Mr. Mojo Risin': The Making Of L.A. Woman (Blu-ray)
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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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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!
This DVD is an extensive look at the making of the last studio album with Jim Morrison as the lead singer of The Doors. The band went into the studio in December of 1970 to record new tracks. Paul Rothchild had produced the band's last 5 albums but wasn't happy with the new songs, so he quit. The band soldiered on with Bruce Botnick as co-producer and incredibly, the album was recorded in only 4 days, yet became what many consider to be the band's finest effort.
Using archival material, combined with new interviews, we get a very compelling story told by the 3 surviving members of The Doors; John Densmore, Robbie Krieger and Ray Manzarek. I have always believed that Ray was the most instrumental (no pun intended) in creating The Doors distinctive sound and throughout this DVD that assertion is proven every time Ray touches the keyboards. To Robbie and John's credit though, this documentary also highlights how important a part they played in the mystique we've come to recognize as The Doors.
The main documentary is pretty much a song by song accounting of the "L.A. Woman" album, and through additional interviews with Paul Rothchild, band manager Bill Siddons, Elektra Records founder Jac Holzman and Bruce Botnick we learn things about the band and the recording process that we didn't know before: one is that the old Country & Western song "Ghost Riders in the Sky" was the impetus for "Riders on the Storm" and that when Jim wrote and sang "L.A.Read more ›
Well filmed, well edited, good sound quality. The Doors can still play and I find them very enjoyable to listen to; it's often boring to hear bands talking about their music, but not with the Doors. Highly recommended for Doors fans and musicians interested in older classic rock music.
...it's all good.