The Doors: Mr. Mojo Risin': The Story of L.A. Woman
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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.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.25 x 0.5 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Item model number : 2613
- Director : Martin R. Smith
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC
- Run time : 1 hour and 34 minutes
- Release date : January 24, 2012
- Actors : The Doors
- Producers : Jeffrey Jampol
- Studio : Eagle Rock Entertainment
- ASIN : B005DJ62MS
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #115,054 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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If you care anything about a popular culture keystone such as The Doors,you must watch and listen to
this DVD about how this band ended things,early in 1970. I had long been haunted by LA Woman,but never
Now,I know. I was haunted by its greatness,I just couldnt understand it as a younger man.
I was in Paris when Jim died and didnt know til I returned home. Swore I saw him,on July 14,so it just
adds to the mystery.
Watching this DVD helped me so much to get a feel for how things went for everyone,that last album.
It was such a pleasure,hearing from the folks that were there.
Its a compelling story about the end of a wonderful and challenging band that made a permanent impact on
The added bonus is that the music still sounds fantastic. Buy both. Enjoy.
This DVD is not a concert album. It is a collection of music videos, with narrations by Doors band members and people in the music industry. The bonus footage contains interviews about the making of the L.A. Woman album, and it does drag on a bit. You may need to take a few coffee breaks, to help you get through it all the way to the end. This album is something to watch once, and then file it away as a collector's item, to round out a complete collection of Doors material.
In 1965, the band got together, and released their first album, "The Doors" on 4 January, 1967. Unfortunately, the lead singer, Jim Morrison, while taking a vacation break away from the band and the stresses of recording and performing, died in 1971, at the relatively young age of 27 (8 Dec 1943 - 3 Jul 1971), in a Paris bathtub, probably from a combination of alcohol poisoning due to a lifetime of heavy drinking, and a night of snorting heroin with his heroin addicted girlfriend. Thus ended Jim's brief four year recording career. A brief flash of brilliance, and then he was gone, -burned out at an early age. Ah, Jim, we hardly knew ya. Jim recorded a total of six albums with The Doors. The remaining band members recorded two more albums, "Other Voices", on 25 Oct 1971, and "Full Circle", on 15 Aug 1972. Three and a half stars for this DVD.
The documentary has been available on the SMITHSONIAN TV NETWORK for a few months. I was enlightened and moved. My 35 year old nephew is a musician and student of the music and cultural movement as well as the social/political history of the 1960's. Purchased DVD for him for view of creative process, as well as LA WOMAN CD.
One thought that lingers: It appears THE DOORS did their best work as a single unit, embracing each other's contribution. At the same time, the ones that changed it all, THE BEATLES turned out their best and most innovatve work (ABBEY ROAD, SGT. PEPPER, WHITE ALBUM?) while they were barely speaking, sick of each other, and tired with being THE BEATLES.
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. All 4 Doors were excited, especially Jim, to be working with Jerry Scheff, who was bass guitarist for Elvis Presley's TCB band. I'm sure the heavy blues sounds on L.A. Woman came from the addition of these two highly talented guitarists.
Riders On the Storm came from the old cowboy classic Ghost Riders In The Sky, of which I still love the Johnny Cash and other old cowboy versions. The Doors and Botnick dissect the songs for us and let us hear Jim sing with the different rhythms, which is really fantastic. Crawling King Snake, John Lee Hooker's huge hit, really brings out the blues in The Doors. The big bonus on this dvd, is the song, She Smells So Nice- another blues song that I have never heard before- and Jim can sing with the best of the bluesmen on this recording. Robbie tells of writing Love Her Madly based on watching his girlfriend walking out after a fight. The Changeling is truly Jim Morrison's farewell to his life, family and friends here in America, and so sadly to The Doors.
There is plenty of seen-before footage and photos of The Doors- about 70%, but another 30% I have never seen before, and I have everything on The Doors since 1967! The talks about the music and stories I have never heard before, from The Doors, Botnick, Rothchild, Jac Holzman, Bill Siddons and other friends and associates are very interesting. Another great bonus feature is The Doors Guide to L.A.- seeing the places The Doors were at, back in 1971 and now, really added to the dvd. For a Doors fan, this inside look into the making of The Doors last album with Jim Morrison is well worth buying. On this blu-ray's 103 minutes running time, I viewed a good 30% of never been seen before photos and footage, heard stories about 9 of the 10 songs that I have never heard before, got a view of The Doors LA hangouts from both 1971 and how they look now, and got to hear for the first time The Doors song She Smells So Nice- a fabulous blues song that goes well with Crawling King Snake.
This dvd is bittersweet because it would be Jim's last album with the Doors, as after the 4 days of recording, he would join Pam in Paris, never to return, but it also brings a lot of happiness in listening to these great stories from the surviving Doors and the fact that this album was finished in 4 days in a garage type studio is testament to the sheer genius that was and always will be The Doors. I hope the surviving Doors keep making dvd's taking us into the creation of their other albums, as I can never get enough of their pure magic, that even after 40 years is still there!
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