LA Woman was the sixth and final studio album The Doors. Jim Morrison died shortly after its release in 1971. The band split with long-time producer Paul A. Rothchild leaving engineer Bruce Botnick to co-produce with the band. Along with the jazzy blues rock of the title track it features Love Her Madly, Been Down So Long and Riders On The Storm.
Vinyl LP £27.49 0081227986551
180g vinyl reissue LP on Rhino.
7/10 Penrith Steve 19th February 2016
The Doors sound more like a blues-rock outfit than they ever did on “LA Woman”. It opens with “Changeling” which has quite a vicious blues-rock crunch and chugging rhythm, one of their better album tracks. For me, however, the album tracks aren’t much more than filler here, the real stars are the tracks that have appeared on myriad of Doors “best ofs” over the years. The title track has a progressive blues groove, “Love Her Madly”, penned by guitarist Robbie Krieger has a jazz-pop bounce, but the icing on the cake is “Riders On The Storm”, a soft, jazzy, laid back track that matches Morrison’s ominous croon perfectly.
9/10 Micky Most 18th February 2016
This is the Doors album I still actually play and it's their best if you don't count An American Prayer. It's as stinky and funky as Jim's boots. Jazz flecked blues rock where the Doors show their musical chops and the addition of having Jerry Sheffield on bass thickens the sound. I bought a golden oldies 7" of 'Riders' / "L.A. Woman" as a kid and the latter still gives me shivers every time I hear the car and organ throbbed intro. There's less doors of perception nonsense and more of a sense of getting down. They sound relaxed and well rehearsed and grown up even if it still retains touches of Ray's carousel tinkling. Such a pity there isn't more product from this period cos it feels like they were just hitting their stride.
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