CD Album: L.A. Woman
Author: The Doors
Tracks: CD1: 10,
Length: CD1 48:29
Released: 24th January 2012
Every rock-lover has only to do one thing: close his eyes and listen to it – a scratching voice will drag you in a journey from which it will be difficult to emerge.
Elektra released a new re-mastered version of “L.A. Woman”, the last album by the Doors, to celebrate the 40th Anniversary, on 24th January.
The new release is composed of two CDs – the first is a copy of the original track-list, where it is impossible not to recognize immortal songs such as “L.A. Woman”, and “Riders on the storm”.
The second CD contains alternate versions of the same songs, enriched with the original comments between the band and Bruce Botnik, co-producer and sound engineer, during the registration in studio.
This can be defined the most blues-influenced album created by the band – Jim Morrison and his band managed the melody perfectly, creating an explosive mixture of involving rock and pure southern American blues.
“The changeling” is the opening song – Morrison’s voice is powerful and impeccable, as the involving melody of the Ray Manzarek organ, which compels the listeners to start swinging their bodies rhythmically without ever stopping.
But the first blues example is “Car hiss by my window”, a slow, frustrating, relaxing song which prepares the listener to the uncontrollable energy explosion of the following track – “L.A Woman”.
“Riders on the storm” is not only the most famous song of the album, but it is a portrait of Morrison life – he says: “Into this world we’re thrown like a dog without a bone,” referring to the deep wandering around which his life encapsulated, and the following verses, “The world on you depends our life will never end”, stress the extreme idea which he always had about the eternity of life after the death.
The second part of the album includes a never-before-heard song “She smells so nice”, an overcoming rock-blues song which is a hymn to an unidentified woman – probably one of the singer’s countless lovers.
Morrison’s life was a continuous run on the razor’s edge – constantly drunk, drug and alcohol addicted, frequently arrested for his insane behaviour, and always in love with other women – he was found dead at 27 in a flat in Paris, dramatically ending his and his band’s career.
Listening to the Doors is a way to re-discover one of the most famous bands of the Sixties, and to analyse the story of one of the most influencing artists of world music.
This is a fabulous album which intermingles music and poetry skilfully, and it plunges the listeners in the past when to be rule-breaking rocker was not a fashion but it was a proper and real way of living.