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The final album with Jim Morrison in the lineup is by far their most blues-oriented, and the singer's poetic ardor is undiminished, though his voice sounds increasingly worn and craggy on some numbers. Actually, some of the straight blues items sound kind of turgid, but that's more than made up for by several cuts that rate among their finest and most disturbing work. The seven-minute title track was a car-cruising classic that celebrated both the glamour and seediness of Los Angeles; the other long cut, the brooding, jazzy "Riders on the Storm," was the group at its most melodic and ominous. It and the far bouncier "Love Her Madly" were hit singles, and "The Changeling" and "L'America" count as some of their better little-heeded album tracks. An uneven but worthy finale from the original quartet.
Performance CreditsDoors Primary Artist
Curtis Amy Saxophone
Jim Morrison Vocals
Marc Benno Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Ray Manzarek Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals
John Densmore Drums
Jerry Scheff Bass
Robby Krieger Guitar
Technical CreditsJohn Lee Hooker Composer
Jim Morrison Composer
Ray Manzarek Composer
John Densmore Composer
Bruce Botnick Producer
Wendell Hamick Visual Effects Designer
Bill Siddons Management
Carl Cossick Concept
Robby Krieger Composer
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L.A. Woman based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
"L.A. Woman" is my favorite Doors album for many reasons. I'll try to explain some of them here. First of all, the production is great. Bruce Botnick got a great, thick sound out of the band that I think Paul Rothchild couldn't match. I know many fans will find this statement blasphemous, since Rothchild produced all the other albums, but it's just more in tune with my personal taste. Secondly, the songs are great. "L.A. Woman" is just a batch of decent songs that happen to flow very well together as an album. The patchiness of albums like "Waiting For the Sun" is nowhere to be found. Thirdly, I love the blues, and therefore I love the musical stylings of this record. Whereas "Morrison Hotel" sounded like an underproduced white blues band, "L.A. Woman" gets the sound right and makes the Doors sound like a black blues band. In my opinion, of course. So pick it up if your a Doors fan. I don't listen to them as much as I used to, but when I do, this is the album I return to most often. By the way, the lyric in my headline is a clue as to where Morrision laid down the vocals for this record.....
jim morrison was a god. this cd is amazing
L.A.WOMAN was, of course, the final studio album of The Doors before Morrison's death. It came out in April '71 and exceeded both critics' and buyers' expectations in wild new instrumentation, terrific melodies and brilliant song lyrics. There are a couple of throwaways, in my opinion (Crawling King Snake, for example); however, the title song ''L.A. Woman'' absolutely blows away the listener with Morrison's vocal ferocity and the surging crecendo finale. Manzarek and Krieger never played better than on this song. The remaining songs on the album are melodic, blues-driven and hard-edged numbers ( especially the song ''The WASP''), and , finally, the album seems rounded out by the soft and beautifully executed ''Riders on the Storm.'' I think The Doors were the greatest American rock group--Buffalo Springfield, Beach Boys, and Byrds right behind them. Groups like Aerosmith, Eagles, Kiss are junk compared with the talent of The Doors.
The Doors were known for their use of the keyboard in their music as the focal instrument. It remains the same here, only it seems as though the music is more emotional and deeper. Every song on this album is a classic there is not a single bad song or any filler at all. From start to finish it will blow your mind away. Riders on the Storm is my favorite Doors song, L.A. Woman is simply amazing, and Love Her Madly was a great single. They also have their bluesy side to them in songs like Been Down So Long, which is also great. There is nothing about this album that I could change to make it better.
The Doors recorded this album fasterthan they did on previous albums. Technically it was simplier than Morrison Hotel and Waiting for the Sun, which took forever to record.This was the reason for the more blues related songs. Love Her Madly was a great choice for a single and it did well on the charts for that reason. LA Women has a nice blues sound to it. L'America is great lirically and Jims voice sounds excellent on this track. Hyacintch is one of the saddest songs Jim ever wrote I think, if you really understand what the lyrics mean. The last track, Riders on the Storm was a good choice for a second single even though it had to be cut a little bit, because it ran too long. Over all this is some of the best work by the one of the greatest bands of all time. If you don't have this album in your collection you need to get it.