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L.A. Woman Original recording remastered, Extra tracks, Original recording reissued

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  • Audio CD (March 27 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks, Original recording reissued
  • Label: Rhino-Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000MG1ZGA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  DVD Audio  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 102 customer reviews
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1. The Changeling
2. Love Her Madly
3. Been Down So Long
4. Cars Hiss By My Window
5. L.A. Woman
6. L'america
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)

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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At last, after turning in an excellent but sadly straightforward album with MORRISON HOTEL (see my review), The Doors delve deeper into the blues and come up with this (unknown at the time) swan song. By this time, Morrison's fast lifestyle was rapidly catching up to him; his voice was deteriorating, he was fat, and he looked much older than his years. Morrison could still conjure up vocals reminiscent of the first two records (mainly "Riders on the Storm"). Overall, this world-weary voice fit in perfectly with the blues outfit The Doors had turned themselves into.
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.
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L.A. Woman would be the last album the Doors would record with Jim Morrison before he died in July 1971. When this was recorded, Morrison was in poor health, his voice ravaged from years of excess. The band was rarely playing live, banned from many venues due to Morrison's controversial stage antics. Musical tastes were also changing around this time as singer-songwriters like Carole King and James Taylor and the mellow pop of the Carpenters were dominating the charts.
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.
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I give this album only 4 stars because no Doors album, by itself, is 5-star worthy. However, The Doors' catalog is greater than the sum of its parts; hence, their entire collection deserves 5 stars, without question.
THE POSITIVES: The album is a great blues & rock combination. The Doors played a good amount of blues on the road, and this album finally captures some of that. Morrison's voice is much more gruff-sounding and deep (he sang while in the bathroom on some of the songs, and was smoking 2 packs a day at the time) and the band's sound is more refined, overall. As with 'Morrison Hotel', 'L.A Woman' sounds nothing like the first 3 albums; gone are the special sound effects and over-dubbing (which certainly had their place in the earlier albums). While listening to 'Riders on the Storm', keep in mind that this was the last song on the last album from Jim Morrison. Eerie.
THE NEGATIVES: L'America seems out of place, and is generally not a very good song. Crawling King Snake is ok, but it drags at times and isn't nearly as solid as it was when they performed it live.
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For their last studio album as a foursome, the Doors return to their blues roots in 1971 for the excellent album LA Woman. Longtime producer Paul Rothchild refuses to help in this case, saying the tapes sound like "cocktail music," so the band assumes production duties in collaboration with engineer Bruce Botnick. The title track is a great freeway driving song; unfortunately it was one of the few Doors classics overplayed on classic rock radio. "The WASP (Texas Radio and the Big Beat)" was also overplayed, however John Densmore's pounding drum beat and Ray Manzerak's fabulous organ work still make it memorable. Singer Jim Morrison excels on the blues cuts: on "Been Down So Long," his voice is strong and authoritative, on "Cars Hiss By My Window" (a great Jimmy Reed-style slow blues), he does a great wah-wah vocal effect. Nice! "Riders on the Storm" works so well because both Jim and the band underplay the story of a "killer on the road" to brilliant effect. Excellent piano work by Ray and guitar work by Robbie Krieger on this track. There is even a fantastic cover of John Lee Hooker's "Crawling King Snake," which fits Jim's Lizard King persona to perfection. Absolutely mesmerizing (like a cobra!). Unfortunately, "L'America" and "Hyacinth House" are merely good, not great songs and it is obvious the band needed to recharge their batteries before moving on. Sadly, Jim died in Paris in the summer of 1971 and it was not meant to be. Still, the original Doors left us with six high-quality studio albums of their mystical, penetrating music that is still enjoyed by their fans today. Get this album, you will love it madly.
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