Bonus Features: Additional interviews not featured in the broadcast version.
The Doors: Mr. Mojo Risin': The Story of L.A. Woman [Blu-Ray]
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Jim Morrison was and would never be the same after the Miami arrest, and his lyrics on this album especially attest to that fact. When The Doors went to begin recording this album at the Sunset Sound Studios in LA, Paul Rothchild didn't like one sound they were playing and walked out saying he would not record any of it. Paul Rothchild recorded all The Doors albums, so this really came as a shock to all of them. Bruce Botnick ignored Rothchild's walk out and took The Doors to their rehearsal studio and asked if they had anything else to record. As always, Jim and Robbie always had plenty of material for songs.
Unlike being in the Elektra Studio at Sunset Sound, where it took dozens of takes ending up in weeks or months to get the songs just right for one album, The Doors finished this album in their rehearsal studio on Santa Monica Blvd. in 4 days! All the songs were finished after one or two takes, making this a true garage band album. Bruce Botnick brought in some extra talent with Jerry Scheff on bass guitar and Marc Benno on rhythm guitar.Read more ›
"The Doors Mr. Mojo Risin': The Making of L.A. Woman" tells the story of the making of The Doors seminal album, "L.A. Woman". Relying on mostly footage taken from The Doors documentary, "Feast of Friends", (that was shot in the 60's and has been used for most other video projects since then) and new interviews with the surviving members of The Doors, including Bruce Botnick, and Paul Rothchild explaining why he decided not to produce L.A. Woman (every previous Doors album was produced by Rothchild) and exactly which song he considered "cocktail music". Other interviews include Morrison's film school friend, Frank Lisciandro, early Doors advocate DJ, Jim Ladd and music journalists, Ben Fong-Torres and David Fricke.
"Mr. Mojo Risin' is a good mixture of discussions of the songs and putting "L.A. Woman" in the cultural context of the times when it was recorded and released without getting bogged down in the technicalities of either.
All the songs on "L.A. Woman" are discussed in the film with the exception of "L'America", but interesting facts and stories surrounding the genesis and recording are included, with demonstrations by The Doors on their instrumental contributions. Ray Manzarek tells of how Jerry Scheff, who played bass for Elvis Presley, got involved in the recording and of the contortions he had to got through to play the bass lines Manzarek showed him.Read more ›
But the main documentary goes through the album, song by song (minus "L'America" for some weird reason), with the surviving Doors offering lots of interesting anecdotes. They also - separately - play their individual parts for some of the songs, which is cool. Producer Bruce Botnick isolates separate tracks from the master tapes - allowing the viewer to hear portions of some songs with just one instrument, unaccompanied. I actually wish there was more of that. Fans will recognize most of the old vintage footage of the band performing, and I wasn't wild about the few scenes where they attempted to sort of sync L.A. Woman songs with older performance footage.
Over all, if you love the Doors and especially the L.A. Woman album, you should check out this documentary. The music sounds awesome on Blu-ray in 5.1 surround sound too.
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Although not advertised as being part of the "Classic Albums" series of DVD's, which already has a DVD on the Door's debut album (which is equally as good as this one),... Read morePublished 5 months ago by From the Musician's Pen
Special peek into the last arrow that flew. Classic stuff.Published 6 months ago by Dana birthstone
Ok, there are some dubbed in shots of Jim, but a great video overall for any doors fanPublished 10 months ago by Jim Kepler
Lifelong Doors devotee,so indulge me for a minute.
If you care anything about a popular culture keystone such as The Doors,you must watch and listen to
this DVD about how... Read more
I am extremely happy with this DVD. What I liked the most was the views of Ray, Robby, and John giving insight, and first hand knowledge of the experiences all four of them... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Shane B.