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L.A. Woman (40th Anniversary Edition) Deluxe Edition, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
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|8. Crawling King Snake|
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|1. The Changeling*|
|2. Love Her Madly*|
|3. Cars Hiss By My Window*|
|4. L.A. Woman*|
|5. The WASP (Texas Radio And The Big Beat)*|
|6. Been Down So Long*|
|7. Riders On The Storm*|
|8. She Smells So Nice|
|9. Rock Me|
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'.
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 the LP Record edition.
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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 ›
Another major thing about this particular album is (for me) the obvious impact it had on much that followed. This is true of Morrison contemporaries like Sting, I believe, who must surely have immersed himself in this particular album and probably lapped up most of the Doors' production. It is also true of groups like Midnight Oil, in whose musical evolution in the 80s and 90s you can clearly see some Doors' influence. "L. A. Woman" has been called a commercial album at times, no doubt because of the success of so many individual tracks, but for my money, it's far from being that. It remains one of the most original pieces from a period that was literally exploding with talent and the proof really is in how well it is standing up now, thirty years later. It's an album that was well ahead of its time.
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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The alt tracks on LA Woman's 40th anniversary edition are a great bonus, surprisingly resilient and fresh. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
O. M. G.
this is the BEST version of this album that i have EVER heard ….. on any format.
Analogue Productions have done this right. Read more
Great album.Jim's voice sounds alot deeper on this album-perfect for singing the blues.I bought the old version of this CD.Gonna buy the 2 disc vetsion next. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Sheila
I have this album on vinyl from the very first go round , but this new issue is worth having for the alternate versions of some songs
and a couple of " new " ones. Read more
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. Read morePublished on Nov. 6 2011 by Russian Bear