|1. The Changeling|
|2. Love Her Madly|
|3. Been Down So Long|
|4. Cars Hiss By My Window|
|5. L.A. Woman|
|7. Hyacinth House|
|8. Crawling King Snake|
|9. The Wasp (Texas Radio And The Big Beat)|
|10. Riders On The Storm|
|11. Orange County Suite (Bonus)|
|12. (You Need Meat) Don't Go No Further (Bonus)|
While the majority of their previous album sounds like it could have been written and recorded by anybody, LA WOMAN certainly sounds bluesy, but here the songs are written with the idiosyncracies that made the band so endearing in the first place. From the acid trip of "The Wasp (Texas Radio and the Big Beat)" to the seedy, decadent portrait of LA in the title track, The Doors shows us that, no matter how hard they want to be a blues band, they just too undeniably weird and unique to make a true blues album. And, ironically, that's what makes LA WOMAN such a powerful record. It's blues but blues like only The Doors could play, and that's what makes it such a rich, compelling listen.
The hit singles off this effort were "Love Her Madly," "LA Woman," and the radio rock staple "Riders on the Storm." "Love Her Madly" is one of The Doors' catchiest songs. "LA Woman" stands as one of The Doors' very best songs, with its decadent portrait of LA and its paean to some larger-than-life woman who consumes landscape, and could very well be a symbol of the city itself.Read more ›
So what did the Doors do? Well for starters, they went back to basics. The timeless genre known as the blues. Jim may have not been able to belt out a tune like "Light My Fire" at this point, but his lower grittier register was perfect for the blues tracks "Been Down So Long", "Cars Hiss By My Window", and "Crawling King Snake." Many of the other tracks such as "Hyacinth House", "L'America", and "The Wasp (Texas Radio and the Big Beat)" continue the somber mood of the album. However, it's the three classic rock standards, the jazzy "Riders On The Storm", the upbeat "Love Her Madly", and the driving title track that are the strongest tracks here. As on their previous albums, Ray Manzarek, John Densmore, and Robby Krieger add the perfect accompaniment to each track whether it's the memorable piano line on "Riders On The Storm", the march drum beat on "L'America", or the gritty guitar solos on the blues tracks. Along with Morrison Hotel and their self-titled debut album, L.A. Woman is among their best work. Highly recommended to all classic rock and blues rock fans.