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L.A. Woman [Import]

The DoorsAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (305 customer reviews)

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With an intoxicating, genre-blending sound, provocative and uncompromising songs, and the mesmerizing power of singer Jim Morrison's poetry and presence, the Doors had a transformative impact not only on popular music but on popular culture.

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  • Audio CD (March 27, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 1971
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000MG1ZGA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (305 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,316 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Changeling
2. Love Her Madly
3. Been Down So Long
4. Cars Hiss By My Window
5. L.A. Woman
6. L'america
7. Hyacinth House
8. Crawling King Snake
9. The Wasp (Texas Radio And The Big Beat)
10. Riders On The Storm
11. Orange County Suite (Bonus)
12. (You Need Meat) Don't Go No Further (Bonus)

Editorial Reviews

1971's L.A. WOMAN, released shortly before Morrison's death in Paris, went to #9 and delivered the signature songs "Love Her Madly," "Riders On The Storm," and the title track. In-depth liner notes by Ben Fong-Torres. Two bonus tracks including "Orange County Suite" and "(You Don't Need Meat) Don't Go No Further."

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83 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Doors Masterpiece April 2, 2007
Format:Audio CD
For all reading this review I am referring to the March 2007 re-release of this milestone album. It was remastered and remixed as part of the 4oth anniversary Doors celebration. In the liner notes it is stated that the remaing Doors used the original master tapes, and remixed them to reveal subtleties not revealed in any previous release of this cd (They've done the same for all six studio albums) . The result is astounding. Morrisons voice cuts you like a knife, Manzareks keyboards are front and center, and you can hear the details of Kriegers' very focused playing. Certain songs have extra time on them. For example, the fade on "Love Her Madly" extends a bit more, and you hear a previously unreleased part of the original intro to "LA Woman". The sheer clarity of the recording reveals that "Riders on the storm" is even errier than when we first heard it back in 1971. This release of LA Woman is THE definitive version for anyone who loves the Doors. It's a rock/blues drenched masterpiece that transcends time, and its remix is simply amazing. I wish Jim were here to listen to it ....he'd be smiling for sure.
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96 of 102 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The near-definitive version of an essential album January 24, 2012
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
It's getting annoying, isn't it -- the endless parade of rereleases, remasters, and repackagings designed to bleed music fans with the promise of something new from a long-gone band?

Reluctantly, I checked this album out on a streaming service. I wasn't about to part with another dollar to re-re-re-buy this middle-aged album without a good reason. I had the thing on vinyl, for cripes' sake. Then two CD versions, including the "Perception" box set... and now this.

If you don't own a version of this album, and if you like the Doors at all, you must jump on this. And even if you do own a previous version, this edition is well worth it.

Why? Well, if you don't own this album, you're missing a major shift in the Doors' direction, from sinuous adolescent psychedelia to boozy desert blues. It's not an easy shift for the listener to make; it took me easily 20 years of Doors fandom to really come around to this album after cutting my teeth on the poppy "Waiting for the Sun" and the hallucinatory "The Soft Parade" and all. I get it now. I'm glad I waited it out.

And if you do own the album, I recommend you grit your teeth and spring for this edition (perhaps vowing, like me, that this will be the VERY LAST time you pay for this music).

Why? First, it sounds great. Bright enough to hear all the instruments clearly, but not so bright that it sounds "modern." Let's face it, the warm sound of the music of this era is a major part of its attraction. No weird, forced stereo separation; no strange emphasis on any instrument or vocal; it's just pleasant to listen to.

And now -- you need alternate versions? Don't go no further. The second half of this reissue is chock full of truly wonderful alternate takes that I personally had never heard.
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78 of 89 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Doors finest album April 1, 2005
Format:Audio CD
The Doors final album with Jim Morrison (they would go on to record two more albums as a trio), remains their masterpiece and belongs in every rock collection. From start to finish, the album is brilliant. It was the Doors at their absolute best. The Doors previous albums ranged from very good to classic, but their sixth album "L.A. Woman" was their crown jewel.

It's common for most bands to start out playing the blues and then evolve into a musical style/idenity all their own. In this sense, the Doors sort of evolved backwards. They started out playing crazy, psychedelic music, and then ended their career playing the blues.

"L.A. Woman" is a very bluesy album. It's not pure blues (B.B. King, Leadbelly), but it's rock tinged with blues. The band never sounded better. To be sure, the Doors albums were always terrific, but they sounded most at home with the blues. Playing blues rock brought out the best in all the Doors members. Ray Manzarek (organ) and Robby Krieger's (guitar) solos worked perfectly against a blues backdrop. Drummer John Densmore's jazzy style was also well suited for the blues.

As for Jim Morrison...I think the Jim Morrison of 1967 was best suited to sing psychedelic acid rock. His ultra-cool swagger and showmanship was the ultimate voice for such music. But the Jim Morrison of 1971 was a much different person. In four years, Morrison aged a lifetime. In 1967, he sounded and looked 23. In 1971, he looked and sounded like an old man. It's hard to believe that the same voice that sang "Light My Fire" sang "Riders on the Storm" only four years later. On "L.A. Woman," Morrison sounds worn and tired, but it matched the bluesy-jazzy downbeat music perfectly. Morrison's finest poetry was also in this swan song. Noting too obscure or bizarre to be found.
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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
"L.A. Woman" is the final album put together by the Doors before the death of Jim Morrison and what is so striking about it for me is how the two best tracks, the title one and "Riders of the Storm," are so different from the rest of what is on the album. Contrasting the start of those tracks with the opening song on the album, "The Changeling," and they are like night and day. Most of the rest of this 1971 album is really blues oriented, with "Love Her Madly" clearly being the best of the bunch, and some of the rest being instantly forgettable. I think it is obvious that the band was trying to get back their credibility after veering too far in the direction of pop for a couple of albums, with "Morrison Hotel" and this one righting those wrongs. But since a few of these songs are pretty forgettable, "L.A. Woman" is an album that is caught between a 4 and a 5 but you have to round up given how good its two best songs end up being.

My two favorite parts of Oliver Stone's movie "The Doors" is when we hear Ray Manzarek in the background fooling around on the organ until he gets the bit for "Light My Fire" right and the end credits with the tracking shot showing the record of "L.A. Woman," with Val Kilmer's Morrison taking advantage of the great acoustics in the bathroom. For years when I was driving back from the Twin Cities and coming up the final hills before being able to see the lights of home, to wit the "city of lights," "L.A. Woman" was the song I would play in the car because it perfectly suited the moment.

Since the track opens with the sound of an accelerating car engine it is easy to see why the songs is associated with driving.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT IS NOT TO LIKE ABOUT THE DOORS?
Like everything else they did, this is another outstanding performance by The Doors. As a rabid fan from the very first time I heard them, back in the early sixties, I am... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Julio M. Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars play this all the time
I have not stop playing this since I received it , it's just wonderful music to jam too,and dance too.
Published 13 days ago by ANGELA NANCE
5.0 out of 5 stars L.A. Woman
Brand new. Mint condition. Gold.

Absolutely love it. It plays like glass. Jim Morrison is a god amongst mere mortals.
Published 18 days ago by Grant P.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Doors go out with a BANG!!!
if you take even jimi or janis or nick drake, by the time they died their talent was only a glimmer of their earlier brilliance. Read more
Published 1 month ago by N. Chandran
5.0 out of 5 stars doors
great packaging wonderful item from years gone past brings back many memories great for a collector won't have to search through hard to find record stores or retail shops to find... Read more
Published 1 month ago by robert w babington
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING SOUNDS QUALITY ON VINYL.
THIS IS MY FAVORITE ALBUM BY THE DOORS -- I BOUGHT IT SPECIFICALLY FOR THE SONG, "CARS HISS BY MY WINDOW" ... SO AMAZING, AND SUCH GREAT SOUND QUALITY. Read more
Published 1 month ago by James
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad...
I didn't find anything outstanding here. Most of the songs kind of just go by. The doors were an excellent band but all of their songs were not excellent.
Published 1 month ago by Chris Francz
4.0 out of 5 stars Great but......
Not enough hits by the Doors. Music mix / split is good. Expected more hits. Great quality. Good for a true Doors fan
Published 1 month ago by Anthony Kulakusky
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of their LPs.
Jim is at his best in this album. Music and lyrics are fabulous. Jim's voice is as I remember back in the day. Read more
Published 1 month ago by David Belfry
5.0 out of 5 stars christmas present for husband
My husband is very happy. He likes the CD very much. Happy that I found it at such a reasonable price.
Published 2 months ago by Anna Phillips
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The terms "Advanced Resolution" is used on many DVD-Audio discs and can use a variety of sampling rates and bit depths. I own the LA Woman DVD-A disc that was released some years ago, and going from memory, it has a 96/24 5.1 mix and a 192/24 stereo mix. This particular CD is 44/16... Read more
Apr 20, 2011 by Rushead 2112-Hemispheres |  See all 2 posts
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