The Doors - L.A. Woman - Rhino Vinyl Repress (1xLP Vinyl)

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L.A. Woman is the sixth studio album by the American rock band the Doors, released on April 19, 1971, on Elektra Records. It is the last to feature lead singer Jim Morrison during his lifetime due to his death three months after the album's release, though he would posthumously appear on the 1978 album An American Prayer. Even more so than its predecessors, the album is heavily influenced by blues. It was recorded without record producer Paul A. Rothchild after he fell out with the group over the perceived lack of quality of their studio performances. Subsequently, the band co-produced the album with longtime sound engineer Bruce Botnick.

Critics Richie Unterberger and David Quantick have both called L.A. Woman one of the Doors' best albums, citing Morrison's vocal performance, and the band's stripped-down return to their blues rock roots.

Pressed on high-quality 180-gram vinyl, this record features the original stereo mixes of L.A. Woman.

This is a special Rhino Vinyl version with various differences:

"The 12" reissue on 180-gram HQ virgin vinyl presents the original stereo mixes, artwork and inner sleeves. The lacquers were cut at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Hollywood, CA under the direct supervision of original Doors producer/engineer Bruce Botnick and Electra Records founder Jac Holzman."

2-color burgundy & black varnish-print sleeve, with radius corners and embossed "Doors" text . The front has a cut-out window with clear acetate, on which the band photo is printed black half-tone. The disc is contained in a yellow radius corner liner, which provides a yellow background to the cover image when inserted into the sleeve. The back of the liner has a black-print 'crucifix' image.

The US and UK releases were initially issued in rounded-corner sleeves with embossed text. The front has a cut-out window with clear acetate, on which the band photo is printed black half-tone. The disc is in a yellow radius-corner liner, which provides background color to the sleeve window image when inserted.

Later sleeves or cover images simply emulate this effect, with no die-cuts and with normal square corners.

 



The final Doors album isn't really the final Doors album - the band would soldier on without Morrison for a couple of years, and provide music to a spoken word album of his poetry in 1978 - but it is the last one the band is willing to stand by. The album is evidence as to why: what made the Doors really stand out from the crowd was the mysterious, wild persona of Jim Morrison himself, which shines through on this album without restraint or remorse to an extent it hadn't done on any previous album by the group.

Musically speaking, the previous album's evocation of their blues-rock roots has progressed to a full fusion of blues and rock, with two longer tracks (L.A. Woman and Riders On the Storm) being standout moments. The playing is decent enough, but the vital spark which really pushes this album to greater heights comes from Morrison himself, who grunts, yells, and roars his way through the material. Dropping the high priest act he'd previously adopted on some tracks, Morrison is less inclined to intone pretentious poetry in a stentorian manner and more inclined to just run wild, a mild change to his performance style which pays off marvellously. It might not be as psychedelic as their earlier work, but the Doors never hit the blues as hard as they did here, and it's an excellent final album from Morrison which deserves your attention.

By: warthur


A1 Changeling 4:20
A2 Love Her Madly 3:18
A3 Been Down So Long 4:40
A4 Cars Hiss By My Window 4:10
A5 L.A. Woman 7:49


B1 L'America 4:35
B2 Hyacinth House 3:10
B3 Crawling King Snake 4:57
B4 The Wasp (Texas Radio & The Big Beat) 4:12
B5 Riders On The Storm 7:14



Credits
Bass – Jerry Scheff
Design Concept [Album Concept], Design – Carl Cossick
Drums – John Densmore
Guitar – Robby Krieger
Lacquer Cut By – BG*
Management [Personal] – Bill Siddons
Photography By, Artwork [Visual Effects] – Wendell Hamick
Piano, Organ – Ray Manzarek
Producer – Bruce Botnick, The Doors
Rhythm Guitar – Marc Benno
Vocals – Jim Morrison
Written-By – The Doors
Notes
Recorded at The Doors Workshop in Los Angeles...

Sticker:
"Featuring the Original Stereo Mixes
Includes
L.A. WOMAN
LOVE HER MADLY
RIDERS ON THE STORM
8122-79865-5
180-GRAM VINYL
RHINO VINYL 0 8122 79865 5 1"

On rear sleeve: Manufactured in the E.U.
On labels: Made in the E.U.

From Rhino Records website: "The 12" reissue on 180-gram HQ virgin vinyl presents the original stereo mixes, artwork and inner sleeves. The lacquers were cut at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Hollywood, CA under the direct supervision of original Doors producer/engineer Bruce Botnick and Electra Records founder Jac Holzman."

2-color burgundy & black varnish-print sleeve, with radius corners and embossed "Doors" text . The front has a cut-out window with clear acetate, on which the band photo is printed black half-tone. The disc is contained in a yellow radius corner liner, which provides a yellow background to the cover image when inserted into the sleeve. The back of the liner has a black-print 'crucifix' image.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
Barcode (Printed): 0 81227 98655 1
Barcode (Scanned): 081227986551
Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, etched): 16021.1(3)··· BG RH1-74881-6 A B 969712-01 A₁
Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, etched): 16021.2(3)··· BG RH1-74881-6 B B 969712-01 B₁
Label Code: LC02982