The Doors - L.A. Woman (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.


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

Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
Product Dimensions : 30.61 x 30.51 x 0.61 cm; 341.9 Grams
Manufacturer : Rhino UK
Manufacturer reference : 8122798655
Original Release Date : 2010
Label : Rhino UK
Number of discs : 1