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Mr. Mojo Risin': The Making Of L.A. Woman (Blu-ray)

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  • Directors: The Doors
  • Format: Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Universal Music Canada
  • Release Date: Jan. 24 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005DJ62L4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #52,116 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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"Mr. Mojo Risin': The Story of L.A. Woman'" is the story of the making of the Doors' last album with Jim Morrison "L.A. Woman". 2011 is the 40th anniversary of the album's release and this program goes into detail of how the album came about, its recording and what was happening to the band at the time. The story is told through new interviews with the three surviving Doors: Ray Manzarek, Robbie Krieger and John Densmore plus contributions from Jac Holzman, founder of their label Elektra Records, Bill Siddons, who was their manager, Bruce Botnick, engineer and co-producer of the album and others associated with the Doors at this time. The show includes archive footage of the Doors performing both live and in the studio, classic photographs and new musical demonstrations from the Doors.

Bonus Features: Additional interviews not featured in the broadcast version.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Bieth TOP 50 REVIEWER on Jan. 25 2012
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If you have watched or picked up any of the Classic album doc's you basically know how this documentary is set up. It is a "Classic Album" Doc. Without the title. They take you thru the recording of L.A. Woman track by track. I am a Door's fan but not a fanatic. I buy the releases as they come out but don't collect bootlegs or anything like that. That being said I never saw any footage in this Doc. That I have not seen before. Most of the stories have been told at least a dozen times over the years. I am guessing the Doors Vault is running dry (there is a lot of film of them out there which is not common for that time period). Over all well done doc. Even if it doesn't offer much new information. The one thing I think the film points out is how big a part the other three members were to the doors sound. I really feel that John Densmore should be recognized for the cutting edge drummer he was. In the rock world I can't think of anyone that plays like him.
If your a fan of the Doors and this record (I think it was their best) I am sure you will enjoy this documentary. It's done by numbers but the subject material is still interesting to this day!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TRUTH HURTS on Jan. 18 2014
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The sound is amazing. The footage is amazing. Interviews from people who knew the Doors and the remaining Doors members themselves make this a must have for those who are still trying to break on through to the other side.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
Inside Story Of THE DOORS Only Garage Album- L.A. Woman Jan. 28 2012
By Tante Maren - Published on
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Forty years ago in 1971, I bought L.A.Woman, and as all Doors fans back then, was completely blown away by their yet- another amazing sound. As like the Classic Albums dvd THE DOORS from 2008, this dvd also takes us into the making of the Doors L.A. Woman, with amazing stories and footage. The surviving Doors John Densmore, Ray Manzarek and Robbie Krieger tell us the stories behind 9 of their 10 songs- The Changeling, Been Down So Long, Crawling King Snake, Love Her Madly, L.A. Woman, The WASP (Texas Radio And The Big Beat), Riders On The Storm, Cars Hiss By My Window and Hyacinth House. The only song not covered is L'America.

Jim Morrison was and would never be the same after the Miami arrest, and his lyrics on this album especially attest to that fact. When The Doors went to begin recording this album at the Sunset Sound Studios in LA, Paul Rothchild didn't like one sound they were playing and walked out saying he would not record any of it. Paul Rothchild recorded all The Doors albums, so this really came as a shock to all of them. Bruce Botnick ignored Rothchild's walk out and took The Doors to their rehearsal studio and asked if they had anything else to record. As always, Jim and Robbie always had plenty of material for songs.

Unlike being in the Elektra Studio at Sunset Sound, where it took dozens of takes ending up in weeks or months to get the songs just right for one album, The Doors finished this album in their rehearsal studio on Santa Monica Blvd. in 4 days! All the songs were finished after one or two takes, making this a true garage band album. Bruce Botnick brought in some extra talent with Jerry Scheff on bass guitar and Marc Benno on rhythm guitar. All 4 Doors were excited, especially Jim, to be working with Jerry Scheff, who was bass guitarist for Elvis Presley's TCB band. I'm sure the heavy blues sounds on L.A. Woman came from the addition of these two highly talented guitarists.

Riders On the Storm came from the old cowboy classic Ghost Riders In The Sky, of which I still love the Johnny Cash and other old cowboy versions. The Doors and Botnick dissect the songs for us and let us hear Jim sing with the different rhythms, which is really fantastic. Crawling King Snake, John Lee Hooker's huge hit, really brings out the blues in The Doors. The big bonus on this dvd, is the song, She Smells So Nice- another blues song that I have never heard before- and Jim can sing with the best of the bluesmen on this recording. Robbie tells of writing Love Her Madly based on watching his girlfriend walking out after a fight. The Changeling is truly Jim Morrison's farewell to his life, family and friends here in America, and so sadly to The Doors.

There is plenty of seen-before footage and photos of The Doors- about 70%, but another 30% I have never seen before, and I have everything on The Doors since 1967! The talks about the music and stories I have never heard before, from The Doors, Botnick, Rothchild, Jac Holzman, Bill Siddons and other friends and associates are very interesting. Another great bonus feature is The Doors Guide to L.A.- seeing the places The Doors were at, back in 1971 and now, really added to the dvd. For a Doors fan, this inside look into the making of The Doors last album with Jim Morrison is well worth buying. On this blu-ray's 103 minutes running time, I viewed a good 30% of never been seen before photos and footage, heard stories about 9 of the 10 songs that I have never heard before, got a view of The Doors LA hangouts from both 1971 and how they look now, and got to hear for the first time The Doors song She Smells So Nice- a fabulous blues song that goes well with Crawling King Snake.

This dvd is bittersweet because it would be Jim's last album with the Doors, as after the 4 days of recording, he would join Pam in Paris, never to return, but it also brings a lot of happiness in listening to these great stories from the surviving Doors and the fact that this album was finished in 4 days in a garage type studio is testament to the sheer genius that was and always will be The Doors. I hope the surviving Doors keep making dvd's taking us into the creation of their other albums, as I can never get enough of their pure magic, that even after 40 years is still there!
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Great look at the making of a great album Jan. 29 2012
By TheBandit - Published on
Format: Blu-ray
I loved this documentary, with as some others have said is basically the same style as the Classic Albums series. It's an hour long, but the bonus features run a total of forty or so minutes - which really adds value to the release. I immediately went to check out the newly rediscovered song recorded during the album sessions: "She Smells So Nice." Don't expect much if you haven't heard it yet, but it was still a fun piece of history to hear. It's basically a blues jam with what sounds like improvised lyrics (with unfortunate distortion marring the vocal track).

But the main documentary goes through the album, song by song (minus "L'America" for some weird reason), with the surviving Doors offering lots of interesting anecdotes. They also - separately - play their individual parts for some of the songs, which is cool. Producer Bruce Botnick isolates separate tracks from the master tapes - allowing the viewer to hear portions of some songs with just one instrument, unaccompanied. I actually wish there was more of that. Fans will recognize most of the old vintage footage of the band performing, and I wasn't wild about the few scenes where they attempted to sort of sync L.A. Woman songs with older performance footage.

Over all, if you love the Doors and especially the L.A. Woman album, you should check out this documentary. The music sounds awesome on Blu-ray in 5.1 surround sound too.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The surround sound blu ray version is phenomenal Nov. 27 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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I find it odd that I have seen no one review the audio quality of the Blu Ray production. I actually got a taste of it on DirecTv History Channel tonight and the clarity combined with the surround mix was great. I have several hundred Concert DVDs, Blu Rays, CDs and HD recordings and this recording is right up there in the top 5 for quality. I played and watched it on a McIntosh audio system in my home theater and it was stunning. I started played this early in the morning when the family was in bed and I had to watch/listen to the whole thing until 2:00AM because it was that good. Kudos to Doug Sax and Bruce Botnick for compiling an acoustical rock and roll gem along with great visuals and interspection on a legendary American rock band all on one High Definition Blu Ray disk. I have ordered this blu ray disk and the other multichannel Doors albums on SACD. Really looking forward to a little time travel back to the 60s............
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Mr. Mojo Risin' Sept. 27 2013
By Jon the Librarian - Published on
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I am an avid Doors fan. I had no idea this DVD existed until recently.
Any Doors fan will thoroughly enjoy it, if only because it reinforces
your strong belief that the Doors are one of the greatest rock groups of all time.
I am extremely happy with this DVD May 2 2015
By Shane B. - Published on
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I am extremely happy with this DVD. What I liked the most was the views of Ray, Robby, and John giving insight, and first hand knowledge of the experiences all four of them shared. It wasn't a documentary by a director who wasn't there at the time. I know these people do their research, however, it's not the same when somebody tells a story and leaves out details that are more important to draw attention and dramatize the troubled times more so then elaborate on the good things that happened while the band was together from beginning to end. All three band mates, alive at the time of making this documentary were there and the accounts of how the four worked so well together is refreshing instead of depressing. Very well put together and thought out.

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