- Audio CD (January 24, 2012)
- 40th Anniversary Edition edition
- Original Release Date: January 24, 2012
- Number of Discs: 2
- Label: Elektra
- ASIN: B0069GRIHW
- Average Customer Review: 417 customer reviews
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Fans of iconic rock band THE DOORS are in for something special. The group s final album--1971 s L.A. WOMAN, with the signature hits L.A. Woman, Love Her Madly and Riders On The Storm --is being celebrated with a special two-CD release from Rhino.
The L.A. WOMAN 40th anniversary edition (Rhino 2-CD) features a never-before-heard song, She Smells So Nice, which captures the band--organist RAY MANZAREK, guitarist ROBBY KRIEGER, drummer JOHN DENSMORE and late singer JIM MORRISON--joyfully barreling through a full-throttle original before segueing into the blues standard Rock Me. As the song closes, Morrison can be heard chanting, Mr. Mojo Risin --an anagram of his name that was made famous during the bridge of L.A. Woman. The track was recently discovered by producer Bruce Botnick while reviewing the L.A. WOMAN session tapes.
In addition to She Smells So Nice, the second disc of the L.A. WOMAN reissue includes eight never-before-heard versions of songs from the album. Alternate takes of L.A. Woman, Love Her Madly and Riders On The Storm offer a fresh view on this landmark album, which was the group s sixth straight Top 10. The studio chatter between the songs is a revelation, transporting listeners to The Doors Workshop: the West Hollywood rehearsal space where they recorded the album with Botnick. One segment in particular captures a fascinating moment of inspiration when Morrison suggests they add the now-iconic thunderstorm sound effects to the beginning of Riders On The Storm.
Rhino will also release L.A. WOMAN: THE WORKSHOP SESSIONS, a double LP featuring all of the previously unreleased material found on the CD collection on three sides of vinyl, with the fourth side featuring a laser etching of the original "Electric Woman" art originally included with the L.A. WOMAN album.
Mr. Mojo Risin : The Story of L.A. Woman (Eagle Rock Entertainment DVD/Blu-ray) is told through new interviews with MANZAREK, KRIEGER and DENSMORE as well as Elektra Records founder JAC HOLZMAN, original manager Bill Siddons, engineer/co-producer Bruce Botnick and others. The high-definition video also features live and studio performances as well as rare archival photos. This fascinating documentary contains rare footage of THE DOORS in the studio and on stage. The documentary was made with the full involvement, approval and cooperation of THE DOORS.
The Year of The Doors will be marked by other special releases, with details to be announced soon.
L.A. WOMAN marked THE DOORS swan song, as MORRISON would pass away a few months after its release. At the time, Rolling Stone s Robert Meltzer called it The Doors greatest album...A landmark worthy of dancing in the streets (5/27/71). The first band to release eight consecutive platinum albums, THE DOORS were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1993 and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2007.
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Miraculously, on "L.A. Woman" the dark elements and the bluesy rock are synthesized to form a final album anyone would be proud of (and it is beautifully remixed like the other 5). On "The Changeling", Jim's gruff, boozy vocal is perfect for someone who is living on the edge. Likewise, "Been Down So Long" and "Crawling King Snake" are nothin' but mean, evil blues at its best, featuring Robbie's awesome guitar work. There's more blues in "Cars Hiss By My Window", but it is calmer, more traditional. The title song is a rock classic among rock classics; Jim goes through quite a workout and it sounds like he made a few pit stops along the way to complete the track. "Love Her Madly", a big radio hit, "L'america" and "Hyacinth House" remind me of the early psychedelic Doors. "Riders On The Storm" is very commercial and benign musically when compared to the other tracks, but lyrically, who except The Doors could have come up with the line "...If you give this man a ride, sweet memory will die..."?
There are 2 bonus tracks. "Orange County Suite" is slow and bluesy, not really remarkable but not bad, and "(You Need Meat) Don't Go No Further" is standard old school blues-rock with appropriately suggestive lyrics.
With only 6 studio albums, The Doors managed to establish quite a legacy. I regard them as the premier American rock band (The Byrds are a close second), on a level with The Beatles and The Stones, although certainly less prolific due to circumstances.