Thursday, February 22, 2007

219. The Doors - L.A. Woman (1971)

Track Listing

1. Changeling
2. Love Her Madly
3. Been Down So Long
4. Cars Hiss By My Window
5. LA Woman
6. L'America
7. Hyacinth House
8. Crawlin' Kingsnake
9. Wasp
10. Riders On The Storm


This is the last Doors album on the list and also the last album with Jim Morrison on it. The Doors were a very hit and miss band, we only had three albums by them here, because those were the only albums which were any good. Still, no album approached their first one which was and still is the best Doors album ever to come out, and the only exceptional one.

So, this album is a very bluesy affair, much more in the realm of Blues than Psychadelia really and it is quite a nice album. The style is more similar to Morrison Hotel then the self-titled album, so if you like Morrison Hotel you are likely to like this one.

What shines in this album are the more famous songs, L.A. Woman and Riders On The Storm really are the best tracks here and also the longest. The Doors have always been great at long, extended tracks, from the beggining as with Light My Fire, it's in the instrumental solos that they shine. Morrison's lyrics are teenage-angsty puerile and Blues with a bit of psychadelia thrown in is nothing new. Still it's a good album, so get it at Amazon UK or US.

Track Highlights

1. Riders On The Storm
2. LA Woman
3. L'America
4. Crawling King Snake

Final Grade



From Wikipedia:

It is the only Jim Morrison-era studio album which the Doors did not follow up with a concert tour; Jim had moved to Paris by the time it was released and died a few months later.

In 2003, the album was ranked number 362 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Riders On The Storm:

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