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

the Doors , The Doors Audio CD
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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

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Deluxe two CD edition, released to coincide with the 40th Anniversary of this iconic album. This release features a never-before-heard song, 'She Smells So Nice', which captures the band--organist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger, drummer John Densmore and late singer Jim Morrison joyfully barreling through a full-throttle original before segueing into the Blues standard 'Rock Me'. The track was recently discovered by producer Bruce Botnick while reviewing the L.A. Woman session tapes. In addition to 'She Smells So Nice', the second disc includes eight never-before-heard versions of songs offering a fresh view on this landmark album, which was the group s sixth straight Top 10. The studio chatter between the songs is a revelation, transporting listeners to The Doors Workshop: the West Hollywood rehearsal space where they recorded the album with Botnick. One segment in particular captures a fascinating moment of inspiration when Morrison suggests they add the now-iconic thunderstorm sound effects to the beginning of 'Riders On The Storm'.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doors LA Woman 40th Anniversary Reissue Nov. 6 2011
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Fantastic remix!!!!! I really enjoy the info fr. the expanded liner notes. I would have like to see more bonus tracks, preferably some unreleased live versions or outtakes. One of the best Doors albums that was almost never completed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is more like it. July 13 2004
Format:Audio CD
After some lemons The Doors give us a peach. This is probably the album they would've wanted "Strange Days" to be. This is alot more polished than thier first album, but still has a dark haunting sound. "Riders On The Storm" has become one of my favorites as it's got a thunderstorm in the mix( I can listen to them all day, "LAmerica" has a Sabbath riff written all over it one of Morrison's better trances he's been under, The rest of the songs are hit and miss, but after 4 studio albums that didn't follow up from thier debut this is a far cry better. With the maturity on this album it makes me wonder what would've happened had Morrison not have died.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Lizard King's last hurrah June 21 2004
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The Doors' sixth album L.A. Woman was released in April of 1971. The album was the band's last with original frontman Jim Morrison. The album was recorded after the band was banned from touring across much of the country after Jim got arrested for a disputed indecent exposure incident in Miami in 1969. As a result, the band went in the studio with producer Paul Rothchild to record L.A. Woman. However, the band played through the run throughs of each track badly that Paul was bored to tears and walked out. As a result, engineer Bruce Botnick agreed to co-produce with the band and record at The Doors' Workshop. The result, a kick ass album. Songs like the opening The Changeling, the Top 20 hit Love Her Madly, the title cut, The WASP(Texas Radio and the Big Beat), Been Down So Long and the closing Riders on the Storm showed the band at their best. The album was a huge Top 10 hit and monster seller but unfortunately, Jim Morrison passed away in July of 1971 in Paris but there are some reports that he may have faked his death as no one save his wife saw him when he passed, she would pass away in 1974 from a heroin overdose. This album is still a classic, even today. I first got this album on cassette when I was 10 and it still kicks ass today, especially the 2000 reissue from Elektra with the remastered/repackaged sticker on the sleeve. Highly recommended!
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By Mike London TOP 100 REVIEWER
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm the Crawlin' King Snake and I RULE MY DEN! May 20 2004
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Format:Audio CD
What are you doin', stop reading this review and buy the cd, the best album ever made, thats right I said it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Adios Jimmy. Sorry to see you go. April 1 2004
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L.A. Woman, the last of the Doors studio albums is perhaps their best. The songs are rad, yeah. Whatever, it gets me off. However, fans should know this: if you go into the bathroom and chant 'Mr. Mojo Risin' five times Jimmy will appear and stab all of your enemies. Now, go buy this album and exact your revenge.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Feb. 25 2004
Format:Audio CD
If you like the Doors this is the CD for you. You can't beat Jim Morrison in the capacity he was born to play: the blues.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jim Morrison's swan song Jan. 31 2004
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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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