genre all by themselves. Very few acts in the history of rock music can lay claim to that. Bob Dylan, the later Beatles work and Steely Dan immediately come to mind but The Doors surely ranks among them as genre standard-bearers.
Good sound and good packaging makes this version of the great album highly recommended....more info
- I See The Bathroom Is Near
L.A. Woman is the Doors' final album with Jim Morrison on lead vocal. Like its predecessor Morrison Hotel, this album is also excellent, considering that Morrison by this time was basically at death's door (he died in Paris not long afterward).
Morrison's vocals on L.A. Woman sound much like an old man's, which adds a bit of ambience to the whole record. The band is in fine form, with Jerry Scheff on bass. Again, when you consider the shape Morrison was in, it's a miracle this record even got made.
Like Morrison Hotel, it's extremely blues-oriented. The Changeling is a table-busting jam, and Texas Radio and The Big Beat is terrrific. Hyacinth House is appropriately creepy, as is Cars Hiss By My Window.
And like all Doors albums, it's got the hits: Love Her Madly, L.A. Woman (one of my all-time favorites), and Riders on the Storm, which many hate. But as the last song on the album, I see it as a fine way for the Bozo Dionysius (Lester Bangs' term for Morrison) to say goodbye.
L.A. Woman is not as good as Morrison Hotel, but still terrific and worth owning....more info
- The rating is for the original mixdown
This is not 1971 mixdown, which presumably was approved by ALL four members of the band and reflected their original intent.
Remixing, while making it more satisfactory to the ear accustomed to current trends, compromises it's value of what people liked and bought for the last 39 years. It would been a better thing to remaster the original recording and, if space permitted, add as many remixes that showed the alternate benefits of what it might sound like recorded today or reveal hidden aspects that may have been deliberately buried in the mix as part of the 1971 mix for the benefit of the curious.